Fired for Being Gay or Not Being Willing to Lie?

It happens with regularity: Another beloved, high-performing employee is fired because someone's discriminatory panties get in a twist. Today's example: After 19 years as a physical education teacher for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Columbus, Carla Hale was fired last month after an anonymous parent complained to the school that she had listed her female partner's name in her mother's obituary. ...more
Where's the catholic in Catholic?more

How to Host a Webinar (and Why You Should)

The bar for the know, like, and trust factor has been rising over the past few years. A decade ago, there was less competition. If you were online and wrote a few articles you were golden. Now, people want to get to know you in a deeper way before spending money with you. One way to do that in a very personal and virtual way is to host a webinar. Here's a great post from Judi Knight on how to do it well. ...more

The Power of Being a Person of Influence

What influence do you have on the people you lead? As a speaker and presenter, you have a responsibility: to the audience. What you say and do should have an impact on them. When you influence others you open doors for them - to new ways of thinking, a way of seeing with new eyes, to possibility, or to a new way of doing things. This post from Donna Lipman shares more about what it means to be a person of influence. ...more

How Being Negative Can Crush Your Career

No one likes to be with you when you're negative. If you're a manager, people will hate to work for you (but never tell you why). I can tell you that I used to have a negative streak about me. Not on purpose, my mind simply worked from seeing the negative and then working toward the solution. Unfortunately I verbalized my thought process and thus people thought I was pessimistic. I'm grateful to the person who pointed it out to me because I was able to shift that career crushing trait. This post from Alexis at 21st Century Gal is a great look at the dark side of negativity in the workplace. ...more
No. Negative people suck. lolmore

How Not to Be Late All the Time

When people are late they disrespect themselves and everyone else that is left waiting for them. It is personally one of my big pet peeves. I hate when I end up late because I value walking my talk. The Everyday Minimalist has some thoughts on the matter and tips to help you not be late all the time. ...more
She needs to get down off her high horse.more

How to Find the Recruiter or Hiring Manager for a Job

No excuses. You can't simply apply for jobs online and then call it a day. You must go the extra mile in today's ultra-competitive job market. It can be hard to know where to start (like where is the start of that "extra mile"?!). Melissa Anzman of Loosen Your White Collar gives you practical, tactical, easy-to-follow steps on where to start. ...more

5 Easy, Inexpensive Ways to Learn New Business Skills

Keeping your skills sharp is crucial for anyone who runs a business. Without the perk of company sponsored training, you have to do-it-yourself. Even if you attend formal conferences or hire mentors, there is still always more to learn. I believe in spending some time learning something new each and every day. You don't have to spend hours at a time. Simply 15-30 minutes a day will reap huge rewards. ...more

The Secret to Being a PhD Student

What is it REALLY like to be a PhD student? It's not always what it looks like from the outside looking in. U. Ejiro O. Onomake is a third-year doctorate student who lets us in on a very important secret of in this post. ...more

Advice from My 62 Year Old Self: 12 Key Lessons

I always love "advice to my younger self" type posts. Simply because if we are purposeful about it, we do become wise women as we continue to experience life. There are always some time-tested lessons (like - I should've listened to my mother!) and new epiphanies that only the living can bring. Here is a great post from Adela of The Black Tortoise on what her 62 year old self would say to her younger self. ...more

How to Fire Someone Respectfully

If you have employees, inevitably at some point you may have to fire one. It's not a task anyone looks forward to. It doesn't have to be mean-spirited or disrespectful however. That's why I thoroughly love this post from Lauren Bacon on how to fire someone with compassion and respect. Great advice for anyone who is or may be an employer one day. ...more