How to Conduct the Best Virtual Meetings

Getting thrown into virtual meetings during the pandemic is like being thrown into the deep end of the pool when you barely know how to tread water. You know enough to keep breathing, but you’re not sure how to swim safely to the ladder. The challenges of virtual meetings are numerous and well experienced. People […]

Five Ways to Love Your Virtual Work

Virtual work can be very challenging when you’ve never experienced it. There are the obvious benefits of the quick work commute and options of work attire. But the challenges can seem overwhelming when you realize that what you thought was temporary is now semi-permanent. The fact is that you need to find ways to achieve […]

Creating Your Virtual Workspace

My virtual workspace has always been an office within my house. Now that everyone is virtual, I’m sure that is not the case for most people. Yet having a virtual workspace to call your own is very important for effectiveness, productivity, and mental health. Working virtual is not new. I had my first virtual workspace […]

Race Related Questions from a White Woman: What is Codeswitching?

Codeswitching is another new term I’ve learned in the past month while examining my whiteness. This one came totally out of the blue. I was participating in a racially diverse video conference specifically talking about racial disparities and system racism. One of the black participants just started talking about the codeswitching they do every day […]

One Thing White People Need to Know About Zooming While Black

I never thought Zoom could be related to racial bias in any way. It never even occurred to me. I took the Harvard Racial Bias test, determined to show that I had beaten my bias down! With each picture, I worked hard to pick the good/bad button as quickly as possible. I was sure I […]

5 Ways to Know if You Need to Increase Your Emotional Intelligence

Emotional intelligence is gaining attention as a key essential leadership trait. And though I’d like to consider myself as having high emotional intelligence, I can think of many instances where the feelings of others were not top of mind. “The whirlwind of change makes it more important than ever for leaders to be self-aware and […]

Why the Strategic Business Plan Sits on the Shelf

  Do I need a Business Plan? Why? These are questions I’m consistently asked by new entrepreneurs, experienced business owners, and even leaders within large organizations. More often than not, they either have no idea how to create one, or they’ve done it before, checked the box, and promptly placed the plan on a shelf to […]

Systemic Racism in the Workplace: Microaggressions

The topic of systemic racism is flooding our inboxes, news streams, and social media. I personally have felt like I’m drinking from a firehose. However, even with the flood of information, I keep finding ways that I’ve behaved in the past that were problematic. Moreover, I keep uncovering the ways I want to change. Despite […]

What is Emotional Intelligence?

You’ve obviously heard the term emotional intelligence once or twice. Perhaps you’ve been told that you would benefit from having more of it. The term “Emotional Intelligence” was created by Peter Salovey and John D. Mayer in 1990 as “a form of social intelligence that involves the ability to monitor one’s own and others’ feelings and emotions, to […]

How to create virtual social interactions with your team

  Creating virtual social interactions online can feel awkward at first. We’re used to having chats in a coffee break room, or sharing a little about our weekend at the beginning of our staff meeting as people start to gather. That feels normal. Now that we are all online, we don’t have the same interactions. […]