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Citizen Jane’s Christmas Carol

“Marley was dead to begin with.” Jane pondered the opening lines of her favorite Christmas novel as she settled down for a long night of working through the paperwork for her company’s upcoming IPO. It was Christmas Eve and she would love to have been dreaming of sugar plum fairies, but since she’d taken the position of General Counsel in the predominantly male management team of Dickens Inc., she was under scrutiny to deliver. She knew that this was a test and if she failed her career would soon be as dead as the aforementioned Marley.

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3 quick and easy ways to get unstuck

Have you ever had the feeling that you have run out of ideas or that what you are creating isn’t fresh, exciting or relevant? As creative and innovative entrepreneurs we can experience this creative quicksand where we feel stuck or we move forward with great difficulty. If you’ve ever wished for a quick way to get back on track, read on for my three best tips to get unstuck  …

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Exit, it’s the way, way out – Strategic Implementation revisited

In an earlier blog post I examined the Pig and Chicken management theory of employee engagement.

An appreciative reader of that blog laid down a challenge for me to write a follow up blog about the analogy between a guinea pig race and the implementation phase of a strategic plan in an organization.

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The fast food approach to employee engagement

I was having a discussion with my husband the other day about work and he introduced me to a management concept called the ‘Pigs and Chickens’ concept. It’s a theory to explain and track the engagement of individuals on teams. The idea is that in making a meal of eggs and bacon, the pig is literally giving his bacon while all the chicken has to do is lay an egg and walk away. Apparently this method is used to identify ‘pigs’ or ‘chickens’ when forming teams. Spoiler alert: management isn’t interested in making an omelet. The artery- clogger wins this race.

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7 questions to stop self-sabotage

Are you a high achiever? Have you ever been on the brink of doing something amazing but been stopped in your tracks by thoughts like:-‘What if they find out that I really don’t know anything or that I am really not as great as they think I am? Then you may be suffering from Impostor Syndrome. Imposter Syndrome is the feeling that you are a fraud and that you are…

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The F word

I heard a quote recently from Herbert A. Simon:

“A wealth of information creates a poverty of attention”
Are you feeling overwhelmed by all of the tips, best practices, selfies, must read articles, playlists and bizarre videos out there? Read on for three easy ways to regain your focus

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7 Wedding Crashers tips to help you fit in at work

Congratulations! You’ve landed your dream job after acing the endless round of interviews with supervisors, direct colleagues and Larry from maintenance. You’ve thoroughly researched the company and its culture and are sure that you are the perfect fit. You arrive on your first day, ready to kill it, crush it or at least beat it into submission. But a word of caution, objects in mirror are closer than they appear, or in other words, your real work environment probably differs significantly from your interview experience. Here are 7 tips from an unusual source on how you can fit in without missing a beat.

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7 weird ways to get ahead

You’re a savvy professional on her way up the corporate ladder and you know that the moves that you use in da club, impressive though they may be, are not the same moves that will help you advance in your career. Read on for some tips you might not yet have considered to help you advance.

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7 keys to finding your true voice in life, work and love.

A voice is a human gift; it should be cherished and used, to utter fully human speech as possible. Powerlessness and silence go together.
– Margaret Atwood

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Don’t hate! Celebrate! – 3 reasons your success means my success.

Female interaction gets a bad rap. The usual response to someone saying that she works in an all-female team is some eye- rolling, a crack about synchronized menstrual cycles and a look of pity followed by any variant on the following comment: “So, how’s that working out for you?”

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Are we all connected?

“When another person makes you suffer, it is because he suffers deeply within himself, and his suffering is spilling over. He does not need punishment; he needs help. That’s the message he is sending.”

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Playing Small

Are you bringing your “A” game?

As a professional woman you are used to performing under pressure. You place demands for excellence on yourself and demands are placed upon you by others in the workplace, at home and in your wider social life.

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How to deal with gossips and other negative energy

I’m not afraid to say that I love Country music! It is as authentic as it gets and Bonnie Rait’s ‘Something to talk about’ has some great advice regarding dealing with gossips. The advice is so good it can also be applied to other negative emotions and situations. In the song, the topic was a clandestine love affair. Here are the lyrics…..

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3 ways to turn a negative situation around

I read an article today about a French café where they came up with an interesting way to get customers to be more polite when ordering their daily cup of coffee. The owner adjusted his prices according to the politeness of his customer, a sort of sliding scale of politeness…

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