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Mid-Career Malaise: How to Get it Before it Gets You

If you are like me – stuck halfway up the career ladder, far enough that you can see the light of leadership and authority to come, but not too far up that you don’t still relate to the newbies – then you are what we call a “mid-level” or “mid-career” professional.Many of my colleagues and close friends are also at the mid-level point in their careers and we talk about that a lot. Specifically, what does it feel like…

The Interagency Tango: How to Do It Right

Nobody works in a vacuum, especially when you work for the government. We may all have our specific lanes but, ultimately, we are working towards the same objectives and the same larger, overarching goals. The trick is finding a way to communicate with counterparts who may not “speak the same language” you do or whose approach to things may seem diametrically opposed to your or your agency’s views.  So how do you do the interagency tango? Here’s how you…

UNCOMFORTABLE CONVERSATIONS: HOW TO NAVIGATE THEM

I have been privy to many conversations with colleagues at work and friends working in other sectors recently about having difficult and uncomfortable conversations with people when they say something or do something inappropriate at work.

Sadly, many of my female colleagues feel as though they can’t speak up when someone makes a rude or inappropriate comment, especially when the comment is perceived as being made “innocently,” without malice, or is purely ignorance-based. This is dead wrong. If you are…

6 Ways to Sharpen Your Professional Skills

We are all professionals and we all have jobs to do, but do you ever feel like you are getting stale or that your skills “ain’t what they used to be”?  Do you find yourself in a professional rut or do you feel like you don’t have the requisite skill set to change positions or move up in your job should you want to? If you feel this way or even if you don’t and just want a change…

Fashion In Government: Getting Beyond Blue and Black

Government employees are known for their hard work, dedication, ethical standards, commitment to public service, non-partisanship and many other positive qualities and traits. What they aren’t known for is their style and general fashion sense.  In fact, over the years, government employees have been widely panned for their lack of style and the continued reliance on the standard “uniform” of blue and black, often out-of-date and ill-fitting suits.

So how do we project the image of who we really are…

DEALING WITH MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES IN THE WORKPLACE

Let me address the proverbial elephant in the room that is mental health, resilience and mindfulness and the way in which mental health is handled or not handled by employees and employers. The United States experiences more workplace violence and on the extreme end, workplace shootings, than any other comparable nation historically and globally.

Why is this? What makes the work environment in the United States conducive to violence?  What are the extenuating circumstances that precipitate an environment where individuals…

The Art of Taking Vacation

If you are like me, you always have “use or lose” leave because you are too good at utilizing long weekends and holidays to get in little “vacationettes” here and there, instead of longer-duration vacays. So when the time comes to figure out what to do with your leave, you either end of up donating it or trying to plan the vacation to end all vacations. To be clear, if you end up with excessive use or lose leave…

5 WAYS TO COPE WHEN YOU FEEL OVERWHELMED AT WORK

Stress has a way of creeping up on us all. It can be overt and just hit you smack in the face, but more than likely it is covert and creeps up on you over time. Do you find yourself getting easily exasperated at work? Are you quick to say “no” when you can say “yes” just because you don’t want to or can’t deal with another request? Do you always feel like you are digging out but never…

Can We Get a Re-Do on Government- Sponsored Parental Leave?

We are all human. We are born. We grow up. We go to school. We pick a career path. We simultaneously live life and go to work. We get our hearts broken. We find love again. We change jobs. We settle into a career. We marry. We have children. We retire. We move on.

For many of us, the ultimate dance we do as adults is the one between working life and personal life. This has been the way it…

Solid As A Rock

CEO of Black-owned footwear company, ROCKDEEP INC, on balancing entrepreneurship, community, and family
What is an entrepreneur? Everyone I know these days call themselves an entrepreneur or have someone in their immediate circle who is an entrepreneur. However, the statistics for successful entrepreneurial endeavors are abysmal. Forbes magazine reports that 90% of start-ups fail, that’s nine out of 10 new businesses, and the numbers are worse for minority-owned businesses if you can believe it. That is all the more reason…