On the Ladder
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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...


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Don’t Negate the Work of Colleagues and Employees

There will always be projects we accomplish for nothing. Maybe we miss the mark, maybe our boss wasn’t clear on the desired outcomes. But we’ve all been there. You think you know exactly what needs to be done and when you f...

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It’s the Climb

Now who would’ve thought deep thoughts could come from Miley Cyrus – but they can. Ok, so it came from her songwriters, but still. Let’s pretend. If you look through my MP3 player, you’ll find the Miley ...

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Do You Text Your Boss?

I remember when text messaging first became available and even I, who is obsessed with technology, scoffed. Seriously, people, just pick up the phone. But years later, I’m a texter – even more so than emailing, Twit...


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Is the Best “Never Enough”

There’s a scene in the movie Wall Street where Darryl Hannah is coming out of the ocean, the sun is rising in the background and Charlie Sheen hands her a towel. She looks at him, smiles and says, “If I could have a...