6 ways to show your boss you’re a high-potential employee

6 ways to show your boss you’re a high-potential employee:
If you want to get ahead in the workplace, it helps to be seen as a “high-potential employee,” or HIPO. As reported previously in Fast Company, Gartner’s research finds that HIPOs exert 21% more effort than their non-HIPO peers and have a 75% chance of succeeding at roles that are critical to business performance and the future leadership pipeline. These are the folks who get plum assignments and are selected for training, mentoring, and other advancement programs, if they’re available. So, if

5 career strategies that coincidentally help you sleep better

5 career strategies that coincidentally help you sleep better:
Ada Calhoun’s book, Why We Can’t Sleep: Women’s New Midlife Crisis, has gotten a lot of attention in the past few weeks. The book highlights the many pressures Gen X women face, from aging parents to record debt to C-suite expectations, resulting in what is all of our truth: a lack of sleep. Like the women in Calhoun’s book, I have my fair share of sleepless nights. And as an Asian-American, female CEO in advertising–an industry with a history of gender bias and some very real barriers to the C-

Productivity Confidential: Productivity with a Purpose


Productivity Confidential: Productivity with a Purpose:
Companies in industries from tech to retail to hospitality have found a novel way of getting their employees to be more productive: They let their staff pursue their passions, on company time. It may seem counterintuitive, but by allowing personnel the opportunity to do anything from volunteer to create a fully operational nonprofit, firms are giving their people a chance to connect with their communities, learn new skills, and come back to the office energized and invigorated.

I asked experts to analyze my to-do lists. This is what they found

I asked experts to analyze my to-do lists. This is what they found
As a solopreneur juggling multiple projects, clients, and income streams—copywriting, journalism, anthology editing, and event organizing—my to-do list feels never-ending. Make that my to-do lists, plural, because the gargantuan version I write each morning always morphs into up to a dozen smaller ones, some jotted by hand, some tapped into my phone or drafted via email. Keeping up with my to-do lists feels like a job in and of itself. Often my lists don’t seem to have any priority, with larger

How to earn $75,000 annually just in interest

How to earn $75,000 annually just in interest:
An “interest-only” retirement plan can fund your golden years without draining your savings, but you will need to save a lot of money to make it possible. NerdWallet crunched the numbers, and we can tell you how much you need to save every month, broken down by age, to get $75,000 every year in an “interest-only” retirement. Check out this video to learn how to make it a reality.

Be Happy: Top 10 Toxic Things To Remove From Your Life

Be Happy: Top 10 Toxic Things To Remove From Your Life:
You are what you eat. Everyone knows the wisdom behind the old adage: put good things into your body and your health with flourish. Fill up with junk and your body will break down. The same logic that applies to your nutrition also applies to your mental health. If you have toxic influences and bad habits, you are not going to be happy. We made a list of toxic things that are dragging down your happiness. Harmful friendships Humans mimic the actions of each other and pick up each other’s habits.

5 ways to overcome imposter syndrome in the workplace

5 ways to overcome imposter syndrome in the workplace:
Imposter syndrome is a phenomenon that was discovered in the 1970s, but is only more recently being publicly acknowledged in workplace culture. It is when successful or high-achieving individuals doubt their competence and hold back from taking risks for fear of failure. Employees can express imposter syndrome in various ways, such as acting insecure about their abilities, second-guessing decisions, and being afraid of taking on new challenges. Leaders are in a unique position to help combat

7 powerful ways introverts can uniquely contribute to the workplace

7 powerful ways introverts can uniquely contribute to the workplace:
Introverts can be a great asset at work. Jane Finkle has 25 years of experience as a career coach for universities and has run her own career counseling firm since 2002. Introverts can sometimes feel overlooked in today’s fast-paced workplace as they are less likely to speak up or want to stand out. However, their shy and reserved nature can make them a great asset in the workplace, especially to balance out extroverted coworkers. Introverts excel at staying focused, offering empathy, and being

A Goals-Based Approach to Financial Planning

A Goals-Based Approach to Financial Planning:
Adviser Massi De Santis offers a step-by-step guide to identifying retirement goals and building a plan to meet them. By Massi De Santis One of my children reminded me of an efficient way to solve a maze: work back from the end to the start. In economics, we use a similar approach to solve planning and strategy problems, called backward induction. Backward induction is a process that starts from the end of a problem and works back in time to determine the sequence of optimal actions, a plan. The

5 ways you can get more comfortable taking criticism

5 ways you can get more comfortable taking criticism:
Steven Pressfield, in his bestseller The Art of War, says: “The professional gives an ear to criticism, seeking to learn and grow.” If you’re a writer (or any creator), you probably know this to be true. You’ve likely tried to accept feedback in a bid to improve your work. But I’m willing to bet that every time someone doesn’t like what you wrote or produced, it stings. And it’s personal, too. Anytime I’m in a presentation, my fight or flight response kicks in—usually, a half-second before my

Why choosing solar panels or a hybrid car has more impact than you think

Why choosing solar panels or a hybrid car has more impact than you think:
As it turns out, personal energy choices can be contagious.
Sometimes trying to make a difference feels like such an uphill battle. You take your reusable totes to the store, try not to waste food, drive a hybrid car – and to what end? Does it really matter when the biggest industries and leading policymakers act as if the climate crisis doesn’t exist?
The short answer: Yes, individual actions matter!

Feeling burned out? This is why working less isn’t enough

Feeling burned out? This is why working less isn’t enough
Last year, journalist Anne Helen Petersen wrote a widely shared piece in Buzzfeed naming millennials the “Burnout Generation”. According to Petersen, we’re overworked, underpaid, and often paralyzed by the systemic dysfunction of our increasingly volatile world. As a result, many of us struggle with even the most basic tasks of “adulting,” like paying bills or registering to vote. One year later, things seem worse than ever. Wages have continued to stall…

Brené Brown Talks About Square Breathing, but What Is It?

Brené Brown Talks About Square Breathing, but What Is It?
If you’ve listened to Brené Brown, the research professor whose TedTalk on vulnerability went viral (a must-watch), you may have heard her mention “square breathing.” She uses it herself to calm down when, in her words, “sh*t hits the fan.” So yes, anecdotally it works. But Brown, who continues to study vulnerability, courage, worthiness and shame, is a researcher at heart. And while studying resilience and people who live tenaciously, she found they had an important thing in common: They