Career

How do you remove the sting of formal feedback?

Consider that written feedback seems to be more piercing than the spoken kind. We can stare at it, revisit it. It seems more permanent and carries more lasting impact. It seers into our psyche. Try not to give negative feedback the entirety of your attention especially if you have glowing and more neutral feedback to consider. Let’s do some math: ➕ Count the number of positive statements ➕…

UNT Honors LMS

It’s incredible to be recognized by a university you’ve never actually attended, but I have employed their graduates over the years and contributed as a keynote speaker at conferences on campus and as a guest lecturer at the University of North Texas. So it is an honor to receive the UNT Frank W. and Sue Mayborn School of Journalism Career Service Recognition Award next week, honoring my contributions…

How to beat the guilt

Someone asks you to do something for them, and you feel the pressure. If that person outranks you, you may automatically drop everything and move. But is that productive? Healthy? It is no secret that generally, women tend to put others before themselves. It seems we are hardwired that way in most cases…there are exceptions. Today, ask yourself, “What do I need to say to myself to give…

How to make your message memorable

Give them a reason to remember.  The science behind storytelling. Need your team to remember something? Here’s a hint: don’t simply give them a list. Give them a reason to remember. Tell a story. It’s not just more relatable, it helps your people to remember better. Today’s #NSCRockstarLeadership Tip of the Day explains the neuroscience behind memory. It’s also a great tip for you if you’re trying to…

How to get clearer on the monkey business

Can you see the 500,000 pound gorilla pacing your floor? Inattentive blindness can be a hindrance to you in the workplace because it causes us not to see the larger context when we are super focused on what is in front of us. Today’s #NSCJournalPrompt asks a probing question that will help you to be intentional when attempting to navigate the monkey business that happens in every workplace.…

Shift your perspective

Sometimes, what’s obvious isn’t what’s causing the problem. I remember once when there seemed to be a colleague hell-bent on my undoing. It was odd to me because until a certain point, I thought that we were good. In fact, it was so disturbing because this colleague seemed to be going to great lengths to undermine me, but I would learn eventually that what was obvious wasn’t the…

Handle your toxic boss with science

How do you handle a toxic boss? One tactic that many of them use is to keep you reacting, mainly to their requests. When you are reacting, you are not in control, and it is a great way to lose your focus which is paramount to your excellent performance. One of the primary complaints I get from clients about toxic bosses is that they fill their day with…

You’re being taxed twice. How will you reel it in?

I shared this with my Black women leaders and others in my private online community SLAYNET on Monday, and I think its worth sharing broadly here. In Tuesday’s #NSCRockstarLeadership Tip, we talked about competitive neuroplasticity, in other words, the way you train your brain to be more distracted when you attempt to “multitask.” Neuroscience has nicknamed this phenomenon the brain tax. How might this impact Black women leaders?…

The smartest way to enter a new role

  Start planning for your next 👏🏽 I know. It’s exciting, and you’ve wanted to be in this new role or on this big project for a while. You did it! Now it’s time to focus on the work before you. Absolutely. But, Sis, are you forgetting something? Sometimes we get to new roles and think that we will be there forever, or at least we act like…

Are you giving someone else the reins on your career? You just might be

I remember having a conversation with a trusted tribe member, a key member of my personal board of directors, after accepting an amazing role at a huge company. He was so excited about what I could do in the role, and I agreed. Then I turned to him and said, “…but everything has an expiration date.” He was stunned. He replied, “No, it doesn’t. You are going to…

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