3 Biggest Mistakes Women Make When Trying to Advance their Career.

Over the past fifteen years, I’ve been coaching women at some of the best professional services firms and the most exciting tech companies.  I’m privileged to hear women’s stories about their ambition for their careers and their organizations; yet, I remain challenged by the lack of female leadership at the top and their struggles to navigate the path to promotion.  

The first thing I tell them is this.  

“It’s not your...

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3 reasons why organizations struggle with company culture and retention

As HR managers and a member of the leadership team of an organization, you do your best to support your employees. You work hard to create a company culture with high moral, low turnover, and engaged employees who are dedicated to their work. Yet, no matter what you try and how much you do to support your staff, your company morale is low, engagement and productivity are down, and your employees are leaving. 

With no clear cause you’re left wondering what you’re missing and...

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The impact of stress on corporations (and what to do about it)

One can no longer deny that stress in the workplace is it’s own epidemic.

 

In fact, 96% of the American workforce report experiencing stress in the workplace and research from the CDC shows that 25% of all employees state that their work is the number one source of stress in their life. On top of that, 63% of Americans are ready to quit their job due to the stress it causes.

 

The problem is, we weren’t designed for modern day stress. 

 

Our stress response...

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How to work with your hormonal cycle to boost productivity

It’s no secret that the corporate world was designed by men to suit men best. Our traditional nine to five work day and the 5 days on two days off work week were designed back in the Industrial Revolution where the majority of people working were men.

 

Interestingly enough, whether it was conscious or not, men created a corporate world that suited their natural hormone cycle. In the morning, testosterone is highest for men, it slowly decreases throughout the day, and resets...

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The Case for Women Leaders

Year after year, the case for promoting women gets stronger.  In 2019 a study by Zegner Folkman published in the Harvard Business Review found that women outperform men in 17 of 19 leadership competencies, including, among many others, initiative, resilience, and integrity.  

In 2020 during the first wave of the pandemic, the world watched as those countries that were led by women (New Zealand, Germany, Finland, Iceland, Denmark, Norway and Taiwan) experienced far fewer deaths...

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Coping with COVID

I did not expect to be writing about what Covid taught me. My teenage daughter and I made it 18-months without getting Covid. We took every precaution and were vaccinated when, two-days after a Thanksgiving trip to Boston, we tested positive for Covid-19. Given this may be true for so many others, I thought I would share four tips that helped us cope with Covid – or that may be useful in any other unpredictable, anxiety producing event.

1. Cultivate calm

I’m super big on self-care...

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Preparing For Your End Of Year Review

It’s time for the end-of-year review and you are thinking about how to make sure that conversation serves you. You’re right to think about it because recent research in the Harvard Business Review finds, yet again, that women are 1.4 times more likely to receive subjective, critical feedback than men, and that women’s performances are more likely attributed to characteristics rather than skills and abilities. 

In this month’s blog, I’ve given you a few...

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It Pays to Negotiate

This month I want to share with you tips for successfully negotiating your employment package. Unfortunately, too many women accept whatever is offered and do not negotiate. While initially, this may not seem like a big deal, over time it matters. 

Linda Babcock, an economist at Carnegie Mellon University and co-author of the book “Women Don’t Ask” tells her students that “by not negotiating their job at the beginning of their career, they're leaving anywhere...

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Let's Talk About Money

Let’s talk about money. Oh no, not that!

None of the women I coach ever feel particularly comfortable talking about money. Some of my clients tell me they don’t even talk to their partners about how much they earn. Money, it seems, is one of the most difficult conversations for people to have. 

I remember the first time I went to therapy in my 20s and my therapist offered a sliding scale for people like me. I told her that I didn’t want the discount even though I knew I...

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Braving the 2020s

A few years ago, I read Brené Brown’s book Braving the Wilderness. Like so much of her work, it’s reflective, accessible and eminently actionable. Her acronym BRAVING (which stands for boundaries, reliability, accountability, vault, integrity, non-judgment and generosity) has been my guide for the 2020s.

I was so ready to close the books on the few years that preceded this decade. I was finally seeing the light at the end of a dark three-year tunnel that included my...

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