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I’m not funny. I’m just brave – Lucille Ball

Do you remember the word I decided was going to be my “word of the year” this year? BOLD.I’m a little over a month in and have learned some lessons along the way. I thought I’d share them with you and see if you were inspired to create your own word. There’s no rule stating you can only do this on January 1st.

Lesson 1 – Being intentional with something new takes effort.

I’m surprised by how often I have to remind myself that I’m supposed to be bold. Every time I have an interaction, I find myself asking myself the question, “Is there an opportunity to be bold here?” I wonder if anyone has built an “Intention reminder app,” it would be great for my phone to ping me at random times and nudge me into boldness. Where might you need a nudge?

Lesson 2 – Asking myself to be bold is making me have a serious conversation with my inner critic.

I had a teacher at my last job, Antonia Galindo,who shared with me the idea of the “Itty bitty shitty committee.” It’s that imaginary jerk that perches on your shoulder and tells you “no” or “you’re not good enough” or “who do you think you are?” or my personal favorite “they will judge you if you do that.” By bumping up against my inner fears on a regular basis, I’m also getting regular practice at shutting up my I.B.S.C., something I’ve struggled with for years. Do you? Continue reading “I’m not funny. I’m just brave – Lucille Ball”

Mismatched

Companies buy keywords and other targeting options to identify the jobs that might fit Linkedin users. But do they?

I received an email this week, as I do every week, from LinkedIn telling me that a company had a role I might be interested in. The role, Sales Order Management Specialist, was just one among many other similar roles. Instead of immediately hitting the delete button (my usual reaction to this weekly email), I think it’s time to question LinkedIn and their customers — is it me or you?

For starters, let me explain why this particular job listing clearly isn’t a fit for me. Some of the key requirements include:

  • 2 to 5 years of order management or order admin experience
  • Strong customer service and communication skills
  • Proficient in Microsoft Excel and Outlook

I absolutely meet those requirements, technically. Even ignoring my current role as CEO, my previous job had me leading revenue operations for what is now a $1B media company. I think even the employer in question would agree that I’m not the candidate they’re looking for. Is the data scraped from my profile not clear? Continue reading “Mismatched”

Money Makes the World Go Round

One of the things I get to do these days is to work with companies that are looking to build out their “women’s” program. Is this the only solution to the current challenges? No, but it’s a start. I’m not going into that debate today. I’m thrilled that smart companies are bringing in people like me to make sure there is a plan for success. Positive signs people, positive signs.

I was working with a team the other day that got me thinking. We were having a conversation that I’d had with almost every team. A conversation about budgets — creating budgets and spending budgets. Continue reading “Money Makes the World Go Round”

Good Intentions

I learned this year that many of my friends set an “intention word” for the year. Not a resolution but a theme, a guide to center them throughout all the twists and turns the upcoming year will inevitably deliver. I was inspired. Now I have a word – BOLD!

My first BOLD move is to start this initiative. The team at The Amplify Lab and I have plans to highlight people who we think are doing interesting things or have ground-breaking ideas. We’re going to ask thought-provoking questions and share with you thought leadership that piques our interest.

Please join us in our initiative to learn about some amazing people and ideas, find out more about what I’m up to, and what we’re doing at The Amplify Lab.

But before I go, what is your word? We’d love to know.

A Better Way to Ask for an Introduction – Help Me Help You Help Them

You’re ready for a change at work – it’s time for the next stage in your career. What are your next steps? It’s likely that as you research new opportunities, you’ll reach out to your network and ask for an introduction or two. You send the basic message – Can you connect me with…? I’d like an introduction to… Can you send me this person’s email? – and get no reply. Continue reading “A Better Way to Ask for an Introduction – Help Me Help You Help Them”