Do Something You Suck At – Career Advice for 2015


SeascapeThis may seem like really weird advice, but trust me, it will make sense. I’m not talking about offering to make the key presentation for your team when you have a deathly fear of public speaking. That would be career suicide. No, what I’m talking about is adding in some measured doses of expected failure. If it’s fun and low-risk, hopefully they will be spectacular and memorable. Think really bad karaoke in a roomful of strangers, joining a baseball league when you have absolutely no intrinsic talent for the sport, or anything else you can think of. You see, Eleanor Roosevelt was spot on when she encouraged us to do one thing every day that scares us.

4 Tips for Surviving the Telecommute


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Changes to technology affect the way that we find our jobs, and how we do them. It can also affect where you do your work. Telecommuting is one of the most popular perks that you may be able to negotiate. While working from home has some serious advantages (cutting commuting time and costs, comfortable work space, ability to schedule the cable guy) it can become a massive drain on your energy and job satisfaction. Here are 4 tips for surviving your telecommute:

Fall 2014 Speaking Events


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Fall is finally here! For most people, that means the return to classes, or balancing work and student schedules, but for me it signals the start of conference season. I’m very excited to announce three upcoming speaking events. Hope you’ll check them out!

Tuesday October 7, 5:30-6:30 – CV to Resume Webinar from The SearchLite
One of my favourite topics! This free webinar is being offered by The SearchLite, an amazing group based out of Michigan that hosts a fantastic Innovator in Residence (IIR) program for PhDs and postdoctoral fellows to gain real industry experience, from wherever you are in the world. For registration and more details, see

Saturday October 18, 9-5 – “Branding You” at HIVEX 2014 from the Hamilton Hive
I was thrilled to be invited to speak on personal and professional branding, and developing an effective social media presence. Woohoo! Another chance to talk about LinkedIn, and to interact with Hamilton’s young “movers & shakers.” Can’t wait! Check out the full lineup and register at

Saturday November 8, 9-4:30 – “How to Seize Opportunities for Personal & Professional Growth” Leadership Summit for Women from the YWCA Hamilton, McMaster University & the MSU
This is one of my most exciting fall initiatives. In speaking with other professional women, across fields and disciplines, I have found that we all struggle with similar areas: self-assertion, firm and clear communication, and negotiating for our own goals. I absolutely cannot wait for this interactive, hands-on workshop to share tools and strategies with the women of Hamilton. Check out the full lineup and register at


Celebrate Your Accomplishments

Celebrate Your AccomplishmentsHalfway through Ella's puppy classes, I've been learning a lot about the importance of positive reinforcement. Humans really aren't all that different, but we don't give ourselves enough credit. In my last post, I talked about the importance of finding meaning in your work. This week, in honour of Labour Day, the topic is celebrating your own accomplishments. It's something that we don't do often enough, and that can have significant and lasting benefits for your career. You can read the full post on LinkedIn.


Happy Labour Day, everyone!


Meaning vs Money

 A few days ago Ella & I started puppy kindergarten. Up to this point, I thought we’d worked out most of the kinks in our relationship, and that any problems were just the result of her beloved Shih Tzu stubbornness. 10 minutes later, I was starting to figure out that I was seriously mistaken. Sure, she’d come if you called her with a treat in your hand. Heck, she’d probably mow the lawn, wash your dishes and cook you dinner for the right bribe, but without it? Forget about it!

What I was just starting to realize was that I needed to understand what mattered to her, not to me. Yes, food was awesome (think of it as the equivalent of cash bonuses), but she was just as happy if I played with her (extra vacation, anyone?), praised her (awards & honours), or just simply acknowledged that she got it right. 

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