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If You’re Bored At Work, This May Be Why…

19 Oct

This is a guest post from fabulous writer Liz O’Neill who writes college and career-related articles for several websites and higher education blogs, including, and the Huffington Post’s College page. She’s also the Boston Examiner for online learning. You can follow her on Twitter @SomethingKnew

Why You’re Bored at Work

Your first job after college should feel like a major accomplishment – especially if you landed it in this tough economy.  But for many professionals – young and old alike – work is not the rewarding experience they envisioned.  Instead, they count the unbearable minutes until day’s end.  They fight the urge to unplug the alarm clock every weekday morning.  They brave their commutes like a recurring death march.

And all because: they are bored by their jobs.

Sitcoms and films like The Office and Office Space garner such devoted followings because the stories they depict are so bitterly familiar.  Nonsensical protocol.  Inept superiors.  Petty status wars.  Unnerving minutiae.  In the abstract, these annoyances are comical.  In reality, they threaten workers’ productivity, morale, and overall quality of life.

Being bored at work is very different from the benign frustration of a kid on a rainy day.  Your career is a major part of your life; it’s both how you define yourself and how you support yourself.  If your professional goals and responsibilities aren’t progressing, or at least stimulating at their current level, you’re more likely to burn out, underperform, or just plain quit.  Identifying why you’re bored will help you isolate the best solution and rehabilitate your daily grind.

The Work Is Too Easy for You

This sounds like a fact you would promptly recognize on your own – and perhaps you already have.  But a surprising number of employees don’t recognize that they’re bored because they’re simply not being challenged.  One reason people fail to notice is that every new job entails a fair amount of stress and adjustment.  At first, you might feel mentally taxed without realizing that very little of that effort corresponds with your actual work duties.

We’re also conditioned to believe that less work or an “easy” job is appealing.  We might think that we envy the receptionist, who fields a few phone calls but spends most of the day filing her nails.  Or we might compare our choices with those of similarly-paid, but less pressured workers.  Toll booth attendants earn a higher hourly wage than teachers’ aides.  Should we too have opted for something simpler?

No, say career counselors.  Time and again job satisfaction surveys indicate that people would rather be overworked and engaged than underworked and detached.  Over-extended employees at least enjoy the confidence that they are needed and trusted with multiple assignments.  Under-occupied employees are left wondering how employers perceive their worth, perhaps even second-guessing their own abilities.

Very few jobs are inflexible to some form of review and expansion.  Ask your boss if you can be included on a new initiative, or take charge of an independent assignment.  No one will fault you for wanting more responsibility.  And if you do well, you’ll be promoted that much quicker.

Your Contribution Is Unclear

If you work in a hospital or a social services environment, you’re lucky enough to see the results of your labor every day.  (These working environments, of course, also come with many downsides and up-close perspectives on life’s saddest injustices.)   But a great many people work for companies and organizations that pen employees behind a wall of facelessness.  The higher ups don’t know the underlings names or what they do.  Worse, the employees themselves aren’t aware of how their efforts impact the bottom line.  How do such workers derive any sense of contribution?

They waste time on Facebook.

NielsenWire recently featured a post that showed Americans’ online activity preferences are overwhelmingly interactive.  Despite our love of leisure, we don’t primarily use the Net to watch videos or shop for shoes.  In actuality, Americans are far more interested in online activities that allow them to contribute.  Most notably, we participate in social networks.  Reading, responding to, and updating profiles is nearly tantamount to a part-time job; it’s certainly more taxing than surfing eBay.  Yet Americans would rather do the work, and feel socially involved, than zone out, and feel isolated.

What’s the takeaway?  Managers shouldn’t be surprised when you ask to get looped in on status updates or company reports.  Make it clear that you’re not looking for praise, but a clearer way to understand and improve upon your performance.  If your company doesn’t require it already, ask for a list of your personal business objectives.  Sit down with your supervisor at regular intervals, to weigh how thoroughly you’re meeting those objectives.

There’s No Room for Individuality

Many experts submit that “boredom is not a consequence of lack of things to do, but is due to an inability to connect with a specific activity.”  How you connect with your job is surprisingly similar to how you connect with friendships or even romantic relationships.  That is, you inject your distinctive personality, your strengths, your creativity, your unique way of thinking.

If you can’t connect, the relationship is bound to fail.  But “creativity,” despite how we often think of it, doesn’t have to mean wildly artsy projects.  On the job creativity can be as simple (and as effective) as suggesting a new approach to a client concern.  It might also mean planning an office picnic, or some other event aimed at employee welfare.

Anything that creates an interesting foothold for you can be the start of newfound enthusiasm for your work.  Research suggests that an employee’s level of pride in his or her company directly correlates to his or her productivity, and eventually to consumer satisfaction with the brand.  In other words, find a way to make work “yours.”

If you work on an assembly line, you’re probably doubting that there’s any way to add your creativity to 8 hours of repetitive tasks.  And you’re probably right.  Some roles are inherently cut and dry.  Employers who have to staff such roles view high turnover rates as the cost of doing business. But you don’t have to view yourself that way.

In the short-term, many of us rely on less than ideal jobs to feed our families and stay afloat.  In the meantime, it’s still important to recognize that the job is less than ideal, so you can begin to plan an exit strategy and a more satisfying career path, along with whatever training that entails.

Thanks Liz! As we venture out into our daily routine these are great and important factors to take into consideration, after all if you are going to spend eight hours a day working you should feel challenged, stimulated and happy.


Navigating Through The Stress Of College Life

1 Oct

We think college is hands-down the best four years of your life. From the people you meet, the experiences you have, to the lessons you learn, you make memories that will truly last a lifetime. Yet, when you’re in the middle of a semester and juggling a heavy load of classes, working a part-time job, gaining experience at an internship, participating in sports and academic clubs, being part of a fraternity or sorority, and oh, having some time to enjoy yourself – it may feel like you’ll never get out alive! College can be very stressful, but learning to combat that stress can greatly assist you in preparing for the stress of life after college. Here’s some tips for getting you through it!

Get Yourself Organized!
Some people have more of a knack for it than others, but committing to being more organized is an important first step. Create a Google Calendar or use the calendar on your cell phone to schedule yourself – put in when you have sports practice, when clubs meet, and any other meetings or regular activities you need to attend to. Then, create an ongoing to-do list for yourself using a whiteboard or a simple word document, and list out all the things you need to do, and organize them according to their priority levels. Jotting all of your meetings, events, and to-do’s down goes a long way in easing your stress – just having to remember all of that can cause stress! Plus, the feeling of crossing items off your to-do list is so satisfying, isn’t it?

Schedule In Some Me-Time.
We know it might seem a little odd to add “me-time” to your calendar, but trust us, you’ll need the reminder to take a breather and focus on yourself. We recommend scheduling at least an hour of leisure time each day, where you can spend time doing whatever you’d like – relaxing in front of the tv, hitting the gym, spending time with friends – this time is all about YOU, so spend time enjoying yourself!

Gravitate Towards Happiness!
When we’re stressed, we tend to naturally gravitate towards people and things we find unpleasant. Instead, train yourself to focus on the positives in your life, and spend time with the people who make you happy. We can’t avoid everything we find unpleasant, but you don’t have to wallow in it. If you
find yourself succumbing to the stress doldrums, think of three places, events, and people you enjoy. Surround yourself with photos and reminders of them. Include quotes that inspire you, on your desk, on your notebooks, and even on your cell phone.

You can beat stress, and committing yourself to getting through the stress and loving all the great things in your life will put you a mile ahead of the pack when you graduate from college and face the stress of the “real world” head on. Take it from us – owning and being able to connect Greek members with the Sorority Apparel, Fraternity Apparel, and Greek Merchandise perfect for them is our dream job, but we’re quite the busy bees! Life is short, so learn to enjoy it, no matter how busy your life is!

This is a guest post that was written by Alicia of Greek for Me you can check out their own insightful blog here.
Thanks to Alicia and Greek for Me for giving our readers a fresh perspective!

Statecraft – An Idea Brought to Life

30 Sep

Below is an interview I conducted with the CMO of a company that he and a dear friend of my family created.

What gave you the idea for your company?

Joe, my business partner, and I went on a study abroad program called Semester at Sea where we traveled around the world on a ship and spent a week in 13 different countries. We would learn about a countries government, culture, and economy through reading and lectures and then spending a week in that country where we were able to experience what we had learned in class. This really illuminated political science theories and concepts. This interactive approach to learning really hit home with us and made us wonder why colleges back home weren’t utilizing this style of teaching. We knew we had to try and replicate the learning experience we had had on that ship to share with everyone

What were the first steps you took to bring your idea to life?

The first step to bring our idea to life was determining how to replicate the style of learning we had experienced on semester at sea. We decided the best way to do this was through educational simulations because of the immersive qualities that go along with them. Once we decided on a simulation we realized some pretty important details like: we had no money, no programming skills, and no idea how to build a simulation. These barriers were huge but we continued on with our goal and with time everything began to come together.

We met Dr. Jonathan Keller from James Madison University who had developed an in class simulation called Statecraft, which was designed to replicate core dynamics of world politics so students will face the same tradeoffs, opportunities and challenges real world leaders face each day. In doing so students will gain a deeper understanding of the complexities of world politics and gain insight into a host of critical concepts, theories, and real world cases. The biggest problem Dr. Keller had with Statecraft was the enormous amount of time it took him to orchestrate the program since it was not automated. This is where we stepped in and took Statecraft to the next level, turning it into a completely automated web based program. Statecraft incorporates the exact style of learning we wanted to replicate from semester at sea.

What was the biggest road block you faced trying to build your company?

The biggest roadblock we have faced has defiantly been the lack of a programming background for anyone in our company. We have had to outsource our programming work to a third party which has not always gone as smoothly as we would have liked. We look at everything as a learning experience though, so we do nothing but learn from bumps in the road.

What is the goal of Statecraft?

Statecraft was designed with 2 main goals in mind. First, it had to be an effective teaching tool. We wanted to take abstract concepts and theories that students often find difficult to grasp, and make them vivid and clearly understandable. We want students to personally experience the challenges and complexities of world politics. The second goal was to make the simulation as fun and addictive as possible. We wanted students to have an intense, emotional investment in their countries’ fate and to care deeply about what happens in this virtual environment. Students have the freedom to explore their world, conceive and implement whatever plans and schemes they think might solve global problems or advance their country’s interests.

Who is your target audience?
Our intended audience is college students taking entry level International Relations classes or ones similar. We are however in a strange market, where we do not go directly after students rather, we need to gain the attention of their professors to sign off on Statecraft and add it as part of their curriculum.

How is Statecraft going to change the course of education?
Statecraft is going to show students that you can learn without knowing you are learning. And show professors how much more engaged and retentive students are to the theories presented to them in class. We think that grades are great motivators to learn, however, some of the most average or uninterested students happen to be some of the best players in Statecraft.

Now that you are in beta what is the next move?
Now that we have a finished product we are beginning to reach out to professors all over the country to try and get Statecraft in their classroom for the Spring of 2011 and beyond._

To find out more check out their site: Statecraft or if you have questions head here

College in America – Infographic

27 Aug

Currently regretting not going to Frostburg State University and taking The Science of Harry Potter Class…

Diving Head First Into The Next Chapter

14 Aug

Last Friday was a bittersweet day for me, from both a professional and personal standpoint. For almost the last two years I have been a part of a wonderful community of people (mostly women) working with the common goal to give women a voice online.

My life is all about stories – telling them, listening to them, and creating them. When I learned about what DivineCaroline was doing in the online space, I immediately knew it would be a perfect match. There is no value that could equal the amount I learned from being submersed in this environment. A job is nothing without the team of people you work with each day. I could not have picked a more brilliant and inspiring group of women to work with.

Next week I will be starting a new job working in a similar role but branching out and working not only in the women’s lifestyle space, but also in green, gaming and entertainment. After a short time training in San Francisco, I am moving to NYC. Leaving a job is always a crucial and difficult decision to make, however there are a few things that led me to my decision.

Over the course of my job I know that I contributed greatly to the culture of the company and pushed the quality of work that we produced. I learned so much about the role and about the industry in general and I was lucky enough to work closely with the founders and the CEO which put  me in a rare, yet wonderful place.

When the opportunity to expand my horizons and the chance to move came together, I listened to my gut and knew it was the right move to make. When we are young we have so many chances to take and new opportunities before us, without much to lose and only the world to gain. As we get older we have more responsibilities and people to think about other than ourselves, it becomes more risky to just get up and move and try something completely new and out of our comfort zone.

As this chapter in San Francisco and my current job comes to an end, I feel good and confident about the mark I will leave with the company. Monday I embark on a new journey, one filled with uncertainty and challenges, I am so grateful and feel so lucky to be exactly where I am right now.

When transitioning from one job to another the most important person to listen to is yourself. Take you time when looking and don’t settle for anything but the best opportunity for you. Remember money is always a nice incentive, but the chance to learn from the best and be a part of a organization with big goals and forward thinking minds is priceless.

We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we’re curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.
Walt Disney

Oh college!

23 Jul

Only in college…

Happy Friday Mad Graders!

I am on LinkedIn…now what?

22 Jul

Many people are on LinkedIn, around 35 million to be exact but I would venture to say that only a small percentage of those people are using the website to it’s full potential. LinkedIn can work for you in numerous ways, but like anything, the more you put into it, the more you get out of it.

LinkedIn is becoming a great place to find jobs and connect with others for various projects, networking events and potential partnerships. I have been trying to get better about utilizing LinkedIn and here are, in my opinion the top 5 must do’s on the site.

1. Fill out your profile 100%. This includes, a picture, summary of work and all relevant work from your past positions or at school. Any clubs you were in, awards you received etc. Do not skimp on your profile as this is your public online resume

2. Add everyone! This is not facebook, if you meet someone at a networking event or worked with them in the past it is okay to connect with them. Even if there is someone you want to meet, write them a quick note asking them to connect, it won’t hurt.

3. Use LinkedIn as a job board. This is by far one of the smartest strategies for online job searching. Through LinkedIn you can search for jobs and often connect directly with the hiring manager. If not, you can see who you are connected to that might have a connection to the hiring company and request a referral!

4. Get recommended! If you have ever helped anyone with some significant work or volunteered for them – request a recommendation.  This will add some serious credential to your profile and move you up in the rankings for scoring that next job.

5. Join groups. By joining groups that are in your field of interest you can stay up-to-date on all upcoming events and connect with others that are in the same industry.

LinkedIn is an online paradise for networking so take advantage and let it work for you!

An Electric Idea

7 Jul

A friend of mine Stephan always had the entrepreneurial spirit bursting inside him. Despite his degree from UCLA, his MS from Stanford and a very high paying job, he was always calculating some exciting projects on the side.  His current endeavor,  Scroller Bikes is something he cooked up with a close friend of his. Below he gave us an insightful look at how he found a need and took a risk.

Shortly after graduating from Stanford, I returned back to to L.A. from San Francisco. One of my close friends from my UCLA years, told me about electric bikes he had seen during his travels through China. After doing some research and checking on legalities, we realized that electric bikes would be ideal for the congested southern California’s beach communities. We also thought they would be perfect for the overcrowded LA campuses such as UCLA or Santa Monica College.

My friend Robin always had a passion for motorcycles and had been riding since he was a  kid, and I over the years had developed an interest in green technology, so both of us had a natural interest in the bikes.

As both of us were just starting our professional careers and had intentions to getting into the business world, it seemed to be an interesting and fun project and an opportunity to create something that could actually make a difference. Our goal was to create the best looking and most user-friendly electric bike that would satisfy the needs of many user groups. (students, LA tourists, surfers, short distance commuters)

We started our business out of our garage in Hermosa Beach. We started working on our website, pictures, promotional material, did mechanical work and repairs. Things were not easy initially and we had many quality and communication issues with our Asian manufacturers. However, we were able to make it through the difficulties, probably because we were passionate about a product we had created and believed in. This was different from work you would perform at a regular job just to satisfied the management’s need.

Despite all the problems and issues we had, it was encouraging to see the customer’s positive feedback after their purchase. Now, after having sold a couple of shipments of Scrollers we are getting ready for a trip to China to work on an upgrade to make the bike even better than before. We are about to take another risk and make a bigger investment into this project.

Both of us will be starting our MBA studies in Los Angeles this coming fall.  We are not sure exactly how we will be able to continue this start up parallel to the school load, but for now we are just approaching the next challenge and are excited to see what the future will bring.

A little about the Scroller bike itself:

The Scroller is fully electric and does not produce any emission. It can be recharged at a regular power outlet and lasts for about 20-25 miles per charge. The Scroller is really easy to use (not much harder than a regular bicycle). It does not require a license, registration or insurance to operate, since it is classified as a motorized bicycle.

Check out the website of Scroller Electric Bikes to find more information, videos and pictures of the bike.

Thanks Stephan for your inspiration!

Get Inspired: Shatterbox

6 Jul
We were recently introduced to Megan and Amanda who just launched the new site Shatterbox. With the tag line Make Your Mark, the mission of the project is to show students and post-grads that happy careers can happen by illuminating inspiring stories of young professionals with fascinating careers. Through video they have found a beautiful way to share the stories of young people who are  living their dreams and sharing how them made them a reality.
Below is a link to one of the videos Ashley and I found most compelling, the young guys from FEED Granola discuss how they had a vision and brought it to life. After watching a few of these videos I feel very empowered and excited to spend more time working on my growing ideas and what I am truly passionate about.

What makes you happy? If you could do only one thing for the rest of your life, what would that be? Ask yourself these questions and starting brainstorming how you can create a career out of what makes you most satisfied in life.

Book Giveaway: Wander Woman: How High-Achieving Women Find Contentment and Direction

10 Jun

From Our Point of View: How to Engage and Retain High-Achieving Women
by Marcia Reynolds,
Author of Wander Woman: How High-Achieving Women Find Contentment and Direction

1. Provide Developmental Opportunities

One of our greatest passions is to resolve complex challenges, yet we need our managers to provide the resources for learning so we can be continually successful. We are top talent because we are committed to being the best. We come to you with experiences and degrees. To continue on our path to excellence, we need you to support the continuation of our development by offering ample tuition reimbursement and encouragement to further our learning. We want you to treat training and coaching programs not as perks but as a part of your overall business strategy. Frankly, to stay innovative and progressive, all employees should be trained in communication skills, managing change, dealing with their emotions, and building strong relationships with their peers within and across divisional borders. This is especially true in tough economic times when you need everyone to stay on top of their game. The last thing you want to do is cut funding for training and coaching when we are facing major difficulties. Give us more opportunities to learn and grow so we can help you take the company to the top faster than our competition. We would love for you to engage us in that challenge.

Also, provide us with mentors who are passionate about what they do so we are inspired to stay and learn more. We like to feel that we are in the company of smart and spirited people. We like to connect with leaders in other areas. We want breadth as well as depth of knowledge. If possible, create a platform where the most successful women in the company can network with and develop the younger female talent so the pipeline grows. Also, we are not always politically astute, so a good mentor can help us put our energies in the right places and see opportunities that we might miss that best use our talents.

2. Make Our Mission Meaningful

We want to be a part of something that feels bigger than ourselves. Even if our products are not that meaningful in the bigger scheme of life, we want to work for companies that care for their employees, respect the environment, and support their local communities. We will eventually disengage if we don’t see how our work fits into a broader, more significant context. We struggle with committing to, a monetary goal or a drive solely focused on beating our competitors. We don’t just work to make a living. We work to make life better. We will align our energies with your penchant for profit when we can see the evidence of our good work in the world, even if that means we are simply helping people to feel more safe and happy. We know in our hearts we can make a significant difference on this planet. If we are doing that in our jobs, we are likely to stick around and share with the world how excited we are about our work.

3. Continually Affirm Our Contribution and Value

Our sense of contribution and value to the organization is as important to us as our paycheck, but we can’t always see the larger effect of our work. We need to know how well we did in relation to the people we touch, whether it’s our peers or our customers. It’s not enough for us to know we have great knowledge and ability. We need to know if we have made an impact and that others value our involvement.

This acknowledgment needs to be continual because our sense of contribution is fleeting. Once we finish a task, we are quickly on to the next. There’s always another project to master and another crisis for us to resolve. You need to remind us of our impact because we tend to lose this sense while swimming in the sea of our assignments.

However, don’t overload us because you can count on us for results. We love to give outstanding performances. We love that you trust us. Yet if you rely on us too much, we would rather look for another job than face failure. Make sure to regularly ask us how we are feeling about our work and if we need any resources to get our work done. We often struggle with asking for help. Even when we ask to figure out a problem on our own, we still appreciate that you check in to see if we need any additional support.

4. Design and Foster a Creative and Collaborative Environment

We love to work for leaders who create environments that provide an open flow of communication in all directions. Let us talk freely, whether it’s around the real water cooler or the virtual water cooler using social media. Environments that support collaboration foster rapid innovations. We want easy access to tools and resources. We want our leaders to be visionaries and catalysts who transfer decision-making to us and allow us to choose how we want to work. Instead of managing people from a top-down position, leaders should see themselves as the “spokesperson” in the middle of the wheel with employees in motion around them. They should inspire more than enforce. Cooperative cultures represent the future of management. We want to help you make this significant change.

5. Delegate Clear Expectations and Then Let Go

If you give us what we need to do a great job on work that is meaningful to us and valuable to the organization, we won’t disappoint you. Give us control over the processes and decisions related to our tasks as much as possible. We love figuring out the best solutions. We need to feel we have the power to implement what we plan. If you think we need a more strategic perspective, coach us to see other possibilities instead of telling us what to do. When you delegate a project to us, give us the authority to talk to all stakeholders to negotiate actions. We will report our progress to you on a schedule we agree to and respond to issues promptly. We learn fast from our mistakes.

Let us know early on when changes will affect our work and share with us the reasons for the change. These days, those kinds of changes happen daily. We need to know about a shift in direction as soon as you do. If something comes up and you have to make a decision that goes counter to what we had hoped for, tell us why you made the decision so we can develop our business acumen. We want to grow beyond our technical capability. Letting us see through your eyes gives us what we need to succeed in our future positions.

6. Recognize Outstanding Performance

We like working for companies that have a culture of recognition. You may think that we are just doing our jobs, but we need to be recognized for our hard work even when it becomes the norm. Your recognition can be as simple as a personal comment or written note praising something we specifically did and the impact it had. We also like public recognition. When you visibly recognize our continual peak performance you demonstrate to everyone that you value this behavior. And don’t just recognize results; show appreciation for our creativity, inclusiveness, optimism, and determination even if the results did not turn out as expected. When you honor our efforts, you help us to feel proud. We need help when it comes to stopping and admiring our work. If you give us this gift, we will repeat the behavior you reward.

Also, please recognize us by knowing us. We are staunchly loyal to the people who show they care about us now and in the future. Know our talents, goals, and dreams. If you were called by HR today and asked what you thought were my strengths, frustrations, and aspirations, could you answer these questions? Know who we are today and what we want for tomorrow. If we aren’t clear about what we want for our careers, help us envision our future. Then offer to support us as we move forward on this path.

7. Give Us Flexible Work Schedules

We need help in managing our energy more than our time. We will work obsessively to complete important projects. Yet we need to renew our energy so we don’t burn out. Therefore, we want flexible schedules based on meeting goals instead of wasting time in traffic or on “who can stay the latest” contests. We recognize the need to be present for important meetings, but on days we can get more work done from home, trust us. We have become comfortable with technology and will use it to communicate. Because we always produce results, let us figure out how we will get the work done. If you want to know more about setting up work cultures that are flexible and successful as a result, look at what these companies are doing: Capitol One, Deloitte & Touche, Best Buy, Marriott, Patagonia, AES Corporation, Sun Microsystems, IBM, PepsiCo, and Wal-Mart. At the Brazilian company Semco, employees choose their own salaries, set their own hours, and have no job titles, yet the profits keep growing and there is practically no employee turnover. By the time you read this, more companies will have followed suit. We’re hoping you want to stay ahead of the pack with these progressive companies.

If we have children to take care of, don’t put us on a “mommy track” that doesn’t have access to promotions and plum assignments. Let us decide what we can handle. If you allow us the flexibility to meet the goals on our own terms, we will in turn be honest with you about what is possible. If we decide we need to step back because our home-life challenges need our attention, welcome us back when we are ready and we will amaze you with the results we produce.

The above is an excerpt from the book Wander Woman: How High-Achieving Women Find Contentment and Direction by Marcia Reynolds. The above excerpt is a digitally scanned reproduction of text from print. Although this excerpt has been proofread, occasional errors may appear due to the scanning process. Please refer to the finished book for accuracy.

Copyright © 2010 Marcia Reynolds, author of Wander Woman: How High-Achieving Women Find Contentment and Direction

Author Bio
Dr. Marcia Reynolds
is fascinated by the brain, especially the nuances of the female brain. She is a master certified coach with a doctorate in organizational psychology, focusing on the needs and challenges of smart, strong women in the workplace. She travels around the world speaking at conferences and teaching classes in leadership, emotional intelligence and organizational change. Her book Wander Woman: How High Achieving Women Find Contentment and Direction was released this summer.

You can read more about the book at and follow the author on Facebook and Twitter.

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