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Now think about the characteristics of that person that make him/her successful. Are they inspirational, an expert in their field, respected by their peers or a great leader? Do they have a senior position in a famous company (or own their own company!), lots of money, cars…Continue
Does the thought of networking send shivers down your spine? Does it remind you of your first day at a new school where groups of people played happily together and you didn’t know anybody? Or does it conjure up images of sleazy politicians back slapping each other in order to progress? No? That’s how I felt about networking until very recently.
This week I came across Sheryl Sandberg’s quote “Careers are a jungle gym, not a ladder”. I realized that while I agree with that statement now, I didn’t always. But it wasn’t Sandberg that made me ditch my ladder and jump onto the jungle gym. It was my friend Shauna, a person I was lucky enough to work with while volunteering as a teacher in East Africa in…Continue
It’s an inevitable part of every professional’s life that at some point we will work with someone we disagree with. But all too often the situation is made worse by the fact that instead of addressing difficulties directly with the person, we waste time and energy thinking about past or future interactions with them, or worse, complaining to other colleagues about them.…