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How to Own Your Path Forward by Losing Control

Posted by Diana K. Anderson on May 6, 2020 1:02:16 PM

When it comes to full shutdowns for public safety, Boston knows how to rally. A baseline of Boston winters. Those summer days when you deliver your elderly neighbor’s groceries. That zero-hesitation all-in drop-everything was all the difference after the Marathon bombing. Anyone who takes their winters below freezing knows that wasting emergency resources by ignoring a #stayhome order costs lives. That said, it’s a lot easier to stay Zen when the outside world is cancelled when you’ve got the infrastructure and daily rhythms down. When the COVID-19 #stayhome orders came, we’d already pulled out all the winter tricks like restarting Purple Carrot and upgrading a few other subscriptions of choice. 

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Topics: Change, Career Path, Developing Your Skills, Self-Awareness, Own It, Empowerment, #WESTevent, Women in Business, Be Fearless, Be Brave, Competence, Webinar, Fearlessness

Digital social: Developing community & self while social distancing

Posted by Diana K. Anderson on Mar 23, 2020 1:32:27 PM

If you’re fortunate enough to be at home with work and paycheck, your health and the essentials. If you’re beyond the basics, then you’re focusing on adapting to the new, rapidly evolving 'normal'. 

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Topics: Women in STEM, Influence, Digitial, Developing Your Skills, Challenges, Career Development, Career Possibilities, Influence Without Authority, Outreach, #WESTevent, Change Management, #WESTorg, Women in Business, Be Fearless, Be Brave

5 Quick Tips on How to Work from Home like a Pro RemoWo

Posted by Diana K. Anderson on Mar 18, 2020 4:25:58 PM

The sudden and total transition to remote work (RemoWo) triggered by COVID19 may mean that you need to tweak your work from home (WFH) setup. Compared to WFH-Fridays, full-time RemoWo requires a much stricter practice of boundaries and connections—both physical and mental. Check out these five quick tips to help you stay productive—and sane—in the weeks ahead. 

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Topics: Work Life Balance, Change, Digital, Developing Your Skills, Advice, #WESTevent, Change Management, #WESTorg, Women in Business, Be Fearless, Be Brave

Shatter the Glass Funnel: Escalating Executive Gender Parity in STEM

Posted by Diana K. Anderson on Mar 12, 2020 8:30:00 AM

Like your career, executive gender parity is not one-off tactic or a simple checklist. Gender parity among leadership requires intentional cultivation, systemic design and strategic implementation.

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Topics: Gender Balance, STEM, Gender Balance, Women, Awards, Women in STEM, Business, Equal Pay, Leading Ourselves, Gender Pay Gap, Challenges, Leaders, Career Development, Empowerment, Advocate, Inclusion, Diversity, #WESTevent, #WESTorg, Women in Business, Organizational Culture, Corporate Culture, Be Fearless, Be Brave, Gender Parity

You plan your weekend; why not your retirement?

Posted by Diana K. Anderson on Mar 3, 2020 2:18:10 PM

You’d never leave your smartphone on the factory settings, so why set-and-forget your retirement?

For many of us, the effort we put into planning our next vacation far exceeds the attention we give to retirement planning. You waded through so many forms when you started that new job. Retirement stuff got the ‘set-and-forget’ treatment.

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Topics: Events, Financial Planning, Wealth Management, Career, Women in STEM, Financial, Economics, Compensation, Own It, Empowerment, Women in Business, Be Fearless, Be Brave

How to Transform Conflict into a Catalyst for Growth

Posted by Diana K. Anderson on Feb 25, 2020 8:00:00 AM

Conflict is caring

You know it’s time to polish your resume if you don’t care enough to voice your frustrations. Or call out the cognitive disconnect. Or make your case for a different approach. Personally and professionally, we tend to treat conflict as a negative event. But if someone cares enough to state their disagreement, that means they are invested in the outcome. Conflict only arises in situations where participants care enough about the subject to question whether the means best serve the ends.

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Topics: Women in STEM, Workshop, Upcoming Events, Emotional Intelligence, Developing Your Skills, Problem Solving, Conflict Resolution, Feedback, Career Development, Influence Without Authority, #WESTevent, Women in Business, Be Fearless, Be Brave

How to Use Simple Strategies for Professional Self-Promotion

Posted by Diana K. Anderson on Jan 15, 2020 7:45:00 AM

Even if you work for a non-profit, you are not their charitable act 

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Topics: Influence, Tools, Career Path, Leading Ourselves, Developing Your Skills, Self-Awareness, Personal Branding, Career Possibilities, Empowerment, New Opportunities, Advocate, #WESTevent, #WESTorg, Women in Business, Organizational Culture, Be Fearless, Be Brave, Competence

The STEM-Business Fusion: How to Turbo-Boost Your Career

Posted by Diana K. Anderson on Nov 22, 2019 1:49:44 PM

The days of spending your entire career at one organization, or on a linear career path are long gone. We can’t all be doctor-astronaut-business leaders like Dr. Mae Jemison. But you can leverage your STEM and industry expertise to make the leap from a linear career. Hop the single-track and explore the multi-faceted web of STEM enterprise. You’ve probably already been building the net unconsciously. 

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Topics: Transitions, Career, Women in STEM, Career Path, Emotional Intelligence, Career Possibilities, Speed Networking, New Opportunities, MBA, #WESTevent, Women in Business, Be Fearless, Be Brave, Venture Capital/VC, Business Development

How to Negotiate: 3 Mindsets that Win Every Time

Posted by Diana K. Anderson on Nov 21, 2019 7:30:00 AM

Your SOP mindset is crucial

You negotiate every day. Sometimes it’s big stuff. The contract for a new client. The compensation package for your new job. Smaller, daily negotiations also exert a substantial cumulative impact. How you feel before and throughout the negotiation process effects more than the outcome. The emotions elicited by anything you do daily are key factors in how you experience the world. 

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Topics: Communication, negotiation, Women in STEM, Relationships, Developing Your Skills, Problem Solving, New Opportunities, #WESTevent, Women in Business, Be Fearless, Be Brave

How to Stop Your Certainty from Blinding You

Posted by Diana K. Anderson on Nov 5, 2019 8:30:00 AM

There’s no such thing as a rocket scientist

No one person is capable of understanding all the science necessary to launch a rocket into space. Rocket science is a group effort. A collaboration of scientists. They may start the project focused on the components relevant to their specific expertise. But the rocket literally cannot get off the ground until all those technical experts pool their specialist knowledge to make the components into a functional system. 

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Topics: Communication, Collaboration, Developing Your Skills, Conflict Resolution, Open Innovation, Self-Reflection, #WESTevent, #WESTorg, Women in Business, Be Fearless, Be Brave, Research & Development

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