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7 Tips for Maintaining a Professional Attitude at Work

Here are 7 great tips for maintaining a professional attitude at workIn this post, we’re going to discuss 7 tips for maintaining a professional attitude at work.  Sometimes, maintaining that attitude at work is very difficult indeed.  While it may be temporarily satisfying to tell someone what you really think in the heat of the moment, it is not necessarily in your best interest to do so.

I’ve probably made every single one of these mistakes in my younger years and some of them are pretty cringe-worthy.  I hope that they will save you some of the pain and embarrassment that I went through.

7 Tips for Maintaining a Professional Attitude at Work

  1.  Email, Phone Calls, Voice Mail, and Text Messages are not an instant form of communication and do not have to be answered immediately.  Sometimes it is best to craft your answer, and wait 24 hours before sending it.  I have found that turning off notifications for emails, and sticking to a strict schedule for checking them keeps me sane, as I now get over 200 emails per day on just one of my accounts.  You can spend literally all of your time managing emails, texts, and phone calls if you’re not careful.  Don’t allow them to consume every single second of your time.  Making sure you craft your answers, especially when you have a tough answer, can be a huge win in your job.
  2. If someone asks you for an answer, ask to think it over, and let them know you will get back to them, within X amount of time.  Most things that require analysis don’t require an instant answer.  Too often I’ve felt pressured to say “yes” to something that was not in my (or the company’s) best interest.  By taking some time to think it over, mull the numbers, and really contemplate it, I’ve saved myself countless hours of aggravation.
  3. Bite your tongue.  If someone makes an outrageous comment, it may be best to let it slide, and come back to it later, when you’re in a more calm frame of mind.  Sometimes things are best left alone entirely. You don’t want to be the person who flies off the handle for every single thing, whether perceived or imagined.
  4. There is absolutely NO place for violence in the workplace.  Be careful to maintain that workplace “mask” in place.  Do not swing things, or hit your hand with your pen, or otherwise  demonstrate aggression physically.  Make a point of leaving the situation at the earliest opportunity.  Do.not.engage. I once went into a meeting that was politically charged, and one of the guys(Who was 6’5″ and 250LBS) sat there and swung a golf club into his hand smacking it over and over again.  It was a very intimidating move, and was completely inappropriate.  Also, some things are best left unsaid in the workplace.  Composure is the name of the game!
  5. Be aware of your body’s demands.  This means, if you are about to head into a long meeting, and you have not eaten, eat a handful of protein.  Avoid sugar lows.  Make sure to use the restroom.  Make sure you are well rested.  It is much harder to react appropriately to a situation when you are tired, cranky, and otherwise irritable from easily remedied issues.  I can’t tell you how many people I’ve seen melt down, or make themselves miserable because they didn’t eat, didn’t use the restroom, etc.
  6. Let some things slide.  In today’s American Society, there can be the temptation to get HR involved in every situation, and consider lawsuits for every infraction, real or imagined.  Realize that for every time you make a report to HR, you are creating a reputation for yourself.  You must decide if it is worth the cost.  Thus, there are some times when things should simply be allowed to slide, as they are harmless. Some things should be called, and handled sternly, but you don’t want to create a situation where you are perceived to be the problem child.
  7. Remind yourself that many times the offense is in the mind of the person offended.  It is possible and even likely that absolutely no offense was intended by the other party.  Ask yourself if you think that the offense was intentional.  I think that in most cases, the answer is an honest “no”.

And one bonus tip: Make sure that you are dressed work-place appropriate.  If you get to wear shorts, fabulous, but they need to be relatively modest. Unless you are in a profession that requires it, cleavage should be modest, and skirts should cover your ASSets.  Be aware of the image you’re portraying.  Dressing up for work is not the same thing as dressing up for an evening on the town.

 

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Working Mom Interview – Jodi Murphy

Jodi Murphy is a Safety Engineer with a construction/maintenance company in Jacksonville, Florida. After a 20 year career in the Navy as a carpenter, Jodi retired and went to college to earn a Masters in Occupational Safety and Health. She now applies her experience to ensure the health and safety of over 200 workers.

Working Mom Interview Q & A

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Jodi Murphy

Jodi Murphy

1. Do you stay at home, work at home, or work-outside the home?

I work outside the home.

2. How many kids do you have?

I have three children.

3. What’s your go-to dinner during the week? Do you care to share a recipe?

Home made Chicken Pot Pie.

4. What are your best tips for staying sane?

Organization, planning and being flexible.

5. What are your favorite tools for time/household management?

A dry erase board with everyone’s names and schedules on it next to the calendar.

6. Do you have pets? If so, what kind?

No pets.

7. What are your hobbies?

Crafting and camping.

Jodi Murphy8. What’s on your bucket list?

Visit all 50 states.

9. If you work, what do you do? How did you decide?

Safety Engineer. I retired from 20 years in the Navy and decided to continue working after a short break to earn a degree.

10. If you work, what’s the most rewarding part about it?

Keeping the people I work with safe so they can go home to their families.

11. If you could choose any career, what would it be?

Park Ranger/Naturalist

12. If you could tell your younger self something, what would it be?

Don’t be so serious — having fun is good for you.


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How to Prepare Healthy Meals on a Busy Schedule

~by Haley Lynn Gray~

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As a business owner, chances are pretty good that your days are filled to the brim with more than enough tasks that need to get done. You’re busy, and no matter how good you are at setting goals, prioritizing and scheduling your time, spending time in the kitchen still takes precious time away from other activities.

Getting your family fed, especially with healthy meals, can be a huge challenge when you’re super busy. I’ve got four kids, with four totally different schedules and tastes in food. Yet everyone still needs nutritious food that fuels their growing bodies. And it is critical for keeping me going when I’ve got a thousand things going on.

Healthy MealsI will confess that in the past I’ve done nearly everything possible to avoid the kitchen, including months of stints that involved eating out 5 or 6 days in a row, and eating fast food at least half of those. Needless to say, those times were rough on both my pocketbook and my waistline. They weren’t too good for the rest of my health or my family’s health either.  

Lately I’ve decided to get the weight back under control, as well as the food budget, and I am introducing a ton of meals that are quick to prepare, yet healthy and tasty as well. It’s no good if I cook and nobody will eat it. So, with a focus on easy to prepare whole foods, I’ve started utilizing marinades, baking, parchment cooking, and the crockpot heavily in my cooking.

My go-to dinners have now become pancakes topped with lots of fruit, omelettes with a ton of fresh veggies and cheese, grilled or roasted chicken, fish or shrimp with a salad, and things like chicken pot pie that come out of the crockpot easily. My current favorites in the crockpot include a lasagna, chicken pot pie and pot roast. They have to be nutritious and tasty to be accepted by the kids and husband.  

What I’m learning is that with a little bit of planning, proper meal preparation can be done just as quickly as running to the drive-through, and it’s far more nutritious.

My go-to recipe for fish is a wild-caught salmon fillet, sprinkled with salt and pepper, drizzled with a nice pesto, then wrapped in foil and cooked at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. It comes out juicy and flaky and is a hit with the family. I serve it up with rice cooked in the rice cooker or a nice salad topped with a lovely balsamic vinaigrette dressing (Balsamic vinegar and olive oil whisked together with a touch of maple syrup).


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Meet the Author: Haley Lynn Gray

Haley Lynn GrayHaley helps female entrepreneurs create a strategy plan for their businesses – so they can make enough money to spend quality time with their family, pay for their children’s dance lessons, pay bills – and not worry about where the next client is coming from.

Haley is a serial entrepreneur and founder of Leadership Girl. She helps other entrepreneurs build their businesses by sharing the benefits of her business education and experience through Business Coaching.

Whether you want to get a new business off the ground or expand an existing business, Haley can assist you.

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How to Eat an Elephant, OR How to Get Things Done

~by Haley Lynn Gray~

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As you might have guessed, I am not really talking about having elephant as a meal. Maybe you’ve heard that joke about how to eat an elephant? The answer: You eat an elephant one bite at a time. It’s good advice, not just for eating an elephant, but also for getting things done, especially when you’re feeling overwhelmed by your list of “to-dos”.

getting things doneWhen you’re a woman in business, especially if you have a family, there are tendencies to want to do a million things at once. You get distracted out the wazoo. The reality is that if you want to stay half-way sane, you’ve got to stay focused on the most important things: keeping a roof over your head, food on the table, kids clothed, and moving forward in your business by getting clients and keeping them.  

When you’re doing a particular task, it’s easiest if you stay focused on the task at hand and ignore all other distractions. That means doing one task at a time, one small thing, rather than trying to eat an entire elephant at one time. You have to focus on just consuming the next bite of that mammoth. 

Multitasking is an illusion; trying to multitask will destroy your productivity. Instead, break up the things that you need to do into little, itty-bitty tasks. Break tasks up into the smallest common denominator that you can find, and then do those tasks. And stay focused on the task you are working on. Don’t be tempted to keep looking at the “elephant” and contemplating how you are going to finish that “meal”.

Do the most important things first and ignore the things that you don’t have to do. And yes, there is a very good chance that a few things on your “to-do” list really are not that important.

Learn to say “no” to the things that don’t work for you and make you happy. 

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Meet the Author: Haley Lynn Gray

Haley Lynn GrayHaley helps female entrepreneurs create a strategy plan for their businesses – so they can make enough money to spend quality time with their family, pay for their children’s dance lessons, pay bills – and not worry about where the next client is coming from.

Haley is a serial entrepreneur and founder of Leadership Girl. She helps other entrepreneurs build their businesses by sharing the benefits of her business education and experience through Business Coaching.

Whether you want to get a new business off the ground or expand an existing business, Haley can assist you.

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5 Secrets of Successful Female Business Leaders

~by Skornia Alison~

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Women have come a long way in their pursuit of becoming business leaders in the corporate world. Today, we have successful female business leaders who are working side by side with their male counterparts. Business leaders like Irene Rosenfeld, Indra Nooyi and Ursula Burns are some examples of famous women leaders who proved that leadership knows no gender.

These women leaders achieved phenomenal success because they have the courage, talent and skills to become what they are today. But there is more about them to inspire us than the aforementioned qualities. Some of them deserve a mention here:

1. Be An Example

Being female puts added pressure to prove yourself. Since you are leading a team that has a majority of male workers, you have to become an exemplary leader to inspire them. You need to show them by example how one should behave in a difficult situation.

When the chips are down, they should draw strength from you to carry on and give their best. Being a women leader could be challenging, but it will inspire your team to emulate you.

2. Stick to Integrity

People respect workers who have high moral values regarding their work. As a woman, you can face stronger competition from male counterparts that might affect your will to pursue the high-quality approach and you might be tempted to lower your standards. However, this will only set a bad example for your team and you will be left with mediocrity.

To set the highest standards for your services, you need to create and promote a culture of quality work. You have to instill in your team a pledge to produce work without compromising on quality. If you do it right, you will be successful at the first and the most crucial part of running a business.

3. Remain Focused

female business leadersThis is one of the most challenging aspects of being a female business leader, particularly when you are a working mother. Running a business is a full-time job that demands your absolute dedication and commitment. However, this can be a bit tricky when you are a housewife and a mother.

You want to work during the night, but you have errands to run. Similarly, you want to travel abroad, but you have a family who needs your attention. All these responsibilities can distract you from doing your job, and you have to struggle really hard to focus on your role as a business leader.

Once you successfully achieve that focus, it will become a lot easier to achieve the desired results for your business.

4. Maintaining Relationships

As a business leader, you will be dealing with a good many people including your team, business partners and vendors. At the same time, you will be looking after your family. So it will never be easy to make the transition from a housewife to an entrepreneur. You will have to be extremely good at managing your relationships if you want to make your dream business a reality.

What you will desperately need here is the ability to effectively manage your time between your business relationships and your family. You need to balance your attention to your professional and personal relations. Slogging yourself in your business only leaves you with mistrusts, insecurities and apprehensions.

5. Manage Your Fears

For decades, women have been considered weak. But times have changed. Now women are considered as strong as their male counterparts. This has been proven by famous entrepreneurs like Oprah Winfrey and Alison Prince.

As a female business leader, you’ll be competing with male contenders who will turn out to be strong competition. So you will most likely be dealing with fears and insecurities that might make you want to quit after a time.

In such a scenario, you’ll have to learn to manage your fears and reassure yourself that you are as strong as the opposite gender. Rather than making your fears become your weakness, you should channel them to help you achieve your goals in life.

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Female business leaders are shaping the corporate world. You could become one of them by following the above-mentioned 5 secrets to success.


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Meet the Author: Skornia Alison

Skornia AlisonSkornia Alison is a Life Coach cum Business Consultant at essay valley. She has a knack for writing insightful posts on business leadership and business management. Nowadays, she is busy blogging about female business leadership.


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Working Mom Interview – Patricia Talavera

Patricia Talavera is one half of the tech genius duo behind SYT Biz, a WordPress website design company. Patricia helps other women entrepreneurs play in their zone of genius by them allowing us to play in hers: web design. She helps them get out there in a really BIG way online so they finally have the time to do the type of work that they love.
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Patricia Talavera

Patricia Talavera

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Working Mom Interview Q & A

1. Do you stay at home, work at home, or work-outside the home?

I work from home.

2. How many kids do you have?

One.

3. What’s your go-to dinner during the week? Do you care to share a recipe?

Turkey burgers. The ones I buy are already seasoned and don’t have to be defrosted beforehand so it’s easy to make at the last minute.

4. What are your best tips for staying sane?

Write it down. When I start to get overwhelmed, I do a brain dump. It helps to have everything written down because I can see what’s really pressing and what I can let go of. Even just getting it on paper helps to calm my mind because I don’t feel like I have to remember everything anymore.

5. What are your favorite tools for time/household management?

Evernote is a great place to keep all sorts of information. I use it to keep all my ideas for my business, and also for personal stuff like tracking vendors for my vow renewal next year. It saves me a lot of time to keep it in one place rather than to have to find the information over and over. Trello is great too, I use it for tracking projects but it can easily be used for personal to-do’s as well. You can access it online and on mobile so you can use it anytime.

6. Do you have pets? If so, what kind?

No pets, I’m pretty allergic.

7. What are your hobbies?

I read, although not as much as I used to. I also like creating things that I’ve seen on Pinterest, although it never quite turns out like the pictures.

8. What’s on your bucket list?

I want to take my daughter to the Philippines to meet the rest of my family. I haven’t been back home in over 15 years, and she was born here in the U.S. So it would be nice to take a trip as a family.

9. If you work, what do you do? How did you decide?

I run a web design company with my twin sister. When I graduated from college, I took a corporate job. I ended up leaving a year later because I didn’t want to burn out at the age of 23. I decided to go into business with my twin sister because she was having trouble finding a job that could work around her husband’s schedule (he was active duty army). We started with web design, changed directions a few times, and ended back up at web design a couple of years ago. It’s the thing we could do all day if we weren’t getting paid, so it just made sense to make it the focus of our business.

10. If you work, what’s the most rewarding part about it?

Being able to help other mom business owners. One of our clients became completely self employed after her work with us; knowing that I can make that kind of difference means a lot.

11. If you could tell your younger self something, what would it be?

It really does get better. It sounds like such a cliche, but when you’re in the middle of something it’s easy to lose sight of the bigger picture. So if I could tell my younger self anything, it would be a reminder that this isn’t it, and it will definitely get better.
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Working Mom Interview – Michelle Reinhardt

Michelle Reinhardt works from home and likes to help women entrepreneurs with their Mindset. She believes that nothing changes in our lives until we first tackle and master that.
“Imagine aligning your soul, your million dollar mindset with a vehicle that can deliver your most treasured dreams.”

Michelle Reinhardt

Michelle Reinhardt

Working Mom Interview Q & A

1. Do you stay at home, work at home, or work-outside the home?

I work at home.

2. How many kids do you have?

Two

3. What’s your go-to dinner during the week? Do you care to share a recipe?

Gluten free Mushroom Risotto and Gluten-free Stir-fry Curry Vegetables

Yes, I’d love to share a recipe

4. What are your best tips for staying sane?

Meditate and breathe deeply.

5. What are your favorite tools for time/household management?

Google Calendar

6. Do you have pets? If so, what kind?

Yes, a beautiful 10 year old Beagle.

7. What are your hobbies?

Walking, netball, learning.

8. What’s on your bucket list?

It’s a very long list; up at the top is to take the family on an African Safari.

9. If you work, what do you do? How did you decide?

I work for myself; I wouldn’t have it any other way.

10. If you work, what’s the most rewarding part about it?

Flexibility.

11. If you could choose any career, what would it be?

A spiritual master.

12. If you could tell your younger self something, what would it be?

Don’t believe everything everyone else tells you. Learn the truth in your heart and follow it.
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Entrepreneur Interview – Teresa Hawley-Howard

Teresa Hawley-Howard is an author, speaker and life coach. More importantly, she is a survivor. Her journey will inspire and encourage you to live your best life now.

Entrepreneur Interview Q & A

1. What is your business/Business Name? What does your business do?

The name of my business is Women on a Mission. I help women tell their stories and to work through what is holding them back from making their dreams become reality.

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Teresa Hawley-Howard

2. Why did you get into this field? What opportunities did you see?

I survived my past and learned to turn it into my passion instead of pain. I knew others needed to do the same.

3. What have been your biggest challenges?

Learning to monetize my passion and to stay focused on my mission.

4. What has been your greatest reward?

Helping others and being able to speak into the lives of women and girls.

5. If you could change something, what would it be?

I would have started earlier.

6. If you could give a new entrepreneur advice, what would it be?

Never give up on your dream!

Not everyone is going to get it! Not everyone is going to support it! But if you are passionate about it don’t give up !

7. Social Media. Yay or Nay?

Yes!

8. How do you market your products?

Social media, in person at events, website

9. Is your business a service or a product? If you are a product, how do you handle production?

I have books and programs, and I make sure my quality is high. If there is something I don’t know how to do, I ask for help.

10. What is unique about your business?

Me! There is no one more passionate or committed than me to my dream and my clients.

11. Sell me your product/service.

Are you stuck? Do you have obstacles that are keeping you from success? Is your past holding you back? Do you not know where to start on making your dreams become reality? Then contact me. I can help you make a plan, take action and love the life you live!

12. How can people get in touch with you? What’s your website/Contact information?



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Working Mom Interview – Angie Carter

Angie Carter is a mom of 3 and business owner. She made the transition from working for others to running her own business designing her own line of personalized totes in the wedding related space.

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Angie Carter

Working Mom Interview Q & A
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1. Do you stay at home, work at home, or work-outside the home?

I stay at home and manage my business from an onsite detached workshop.

2. How many kids do you have?

Three

3. What’s your go-to dinner during the week? Do you care to share a recipe?

Baked Chicken on the Grill

Mashed Potatoes/Gravy

Green Beans

Iced Tea

4. What are your best tips for staying sane?

Getting up early for quiet work time before the kids get up for school. And then staying up an hour after their bed time to tie up loose ends of the day.

5. What are your favorite tools for time/household management?

Keeping a regular work schedule, including breaks. I find that maintaining a regular schedule keeps your productivity is up.

6. Do you have pets? If so, what kind?

Yes; our family enjoys our 13 year old black Labrador retriever, Lady. 

7. What are your hobbies?

Reading, cooking and sewing.

8. What’s on your bucket list?

To visit all the places I lived as a child.

9. If you work, what do you do? How did you decide?

I decided to consolidate all my skills acquired over my working career in a variety of graphic design jobs to design/print/sew my own line of personalized totes designed for Brides, Bridesmaids, Bachelorette Getaways; personalized Wedding Welcome Bags, and Destination Wedding Totes. 

10. If you work, what’s the most rewarding part about it?

The most rewarding part of my work is knowing that I used my best skills to provide a quality product that any bride or wedding planner would be pleased with.

11. If you could choose any career, what would it be?

I would choose to be a lawyer because I like to analyze statistics and how the law applies in different scenarios.

12. If you could tell your younger self something, what would it be?

Don’t let the years go by without pursuing your dreams. Life is not as long as think. Life is quite short.
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Parenting is a Full-time Job. Is it Time for Help?

~by Meg Powell~

Parenting-compressorParenting these days is a full time job. If you are a mother and have ever felt that you just couldn’t get it all done, you are not alone. Between working and managing your household, managing the various activities of the children, homework, providing meals, cleaning up and returning all the weekly papers back to school for PTA, classroom assistance, etc., how does anyone have time for it all? What about the days the school is closed due to inclement weather, constant track out or summer camps, or illnesses that the kids keep bringing home? It is easy for a mom to feel frazzled and stressed out, even to the point of being frustrated or lashing out verbally at the children. No one wants to be that mom.

Have you ever felt that you needed another “you” to get it all done?

Many moms do not know that the au pair program provides childcare on a flexible schedule, so that basic things like morning lunch boxes are made, laundry is done and put away, and cheerios do not crunch under your feet in the kitchen. Because au pairs live with you, they are able to ease the stress of daily tasks so that you are able to enjoy the time with your kids and possibly welcome back a date night or two as well. Au pairs are adults who are there to help out with any tasks involving the children.

Au pairs can work up to 45 hours per week, 10 hours per day and 5 1/2 days per week on a flexible schedule that you choose. The cost is affordable at around $350 per week no matter how many children you have! In addition, au pairs develop a close relationship with the children and family, so the person caring for your children loves them and you know them well. They also could even teach the children a second language. The benefits to the family as a whole continue beyond the program and many families choose to host for years to come.

Having an au pair is not for everyone. If you don’t have the room in your home or cannot afford it, then this may not work for you. But for those who do have the room and can afford it, this is a good solution to help you get everything done that needs to get done.

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Meet the Author: Meg Powell

Meg Powell

Meg Powell

A Raleigh native and mother of three, Meg is the Area Director for AuPairCare, a premier au pair agency. She enjoys working with families to help make parenting easier. Whether it is finding time for themselves or helping to make time with the kids more enjoyable, hosting an au pair offers a variety of scheduling options parents today need.

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