Thanks for Telling Me This, Kate!

Posted January 14, 2013 by Guest Writer in Leaders We Adore

Do you ever meet women at the very top of their game, and wish you could hear more specifics on how they really made it to the top? Over the holidays, I read I Shouldn’t Be Telling You This by Kate White, a former Editor-in-Chief for Cosmopolitan magazine.

Written in an entertaining manner, Kate spills on subjects you’ve always wanted to hear more about: thinking big, nabbing your first job out of school, succeeding in your first BIG job, managing men, and motherhood. You’ll read plenty of witty and no-nonsense suggestions, plus specific stories on how Kate overcomes obstacles and succeeds in her own career.

One part of the book resonates with me the most:

Drain the Swamp as You Slay the Alligators: ‘It means that when you’re working toward a long-term goal (draining the swamp), your time and energy can be eaten up by urgent, daily tasks (slaying alligators) that don’t necessarily aid you in achieving more important future objectives.’

Kate advocates that you simply must learn to do both. She does this by scheduling at least one hour per week to drain the swamp. For her, this means contemplating e-mails from readers on what they want to read. Or, doing something she loves the most: imagining new ideas over a glass of wine.

Guest Writer: Nicole Wetzell

A city girl with small town flare, Nicole Wetzell is an enthusiastic sales and integrated marketing professional for the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University. Always striving for excellence (but not perfection!), she delights in connecting with people and creating memorable and unique experiences for customers. Learn more about Nicole at

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