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Cover Letters: Enough About You…Lets Talk About Me

I’m not reading your cover letter. I really want to, its just that I have a grant deadline, and someone just walked into my office, and now there is a meeting, and now its ten after six and I really need to get home to feed t...

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Want Better Meetings? Follow This One Golden Rule

  There are days were I feel like meetings will be the death of me. One after the other, each sit down adds to the to-do list, and then cruelly cuts into the time I need to actually do the work. Though useful to push proje...

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The Rundown: Skip the Small Talk

  Small talk is the enemy.  Small talk must end. So says writer Starlee Kine in an early episode of the popular radio program This American Life. In the episode (one that my sister and I often quote to one another) Kine s...


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Don’t Break the Chain: Keep Moving

We all learned Newton’s first rule of physics in grade school: An object at rest stays at rest and an object in motion stays in motion. But at the time we didn’t give much thought about how this played out in our own lives....

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Get Your Priorities Straight! Online Decision Making Tool

I am not decisive. I hem and haw in the cereal aisle, while reading take out menus and over cheap sunglasses at Target. Picking one pair of summer flats means I won’t be able to have all the rest of the cute shoes on display....

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Quick Trick to Feel Less Overwhelmed – Drop the “Busy Brag”

Tell the truth. Do you start every email message with an apology? Something along the lines of: Please forgive my delayed response, as I have been traveling this month and working on a number of deadlines. I’ll admit that I d...


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Negotiation Styles Around the World

More of us have the amazing opportunity to work in a global workplace with international colleagues and clients. Yet such diverse offices can offer unique challenges of communication beyond the basics of language.  We all know...

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Are You a Philanthropist?

Are you a philanthropist?  The question may seem laughable to many women in their early careers.  Most of us still consider cabs a luxury and we never order a cocktail without glancing at the price.  While we believe in, and...

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“I Have Learned Accommodation”: Lessons in Taking Up Space

The popular conversation around #BanBossy has sparked much needed dialogue about negative perceptions of women’s assertiveness.  The viral campaign brings attention to the way in which existing social and language queues di...


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Seeing Out of the Silo

Starting out in your career it can be hard to tell what issues are unique to your workplace, and what problems are ubiquitous, effecting everyone at every workplace, ever.  In my first full time job, my colleagues and I spent ...