How to Be Your Authentic Self in Life and at Work

How to Be Your Authentic Self at Work and in Life

If you look at inspirational moodboards or research life and career tips, there’s a good chance that you’ve come across the call to be your authentic self and to always be true to who you are. While this rallying cry has its problems – which I will discuss – there is something to be gained by living honestly. How you …

LA Traffic: Songwriter Mandy Bon's Creative Process Starts In The Car

LA Traffic: Songwriter Mandy Bon’s Creative Process Starts In The Car

Singer/songwriter Mandy Bon is an up-and-coming musician that any 20-something can relate to. From young love to the dreaded feeling of being stuck, her new EP, Traffic Jams, showcases four songs that articulate honest hopes and worries. Mandy composed, recorded, and mixed all four tracks on her new EP, and even took charge of most of the music video production, …

Constructive Criticism Difficult Employees

4 Steps to Deliver Constructive Criticism to Difficult Employees

Regardless of how incredible your colleagues are, you will, from time to time, need to deliver them some constructive criticism. How do you do so effectively without getting a defensive or negative reaction? It starts with understanding why an employee is difficult. Does she simply have a different communication or working style? Does he become defensive or angry when receiving …

How to Deliver Constructive Criticism to Difficult Employees

How to Deliver Constructive Criticism to Difficult Employees

No matter how amazing your colleagues are, you will sometimes need to deliver constructive criticism. How do you do so effectively without getting a defensive or negative reaction? It starts with understanding why an employee is difficult. Does she simply have a different communication or working style? Does he become defensive or angry when receiving criticism? Maybe an employee lacks …

Why Is Setting Boundaries So Important… And How Can You Do It?

Why Is Setting Boundaries So Important… And How Can You Do It?

A lesson many of us learn early in life is to set boundaries. That may mean drawing a line when you need time alone or being clear about things you aren’t comfortable saying or doing. Knowing what your boundaries are often comes from understanding your values and priorities. Setting boundaries is a necessary aspect of life – for yourself and …

How To Pursue An Entrepreneurial Idea: Our Most Powerful Tips

How to Pursue an Entrepreneurial Idea: Aidan Vuocolo’s Most Powerful Tips

Have you ever considered starting your own business? Have you ever been struck with an exciting idea that could change the way you work? So many of us want to pursue an entrepreneurial idea, but we don’t always know how. Luckily, there are experts out there who can help. Aidan Vuocolo started Stories Behind the Grind and, through interviewing the …

How to Mitigate Conflict at Work so Everyone Wins: A 4-Step Process

How to Mitigate Conflict at Work so Everyone Wins: A 4-Step Process

Conflict is a natural part of two or more people working together. This means that you’re likely to run into your fair share of disagreements throughout your career. How to address these situations is the difference not just between good and bad relationships at work. It’s also the difference between a strong leader and a weak one. While conflict can …

are dream jobs important in today's world?

Are Dream Jobs Important in Today’s World?

Ever since we were little, we’ve been asked what we want to be when we grow up. A doctor? Maybe a firefighter? And as we grew older, we needed to create 5-year career plans, choose our college majors, and take steps to reach our dream jobs. But how many of us have the same goals now that we did 20 …

Words are Power

Words Are Power: How to Wield Them Effectively

Like it or not, language matters. How you say things matters. If used incorrectly, language can cause others to judge you harshly. But, when used correctly, it can transform your life for the better. Words are power. How can you wield them effectively in the workplace? Here are some of our top tips. First and foremost, language is most powerful …

Women Negotiating Raises

How Women Can Gain Confidence in Negotiating Raises

Negotiating raises can be difficult or even scary for a lot of people, but it seems especially so for women. Why are so many women reluctant or even afraid to ask for a raise? How can we overcome these feelings? We could have an entire discussion about how societal norms can harm a woman’s confidence and feelings of self-worth. But …

Purposeful Discomfort & Career Growth

Purposeful Discomfort & Career Growth: Get Out Of Your Comfort Zone

Oftentimes, the only way to grow is to get outside your comfort zone. Likewise, it’s not surprise that purposeful discomfort goes hand in hand with vigorous career growth. What is purposeful discomfort? It starts with learning a new skill, flexing your work paradigm, and experiencing new concepts or foreign ideas. You may feel a bit out of balance, and it …

20 Firsts: Amazing Women Pioneers of the 21st Century

20 Firsts: Amazing Women Pioneers of the 21st Century

The future is female, and more and more lately, we’re seeing incredible women pioneers accomplishing great things. Women in work – across a wide range of fields – are earning recognition for their discoveries, advancements, talents, and commitments to excellence. From music to race car driving to chemistry to space travel to economics to politics, women are slaying every industry …

Secret of Getting Ahead is Getting Started

The Secret of Getting Ahead is Getting Started

Mark Twain has widely been attributed as saying that “the secret of getting ahead is getting started.” His words ring as true now as they did a hundred years ago: If you want to reach your destination, you have to take that first step in the right direction. While this is true across all aspects of life, it’s especially important …

Relationships Personalities Friendships

Relationships, Personalities, & Friendships in the Workplace

Relationships in the workplace can be tricky. Should you befriend your co-workers, or is it better to keep the relationship strictly professional? How can you develop strong relationships with your co-workers to build a solid team? How do you determine whether friendships at work are hurting you professionally? On the flip side, you may have to work with people you …

Bridging Generational Gap - Attitudes, Approaches, Perspectives

Bridging the Generational Gap in Attitudes, Approaches, & Perspectives

Our workforce today is as diverse culturally as it is in the ages of workers. With millennials, boomers, Gen-X, and Gen-Z doing business side by side, it’s natural for there to be some generational clashes. We recently shared a podcast about overcoming differences in communication styles. Now, let’s dive into how we can bridge the generational gap in attitudes, approaches, …