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It’s Bigger Than Just an “Office” – Thoughts on Colleague Relationships on the Anniversary of 9/11

It’s often debated whether having “friends at work” is good or bad. I’ve always had the opinion that being friends with your coworkers made life better and your work life more fun. On the other hand, I h...

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The One-Dimensional Dilemma

Today I want to tackle how people (including I) have a bad habit of judging other people and labeling them as one-dimensional. If you are a regular Kaliwood reader you know I believe that women can be strong, successful members...

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You Are the Company You Keep: Get Rid of Negative Influences

First of all, if any of these sound familiar to you, it’s a sign from the universe that you need to keep reading on: Your boss buys lunch for your entire staff one day. As everyone is going up to collect their food, someo...


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3 Tips to Prepare for the First Day of Work

I consider myself an excellent planner, whether it means crafting endless to-do lists or preparing for an event. I love to know – make that desperately need to know – exactly what to wear and what to carry in my handbag to ...

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Completing an Internship Program: Steps for the Intern and the Supervisor

It’s a shame to say it, but unfortunately summer is beginning to wind itself down. And with the end of summer comes the end of summer interns in your office. For many businesses, summer interns are key to success. Here at...

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How to Launch a Women’s Affinity Group in Your Office

Last week, Kathi Toll and I, along with nearly 80 other Chicago women had the incredible privilege of spending the morning with Violet Sistovaris and Carrie Hightman, two members of the leadership team at NiSource, one of Ameri...


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9 Rules for Managing Conflict at Work

Conflict. It’s a necessary evil we all have to face, both personally and professionally. But professionally, conflict is incredibly challenging. If you act out in conflict to your friends or family, you might have consequ...

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Down With Corporate Jargon! Use Real Words

You have all been in meetings where things devolve into buzzspeak: You know, going forward, net-net when we look at things apples to apples at the end of the day when we’re flying at 30,000 feet and collaborating on value...

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Improve Your Meetings This Week With One Simple Trick

Whether you’re in a meeting heavy corporate culture or your job requires you to have only a few meetings each week, meetings can be both a productive part of your job as a team member and frankly, a nuisance. While you al...


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The Good, The Bad and The Ugly: Navigating Corporate Politics

When you hear the term “office politics”, if you are like most of your peers you immediately conjure up negative images of self-promotion, “brown-nosing” and having to sacrifice your ethics and integrity...