On the Ladder

The “Clear as Mud” Issue of Accountability

There is a reason job descriptions exist. And whether you realize it or not, they’re not there to tell you what to do every day. If you really looked at your job description and structured your day 9 to 5 to include only ...

How to Get it Done

If I had a marketable silver bullet for focusing on projects and avoiding distractions, I would be writing this post from a gilded chair, using a pile of money for a footrest. That’s because focus and distraction avoidance ar...

Gift Giving in the Office: Should You or Shouldn’t You?

Lately, as the holidays loom near, one of the questions I’m hearing most is the etiquette of gift giving when it comes to your coworkers. I’ve asked a few experienced HR managers and bosses alike, and we’ve co...


What’s a “Hot Job” and How Can You Get It?

The Washington Post, and a new report from Catalyst are finally starting to put our fingers on one of the major problems for women in business and the reasons women aren’t getting ahead as fast as men. And it’s not ...

Five Ways to Win Your Audience

As a successful career girl, public speaking will definitely be part of the job.  Whether you a presenting to the CEO, on a panel with your peers, or pitching to a client, this may cause anxiety for some.  If you were not bor...

From Dread to Delight: Get Creative and Take Control Of Your Holiday To-Do List

During the holiday season, there is a tendency to feel dread for the things that either a) need to be done or b) we just FEEL have to be done, but they don’t really. And the crazy thing is…we don’t typically attempt to th...


So You Want to Write a Book?

All over America, there are men and women who have included “write a book” on their proverbial bucket list. Whether it’s a science fiction novel or a family memoir or a gripping suspenseful thriller, wanting t...

Must-Reads of 2012

In 2012, I read fewer books than any previous year. I think it’s because I chose quality over quantity. I read a handful of books so profound, creative, or life changing that I didn’t need to pick up the next top seller...

Things Everyone Should Master Before 40

The big 4-0 is a milestone for any woman. I still remember when VH1 created an entire special that lasted multiple days about Madonna turning 40. It was as if no one expected the Material Girl to make it to that point in her li...


Fitting In: How Important Is Company Culture?

It seems like a pretty simple question to me now, but up until just a few months ago, after a brief stint working for a recruiting agency, I had no idea just how much company culture mattered to everyone involved in the workfor...