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  • Ad-just-ing Your Use of "Just"
    by Caroline Dowd-Higgins - June 12, 2017
    I’d like you to try a little experiment…. For one day, try monitoring the way you use the word “just” – keeping a tally throughout the day of when and how you use it. There’s the version of “just” that’s an adjective – describing a person as “morally right and fair”… “The Vice-President of Marketing was just in her decision to promot...
  • 9 Secrets to Great Teamwork
    by Caroline Dowd-Higgins - May 30, 2017
    Robyn Odegaard founded her business, Champion Performance Development and is committed to teaching individuals how to better communicate and resolve conflict on teams. While her target audience is college aged women in sports, her message and strategies are applicable to us all. Check out Doc Robyn’s nine secrets to great teamwork for some priceless wisdom. Set expectations – You cannot expect someone...
  • Working the Room: Making the Most of Professional Events
    by Caroline Dowd-Higgins - May 19, 2017
    Jenny Holt is a freelance writer, mother of two and contributor to my blog. She loves nothing more than getting away from it and taking her pet Labrador Bruce for long walks, something she can do a lot more now she’s left the corporate world behind. Have you ever declined an invitation to attend a work-related event? Perhaps you felt it wouldn’t be a good use of your time, or it wasn’t convenient since...
  • Career Wisdom for the Class of 2017
    by Caroline Dowd-Higgins - May 15, 2017
    It is commencement season and newly minted graduates will be entering the career world in droves. From undergrads to those earning advanced degrees, micro credentials, and everything in-between – The Class of 2017 is ready to get to work. The National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) rates the job market for new 2017 graduates as “good” – a positive uptick from the last few years. Whil...
  • How to Do What You Love
    by Caroline Dowd-Higgins - May 9, 2017
    How to Do What You Love The number one resolution each year is change. Be it weight loss or leaving bad habits behind, the beginning of the year always represents a fresh start. For many women, it seems as though you spend each day trudging into work, doing what you must to get by. Then one day you wake up, aged 20 years and completely unfulfilled. No one has intentions of being this person, but it happens all too often....
  • Consider What To Keep, Stop, and Start to Reinvigorate Life and Career
    by Caroline Dowd-Higgins - April 26, 2017
    Consider What To Keep, Stop, and Start to Reinvigorate Life and Career A friend shared recently that every seven years she goes through a change that impacts her life and career in new ways. She looks forward to the new lens through which she sees life and embraces the process of transition. The human body is constantly changing at a cellular level so the process of transformation runs deep within our very being. As a...
  • United States of Burnout - Say No To Workaholism
    by Caroline Dowd-Higgins - April 13, 2017
    My life is full, hectic, and often moving at break neck speed. Although I thrive in the fast paced environment I have created, I’ve recently tried to come to terms with work/life balance to determine if this is even possible or realistic for someone like me who is living life to the fullest and determined to serve multiple missions. What I have learned is that I can’t do it all – all of the time. So I h...
  • Win Back Your Freedom Working from Home
    by Caroline Dowd-Higgins - April 6, 2017
    Have you ever considered quitting your job and going freelance? In the age of the Internet, there are more ways than ever to make money from the comfort of your sofa. Changing jobs or career direction can be challenging, which is why you should look at the positive and negative aspects in equal measure before making an informed decision. Pro: No Boss Being micromanaged by an over-attentive boss can be stressful and yo...
  • Design Your Life and Career in 2017
    by Caroline Dowd-Higgins - March 13, 2017
    The New Year provides opportunity for reflection and a fresh start. Many people feel stuck or helpless in the wrong job, the wrong relationship, or an unhappy life. The concept of design thinking will empower you with practical and creative strategies to reboot what’s not working so you have more control over your destiny. With design thinking, a concept that first started in the tech world – you can create s...
  • Crack the Gender Code in the Interview
    by Caroline Dowd-Higgins - March 2, 2017
    I read a fabulous article by Muriel Vega in Pink Magazine online about how men take credit more easily for their accomplishments and often see negotiation as a sport. In the end this often gets them higher pay rates. Connie Glaser, a communications expert and author of Gender Talk Works: 7 Steps for Cracking the Gender Code at Work has some very specific advice for women about how to stand out at work and distinguish you...