On the Ladder
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Being Heard

After pounding a point over and over to my former boss one day a few years back, she said, “Don’t worry. You are being heard,” indicating to me that she acknowledges my opinion and ensures she has taken it int...

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Love the One You’re With

I had the privilege to be a part of an arts marketing training last week that included some of Minneapolis/St. Paul’s best arts organizations. The last presentation of the four-day training was regarding audience retention. I...

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Change Agents: Geeky?

I was lucky enough to listen an amazing address about change in organizations last week, and had a bit of an “a-ha” moment. The presenter said, “To be an effective change agent in your organization, you have t...


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Speak With Certainty

I spent most of last week and the weekend at an exciting and fun training session with other nonprofit and arts marketing organizations. It was fabulous. But when you spend four days straight talking to the same people, you beg...

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The Closed Door

Baggage comes in all forms – relationships, specifically, but not just romantic ones. In a previous job, I had a boss who would yell at someone for fun. I mean, really, she didn’t mind yelling in front of everyone. ...

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Connect and Reconnect

It’s easy to set a New Year’s Resolution to do something better that you don’t do well. Not for me. My New Year’s Resolution is to do something better I already do well – and more strategically. My...


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Vision Board

In December/January of 2008, my boss at the time bought our staff a training on “The Secret.” The instructor gave us a whole load of what at the time I thought was bullshit about stating your intentions, putting you...

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Stop Hovering

Have you ever had that boss who constantly stands over you wondering what you’re doing. “How’s that project coming, Sally? Do you have some numbers for me to look at, Bob? When will I see results, Lucy?”...

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Email Bitch Blasts

We’ve all seen those episodes of the Real World where one 19 year old girl yells at another 19 year old girl with the words, “Don’t talk behind my back. Say it to my face.” This concept has always boggled my mind. If yo...


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The Catalyst of Fear

One of my favorite boss-isms from my favorite former boss is this, “Fear can either paralyze you or mobilize you.” And as Halloween came and went, we all had a little bit to think about when it comes to the classical unders...