In Closing – Michelle Obama’s “Becoming” (Book Review)

It took me a really long time but I finally finished Michelle Obama’s book, Becoming. It was a heavy, multi-layered, slow read that required me to pause and think deeply a lot. I don’t think it’s everyone’s cup of tea but despite some initial doubts, it turned out to be mine. About a third into…

I Can’t Be SuperWoman Today

‘You become. It takes a long time. That’s why it doesn’t happen often to people who break easily, or have sharp edges, or who have to be carefully kept. Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in the…

Women@Work: Relationship Capital – Invest to Earn

I hate networking events. I hate networking in general. It is so darn uncomfortable to try and graciously give and take elevator pitches for hours on end from and to people you are unlikely to ever see again. Be that as it may, I am not blind to the fact that the sort of performance…

Women@Work: That Cultural Handicap: Culture and The Workplace

 source “Culture is a collective programming of the mind that distinguishes the members of one group or category of people from another.” source Culture is a beautiful thing. It speaks to one’s roots and identity. It speaks “to the ideas, customs, and social behaviour of a particular people or society.” If one wants to be a…

Women@Work: Why You Need a Sponsor (Not the Sugar Daddy Kind)

Sponsorship is about putting your name and reputation on the line for someone else. It could be as simple as recommending someone for a new role, yet it’s one of the most powerful cultural tools any organization has ~ Lynne Doughtie You know that song by Teairra Mari in which she talks about finding a…

Women@Work: Competing Paradigms, Scrambled Brains and Michelle Obama

source “For me, being a mother made me a better professional, because coming home every night to my girls reminded me what I was working for. And being a professional made me a better mother, because by pursuing my dreams, I was modeling for my girls how to pursue their dreams.” ~ Michelle Obama Although…

Women@Work: Abundance Mentality v Scarcity Mentality

“There is a lie that acts like a virus within the mind of humanity. And that lie is, ‘There’s not enough good to go around. There’s lack, limitation and there’s just not enough. The truth is that there’s more than enough good to go around. There is more than enough creative ideas. There is more…

Women@Work: Empowerment is a Two-Way Street

“As women must be more empowered at work, men must be more empowered at home. I have seen so many women inadvertently discourage their husbands from doing their share by being too controlling or critical. Social scientists call this “maternal gatekeeping” which is a fancy term for “Ohmigod, that’s not the way you do it!…

Women@Work: Know Your Worth and then Add Tax

“Hard work and results should be recognized by others, but when they aren’t, advocating for oneself becomes necessary. As discussed earlier, this must be done with great care. But it must be done.” ~ Sheryl Sandberg In a recent conversation with an elderly, very experienced mentor, I was asked what should be a simple question:…