On the Ladder

Career Coaching for Your Inner Critic

Your “inner critic” is getting a lot of press lately. Brene Brown’s TED Talk has become the talk of the internet, as has her book — all surrounding the idea of daring to face down your biggest critic ...

Can You Keep a Secret? Your Boss is Insecure

The authors of “The Knowing/Doing Gap” have figured out why your boss is such an asshole. And it might not be for the reasons you’d think. In their research, Jeff Pfeffer and Robert Sutton found that people wh...

Fix Your Funk: 3 Questions To Reboot Your Mind For A Productive Life Of Meaning

You are busy. There’s much to do in this one, precious life! And it’s important to keep yourself in a productive, happy frame of mind. We all have those times when we don’t feel that great inside. Although inevita...


The Cure for Work Stress

Stress. It’s both a burden and an excuse. When someone asks you to join them for lunch on Thursday you answer, “I can’t. I’m so stressed at work.” But are you really stressed? Or are you using stre...

Quell Negativity, Boost Performance. Simple as That.

One of Career Girl’s incredible writers, Danielle Bilbruck, recently wrote the article “Speak Up! Whispering Complaints Solves Nothing” in reference to the fact that rather than complaining at the water cooler...

3 Career Lessons Men Know That Women Don’t

I saw the headline – “3 Career Lessons That Men Know and Women Don’t” – and I thought, “Only 3?” They’ve had generations of the “old boy’s club” to learn these l...


Be A Rock Star: Don’t Give In To Your Negative Voice

Several months ago, I was interviewing for a sales job and the interviewer asked me a question common to business professionals, particularly those of us in sales: How do you handle rejection? Now, I was in sales management for...

Do You Still Need a “Fallback”?

I began my college career as a piano performance major. In my first week of piano lessons with a very strange German teacher, I heard these words (written phonetically so you’ll understand the thickness of this man’...

5 Expert Tips for Already Good Public Speakers

Because public speaking is the #1 fear among Americans, we recently brought you the article “Public Speaking for Career Girls.” And as discussion of this article circulated on LinkedIn and Twitter, we realized that ...


“Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go” – Using Music to Enhance Your Day in the Office

BrainPickings.org recently published “The Science of How Music Enchants the Brain” with the video below attached. It explains, in short, that music can surge our dopamine levels in the same way some drugs can. So if...