Elizabeth Lesser on Being Kind, Not Nice

Elizabeth Lesser is co-founder and senior adviser of Omega Institute (http://eomega.org). In this video with NEXT for Women (http://www.nextforwomen.com), Lesser states that the desire to be nice to everyone is still locked into the DNA of women. You can be kind and fierce, but not nice and fierce, and that it is almost always impossible to advance in one’s career...

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Professional Blockers Are Behaviors That Can Limit Your Career

      What is a professional blocker and why is it important? Professional blockers are behaviors that can limit your career. Also called “derailer” or “barrier,” it is a weakness that will require improvement if you want to reach your full potential. Sometimes, a blocker can also be a talent taken to an extreme. Examples include: confrontation; entitlement; revealing...

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Culture Connection: A NEXTer Takes On Japan

We have started a year-long series to introduce NEXTers to customs and cultures around the world. First stop – Japan, my home country! How can we build relationships with Japanese people? People in Japan are very collectivist. Everyone has his or her own social circles. For example, when you go to school, you realize that all of your classmates have...

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Learning & Growing And Growing & Learning

I often use this phrase with my best friend – “girl, I’m learning & growing and growing & learning.” I say this because I never want to get to a place in life where I’m not learning and growing.  One of the many women I admire, Susan L. Taylor once said at a conference I attended, “Everyday should be a...

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Fashion Designer Liz Lange on Dressing For The Office

  Liz Lange, Founder & Director of Liz Lange Maternity (www.lizlange.com / www.target.com) and Co-Founder of Shopafrolic (www.shopafrolic.com), speaks with NEXT for Women about dressing for the office. Despite no formal fashion training other than working as an assistant at Vogue, Liz founded a successful fashion business. Find her on Twitter: @lizlange

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Six Things 40-somethings Miss About Being Twenty-Something

  Sometimes, I can’t wait to be established in my life and career, but I don’t want to wish away this time in my life. Is there anything you miss about being twenty-something? Our friend 40:20 Vision weighs in! 40-somethings miss:     Friends, freedom and blissful ignorance.     The energy to bounce back after long hours or short nights and...

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To Persist To The Summit Is The Key To Self-Worth

  I climb high mountains.  There are many mountains in life, and I’ve discovered that these lessons apply. Here is another important lesson from our series of three. There’s a reason people climb mountains, and it’s not because they’re  there. People climb mountains to reach higher, to test their meddle, to prove something to them selves. Find a summit in...

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Beyond Food: A Green Guide To Organic Products

    As a soon-to-be new mom, I often find myself making decisions from a protective place when registering for gifts or making purchases. Where, for example, can does one buy BPA-free, PVC-free bottles, or organic, non-toxic diaper rash cream?  Although I buy organic and local as often as possible when it comes to food, I didn’t used to think...

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How do I cope with the doubts I have that I’m just bluffing my way through things?

  Dear Jules,     How do I cope with the doubts I have that I’m just bluffing my way through things? I feel like I have no idea what I am   doing!    -Anna NEXT for Women’s resident life and confidence coach, Jules, weighs in below! Dear Anna, A female executive whom I coach asked me the above question recently...

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