Category: Career Building

The Incredible Power of Not Taking Credit | LinkedIn

Nothing limits your ability to achieve great things more than your desire to take credit for what you have achieved. This paradox is at the center of most problems that companies face. It boggles my mind, for example, when some leaders take credit for the success of their organization. I think: you are already CEO,…
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The Rules Are Made To Be Broken

     ~by Haley Lynn Gray~ I spent the first few years of my career under the misapprehension that if I worked hard and followed the rules, then I would do well in my career and rise through the ranks. What I didn’t know is that I had made a bunch of those rules for…
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Don’t Let Power Get To Your Head

~by Haley Lynn Gray~ It is said that power corrupts. Absolute power corrupts absolutely.   I’m pretty sure that most of us think of ourselves as good people who know right from wrong. We know what we believe in. So why is it that people start to go bad? Or rather, why is it that…
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Think Before Taking That Picture

I just had an interesting discussion with my daughter and some friends. They were taking pictures of themselves drinking sparkling grape juice for the New Year’s celebration, but one of them (ahem- my daughter) was trying to make it look like it was something more risque. We had to explain that she shouldn’t even take…
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Boss Labels Employee “Under-Achiever” For This… | LinkedIn

I spoke to a manager recently who was very upset. Why? She went to an employee with a new task and the employee commented aloud, “Good. I’ve been looking for something to do. My work’s been light lately.” The manager was infuriated by this statement. She couldn’t believe this was the first she was hearing…
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Don’t Send That Holiday Card (Unless You Mean It) | LinkedIn

This morning I opened a Christmas card from my realtor, whom I’ll call Gail. The cover had photos of her kids, and the inside had a note to me written by hand: “Erica, hope you and your family have a wonderful first Thanksgiving at Lincoln Road!” What’s the problem? Well, the main one is that…
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1 Life Tip: Know Yourself

My best tip for life, and living is to know yourself.  You may think from some of my posts, that I have the world’s most perfect home.  Nothing could be further from the truth.  In fact, what I have is a pile of toys stacked up about waist high behind me as I type this,…
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5 Reasons Revenge Doesn’t Work

I work with a lot of different types of personalities, and one of the ones that really is interesting to me are people who want to make someone else “pay”.  Whether it’s for revenge, to right a “wrong” or some other reason, there are no end of reasons for it.  I’m sure that there are…
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Let Go

  “We must let go of the lives we have planned for ourselves so as to have the life that is planned for us”. Truthfully, no matter how much you plan, things don’t always work out according to plan.  Layoffs happen.  People get sick.  People sometimes die.  Sometimes it’s best to let go, and pick…
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Smarter Planet — How to Build a Leadership Pipeline for Women — A Smarter Planet Blog

Smarter Planet — How to Build a Leadership Pipeline for Women — A Smarter Planet Blog.   It is no longer enough to recognize the value of women in the workplace, or even to encourage growth. To meet business objectives in the future, organizations of all sizes need to create an environment where women can thrive and…
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