Grace Under Pressure


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Let’s face it – sometimes you have to deal with difficult situations at work, that are all about you. Nobody likes to be the bearer of bad news (ok, most times we don’t like it, but every once in a while it is delicious). But I’m not talking about getting to say “I told you so,” no matter how professionally. The subject of today’s blog is how to leave your job with grace and your dignity intact, regardless of how it happens. Whether you are resigning, being laid off, or fired, people will remember how you handle the situation. Here are some tips for demonstrating grace under pressure:


Are You Planning to Fail?

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We all know the old adage that says that failing to plan is planning to fail, but that’s a completely different topic. What I’m talking about here is developing a plan for dealing with failure before it happens. Most times, we plan things out while wearing our rose coloured glasses and sound like Voltaire’s Dr. Pangloss, saying things like “best case scenario,” which isn’t really a step up from saying “in the best of all possible worlds” when you have your eyes closed to reality. Organizations that work on a project basis often employ a fantastic strategy called a premortem, that encourages staff to envision every possible nasty thing that could go wrong, and then come up with processes for dealing with those dystopian crises should they arise.

Whether you are searching for a new role, looking to advance your career, or even if you are happy with your current situation, you’ll want to have a failure plan in place for yourself.

Recipe for Success - 3 Tips for Team Leaders

MuffinThe French word, chef, translates to leader in English. I was reminded of that this weekend as I baked a batch of gluten-free muffins. Without sugar, flour or baking powder, it would seem that this enterprise was doomed to failure, and yet they came out amazing. Managing a team is a lot like baking - you have multiple ingredients (sometimes unlikely or unfamiliar) that need to come together or it all falls apart, and since you're the chef, it all comes down to you.

Whether you're a team leader at work, school or in your community, these tips will help you get the best from your group and bring out your best. Read the entire post on LinkedIn  at


Can You Network Anonymously?

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Would you go to a networking event wearing a mask that obscures your face? Hand out business cards that have no name or contact information on them? No, of course not! Unfortunately, more and more people are doing this sort of thing every day when they change their LinkedIn privacy settings to Anonymous. Why do this? The common misconception is that it allows you to search for a new job when you already have one, and nobody will be the wiser. Sorry to say it, but this logic falls flat.

How To Say "No" At Work



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When I was 25, I started in my first professional position after graduate school, as an assistant at a financial institution. I was the primary line of contact for 3000+ clients, and 2 pension plans, and I had 16 phone lines that came straight to my desk. It was busy at the slowest times of year, and between processing trades, communicating with clients, and translating “investment speak” into something recognizable to those not in the industry, I was working 50 hours on a standard week. So one day when in the midst of 10 tasks that were all deemed “rush rush rush!” my junior Investment Professional told me that she wanted me to stuff 2000+ envelopes with promotional materials and mail them by the end of the week, I blurted out the first word that came to mind: “NO!” Obviously not my best career move, and yes, I got a huge dressing down, but my point in sharing the story is that sometimes you really can’t accomplish everything and you need to say no. Here are some tips for handling those situations with tact:

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