Calendar closeup on Christmas Eve/New Year's Evewith orange maker

2020. A year that none of us could have imagined. I can’t even begin to figure out how to process 2020. Much less my feelings. I think it will be sometime before I can lower my defense walls to allow that to happen. The sheer loss alone is unimaginable. We all have suffered such emotional…

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Wrapping paper and text saying happy holidays

The coronavirus has altered how we normally would celebrate the holidays, to say the least. It hasn’t though taken away all the preparations for the holiday season. Because of these added things to juggle along with our everyday lives, the holidays usually bring extra stress, and with the COVID-19 level of stress we are all…

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African American woman and Caucasian women sitting across from each other at an office desk

Managing up sometimes gets a bad rap. You’re not in elementary school anymore where you might have been made fun of, called a “suck up” or the “Teacher’s Pet.” This is a critical skill set in the corporate world and important to your career and job satisfaction. Whether you have the best manager in the…

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Sunset on the Beach

Unofficially, when we pass the Labor Day holiday, summer is in the rear-view mirror and fall is ahead. During these COVID-19 times, the workload seems to only get bigger and the days longer. Yet, our attitude shifts a little during summer. We are outdoors more enjoying the weather, vacations/stay-vacations happen, if you have kids, they’re…

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Woman on zoom meeting

Zoom fatigue is real. It seemed novel in the beginning, but now with week after week of 8-10 hours a day 5 days a week it is exhausting. You are not able to have the usual eye to eye contact; the person speaking is looking into the camera while everyone else is looking lower at…

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Gratitude During COVID-19. Is it Overused?

The word gratitude. I have been hearing, reading, seeing that word everywhere since the beginning of this pandemic. Do you think it is being overused? I would say it is not overused for good reason. As humans, we tend to focus on the bad things in our lives. Showing gratitude for the people and things…

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Even Pandemics Give Rise to Opportunities

We are living in a pandemic that we have not ever experienced in our lifetime. And yet, there are opportunities to be learned from it. We are seeing short-term opportunities that can be translated into long-term solutions such as those related to air pollution that is choking our cities. As leaders, as humans, it is…

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Tips on Reducing Stress and Anxiety During This Pandemic

If you listen to my question of the week, I was going to write about Common Mistakes Leaders Make. After listening to people this week, a common theme I heard was around increased stress and anxiety. Hence, this blog. Hope it helps. These days, most mornings I wake up and think about the movie “Groundhog…

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Strategies to Build Support Between You and Colleagues

With everything that is going on, it is even more important to build support between you and your colleagues. It’s easy to get caught up in the competitive pressure and heavy workloads which in turn cause tension. Strategies to building support between you and colleagues involve developing supportive relationships with your coworkers. The good news…

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