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How to quit your job nicely (and keep all your key relationships)
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5 Easy steps to quit your job, keep your work friends, and move on to better things.
January 12, 2015 at 9:30 am 0

If you're dying to quit your job screaming and yelling and pointing fingers at the "bad guys" in your office, that's one way to do it. But, you'll destroy so many relationships and goodwill that you'll pay for it the rest of your career.

So how do you quit graciously...even if you hate your boss, or your job?

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Multi-Tasking, or Multi-Time Wasting? Women & Work
December 8, 2010 at 3:28 pm 0

Multitasking


Women are famous multi-taskers. You know the kind. She's having a shower, brushing her teeth, planning her outift for the day, and sticking one hand out of the shower texting her client to confirm their meeting time. Sound familiar? Chances are if you are a woman, that's what your life is like. But does it get you anywhere faster, make you achieve more, and MOST IMPORTANTLY....does it make you happy? How much of the multi - tasking is truly essential? How much is keeping busy? How much is wasting time? And how much is leaving you totally exhausted and unfulfilled? In an effort to achieve everything imaginable (because you've been told you can have it ALL), women are pushed and pulled and stretched to do all sorts of things at all times of the day. But is it necessary? What if we just sat back, did one task at a time. Focused on what we were doing. Said no to helping everyone out all the time. Just took care of what we are supposed to take care of, instead of doing loads extra on top. We would feel less stressed, less stretched, we'd actually complete projects, instead of having a million loose ends at all times, and we'd feel pretty accomplished. Are you ready to take a pause, figure out if it's essential and then just FOCUS? It could be the start of a less stressed, higher achieving and happier you. ....That seems to be something worth trying out!
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5 Tips To Deal With Office Conflict
July 16, 2010 at 4:32 am 0

Ready for boxing

Recently Ali de Bold of ChickAdvisor asked me to write an article on office conflict. Office conflict is soooo incredibly stressful, and how you deal with it determines how successful you will be in your career. For the article I wrote about how to deal with office conflict, escalate to senior management, and when it's time to move on. Check out the article here
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What It’s Like To Be Your Own Boss
May 27, 2010 at 11:22 am 0
employee of the month...every month!

employee of the month...every month!

If you are like most women climbing the corporate ladder you have dreams that one day, you'll have your own office, your own employees, and yes, your very own company. But what will that be like? Recently I started my own business. It was a huge transition from the standard office environment, and for me a very welcome one. I always knew that I wanted to work for myself - partially because I'm an incredibly independent person, partially because I didn't want to be held back by corporate culture, and partially because the very thing that makes you a great entrepreneur makes you a not so great employee for the vast majority of the companies out there. If you are a super motivated, forward thinking individual that loves to try new things, test things out, and always looking to advance there is often not a spot for you on the corporate ladder. Corporations exist because a lot of people are just doing what they always do, and that keeps things rolling along nicely. If you aren't happy to just toe the line you either become a threat, an easy target, or you just don't fit in and find yourself standing alone on an island at work. Or worse yet, you work at an intensely political environment where it's more like a snake pit than an agreeable workplace - and in those places the entrepreneurial mindset does not work at all. And that very thing that doesn't work in corporate cultures does WONDERFUL things for you as an entrepreneur. Quite frankly, you just get shit done. And you do it well. And it's cool stuff that you get to work on. There are some amazing things about owning your own business: - You set the hours - You figure out how hard you want to work - You figure out who you want to work with, and who you'd rather not - You don't have to pussyfoot around irritating office politics; as an outsider you don't have to care - You don't have to deal with a boss - If you know a project will work you just go with it...often your gut will not lead you astray - You get to feel proud of what you have achieved on a daily basis - And best of all only you place limitations on your success. If you can break beyond your comfort zone and try new things, pick up the phone to make a few calls and keep it all together you'll soon find out it's pretty easy. And then there are some not so amazing things: - You may miss the company of having colleagues around - It's harder to bounce ideas of other people and build something great as a team...it's just you, and the few friends that answer your calls for creative input - You can so easily start working all the time! Last month I worked everyday (but it was worth it) - If you are not outgoing making those cold calls, introducing your company or asking for business can be absolute torture! - You may have dry periods where no work comes in and that means no money! But overall working for yourself is truly amazing. The very simple things in life are so easy again; going to the doctor is now possible without seven cancelled appointments first because your office life took a priority. You can take a walk in the afternoon for an hour to brainstorm ideas, and it actually is work! If you are exhausted on Tuesday and the work is just not happening you can stop, and pick it up when the ideas start to flow again. And it's that exact freedom coupled with discipline that makes the entrepreneurs life a dream! If you are interested in starting your own business be sure to read the following: Introducing Fabulous and Fearless Female Entrepreneurs Interview with Lisa Ng: Owner of Hello DJ Interview with Ali DeBold: Owner of Chick Advisor
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How To Deal With A Diva Boss: Get Ahead Tips
May 17, 2010 at 11:00 am 0
Bitch I'm Da Boss With all the craziness in the economy over the last two years even the top bosses are feeling insecure in their jobs...which doesn't bode well for the underlings. Crazy deadlines, no praise, damnation for small errors, and ignored emails are tell tale signs that all is not well with your boss. Here are some great tips on how you can deflect the bad energy that's being downloaded on to you from the levels above. Your boss says: It's late I know, but have this ready for me tomorrow by 8am" What she means: I know this is a crazy request, but my bosses are on my ass to get this done ASAP, so help me out and get it done! What you do: Involve your boss in the process and ask her what she would do to make it a success - by asking her and getting her advice it's harder for her to blame you later if things don't go well. Your boss says: Zip, zilch, and she never replies to any of your emails. What she means: I'm really, really, busy and very, very stressed. Keep me in the loop, but don't ask for direction unless it's urgent What you do: Don't leave all the decisions in her hands. You can keep her in the loop, and tell her the actions you are going to take by a certain date - just make sure you've given her enough time to read the emails and respond if necessary. If you really need something set up a meeting so you can have your questions answered, but make sure you come in with clear questions and have strict objectives for your meeting. The last thing you want is for her to get annoyed because she thinks you wasted her time with an unnecessary meeting. Your boss says: You haven't finished that yet???? What she means: I'm stressed, very busy, have lots of pressure to make miracles happen. Since I'm overwhelmed and you're standing in front of me, I'm taking it out on you! What you do: Take it. Sorry, that's the truth. Sometimes you're boss is going to need to vent, and if you happen to be the unlucky person standing in front of her, than you just have to take it. Don't get weepy, and don't take it personal - we've all freaked out at someone because something else was bothering us. *Image courtesy of Jewlzbailey
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Starting a New Job: Getting Your Groove Back
March 18, 2010 at 12:51 pm 0
When Donald Trump utters the words “Your Fired”, it makes for must-see t.v., but when your boss says, “We no longer require your services”, it’s a whole different ball game. This is exactly the situation Heena found herself in five months ago. But what now? Since her last post Heena has secured a great job in a company that's just perfect for her. Here's the story on what it's like to go back to work after a few months out of the work force. Starting a new job after being out of the workforce for a period of time can be quite daunting. Much like your first day at a new school, you face the same anxieties as a sixth grader – ‘what do I wear, am I smart enough and the all important – will people like me?’ On my first day on the job, I admit I took special care to look my best – professional but not overly stuffy, choosing my outfit the night before and setting the alarm clock a half hour early to ensure I had enough time to have breakfast and the necessary jolt of caffeine. Trekking to the subway in the morning I felt as though I was in a time warp – as if I had not been out of work for a period of months. It seems funny that when you are looking for work you feel as though the rest of the world is moving on without you. But as soon as I heard the familiar subway chimes and squeezed onto the overflowing car, I knew that the old adage “the more things change, the more they stay the same,” couldn’t have been truer. As I made my way to my new office I felt a nervous flutter in my stomach and started to sweat under my tweed jacket and wool skirt. I took a few deep breaths and made sure my hands weren’t clammy for the round of introductions and handshakes that were sure to follow. As I stepped off the elevator, I felt like a little girl, excited by the prospect of something new and filled with the desire to fit in…. Two months later, I can safely say that I am really enjoying my job. As with all things new, there was a learning curve and you’ve got to accept that it will take some time before you reach the top. The more important thing, in my view, is building a solid foundation of professional relationships to navigate the curve and make it easier to climb. Of course, you will have to prove yourself in the initial period with both your hard and soft skills. This stage is crucial in your career, as this is when you will build your reputation. The following are a few tips on how to successfully navigate the pitfalls of the corporate jungle. - Always act in a professional manner, whether in one-to-one interactions, over e-mail or the telephone; - Don’t get involved with office politics – it is important to be aware of them but do not engage in them; - Be cordial and friendly with co-workers but don’t over share – boundaries are important in working relationships; - Make sure you understand expectations early on – you don’t want to be surprised when you fail to meet them; - Exercise a high degree of honesty and integrity in everything you do – take responsibilities for failures and live up to commitments; - Understand the corporate culture – view on coffee breaks, jean Friday’s, involvement in team social activities etc. Work is a very curious thing, while we all need to work to support ourselves, in many cases, a large part of our self worth is derived from what we do. If you don’t like what you’re doing and you don’t enjoy the people you work with, it may be time for a change. While the grass may not always be greener, you’ll never know if you don’t dare to look.
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How Much Change Is Too Much?
November 24, 2009 at 12:53 pm 0
Most girls love change. We change our clothes a few times every morning, our accessories every day, our hair a few times a week, and sometimes our male companions monthly and jobs and homes semi annually. But how much change is too much? When the major components of life - living, loving and labouring - are always changing, it may be too much. There’s something nice about constants in life. Like work you've maintained for years, friends you've had since grade school, or homes that have been in your family for generations. It says you're rooted, comfortable, and reliable. Maybe your vacations change, or your Tuesday dinners, but you're not always in flux. People know what to expect from you...and you've passed the test of time in many situations. You don't have disposable friends, temporary housing, or castaway career ambitions. Like most girls I love change. I thrive on it...it fuels me up and gives me energy. I find nothing more exciting than travelling to foreign soil and being thrown in a land of surprises, where everything is changing and dramatically different than what I'm used to. I've lived all across Canada, moved to France without speaking more than 20 words of French, and migrated to Asia without a clue of what I was getting into. But when I got engaged so much change was on the table. Was I going to change my name? Was I going to sell my apartment, move into my fiancés apartment, rent another one, or buy a house? What about a family...were we going to try right away? Were we going to have a big wedding, a small wedding, a destination wedding, a themed wedding? Were we going to have another one in Argentina (where my fiancé is from)? And that was just too much change. So for now, I'm going to get married and move into my fiancé’s apartment after we get married. And when, and only when, those changes have settled in I'll be ready for more change.
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Stolen Moments
August 19, 2009 at 2:03 pm 3

Sometimes we’re given stolen moments of time, when our appointments end early and we have no pressing plans. Of course we have things we could do to fill the time, clean, go to the bank, call our boss, check work emails……..but really since no-one is expecting us at this time why are we in a hurry? These are the stolen moments that help restore some of the peace in our lives. So sit back, look around, sip a cool drink, and relax. Take some time to reflect and cherish your stolen moment. It will help to restore some of the balance in your life and you won’t feel so hurried in your life all the time. Feeling guilty? Don’t! You’ve earned it.
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