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Leading with Courageous Acts

Tuesday, 25 March 2014 09:19
Melissa Werkman, Down Syndrome Association executive director, is a woman with a powerful story of perseverance and courage. In January she spoke at the ATHENA Leadership Forum, focusing on the tenet of Courageous Acts from the ATHENA Leadership Model. We caught up with Melissa recently and asked some additional questions, delving deeper into how she lives courageously each day—and we discovered some good advice for those who are just finding their voice. Read more...

3 Steps to Finding a Career Coach

Thursday, 13 February 2014 02:59
As a business owner, it’s natural to see your company go through many phases of growth. And as a leader, it’s normal to ask yourself if you’re leading your team to the best of your abilities. Is there more you could be doing? And what are you not doing that you should be doing? Over the past two years, our company experienced a tremendous amount of change. At times, I felt like I was merely getting through the long list of to-dos, with little to no time left over for guiding the overall direction of the company. In addition to… Read more...

Keeping Financially Fit

Tuesday, 14 January 2014 07:51
Achieving financial success is no simple matter. It takes hard work, perseverance and adherence to strategies of saving, investing and managing your finances. Just as there are good habits associated with staying physically fit, there are also best practices involved with keeping financially fit. Simple strategies such as using debt wisely, taking advantage of tax-advantaged investment vehicles, and monitoring spending habits all go a long way toward helping you achieve your personal, business and financial goals. Read more...
I was never a fan of the cocktail party-variety networking scene. I will never be one to dart around a room shoving business cards into people’s hands. I prefer meaningful conversations with people, getting to know them and vice versa. But social media networking? That’s something different altogether. Done right, it’s never a hit-and-run. Rather, it consists of building relationships over months and even years by sharing information—both professional and personal—through posts, comments, and responding to questions in various online communities. What’s the return on investment, the ROI, for putting that kind of time into social media? Actually, it’s called the… Read more...

5 Tips for Healthy Change in the Workplace

Tuesday, 10 December 2013 02:27
There is one thing in life that is constant: change. In the workplace, you can be sure that at some point you will experience change and transition. As employees are promoted and new policies are implemented, it's important to have the ability to navigate changes to prevent a decline in morale and lack of productivity.   As we go to work each week, we grow used to the same systems and structures. When something comes along to disrupt what we are used to, we may naturally go into defense or survival mode. Although change in most cases is for the… Read more...

Get Out of Your Rut

Tuesday, 26 November 2013 06:07
Is something not right in your life? Maybe you are not happy at work or at home? Is there a little voice in your mind, telling you that you need to do something else?   Maybe it’s saying you need more balance in your life. If you have given up and decided to stay in your unhappy place, you are in a rut. So, are you ready to do something about it? Decide now to make choices to improve your life! In the '70s, I (Phyllis) heard a little voice, also. I knew something was not right in our lives,… Read more...

5 Ways to Have a More Fulfilling Life

Tuesday, 19 November 2013 02:25
Wouldn’t it just be easier if we all had three heads and an extra set of arms and legs? Sometimes it’s just easier to say yes to working overtime, being the “Room Parent” at your child’s school, leading the nursery at church, and hosting Christmas dinner for your entire family. You can do it, right? You’re Superwoman!   So many times we find ourselves saying “yes” without truly evaluating our capacity to commit. Our lives get out of balance and eventually, some areas of our life are neglected or we under-deliver on our commitments. Balance is having the ability to… Read more...

Mr. Mom: Rise of the Stay-At-Home Dad

Thursday, 14 November 2013 02:26
For many working mothers, the illusion of work-life balance always seems just around the corner—and frustratingly out-of-reach. Whether she is running to a meeting with nagging thoughts about how her daughter’s science test went or resisting the temptation to check e-mail while chaperoning the holiday party, feelings of mediocrity can be overwhelming.   The growing solution for many families is for Dad to take the lead at home. With career opportunities expanding for women over the past thirty years (and fueled by the recession), more families are choosing Dad as the primary caregiver. Although the number of at-home dads has… Read more...

Keep Learning!

Monday, 04 November 2013 08:48
You are never too old to learn something new! Take classes in your areas of interests, and look to learn from experts who are working in your new field of interest. Your instructors will help you fast-forward your learning and desires, from topics on how to swim to how to start a business. Maybe you are interested in starting your own business. Make sure the area you plan to work in is something you love to do—something you are passionate about, whether you get paid or not. Be open and willing to learn from someone else. Locate a person who… Read more...
Inforum Center for Leadership recently released its tenth-anniversary Michigan Women’s Leadership Index, a snapshot of the leadership role of women in Michigan’s top one hundred public companies. Wayne State School of Business Administration conducted the research for the 2013 report, which also looks back on the decade since it was first published in 2003.  “A decade of research reveals little change for women in the highest ranks of leadership in Michigan’s top one hundred public companies,” said Terry A. Barclay, president and CEO of Inforum and Inforum Center for Leadership. “Our goal in publishing this report is to bring greater… Read more...