Book Review: Strengths Finder 2.0

Do you know your strengths? It’s likely you’re not able to use them every day while at the office or home. So many of us move through life without truly tapping into our talents and strengths. Strengths Finder has been around for many years. The first version came out in 2001 and my husband introduced…

5 Tips for Career Success

When I think about my career, five moments stand out as game changers. I never forgot the valuable lessons I learned and how each one taught me a way to manage to stay away from a career meltdown. 1) Avoid cardiac arrest with a side order of divorce One of my first corporate jobs was…

Why Gratitude Counts

“Attitude with gratitude.” It’s not a new phrase, but it’s one that sometimes gets left behind when we feel overwhelmed. At times I lose the gratitude and have  a bad attitude, the kind that is not productive or positive.

Book Review: Escape From Cubicle Nation

Are you in the land of cubes and ready to escape?  Pamela Slim sure was. I read her 2010 book Escape from Cubicle Nation: From Corporate Prisoner to Thriving Entrepreneur a couple times. The cover with the people looking over the cube walls is pretty funny and so are her references to the corporate satire Office…

Would you give your Facebook password to your employer?

I remember in the late 90s employees had it really good. It was at the height of the dot.com era and employees enjoyed extravagant perks, large salaries and more. It was an employees’ market. Times have changed and the tables have significantly over the last few years. We’ve experienced recessions before except this one has…

What’s Your Value In The Workplace?

With unemployment remaining at a sustained high and the state of the economy,  how is  an employee’s sense of value in the workplace? Research has shown the less value an employee feels  may  result in  reduced engagement at work  and lack of motivation. When you look around your office, does anyone stand out? Could it…

Problem Solving Skills That Will Save Your Sanity

Are your problem solving skills used at work also helpful at home? I think we all use problem solving skills between work and home without even realizing it. We just take a different approach depending on the audience. I wrote about dealing with a difficult manager a few weeks ago, which was really a problem solving…

The Dress Code Police

What is the dress code like at work? Casual for me. I’m so thankful for that, too. I worked at a company right after the dot.com bust that had a very strict dress code policy. I’m still grateful nylons were not part of the requirements, very grateful! We did have a no denim policy though. I don’t…

New Moms Heading Back To Work

10 Ways to Plan Your Return to Work and Reduce the Stress You’ve been on maternity for three 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. Sometimes the anticipation of the return can be much…

The Good Contagious

Summer is just about ending, but it wasn’t without a few colds that went around our house. My little guy caught a  bug and within a few days, little boo caught it, too. The bad contagious. The kind we want to avoid. I was heading home after a long day at work. The days have…