As ambitious, young professionals, I emphatically encourage you to step up and lead in your everyday encounters in the workplace. What does it take to be a leader, you may ask? Great leadership begins by embracing the real you, who you genuinely are. Outstanding leaders have integrity, authenticity, and vulnerability. To channel your outstanding inner…

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Careers can often be full of landmines, and sometimes we don’t recognize the warning signs until we step on them. Enter my next strategy: Avoid career derailments.  First and foremost, gossip. Gossip is a professional landmine. Engaging in gossip is toxic at any time, but particularly in the workplace. It creates a culture of mistrust.…

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Let’s talk about crushing your communications. Ironic since we live in a world of short, emoji-filled text messages where misspellings and grammar are overlooked and, according to my Gen Z-er, it is often acceptable. But in business communication, don’t discount writing. Eloquently composing a congratulatory note to your department or a point of view on…

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Happy New Year! Here’s to an enthusiastic buh-bye to 2020. Let’s start 2021 off right by setting achievable and motivating goals before January is over! My primary advice is to write professional and personal goals down somewhere you won’t lose track of throughout the year and can reference as needed, like in your planner or…

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Strategy #10: Listen, Damnit! To be successful in your career – and in life – you need outstanding listening skills. Sounds easy, right? But not quite. Most people do not listen at a deep level. With the pressure and pace of everyday life, our conversations skim along the surface. Instead of listening, we start thinking…

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Strategy #7: Prioritize creating good working relationships with your clients and vendors. Misunderstandings and conflicts will happen in business, but if you have a history of working well together, your clients and vendors will be much easier to deal with during difficult times. Your company management and outside consultants will often call your vendors and…

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My series on career strategies for women continues. This week, I will cover one of the most critical arenas – relationships! For some of us, this can be daunting or maybe historically challenging. Your ability to navigate relationships with your coworkers is essential to your success and that of your team. I’ll help you identify…

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Strategy #1 is to Own Your Career. It is the most important thing that you can do as soon as you start working. As women, we have a history of putting our heads down and working hard in hopes that someone, hopefully, a boss, will take note of the contributions that we are making. Maybe…

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Some may be thinking… in the middle of a pandemic? Chances are, you’re working more hours, totally glued to your computer, and quite frankly, you deserve it. But before asking, take a look at your company’s financial situation. Are they cutting budgets? Do they have a hiring freeze, or are they doing layoffs? If the…

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Now let’s address the tough one, feedback for your boss. A trick is to apply the same approach to feedback that we just reviewed for employees.  Let’s say your boss has given you a big project, and she has a habit of not doing regular check-ins nor being available for your questions. You could say,…

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