Leadership Strategies: Got a Question?

My 30-something niece called to ask my advice last night. Her boss, she said, kept sending notes suggesting she attend skill-building workshops. She worried that these suggestions obliquely signaled criticism of her performance. Yet her reviews had been stellar and the department she manages exceeded its goals for the year.My response?  Say “thank you,” go to the workshops, and then set up a meeting with your boss to discuss ways to implement what you’ve learned. She’ll be blown away. And you’ll have educational experience to add to your resume....more
I'd like to invite perspective on the relationship between mentoring and developing leadership ...more

Why Women Are Better Negotiators

Negotiating. As women we are often so hesitant to do it and it can cost us hundreds of thousands of dollars over our lifetime. Yet women are often better negotiators than men when we actually step up. Read this authentic and insightful post and see if you find yourself nodding in agreement. ...more

Families Disrupted by Technology

People freak out and get depressed when there's an interruption in internet access. We are that connected that worlds fall apart (or seem to) when we can't connect, can't be reached, or have more work to do. Yet what happens to family time when it is held hostage by the barrage of interruptions caused by this very technology? Depressing, yes? But there is more... read this personal account of one such occurrence with mother and daughter. ...more
@Radiant_Sara I cut the chains on the email inbox one day as an attempt at setting my own ...more

It's A New Year: Here They Come!

The students are coming into the building tomorrow. This has been a year of many changes. We have two new administrators (a principal and assistant principal), about thirty teachers new to the building, over half of them in their first year, and new standards that have created a huge curriculum shift in English. I don't feel ready, but I don't think I ever feel ready. You're never really ready for the kids until they're in your room, staring you down.  ...more
"I didn't get into education to help the kids who can help themselves." Amen to that!more

How to Manage Your Career or Business When Personal Crises Arise

All the business and career advice in the book is great. But, what happens when you're on the path to where you want to go when life intrudes in a major way? Do you stay on the path? Can you do it all? Do you have to give up the dream? I had to walk this very path last year myself and I learned a lot about myself and business in the process. ...more
Thanks for the great advice. My mom is getting older and is beginning to have health problems. I ...more

How Can I Make the Leap and Know I'll Succeed?

How could you take the leap? That is the question I often get asked as someone who left the confines of corporate america for the life of an entrepreneur. I went from "safe" to "risky" and yet what I know now is that "safe" was everything BUT. Love this take on the matter from Cassi Christiansen. ...more
@BlogHer Good article on how to use willpower to crash through your fears. I have found an ...more

3 Keys to a Brand That Stands Out

“You make a stand with your brand, when you put your stake in the space and build out your tribe and community”. I am so excited to be starting a six part series here on Blogher on this bold and important topic because I am so passionate about this and feel it is not getting the priority it needs to have in entrepreneurship and small businesses. ...more

The Truth About Self-Care

Self-care is critical for everyone especially practitioners in a helping profession (coaches, social workers, therapists, healers, etc.). However self-care isn't the same as self-indulgence. Learn the key difference and how you might be missing the mark on truly taking care of yourself so you can thrive in your life and business. ...more
Love the pic, the smile on her face is cute. :)more

How to Use Twitter to Attract Recruiters

Job searching can be a full-time job. Setting yourself apart from the crowd is key in this day of high competition. I love this post on how to use Twitter to help recruiters find and contact you. Easy to follow, practical advice. ...more
Paula, Thank you so much for featuring AvidCareerist.com on BlogHer. I'm honored! Donnamore

If You Could Go Part-Time, Would You?

“You look so much more relaxed,” my friend said to me after a cup of coffee last week. I didn’t think of it that way, but she’s right. After working full time with three kids for 10 months, I got the opportunity to make a (much needed) change. I thought about giving up my job, but I love to write. When I fall asleep at night, I’m often writing stories or blogs in my head. It’s not uncommon for me to arise, turn on the computer and pound out a few paragraphs. It’s what I’ve done for nearly 20 years as a journalist and an avid fan of words. ...more
As an employer of a part-time employee (4 years working 20 hours/week with benefits), I think ...more