Tag: lgbtqia

  • Establish a Home Base for Networking Online [101 words]

    Establish a Home Base for Networking Online [101 words]

    Choose a “primary” social media platform that aligns with your goals and that allows you to develop deep professional relationships. Take some time to build out a profile that reflects your personality, work style, and ambitions. Highlight your accomplishments and unique talents. Be clear about what you offer and what…


  • Ignore The Numbers [95 words]

    Ignore The Numbers [95 words]

    The promise of social media is that we can connect with thousands of people (or more) with a few clicks. But we can quickly lose ourselves in meaningless metrics like number of followers and “impression” stats. If your goal is networking, challenge yourself to ignore the numbers and focus on…


  • Set a Networking Goal [102 words]

    Set a Networking Goal [102 words]

    Take a moment to consider what you want to accomplish. The way you approach networking will depend on your goals. If you seek to move up in your current field, build your brand and network accordingly. Someone looking for a career change may need to start by laying foundations in…


  • A Bad Day or Burnout?

    A Bad Day or Burnout?

    When work starts to feel stressful, it can sometimes be confusing. Are you just having a bad day, a hell week, or facing total burnout? It’s important to identify what it really is so you can “treat” it immediately. Bad days happen to everyone, whether it’s work-related or not. It…


  • Calling Bullshit on the “Pipeline Problem” [849 words]

    Calling Bullshit on the “Pipeline Problem” [849 words]

    This week, Wells Fargo CEO Charles Scharf told members of his own company’s Black talent group that there just isn’t enough Black talent in the pipeline (and was compelled to issue an apology just 24 hours later). I’ve heard this “pipeline problem” argument from white male executives for years. It’s bullshit. (Scharf’s statement, by…


  • Attract Diverse Talent To Your Company

    Attract Diverse Talent To Your Company

    Creating an inclusive team is not easy, but it is something that most companies are now expected to do. Diversity is not just a fad—it is an important tool that can boost your bottom line. When you attract diverse talent to your company, you become more innovative. A diverse team…


  • When Remote Work Stops Being Inclusive

    When Remote Work Stops Being Inclusive

    Remote work has evolved from being a trendy workplace dynamic to a full-fledged business strategy. However, another prominent – and unfortunate – trend is a lack of diversity in the workplace. Diversity is a critical success factor, and many business leaders may think that having a remote workforce is the…


  • COVID-19 Pandemic Response from Lead at Any Level®

    COVID-19 Pandemic Response from Lead at Any Level®

    Lead at Any Level® understands and appreciates that events around the world are being postponed, canceled, or converted to virtual formats in response to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic. Short-Term COVID-19 Response For this reason, we have already been contacting clients to discuss alternate arrangements for events scheduled through the end…


  • When Do You Feel Included? [590 words]

    When Do You Feel Included? [590 words]

    Recently, I had a conversation with young woman from the United Kingdom. She asked me about the stickers I use for my Network Beyond Bias program. The stickers look like name tags. They say “Hello! I feel included when…” Usually toward the end of my programs, I prompt the audience…


  • Mind Your Own Hula Hoop When Change Is Rampant [428 words]

    Mind Your Own Hula Hoop When Change Is Rampant [428 words]

    What’s a hula hoop got to do with change? Whenever I speak on resilience and responding to change, I invite the audience to go on an adventure with me. We stand up. We imagine ourselves running across the shire. Together, we shout, “I’m going on an adventure!” This proclamation is…


  • Self-Care: Essential When Facing Changes at Work [759 words]

    Self-Care: Essential When Facing Changes at Work [759 words]

    Big changes? Small changes? Whether you’re facing a process change or a total reorganization, upheaval at work can zap your energy and dampen your spirit. I’ve been there! Here are some self-care tips for managing the stress of change. Why Self-Care Matters: The Physical Impacts of Stress The Holmes-Rahe Stress…


  • How to Deal with Worry at Work [688 words]

    How to Deal with Worry at Work [688 words]

    Whenever you’re in the middle of big changes at work, you may find yourself worrying about what might happen. Whether you’re facing a reorganization, layoff, or even a process change, worry at work zaps your energy and robs you of productive time. Worry at Work Destroys Productivity Not too long…


  • Growth Mindset for Managers [594 words]

    Growth Mindset for Managers [594 words]

    Are you a manager or leader of a team? If so, you have a unique responsibility to seek and draw out the potential in others. You may be familiar with the term “growth mindset.” Having a growth mindset is important for our own careers. And when we manage others, we…


  • Knowledge Transfer: Increase Your Training ROI [511 words]

    Knowledge Transfer: Increase Your Training ROI [511 words]

    During one of my programs on Creating a Learning Culture, a participant asked, “How can we demonstrate a return on investment (ROI) for our training dollars?” While I’m not a financial wizard, I can tell you that it’s easy to multiply your training value with knowledge transfer activities. What Is “Knowledge Transfer”?…


  • Learn on a Budget: It’s Easier Than You Think! [451 words]

    Learn on a Budget: It’s Easier Than You Think! [451 words]

    “How Do You Learn on a Budget?” During one of my programs on Creating a Learning Culture, a participant asked, “We’re facing serious expense pressures. How can we continue to support professional development? How can we learn on a budget?” First of all, a disclaimer: One of my Strengths is…


  • Life without Closets

    Life without Closets

    In a recent podcast interview, I was asked this final question: “What one thing do you know?” My answer, in short, was that we all have closets. That statement is in no way intended to detract from the very real experiences of people in the LGBTQ+ community. Rather, while acknowledging…


  • How Leaders Can Encourage Learning & Development [875 words]

    How Leaders Can Encourage Learning & Development [875 words]

    You probably already know that organizations with a culture focused on learning & development are more profitable, more innovative, and have greater market share. But how can leaders create an environment where learning is valued and rewarded? Align with Strategic Goals Your organization’s success depends not only on your current…


  • Be a Yeti to Survive Change [518 words]

    Be a Yeti to Survive Change [518 words]

    Changes, especially at work, can be stressful. The come in a variety of forms: new computer systems, reorganizations, shifts in responsibilities, personnel turnover. We are very rarely the ones initiating the change. Rather, we are more likely to find ourselves constantly responding to a wide variety of changes, all at…


  • Listening and Empathy: Critical for Success

    Listening and Empathy: Critical for Success

    Listening is a skill. Few other skills are more critical for effective communication and strong leadership than the ability to listen. In fact listening is one leadership skill that ranks far and above all others in determining your overall success as a leader according to a new High-Resolution Leadership report…


  • Learn to Get Comfortable with Change [575 words]

    Learn to Get Comfortable with Change [575 words]

    Your world is changing more rapidly than ever before, bringing a barrage of industry discussions about disruption, agility, and resilience. Professionals who adapt quickly can seize new opportunities and manage their careers. It’s time for each of us to get comfortable with change. What Keeps CEOs Up at Night? Deloitte…