Why You Should Keep Personal and Professional Separate In the Workplace

I can’t believe I haven’t written about this yet because out of all the topics I can think of, this is the topic I deal with the most – people using company cell phones, computers, office, desks and file cabinets as if they are their own personal property. I think I kept pushing it

Women Hold Up Half The Sky

Recently I came across some essays written by Barbara Spraker that speak to the power of feminine energy based on the Tao concept that women hold up half the sky. She writes: "So claims an ancient Chinese proverb – “Women Hold Up Half the Sky.” This amazing image doesn’t descri

Your Attitude About You Is Critical in The Male-Dominated Workplace

The blog-o-sphere is full of articles right now telling women how unfair the male-dominated workplace is towards women. We hear about how much harder we work but get fewer rewards, pay and promotions. We hear that women are viewed as abrasive and bossy. We hear that if we are not b

Why the Male-Dominated Workplace Doesn’t Teach Employees to Problem Solve

There are days at work when I just want to yell “Leave me alone!! Do I have to solve everybody’s problems for them?! Can’t you guys solve problems yourself?” Twenty years ago, when I had fewer responsibilities, I liked solving problems, any one’s problems. I found it challengin

How To Train Employees In A Male-Dominated Workplace

When you attend training, what do you hope to get out of it? Do you expect to get step by step instructions or the answer on how to solve a problem? Do you expect the person training you to be better at the task than you? Is it Ok with you that person a professional trainer/instruc

How To Energize The Dull Male-Dominated Workplace

Let’s admit it - the male-dominated workplace can be pretty dull. This is one of the reasons I liked being out on a construction site - we had a lot more fun! On site, we weren’t trying to impress anyone with a corporate image like we had to in the main office. In the main office yo

How To Solve A Problem You Know Nothing About

How to solve a problem you know nothing about During the Ebola scare I noticed that our government leaders felt compelled to project that they had answers even though they clearly didn’t. They could not admit that they didn’t have the answer. They believe this gives us confidence i

The Misperception of Selling Your Idea in the Male-Dominated Workplace

There are more articles going around about how women don’t speak up in the conference room – but this time there is a new twist. Now we are being told of new perils if we do speak up - we are viewed as being too aggressive and we will be looked at disfavor ably. So what’s the lates

The Wisdom Of Playing Dumb

When I start a new project or a new job I like playing dumb. I pretend I know absolutely nothing about how to do my job. Is that shocking? It is so contrary to what we think we should do – we should always show our knowledge and that we know exactly what to do in any work situati

A Woman Personalizes Her Business To Lead

Have you ever noticed years that singers have their biggest hits when they sing songs that they pick or write themselves, not what the industry tells them to sing? They do best when they connect with a song to express who they really are. When I think about this Garth Brooks