Thank you for a wonderful 2008! Happy New Year for 2009!

December 31, 2008

new-yearTo all the readers of my blog…thank you for being you, for wanting to be the best you can be in your career and your life.2008 was a wonderful year filled with happiness, growth, surprises, difficulties, excitement, hard work, development, laughter, friends and family, love and joy, to name just a few.

As we move into the new year, I wish you all the best and leave you with this poem, written by William Arthur Ward, an American scholar, author, and teacher. Read the rest of this entry »

How to Improve Your Communication Skills

December 17, 2008

j0441047Communication skills are important to personal and business success because so much of what employees do every day is communicate – they communicate internally (with other employees) as well as externally (with customers and suppliers).  How good are your communication skills and what can you do to improve them? Read the rest of this entry »

How One Woman has Successfully Balanced Work and Motherhood

December 10, 2008

balanceI love to hear true life stories about how women have overcome hurdles and have been able to successfully balance work and family life.  Success stories provide the rest of us with an opportunity to learn how they accomplished this and possibly use some of those learnings in our own lives.  Katherine Sampson from Australia is a great example.  Here is her story as told in the Sydney Morning Herald… Read the rest of this entry »

Meet Christine Specht – in the Latest Career Woman Feature Story

December 3, 2008

christine-specht-pictureIn the latest Career Woman Feature story you’ll meet Christine Specht, age 34.  In March of 2008 she assumed the role of president and chief operating officer of Cousins Subs, the company her father, Bill Specht and his cousin, the late Jim Sheppard, founded in 1972.  Think it’s easy taking over the family business?  Click here to read about how Christine got to where she is today, where she intends to go and her advice to women who want to make it to the top of the career ladder.

~ Lisa Quast

Women’s Right to Vote

November 19, 2008

j0384726Amidst the election activity I was having a conversation with my next door neighbor (who moved here from Sweden).  He was asking me questions to try to understand how our country’s campaign and election process came to be the way it is today.  This got me thinking about when women gained the right to vote in various countries.  Below is when our ancestors and counterparts around the world gained this right- a right which our generation can’t imagine not having. Read the rest of this entry »

5 Tips to Help You Climb the Career Ladder

November 12, 2008

42-15545889Although we all wish things were different, it is no secret that women still must work harder to get to the top in their careers, all while continuing to make far less than their male counterparts.  Hard work and perseverance are traits that every career-minded individual must possess to achieve success in their given field.  However, there are a few things women can do to get themselves in the running for those coveted positions near the top of the career ladder.   What follows is a list of some tips to help you do just that.  Read the rest of this entry »