Strategic Networking

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Just the other day, after leveraging a key contact to land a prime business opportunity, a friend posted on her Facebook, “Your network determines your net worth.” We all know the importance of networking in growing our brand, companies, and careers. For those of us who are introverts, the thought of actively networking can be daunting if not overwhelming. However, … Read More

Better This Year

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Have you ever had a book change your life? “Younger Next Year for Women” did that for me. In this book, authors Chris Crowley and Dr. Henry Lodge use scientific data to entice us to live the rest of our lives biologically younger and emotionally happier. “Decay is optional,” the authors write, if you choose to grow instead of to … Read More

Keep Your Eye on the Prize in 2017!

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Women tend to spend most of their time focusing on others, especially during the holiday season. Did I get my holiday cards out to all of the people I care about? Did I get all the gifts for everyone on my list? Is the tree up with the lights and presents all stacked neatly underneath? I believe we as women … Read More

Navigating Through a Sea of Leadership Feedback

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This year has been the most professionally exciting year of my life – which is probably why it has also been the most challenging. Like most executive directors or individuals in leadership positions, I receive a lot of feedback. Learning how to successfully navigate that feedback, both personally and professionally is a task I am still learning to master. The … Read More

Stop With the Generational Stereotypes: Individualize!

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What do you think about generational stereotypes? In the last several years I have seen more articles and talks about how to manage an intergenerational workforce than I care to count. I actually believe that these prescribed presentations have done more to damage intergenerational relations than help. It has given us free reign to slap labels on people and strip … Read More

Leveraging New Government Contracting Regulations to Benefit Your Small Business

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Relationships between small businesses and the government aren’t always easy to form. In my case, I love my prime contractors is because I’ve been blessed to have great relationships with the contracting officers, program managers, and their small business representatives. Part of this is due to how I approach the relationship and part of it is due to the individuals … Read More

Finding Your Next Employee in a Job-Seeker’s Market

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Today, with the unemployment rate for software developers  between 1-2 percent, we’ve had to come up with a whole new hiring process. These days there are many online options available to job seekers. Based on our budgetary and business requirements, my company selected LinkedIn, and the cost was less than $500 per month. We ran our ad for two months … Read More

The Importance of Honesty & Integrity

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Honesty. Merriam-Webster describes this word as “the quality of being fair and truthful: the quality of being honest. Honesty implies a refusal to lie, steal, or deceive in any way. Honor suggests an active or anxious regard for the standards of one’s profession, calling, or position.” Most people attempt to live their lives not trying to deceive others, but with … Read More

FLORIDA TODAY EDGE BLOG: Workplace Gender Gap & How to Communicate

It’s not uncommon these days that CEOs and leadership are of the millennial generation. As we know and continue to read, millennials communicate with each other and the world in a completely different way than the rest of us, and they are quite particular about the type of communication used. This should not be a hurdle that stands in either party’s way, … Read More