4 Hard Leadership Lessons Learned From a Fallen Weiner

Sep08
Photo Credit: John Moore / Getty Images Portions of this blog were originally published in July, 2013. What's curious is that it's as relevant today (to both Weiner and our culture), as it was three years ago when it was first written. The salient question is this: What can we learn from Weiner, as leaders and as humans? Once again, politician Anthony Weiner has been caught in flagrante delicto. It’s deja vu, all over again. Just a fe...
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The Ultimate Guide on How to Advance Women Now!

Aug05
She told me she felt dismissed, irrelevant, invisible. She told me she didn’t feel as though she mattered; she couldn’t recall the last time she’d been validated. She wondered what was wrong with her; what she could have done differently and what she should now do over. “She” is a leader-- a high potential senior manager who has worked for the same tech firm for the past decade. She loves her company, but she doesn’t thi...
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Don’t Call Me MS. BOSSY PANTS!

Jul07
A while ago I sent a business associate an email following up on an introduction she'd made for me. She responded with "I do appreciate your enthusiasm but it can feel a bit overbearing, to be honest." What?! First, I was flabbergasted! Then, I searched the online dictionary for the word 'overbearing'. After that, I was hurt. In case you're curious, the synonyms for overbearing are: bossy overly authoritative domineering au...
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Savvy, Sexy, Smart? Not on LinkedIn!

May26
Recently my 18-year-old daughter poked her head in the door of my office to let me know that she was headed out to spend time with her girlfriends. Distractedly, I looked up to say goodbye. I almost gave myself whiplash from the double take when I saw her. In place of my little girl stood a sexy, provocative, gorgeous, tiny ‘object’ dressed in skin-tight Lycra, over-the-knee heeled boots and make-up of the Kardashian kind. Talk t...
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How to Change Your Mood in a Minute!

Apr28
First, I have a confession to make: I’m a reformed news junkie: The New York Times, CNN, the local newspaper and anything else I could squeeze into the cracks of my all-too-busy life. The news made me feel knowledgeable, easy to converse with, fairly interesting and a bit of an intellectual snob. The other thing it made me was sad. Very sad. All day long I’d flash back on something I’d read or watched, and I’d feel my bo...
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Your Inner Bag Lady

Apr06
In 2006, Allianz Life Insurance Company of North America first commissioned The Allianz Women, Money and Power Study (2013) in an attempt to better understand the unique relationship we women have with our finances. Here’s what they discovered: 48% of women earning $100K+ fear becoming a bag lady. 46% of all women fear becoming a bag lady. 90% of all women feel financially insecure. 3% of editorial content in women’s magazines is...
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When The High Price of Winning is That Everyone Loses

Mar24
Two hours. That is precisely how long it took, after the announcement that Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia had unexpectedly passed away in his sleep, for the Republican Party to announce that they would not approve ANY nominee that President Obama submitted to the Senate to replace him. Not only that, but they will not give any consideration to anyone nominated by President Obama. No. Matter. What. We are mired in a national epidemi...
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Are You Competent OR Are You Liked?

Jun05
Yes, you read that correctly. In 2003 Harvard Business School conducted what is commonly known as the Heidi/ Howard Study on gender differences. Subsequently there has been significant research supporting the study’s conclusion, which is that women are perceived as either being competent OR likable, but rarely both. This double bind for women in large part stems from 'role congruity'—our expectations of how women and men are 'supposed' to b...
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Don’t Call Me “Ms. Bossy Pants”!

Mar18
A couple of weeks ago I sent a business associate an email following up on an introduction she'd made for me. She responded with "I do appreciate your enthusiasm but it can feel a bit overbearing, to be honest." What?! First, I was flabbergasted! Then, I searched the online dictionary for the word 'overbearing'. After that, I was hurt. In case you're curious, the synonyms for overbearing are:         bossy              ...
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