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 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.

September 27, 2017

How to Talk to the People You Work with and Other Basic Tips

In so many office situations it seems like people at all levels are either oversharing or under communicating. We have so many options for talking to each other and relaying information that commonsense practices have been forgotten or neglected. And I'm sure some of you have experienced a sort of de-humanizing trend of communication. Let's not forget that we're all people and details really do matter.

September 20, 2017

Just Say No! (To Drugs and Co-Workers)

It is just plain tough to say no – isn't it? Saying no at work complicates things even further. You need to be a team player. You might be proving yourself still. You could be known as the "Yes!" Woman, because you always help out an come to the rescue. But no one else knows how much is on your plate but you. You are in control of your plate.

September 13, 2017

More Autonomy or You Die!

A recent study conducted by Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business found that those who work in high-stress jobs with little control are more likely to die sooner than those who have more control over and balance in their work.