Personal Development

Does your company have a mentoring program? About 70% of Fortune 500 companies do. Even if you don’t have a formal way to seek out a mentor, consider doing the legwork to find one on your own.

Don’t quit: Fix it

March 6, 2009 Categorized in: Personal Development

That’s the advice Marilyn Carlson Nelson received from her dad when she was 13 years old. Today Nelson, owner of the $40 billion Carlson Cos., is one of the world’s most successful entrepreneurs and philanthropists.
What does an Oreo cookie cream filling have in common with administrative professionals? Everything! Without that cream, there’s no magic center that holds it together. You’re left with two chocolate disks sitting there waiting for something special to happen. The special ingredient: you.
Sara feels like retreating into her shell whenever a certain VP, with his bellowing baritone of a voice, talks to her. Sam shuts down in meetings when an opinionated co-worker dominates the conversation. Feeling intimidated is like having a heavy chain around your ankle. Here are some tips for combating the feeling.
You return from a conference brimming with new knowledge. But when it comes to applying what you’ve learned, you fall flat. Why is it easier to learn new things than to apply them? Anxiety and old habits get in the way, says Dr. Harry Martin. The solution: Put more focus on what happens after training.

Spoke-and-wheel goal setting

February 5, 2009 Categorized in: Personal Development

Break down a big goal into smaller pieces by envisioning a wheel and spokes. At the hub is your long-term goal. The spokes radiating from the hub are what determine your daily actions.
Rather than wait for your company to foot the bill for a class or conference, turn to online sources, such as and, or the instruction manuals shelved in your IT department.
On the money front, it’s time to get back to basics. An oft-repeated piece of advice is to keep better track of the money we spend and save. To help with expense-tracking, tap into online tools. The best of the breed recently chosen by Money magazine and are and

Summer camp wisdom

January 5, 2009 Categorized in: Personal Development

“I live by something my summer camp counselor from Maine told me when I was 9 years old:  ‘Love many, trust few and always paddle your own canoe.’”
“I  know you were looking forward to going to the conference, but we’re not able to send you this year,” Melanie’s boss explained. “Oh, that’s OK,” she sheepishly replies … What do you do if you’re a “that’s OK” person? Find the courage to speak your truth.
You’ll be amazed by what you can do when you’re called upon. That’s what DeeDee Jonrowe says about competing in her 27th Iditarod, the 1,150-mile dog-sled race across Alaska, after surviving breast cancer and a car accident that critically injured her and her husband.

Saving vs. spending

December 31, 2008 Categorized in: Personal Development

Americans are spending less but not necessarily saving more as the economy slides. According to a survey by Bank of America, 62% are either behind schedule or have not started retirement planning …

Advice from Dad … or Dr. Seuss

December 31, 2008 Categorized in: Personal Development

Asked for the best advice her dad ever gave her, Susan Black-Beth says: “Don’t make decisions when you’re too mad, too glad or too sad.”