Mentor Politics

How to develop relationships with mentors and understand how to gain the most from those relationships

You’ve Been Screwed at Work, Now What?

April 10, 2013
You’ve Been Screwed at Work, Now What?

……………………A few nights ago I had a great conversation over Skype with the Isenberg Women in Business Society at UMass Amherst’s Isenberg School of Management. They raised interesting questions, but one in particular reflected a universal dilemma all of us face one time or another. What do you do at work when you feel like…

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The Importance of Reading Between the Lines at Work

March 27, 2013
The Importance of Reading Between the Lines at Work

…………The following is a reprint of an article I wrote for the Barnard College Career Newsletter. According to the Barnard curriculum catalogue, an anthropology major should be able to “develop an anthropological sensibility that enables one to distill social meaning from everyday encounters…” I’m not going to lie, I’m a little jealous that you anthro…

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What To Do When Your Mentor Leaves the Company

February 6, 2013
What To Do When Your Mentor Leaves the Company

……………………………The following is an article I wrote recently for The Daily Muse: There’s nothing better than having a mentor at work—someone to offer you guidance in your career, give you advice on your day-to-day responsibilities, and help you succeed within the organization. So when that person leaves? Well, it can be tough. Not only did…

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Beware of Idolizing Your Mentor

November 14, 2012
Beware of Idolizing Your Mentor

I ran on the treadmill this morning watching The Today Show and witnessed teenage fans of One Direction in tears. I don’t fully understand why girls cry when they see idols…are they happy to be in their presence? Or, are they sad they’ll never get closer to them? For whatever reason, these girls were deifying…

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Why Your Manager Rejects Your Good Recommendations

October 31, 2012
Why Your Manager Rejects Your Good Recommendations

If you’ve ever made a recommendation to your manager only to be told “That’s great, but we’re going a different route” you may wonder why you wasted time working on the analysis in the first place. I had that scenario play out many times as a young professional and could only appreciate later in my…

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Career Lessons from a Stylist

September 27, 2012
Carla Pressley

My hair stylist is one of the smartest people I know. Carla Pressley works in a salon in the DC metropolitan area, where I was lucky enough to find her after calling the salon for an appointment four years ago. Since then, Carla has begun to split her time between the salon and independent work.…

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Life of a New Careerist- Part 1

May 23, 2012

I’m re-posting a video this week that will give you a few pointers on networking your way to the right assignments in the office. Enjoy… Life of a New Careerist- Part 1 Music by Julia Easterlin (Heavy Rotation Records) Share this:FacebookEmailShareRedditDiggPrintStumbleUpon

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Steve Jobs’s Style

May 17, 2012
Steve Jobs’s Style

I’m half way through Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson. My take away at this point is that despite being considered arrogant, rude, disrespectful and at times smelly… Jobs’ manic belief in his product overrode his negative attributes and inspired a severely beaten up workforce. How does that happen? When you’re repeatedly told that everything you…

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How to Respond to an Unfair Boss

April 18, 2012
How to Respond to an Unfair Boss

Yesterday I spoke to a group of students at George Washington University about professionalism. GWU’s Career Development office selected the topic because recently-employed alumni were having difficulties adjusting to their new environments. They weren’t having trouble coping with the work expected of them, but with the nuances of workplace behavior. After my talk, one of…

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The Advantage of the Informational Interview

January 25, 2012
The Advantage of the Informational Interview

Informational interviews are meetings between job seekers and representatives from companies that aren’t hiring at the time. If a job opening exists, pursue it. But if the company doesn’t have any openings, meeting with one of the executives is a great way to build your network of industry contacts. The meeting could lead to a…

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The Angst of Choosing between Job Offers

July 13, 2011
The Angst of Choosing between Job Offers

One of the most stressful aspects of your job search might be selecting which offer to accept. And your anxiety might have nothing to do with comparing your choices – it may be your fear of disappointing someone that was supportive along the way. My thoughts? To Thine Own Self Be True. A friend of…

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When to Say “No” to an Assignment

July 5, 2011
When to Say “No” to an Assignment

If you’re reading this article you are serious about your career. And if you’re serious about your career, you may already be among the top performers of your peer group at work. In that case, you may be given high quality work because your manager knows she can rely on you. Another by-product of a…

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What Makes a Great Manager?

June 22, 2011
What Makes a Great Manager?

Ever had a relationship go south? Somebody disappointed someone else and everyone suffered. Maybe it could have all been avoided if you each knew what the heck the other one wanted. It happens in the bedroom, on the playing field and in the office. Guys… we all have to talk! For an outwardly quiet man,…

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Ask or You Shall Not Receive

May 30, 2011
Ask or You Shall Not Receive

 It’s time to come clean.  I was, or am, (not really sure… once one, always one?) an investment banker.  I was in hiding for a while, especially during the early days of the recession. Neither Capitol Hill, the news media, or…well, really anyone… seemed to like my type.   But as an investment banker, I gained a lot of…

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Relationship Building with your Colleagues

May 18, 2011
Relationship Building with your Colleagues

Most professionals know they should strengthen relationships with senior managers, but they often don’t spend enough time cultivating friendships with same-level colleagues, or even those junior to them. If your associate in the next cubicle has become one of your best friends, you will happily spend time with her, but how about that quiet guy…

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Maintaining Senior Relationships

April 12, 2011
Maintaining Senior Relationships

Through your early career, it will seem like everyone you work with will be senior to you. They will be. And damn it- sucking up to them is unfortunately part of your job description.  It would be so nice to scrunch up in your office chair, just you and your half-caf double latte, hold the foam. …

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Respond Quickly at the Office

January 19, 2011
Respond Quickly at the Office

Thurs. 3:15 pm, Kat’s text: “Meet at Casey’s after work Fri?” Thurs. 5:36 pm, Kat’s Questioning Mind: Why hasn’t he texted back? I sent the text two hours ago? Maybe he doesn’t want to meet me? Thurs. 10:24 pm, Kat’s Stressed Mind: Did he get the message? Maybe he lost his phone? Oh… why doesn’t…

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