On the Ladder

10 Things Extraordinary People Say Every Day

Here at Career Girl Network, we’re fascinated (some might say obsessed) by the tasks, words, and beliefs that separate extraordinary people from ordinary people. What is it, we wonder, that makes one person a leader and a...

Conversation Tips for Building Relationships

I never set out to develop a personality that would uplift people. I don’t give fake compliments to make people happy, and I certainly don’t put myself down to make others look superior, but somewhere along the line I picke...

Surviving a Boss Who Yells

As a management consultant focused on finance and interim management, I’ve always worked in a male-dominated field.  And for the most part, that’s been a good thing.  I’ve learned how to be (or act!) more confident, how...


Capturing Time

If I could save time in a bottle….” ~Jim Croce A chart-topping oldie, the sentiment remains the same today as when the song was a huge hit in the seventies. It fires the imagination of many who deeply desire to hang...

Unlock Real Changes: THE Key To Making It Happen

In recent weeks, I’ve had more than a few people ask me, “Melissa, what’s important in choosing a coach?” All of these individuals are asking this question because they are considering coaching as a cata...

Direct and Home Party Sales Companies: Annoying, Empowering or Both?

As a little girl, growing up in North Dakota, my mom was a stay-at-home mother until both my brother and I were in school full time. During that time, though, my mom was what the 1980’s branded “The Avon Lady.”...


Lenten Update: May Cause Miracles Week 1

Last week, I let you all into my Lenten project – working through Gabrielle Bernstein’s book May Cause Miracles. I’m now 1 week into the project, and if any of you are doing it with me or interested in more in...

Why “Good Enough” is Never Enough. Or Is It?

There is a movement happening in American businesses today. It’s called “good enough.” Over the last few years we’ve seen books like Good Enough Mother, Good Enough is the New Perfect, The Case for Settl...

CIA Secrets to Enhance Your Career

The CIA is, without a doubt, one of the most efficient organizations on the planet. From sophisticated information gathering techniques to the ability to keep trade secrets a secret, the men and women of the Central Intelligenc...


Playing To Your Personal Strengths

Our personal strengths are expressed through the activities that we look forward to doing. They are the activities that leave us feeling fulfilled and empowered. They tend to energize us even as we get exhausted doing them. Wou...