January 17, 2018

You Have the Power to Navigate Office Politics

I was talking to a co-worker awhile back about mentors and he mentioned that a college student had asked him to mentor her. He said something like, "I don't know what I can help her with because she's already great at so many things and is a high achiever." So I took a little jog down memory lane to think about what I wish someone would've told me about working life, and it hit me: politics.

January 10, 2018

Drill Down and Unpack These Banned Words for 2018

There comes a time in your career when you must evaluate your business vocabulary. (Or, if you're a trend-setting go-getter, you do it annually to keep up with the kids.) Today is that day, people. I've got a list of phrases and words you need to ban from your speech straight away. I'm not just being bossy, Lake Superior State University tells us to zip it every year!

January 3, 2018

New Year, New You: Career Goals

It's a new year full of professional development opportunities and goals! Are you thinking about what you want to accomplish in 2018? Are you setting goals to advance your career? Now is the time! Maybe you've heard of a new position opening up at your current office and you think you're ready for a new adventure.

December 20, 2017

What to Do When You Seriously Can’t Leave at 5 p.m.

Sometimes work and life simply cannot be balanced. There are times when seasonal demand requires more work. Or, you might be on a tight deadline with a new product launch, which requires long hours. It happens. So what are some things we can do to make sure we don't lose our minds or damage relationships when it's all work and no play?

November 29, 2017

Treat Yo’ Self to Better Work-Life Balance

Work just always creeps into our lives, doesn't it? Even when we try and succeed at disconnecting during the weekend, we still end up thinking about what we have to do Monday on Sunday evening. You didn't do any work, you just thought about it for Pete's sake! But it's that kind of subtle self-sabotage that can completely derail us and our future productivity.

November 8, 2017

Respect is Key to Improving Office Communication

In our professional development journeys, we're always thinking about improving our communication, right? Hint, hint. Even if you feel like you have open channels among your fellow office mates, you could always make your communication skills stronger. Or, what if (eek! gasp!) your communication is not as good as you think it is?

November 1, 2017

Are You Applying UX Principles to Your Life? (You Should)

I sat in on Breonna Rodriguez' keynote address at the Columbus Women in Digital Annual Conference and I'd like to share some of her ideas on personal and professional growth. As a lead digital designer for Sesame Street and a digital entrepreneur, she has a cool twist on the user experience model. She spoke on: The UX of your life: Avoid your pitfalls and conquer life with confidence.

October 25, 2017

Keep Your Progress Train Chugging Right Along

Progress. We say, "I'm making progress," a lot, don't we? Nobody wants to stop making progress, but sometimes there are roadblocks or speed bumps. To keep the progressive train rolling at work, at life, during a project, or toward a goal, Mitchell Harper says it take momentum. In his blog post for Medium, he writes about ways to build, keep and pick up momentum every day so you don't regress.

October 18, 2017

Manage Your Next Project with a Little Bit of Fun

It's project management time. Starting a new game plan can be overwhelming, but also pretty exciting. I ran across a few ways to make the process fun on Monster.com. Take a couple of Shannon Sweeny's tips to your next planning session. Bonus points: she also provides avenues to show your boss just how great you are at managing projects!

October 11, 2017

2 Ways to Turn Office Envy into Motivation

Today I thought we could cover a different "E" word – envy. Good old-fashioned, sneaks-up-on-you envy within the workplace. At some point in our careers, we've all struggled with envy – even when we think we're above it. Sometimes it just happens. It's so prevalent that the topic came up in a recent company-wide meeting at my office, which led to a healthy, honest discussion about it.