We’re Not in This Alone: 5 Reasons You Need a Mentor

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“If I hadn’t had mentors, I wouldn’t be here today. I am a product of great mentoring and great coaching.” ~ Indra Nooyi, CEO of PepsiCo You are creative. You are brilliant. You are a force to be reckoned with. You’re breathing life into your own business or you’re contributing to someone else’s; either way, you’re a successful professional with great ideas and immense potential. You’ve got a handle on it, right? You don’t need a guide. You’re self-navigating like a pro. Listen, as a woman who leads the second largest food and beverage business in the world, it’s safe…

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More than Child’s Play: The Benefits of Letting Loose and Having Fun

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You’re staring intently at the space on the table in front of you. The others sitting with you are also focused on the same space to you. You frown. Rub your temple. “Hmm,” you mutter. Then it hits you. “Yes!” You’ve got the solution!  No, you didn’t just solve a work-related conundrum. You’re plunking a set of wooden tiles down on the Scrabble board to turn someone else’s “ox” contribution into “orthodox.” Even better, one of those letters now rests on a triple-word-score tile. Eureka! Sound familiar? If not, you need to keep reading. The word “play” often conjures up…

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Work-on-the-Go: Creating a Functional Nomadic Office

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Technology has created a plethora of perks in our professional lives. Perhaps one of the biggest benefits is flexibility. Armed with our laptops, cell phones, and Wi-Fi, we can hammer out a proposal from our home office, pull together a presentation in the hotel before heading over to the client’s HQ for a meeting (slides on the laptop in our bag!), or share a draft business plan with our mentor at the coffee shop over a pumpkin spice latte and a scone. Having a dedicated office space is important. However, having the flexibility to enjoy a sunny day by working…

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Not all To-Do lists are created equal: 7 Tips to Getting It Right

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If there’s one thing all good missives about productivity have in common, it’s the to-do list. Of course, jotting down the tasks that need to be completed is a good idea. Having a running list of your responsibilities and their associated deadlines at your fingertips is a natural way to keep track of them (and to keep you on track to complete them!). The mistake in these articles, however, is assuming you know how to craft the sort of to-do list that makes a difference. Believe it or not, there is a right and wrong way to get yourself organized…

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7 Tips to Place a Face with a Name, Because “Hey, You” Just Won’t Do

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You’re standing in a crowd of new faces. Somewhere in this sea of people at this networking event is the person who will eventually help you fund your new business venture. You vaguely recall meeting her at a previous industry event. Your potential investor is making her way over to say hello. You’re scrambling to remember her name before she gets any closer, because you know that “Hey, you! What’s your name your again?” isn’t the best way to make an impression. My guess is that all of us have found ourselves in this space at some point or another….

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When is “Yes” Best? Things to Know Before You Say “No”

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“No” is a strong, healthy word that many of us need to learn to use more often; and yet, sometimes we manage to use it when we shouldn’t.  When new opportunities intimidate us, it’s easier to say no than it is to welcome the challenge. When we’re being pushed out of our comfort zone, it’s easier to hold tight to the familiar and reject the unknown. Part of mastering the art of saying “no” is learning when we should say it vs. when we should say “yes.”  Before you rush headlong into a decision, take a moment to read these…

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Say “No” and Mean it

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“No.” How can a word so small and so precise be so difficult to utter? There are times we struggle to say it. We agree to requests that we don’t have the time to actually take on. We acquiesce were we should demur. At other times, however, we do decline. We do so politely, offering up an explanation wrapped in an apology and steeped in guilt. “No.” It really shouldn’t be that hard. “No” isn’t a dirty word. In fact, it’s a strong, healthy word that you and I need to learn to use more often. We need to say…

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9 Lifehacks to Tame Your Work Day

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Have you ever noticed some people seem to have the superhuman ability to squeeze more out of their allotted 24 hours than the rest of us? What secret power do they possess? I’m going to let you in on a little secret. There’s no mystic power at work here. No ability to stretch time or to super speed through the tasks at hand. These seemingly gifted people have adopted a set of habits that allow them to use their time more efficiently and with a little bit of practice, you can too. Make a to-do list It seems almost overly…

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It’s Back-to-School Season for You, Too!

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Currently, retailers are loaded to the gills with crisp, clean notebooks, unsharpened pencils lined neatly in their box, packages of loose leaf paper, and stacks of untouched Post-Its. This is a time where children and adults alike are caught in between the emotions inherent in seeing summer’s waning days inch toward a close and a new school year ripe with possibility about to dawn. As a kid, perhaps this time of year meant trying on new corduroys and sweaters. It meant pushing your feet into the not-yet-broken-in leather of clean, white sneakers.  You waited patiently, more or less, for the…

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The Questions that Lead to Personal Growth

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Here’s a bit of simple advice: Listen more and ask lots of questions. Success isn’t born out of having all the answers. Success comes from being open to asking the right questions, and listening for the right answers.  Sometimes that means learning from others; sometimes, as you’ll see in the list of questions that follow, it means being more attune to what your own heart is saying.  If you want to grab that brass ring, make a habit of asking these questions more often. Will this move me closer to my goals? We’re all terribly busy. There are some things…

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