How To Avoid A Jerry McGuire Moment

The thought that business is strictly business and not personal is an interesting one. We are such emotional beings whether man or woman that to remain business only and all the time is a stretch at best. Some people handle the personal, what I will call the emotional side of the coin better than others.

Remember  the movie Jerry McGuire (from 1996)  and the moment  Jerry walks off the  job?  I suppose some people may view the Jerry McGuire moment  as  an opportunity to get on your office soapbox.

You have the attention of your co-workers (and management) and can tell them really what you think.  In addition, you offer a lucky person to feel as liberated by walking out with you, goldfish in hand. You can relive the Jerry McGuire moment on YouTube.

What will that get you? A moment of gratification, perhaps. Surely it will  buy you a ticket to the unemployment line which is a long one these days. Continue reading

How to Deal with Corporate World Frustration

Corporate. It’s a word that means many things to many people. It’s a part of the American culture. If you’re a working mom in the corporate world, it’s a part of you, too.

I’m sure you, like me, may have your buttons pushed every now and then. Over the last two weeks, I’ve had the buttons pushed repeatedly for various reasons. Rather than practice my own techniques of positive self-talk, using my corporate armor or simply walking away from it, I engaged.

Yep, I voiced my frustration in meetings. I vented in cube land with a co-worker. I went out for drinks after hours to “discuss” work. In all these instances, it was the same thing. Complaining. Continue reading

Why Call It Failure Anyway?

So many Americans are unemployed. People are sending out resumes and interviewing with the hope they land the next stop in the career as soon as possible.

Being positive during an interview is an important element of the hiring process. Companies typically want and need upbeat, positive people who are willing to work hard.

Interviewing is a way to get to know the people at the company (and the company culture) as well as a process whereby the company representative has the opportunity to learn about you, their potential new, fabulous employee.  Continue reading

What’s Your Corporate Personality?

Corporate PersonalitiesI’ve been in the corporate world for many years and have worked at large-sized companies as well as small corporate environments. Over the years, I’ve been fascinated by the many personalities I experienced along the way. A company large or small is filled with a “cast of characters” and each character has his or her own set of business and career goals in mind. Pretty simple, isn’t it? Continue reading

Book Review: Chicken Soup for the Working Mom’s Soul

Chicken Soup for Working Mom SoulI remember after graduating college and embarking on my corporate journey, I picked up the 1st edition of Chicken Soup For The Soul. I was going through some major life changes and entering the corporate world was one of them. Coming from the retail industry, corporate was a big shock to my  system. With over 100 short essays, I instantly felt inspired and empowered by the stories of so many different people. It’s amazing what people can do with a positive attitude.

I recently stumbled across Chicken Soup For The Working Mom’s Soul when I was researching books about being a working mom. I hadn’t picked up a Chicken Soup/Soul book in many years and was  taken back  by the many, many books that are now part of the series. No matter the issue or challenge you are facing, they have some chicken soup for it. You name it, they’ve got it! Continue reading

Don’t Miss Tips For New Moms Returning To Work

You’ve been on maternity for 3 months and the dreaded return date is near. How you transition back into work can have so many variables and a huge impact on your outlook as a working mom. I’ve transitioned back to corporate after a 4 month maternity leave for both of my babies. A good friend shared with me that the sometimes the anticipation of the return can be much worse than the act of actually going back to work. Of course everyone is different.

What I learned with my first  maternity leave was to enjoy the time in the present and not worry about the day I had to go back. I kept that mindset with my second leave and was able to savor the moments so much more. When the date of return got closer I did the following things to ease my transition. I also included links to other posts I’ve written on the various topics noted. Continue reading

Family Talk: What’s appropriate at the office?

We spend so much time in the office that it’s easy to develop friendships with your co-workers. A solid relationship with a fellow employee makes collaborating on projects even more enjoyable. Gossip, chat and a good vent about work or home comes with the territory.

When you are talking about your family at work, how do you know if you are sharing too much or if the topic is inappropriate?

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Where Would You Draw The Line When Seeking Employment?

What will people do to land the next job? We all have our boundaries we draw but we also have our portfolios that can easily diminish following a job loss. Americans are going to extremes to land the next job. Would you have plastic surgery to improve your chances for a job?

The question was explored by a recent Good Morning America broadcast. The story revolved primarily around an unemployed female who had a face-lift to feel better about herself and potentially land her next job. To her, the procedure resulted in a boost of confidence and self-esteem. She also believed it would better her chances during job interviews. Younger, faster, better, right? Continue reading

The Board Meeting

I was informed I had to present a major project to my company’s Board of Directors. I know that sounds like an enormous undertaking but I don’t work for a large company so I was a little nervous but not off the charts scared. My manager and I had two weeks to prepare for the meeting.

The team I am on was responsible for a total rebrand of our company. For us, rebranding meant an overhaul of the corporate look/feel, corporate color palette, logo, collateral suite and web site. Not a little task. We were at the point of unveiling our masterpiece. If the board meeting went well, then I would have the opportunity to present the same material to the entire company one week later. No pressure, right?

Preparations were underway. I worked on my presentation day and night for the two weeks leading up to the big meeting. A couple days prior, we completed some practice runs and I was ready. I could give the presentation in my sleep. Then, it happened…
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