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- Dear Dana (Workplace Advice)
- Career Development
- Change Management
- Women in Leadership
- Personal Mastery
- Working Moms
Welcome to “Dear Dana”, our regular column to give you career and workplace advice/coaching. Please write in and tell me about a career challenge or frustration you’re facing at the office! – Dana Theus Dear Dana, Last year I got rejected for a transfer in my company that I applied for. I was proud of myself for going to the team leader who rejected me (and who I’ve known outside work for a few years) to ask why … [continue reading...]
And you thought it was just you. Research shows that the more power(*) a manager or leader has, the more likely they are to ignore advice. Does this describe your boss? We’ve all had them. To some extent the findings in this research--that powerful people listen less to others' advice--makes sense. I mean, from their point of view, being rewarded with powerful positions means they must have done something right, … [continue reading...]
Recently I posted a video on how to future proof your career, but I only addressed the career planning aspects of how to prepare for an uncertain future. As an executive and career coach, I also see the personal toll and challenges that people encounter when creating a "Plan B" in case of reorganizations, layoffs and other hard-to-prepare-for disruptions. [For more insight into the kind of disruptions expected in the … [continue reading...]
Last year I wrote an article on this blog called Reframing Change Management Theory as an Act of Creation, which summarizes how I’ve come to approach change management in my capacity as a coach and consultant. Having helped people and organizations through change all my working life, I’ve come to see the holes in many of the current paradigms. There’s actually nothing wrong with the existing change management models as … [continue reading...]
By Anna Williams Women in today’s economy have more options than ever before, comprising almost 47 percent of the U.S. workforce. Among mothers with children under age 18, over 70 percent are employed. Women are more likely than men to earn a bachelor’s degree before age 30. But what are good careers for women? Women have to factor in a different set of career planning considerations than men do. We still struggle … [continue reading...]
By Shira Harrington Do you know the feeling when you’ve had a big “win” at work? When you’ve served with your whole heart doing something you love? It’s pretty exhilarating, right? That feeling doesn’t have to be fleeting. It’s possible to capture it every day when follow your passion and work for your “hire purpose.” If you’re like most professionals, you’re looking for more than simply long-term job stability. You … [continue reading...]
Unintended Consequences Matter: Learning to See Bystanderism and Microaggression as Contributors to Employee Turnover in the Workplace
Efforts to increase diversity in our workplaces has been dismally slow over the last few decades, despite business initiatives, research and even expansions of the very definition of diversity. Like many, I find this frustrating. I find it especially frustrating that in light of #metoo, the public shaming of powerful men, and new courage among investigative journalists, I and many other women I know don’t expect to see … [continue reading...]
By: Anna Williams Last week in part 1 of our working mother advice mini-series, we talked about the challenge of juggling work, kids at home at the end of summer, and back-to-school prep all in the busy month of August. Here are a few more thoughts on getting ready for the new school year and enjoying the end of summer: Preparing for the school year What practical steps can we working mothers take to make the … [continue reading...]
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