24 Mar

11 Ways To Win At Public Speaking

Whether you are asked to speak at your industry conference, say a few words at a birthday dinner, visit your child’s class to explain your career, or nail a sales presentation, your skills will be on display. Public speaking matters as much for you as...

27 Aug

6 Ways To Keep Your Workplace Safer

One week ago, security expert Paul Viollis invited me to join his showto talk about workplace violence. Coincidentally, the interview was yesterday, only hours after the tragic on-air shooting in Virginia. We talked about ways that employers and employees can keep their workplaces safer, and the...

17 Feb

5 Ways That One Word Will Change Your Life

In improvisational comedy, there is the golden rule “Yes, and…” You agree to what the person before you said and add something of value to the scene. We can all learn a bit from improvisation; if we respond with “no,” we close all of the...

17 Nov

The Morning Routines of 12 Women Leaders

We thrive from the consistency and efficiency of routines; they reduce our deliberation and in turn, our stress. So it is no wonder that these 12 extraordinary women adhere to strict ones. Each of these women is at the top of her industry. On average she wakes...

17 Jul

The Real Work Life Imbalance

I am sure that PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi has some fantastic lessons on leadership that we could all benefit from. She could teach us about managing boards and shareholders and telling a story through the press. But when it comes to parenting, I suspect Nooyi could...

16 Jun

7 Ways To Get Noticed At The Office

No matter what your role or where you are performing it, you can shine – anywhere. Regardless of where on the totem pole you start, true talent will rise to the top.  Here are 7 ways to emerge from the crowd: 1. Seize Your Opportunity I will...

24 Mar

19 Ways to Be More Effective Today

We tend to get overwhelmed by change because when we think of making changes we think big. Moving, marrying, divorcing, becoming a parent, career transitioning. But often the most effective change comes in smaller forms. It is seemingly minor lifestyle changes that can lead to...

17 Jan

Why You Can’t Live Without High Expectations

The dirty little secret about expectations is that whether internal or external, we tend to meet the expectations set for us. I love the story of Minnesota educator, Lois Beckel. When asked what the “magic” was in getting a group of toddlers to nap together on...

13 Oct

25 Working Moms To Follow On Twitter 2013

These 25 women have been selected for our list because they have reached the top of their fields and they share their experience and their lives in raw form through multiple daily tweets. They are prolific, personal and inspiring – all have children and demanding...

20 Aug

Seven Ways To Speak Up Smartly At The Office

Speak up, make your voice heard (Photo credit: HowardLake) We know that advocating for yourself at the office is essential, but how you do it determines your success. I recently had lunch with a C level executive at a public company. She had been promoted to COO...

19 Jul

9 Ways to Make Yourself Easy to Work With

Lilywhite Huddle (Photo credit: Wikipedia) 1. Make a Connection Being a great person to work with requires curiosity – yours. “The better you know your colleagues or clients and their needs, motivations and goals, the better able you are to work with them,” explains customer loyalty expert, Cindy Solomon. 2....

21 Feb

Seeking Work Life Balance? Be French

America’s parenting culture – 100% sacrifice and devotion – dooms working parents and it certainly doesn’t reflect our reality; 70% of children now live in households where both parents work. Even the research shows that intensive parenting causes kids to suffer. The reality and the...

14 Feb

How Do You Know if You Love Your Work?

Do you love your work? Given the deadlines, politics and responsibilities, on some days this can be a hard question to answer. Here is a solution. I have taken 8 popular love quotes and substituted the word “business” for “love.” If you agree with these...

18 Jan

9 Mistakes for Working Moms to Avoid at the Office

As working moms, we have some unavoidable time constraints which can lead to extreme performance pressure. How we behave at the office can make a world of difference to our success: 1. Limit the Family Photos
 Having more than two photos on your desk makes people think that...

31 Dec

5 Fixes for Your Unrealistic New Year’s Resolutions

Chances are you have never accomplished your New Year’s resolutions. By June, 54% of people have abandoned theirs and by the end of year, just forget about it. So instead of pie-in-the-sky resolutions that require unrealistic leaps, focus on small lifestyle changes with achievable and permanent results. Here...

12 Dec

9 Ways You Should Be Using Twitter

Every day I meet people who ask me why they should be active on Twitter and every day I see Twitter friends try to hide their frustration over those that don’t understand their attachment. Here are 9 great ways to use Twitter: 1.    To Create a...

13 Nov

How to Find a 25th Hour in Your Day

More than 20 years ago, American Airlines saved $40,000 by removing just one olive from each salad tray in First class. This fun fact translates to your life where the smallest lifestyle changes can yield the most dramatic gains. Here are 10 ways to steal...

16 Oct

5 Ways to Amp Up Your Creativity

182 - Paint squiggles (Photo credit: MrB-MMX) Whether you are in a brainstorming rut or feel too exhausted to muster up a germ of imagination, here are five action-oriented steps to propel you to the creativity big leagues: 1. Take a New Route To and From Work Inventor...

10 Sep

21 Ways to Win at Public Speaking

English: A Sennheiser Microphone (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Public speaking is an essential skill — not just for CEOs and Oscar winners — but for each and every one of us. Whether you are asked to give a toast at a wedding, say a few words at...

07 Aug

25 Ways to Win at Networking

Be Open Source Introduce contacts, never hoard them. Master the Firm Handshake Because wet noodles always flop. Don’t Trash Talk Others It makes people think that they are next on the chopping block. Always Offer Your Business Card They are still used and they are still effective. Always Get Their Business Card So you...

09 Jul

What to Know About Turning 40

Natalie Tysdal climbing for her 40th. At every age, I have been a bit proud of the year under my belt. But this one is different. My 40thbirthday arrives this week and I have become a wreck. I want a party. I don’t want a party....

13 Jun

Does the Wage Gap Start in Kindergarten?

Last week was the end of year Parent’s Day at pre-school. The teachers playfully interviewed each four year old with a few questions including: “What does your Mommy do while you are at school?” and “What does your Daddy do while you are at school?”I...

31 May

Today: My Unavoidable Life and Work War

Every working parent has one – that day when their home life and professional life are on an unstoppable collision course. In the past, I have profiled other women’s stories of professional/personal collisions. Mine comes today. Because I missed my daughter’s Kindergarten fall play for a prior work commitment, I had...

14 May

5 Powerhouse Moms and 15 Surprising Reflections

With mothers on the mind, I asked five moms who manage thriving careers – as an editor, actress, entrepreneur, radio host and reporter, to share their secrets: Alison Brod, PR Firm Owner, Mom of 2 Bonnie Fuller, Editor, Hollywood Life, Mom of 4 Mel Robbins, Radio Personality, Mom of...

10 May

Working Moms and Their New Mr. Rights

When I arrived at Mom 2.0 Summit last week I was surrounded by leaders and influencers in the mom space. I had just written about the New Mr. Right so husbands were on my mind but it turned out that they were on other minds too. First...

19 Apr

8 Lifestyle Edits to Make Tomorrow Easier

Your life shouldn’t be this hard. You are working, momming, juggling, and you are probably exhausted without a break in sight. If this describes you, take respite in knowing that small lifestyle edits can make great changes. Here are 8 ways to make tomorrow easier than...

20 Mar

How to Turn Your Man into Mr. 50%

I am thrilled about The Richer Sexscoring the elusive Time Magazine cover but stunned that men at home haven’t caught up with the shifting workplace. Even in homes with two working parents, men are not doing even close to their fair share of the housework. I...

02 Mar

Guilt to Great: A Working Mom’s Battle

My heart sank. The winter musical that my five-year-old daughter had been talking about non-stop, was scheduled for the same day I was to speak at the Massachusetts Conference for Women. I had committed to this speaking engagement more than six months earlier and there...

02 Feb

5 Ways To Close The “Ambition Gap” For Girls

Would it surprise you to hear that a future CEO had the following background? She enjoyed weekly manicures with her mother starting at age four, spent her days playing princess dress-up, was not regularly around professional women, and was not told she could achieve anything...