5 Things That Happen to Young Professionals in Their “Late” 20’s

1. You may wish that you would have kept a diary.
Remembering what happened last year can be tough, yet 10-15 years ago. Actually, I can’t even remember what I did yesterday. Time suddenly starts to blend together, as your days get busier and busier and you’ll wish that you could have something to look back on. Good thing is, many of us have Facebook or even MySpace to look back on. Live Journal anyone? Continue reading

I Got No Job, But I’ll Get One Again

Losing a job can be a positive experience

My daughters tease me about how I’d always sing the wrong words to popular songs. The best example was the Chumbawamba hit Tubthumping from the 90s. The song lyrics say, “I get knocked down but I get up again,” but for some reason I heard it as “I got no job but I’ll get one again.”  Sadly, a few months ago I was singing that song and the lyrics matched my situation for real –my personal version with the wrong lyrics about not having a job. Continue reading

4 Ways to Manage Your Time as an MBA Student

It’s a Saturday morning and as the sun peeks through the blinds at 7am, I’m sitting here staring at my to-do list for the day. It’s overwhelming! As a Weekend Executive MBA student at Duke’s Fuqua School of Business, my time has been limited. In fact, my time has become more and more precious.

My Saturday Morning To-Do List

  • Clean the house
  • Grocery shopping
  • Go to Home Depot
  • Team call to go over our assignments at 12pm
  • Call the security company to come fix the video camera that stopped working
  • Visit my Mom (I have to make time for this one!)
  • Study for our upcoming weekend of classes at Duke
  • Spend time with my husband
  • Workout
  • Me time…(last priority)

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5 Things That Happen the 1st Month of Your MBA Program

When you start your MBA, your life will change. Thirty days ago, I started my Executive MBA at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business. Fuqua was my “Hail Mary” shot at a top business school, and here I was on Day 1 standing in the Hall of Flags under a balloon arch that said “DUKE”. I couldn’t help but feel like exploding with excitement!  Continue reading

6 Ways to Make the Most of Summer Even if You Are Out of Vacation Days

Remember the feeling when it was the last day of school and the thrill of running out of the entrance doors into the great, wild and wonderful unknown of summer break? College days were the same after the last finals and the car was loaded up to drive home there was a sense of freedom and accomplishment. As working adults, unless we are teachersl, we are lucky to get a week or two off or perhaps a long weekend. Even so the thrill is pretty much the same. Turn off the laptop, close the office door, kick off the pumps and off to get some well-needed R&R while singing the Alice Cooper song “Schools Out for Summer!” Continue reading

Two Reasons to be Genuinely Nice to EVERYONE at Work

You’re walking down the hall at work and you’ve had a pretty unpleasant morning. You got to work late, missed part of your 8am meeting, and then you spilled coffee on your shirt. But, as you walk down the hall with your stained shirt and your coffee in hand, another fellow employee is approaching. At this point, you are DONE with your day and it’s only 9:15am. What do you do?

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Dress for Success: 3 Things You Can Do to Get Noticed at Work

Dressing for success isn’t easy. After all, no one ever tells us how to dress before our first day of work in the corporate world. We usually turn to Google for the answers, but end up more confused than where we started in the first place. So, what are three things you can work on this week to dress for success? Below are three tips to help get you started in the right direction:

Tip #1: Don’t participate in Casual Friday… Continue reading

Business Blunders: 3 Ways to Tell You Aren’t Listening

Ever sit next to that person on the plane that just won’t stop talking? You put your ear buds in and they STILL continue to blabber on about their brother’s friend’s mother and her small poodle that does amazing tricks. So, you pull your jacket over your head and yet they still can’t seem to get the hint that you don’t want to be bothered. This is a prime example of not “listening” to body language.

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Customer Service Done Right: Spotlight on Sticker Mule

Picture this…you’ve got a very important convention coming up that your company is running. You are currently preparing for the trade fair, the fancy dinners, the guest speakers and so much more. Two weeks before the convention, your team decides to include custom made stickers at your corporate booth as handouts to your guests. So, you order the stickers through Sticker Mule (a custom sticker company that you found through Google).

Just to be safe you order the expedited two-day air shipping, just in case there is a delay. Low and behold, that delay occurs. Two days after your order is supposed to arrive you call UPS to see where your order is located, only to find out that they’ve LOST your stickers.  Continue reading