Scared To Deliver Feedback? Don’t Be.

“Wow, no one ever told me.” This phrase has been uttered by too many people in the working world. Wouldn’t you agree? Have you ever said it?   It continues to amaze me that leaders can’t or don’t choose to provide difficult feedback when an employee isn’t performing to expectations. How many employees do you believe were surprised over the...

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Deleting the Mumbo Jumbo And Negotiating Without The Ambiguity

Precision in speaking is as important in work settings as precision in writing. Master this simple yet powerful way of bringing clarity of speaking to the everyday task of negotiating requests, and you will be more effective at getting things done.     Making a clear request Saying, “Can you get this done for me?,” while waving a sheaf of...

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Proud To Be Chic Sirens

We are so excited to be partnering with Chic CEO for the launch of their brand new Chic Siren program. Chic CEO is a fabulous resource for female entrepreneurs. They give all of the ground level – fundamental information you need to get your business started for free on their site. After much anticipation, they are now launching their Chic...

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Seconds to a great first impression!

A first impression is made in seconds. In fact a series of experiments by Princeton psychologists Janine Willis and Alexander Todorov reveal that all it takes is a tenth of a second to form an impression of a stranger from their face. Don’t worry, we are here to help! Here are four reminders of how to ensure that first impression...

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Tips for setting up your home office

Working from home can be an ideal opportunity for some.  There is no commuting.  No wasting money on gas.  Time to sneak in a load of laundry between conference calls.  And best of all, you can wear whatever you want (…unless you have a video conference of course)!  There are so many great advantages to working from home, but by...

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Making Connections: Play to Win

Remember the days of playing volleyball, basketball, or any number of team sports when you were still in school? Not only was it great exercise but most likely you were able to develop a common bond and some great friendships with your teammates. Becoming involved with a recreational sports team as a working adult is just as beneficial. Opportunities with...

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Making Connections: Volunteer for Success

Volunteering or sitting on a non-profit board is a great way to make a difference in your community. It is also an excellent way to build meaningful relationships with people in and out of your workplace. Fundraisers or large projects especially provide opportunity to build strong relationship because everyone is working toward a common goal.   Oftentimes your workplace will provide volunteer...

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Make Contact – Stay Relevant

You have heard us say it before – making new contacts is crucial to your success whether you plan on remaining in the same job or seeking out a new one.  The initial connection is important, but meaningless if you don’t stay in touch. Follow up within 24 hours of the initial meeting. •       A handwritten note is best, but...

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Nexter Interview: Carrie Cline

Meet Carrie – She’s accomplished, well-rounded, and eager to excel in her career. Carrie currently works as an attorney specializing in estate planning.  She pursued a legal career after working as an English teacher for several years. Carrie’s busy but between having two dogs, yoga classes, and volunteering for two non-profits, she tries to find time to spend with her...

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School House Rocks

Remember when college apparel choices were limited to sweatshirts, sweatpants, and an ill-fitting t-shirt that was unisex? Thankfully, Rachel Weeks, founder of School House, decided to not only change up the design options, but also the quality and the fit. Gone are the days of old tee shirts and oversized sweats and not a moment too soon. Now, thanks to...

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