Don’t Let Your Plan Get In The Way Of Your Passion: How Ambika Changed Her Career Course and Never Looked Back

Ambika Nigam could have been a number cruncher. After she graduated from the University of Michigan with a degree in economics, she accepted a prestigious financial analyst position at Oppenheimer Funds, where she made the kinds of complicated mathematical models that would make Einstein blush. But, as she sat at her computer manipulating money, Ambika increasingly found herself lusting after...

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Is Your Workplace Evolving with Millennials?

  In the workplace, it’s sometimes easy to spot the generational gaps that can occur when 20-somethings are mixed in with 30- and 40-somethings. It can be as subtle as an overheard conversation among senior managers about the “entitled” Millennial generation, or as in-your-face as high turnover rates for junior positions. Once companies face the facts – that Millennials are...

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8 Weeks To Possibility – Week One: Getting Connected

  You know the feeling.  We all do.  It’s the sense that we’re off track from our path, not quite in our groove.  Maybe our career isn’t right, or our friends.  We know we want things to be different, but we might not see how to make that happen. Over the next 8 weeks, we’ll explore several tools and techniques...

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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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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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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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Putting Out Office Fires: Do You Fan The Flames?

  Are you a Catabolic or Anabolic Leader? Even sometimes? Catabolic leaders work in crisis mode. They put out fires, and deal with issues as they arise. This reactivity leads to stress, lack of focus, and a non-productive, frenzied type of atmosphere. They don’t think much about where they’re headed, and even if they do, the “big picture” gets lost...

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Tweet It! Finding Employment In 140 Characters Or Less

  Twitter long ago outgrew its juvenile roots as a monument to celebrity narcissism. What was once a forum for mind-numbingly mundane proclamations (“just brushed my teeth!! mmmm minty!!!!”) has become a new source, a marketing tool and even a leader of revolutions. The little social media that could has become a very big social media indeed, one that has...

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Podcasts: A Portable Radio For This Century

  Podcasts are an inexpensive and convenient way to learn, laugh and grow. Similar to gaining insights and inspiration from your favorite blogs and magazines, podcasts offer audio or video content for download via an online subscription. iTunes has a vast library of podcasts for free download, but you can also listen to episodes directly from the publisher’s website. One...

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