Workplace anxiety sucks.
A work party is not the time to freeze up, it’s time to network and get to know your coworkers.
Of course, it’s hard to network when you’re analyzing your every move and breathing into a paper bag to calm down.
Personally, this is by far my biggest professional bugaboo. When it happens, I feel nearly incapacitated. Words I don’t recognize come tumbling out of my mouth, my throat closes up, and I look around for my next exit or ally to lean on to make it through. If I could, I would avoid work holiday parties altogether.
For some, navigating a room full of people when they’re not 100% secure is a nightmare.
What do you do when creativity strikes?
As a creative person, it’s impossible to control when you feel inspiration. When inspiration arises, it’s really an incredible feeling. Like all of a sudden the lights turn on and you can see the whole picture of an idea. For some, this creative inspiration can sideline your day. Others, who know how to direct that energy, use creative energy to launch into the next level of their career. Continue Reading
There is one commanding truth in customer service, it’s simple: Your clients will surprise you.
Let’s take, for example, me. I choose my yoga studio based, in-part, on the ceiling. It’s guaranteed none of my yoga teachers know this (until now). There’s no way to know this about me unless it’s specifically asked. This is a perfect example of a consumer whose purchasing decision is not tied directly to the obvious or marketable aspects of the organization. Continue Reading
I listened to a captivating podcast the other day about women in leadership roles. It was a rebroadcast of a TedTalk that I’d heard a while back and it reminded me of the things I used to tell myself. Here’s a sample of the things I’d say almost every time I found success:
I’m successful because I’m just lucky, opportunities just present themselves to me.
You know, I was in the right place at the right time. 🙂
I wouldn’t be here if others hadn’t helped me get here, I’m just following their lead.
Or the most insidious of all: One of these days people are going to realize I’m not actually good at this and I’m going to get fired. I’m not really a leader, I just have everyone fooled somehow. Continue Reading
Charismatic leaders are strong, fascinating, hard-working front-runners, but these coaches are not without their pitfalls. Some lack in planning, consistency, and professionalism. They have the potential to be spirited agents of change and steer entire organizations towards success, or they can be loud, egocentric pioneers growing their careers but costing companies millions.