Who Am I?

Who am I? Over the last few years, as I have re-launched my career, I’ve had to do a lot of work on this question. You see, there was a time when…

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When Our Work is a Lifeline

Work is a complicated thing. It’s often hard - it’s supposed to be! - and events in the workplace can leave us frustrated at the end of the day, in need of…

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Single Mom, You’re My Hero

Working mothers are everyday superheroes in my book. They are not only nurturing a home and family, but also nurturing a career and all of the responsibilities that come with it. As…

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Don’t Let Work Come to Dinner

No one wants workplace stress and drama. It's not like we go into the office in the morning and announce to our co-workers that we are currently accepting exorbitant doses of gossip,…

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Why You Should Be a Mentor (Yes you. Yes now.)

We talk a lot at 4word about the value and necessity of having mentors in your life, but that’s really only one half of the mentoring equation. Are you actively mentoring someone…

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It’s Time to Change the Office Culture

Does this sound familiar to you? The meeting is about to start when the committee chairman catches your eye, and you realize that you’re the only woman in the room, and you…

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Promotion, Please!

Is it time to ask for a raise or promotion? Is it past time? If you’re dreading (or avoiding) those conversations, you’re certainly not alone. But the conversation itself might not be…

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It’s Time to Get LinkedIn

Are you active on LinkedIn? If not, why? What comes to mind when you hear about it? That it’s just for business people? Only people looking for jobs use it? Isn’t it…

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Be Their Boss Of The Year

It’s not always easy being the boss. Most of us spend much of our working lives just figuring out how we personally work best. As a manager though, it’s not enough to…

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Wasted In The Workplace

A few weeks ago I had the chance to ask Harvard Business School Dean Nitin Nohria about the continuing inequalities many women experience at work. In response, he noted that "Since 54%…

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Let It Go, Let It Go

What’s getting on your nerves at work? After decades in the corporate world, I’ve encountered my share of office annoyances. Tom had a habit of dominating meetings, cutting people off or talking…

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Want Flexibility? Just Ask.

One of my favorite Bible passages for navigating life is Ecclesiastes 3:1-8: “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens, a time to be born…

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Take a Break, A REAL Break

We are working too hard, and it's bad for us and for the companies we serve. Every year, Americans accrue billions of dollars worth of vacation days that they are not taking.…

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5 Steps to Mentor Bliss

So, you know you need mentors, right? You don’t have to take my word for it. If you have any doubt, pick up almost any career guidance book or magazine, or check…

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What Will You Be When You Grow Up?

How do you know what you’re supposed to be when you grow up? I thought I knew going into college. I was determined that my future would be in fashion merchandising. I…

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How to Max a Mentor for Success

So, you know you need a mentor. Here’s what else you need to know. 1. If you can’t find a mentor on your own, you can have someone else do it…

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What Does YOUR Office Bully Look Like?

The mother of Josh, one of my former co-workers, used to always tell the story of how, during his high school years, Josh confronted a bully that was tormenting one of his younger…

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Are YOU Addicted to Work?

Has work taken over your life? The day I realized it had gone too far, I woke up at 5:00 am to go from dreaming about work to doing it. As I…

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Bestseller or Could-Be-Better? How Are You Telling YOUR Story?

“I have your resume here, Ms. Paddison, but I’d like to hear from you. What makes you the right candidate for this position?” “I’m glad you asked. As you can see, I…

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Exaggeration, Lies, What Next?

How often do you feel tempted to polish the truth a bit? To say that you ran just a bit further, just a bit faster than you actually did? Or to claim…

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