Author Archives: mmariposa2014

Volunteering vs. VolunTELLING

I recently contributed to an article about the new role of volunteering in the workplace. Offering volunteer opportunities (or corporate social responsibility, CSR) is fast becoming a positive differentiator in recruitment and retention. On the surface, this looks like a win-win-win: companies … Continue reading

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5 Ways to be a better team member

There are a lot of articles out there talking about how to be a good team leader. For certain, the success of a team can depend heavily on the attitude and actions of its leader. But it is not fair to … Continue reading

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How awesome is your company?

One of my favorite jobs (and the one I get asked about most in interviews) was my role as the leader of the Awesomeness Team. The purpose of this team was to develop a sense of connection between employees, which made working … Continue reading

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Forest, meet trees: 5 ways to maintain your confidence despite setbacks

Even though we don’t always admit it, we all have big dreams. I’m privileged to work with people who have the courage to chase some of those dreams. As I ride shot-gun through their journey, I can’t help but notice that it … Continue reading

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Millennials are AWESOME (and if you don’t think so, you aren’t using them correctly)

Each generation imagines itself to be more intelligent than the one that went before it, and wiser than the one that comes after it. (George Orwell) I’m happy to see that there has been a rash of articles recently defending Millennials.  … Continue reading

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Why can’t I get a volunteer?

One of the greatest challenges for any leader is getting volunteers. Whether it is getting someone to pick up extra work on a project or finding people to set up for a fundraising event, the success of the project relies on … Continue reading

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Leadership: How good was your first time?

For many of us, our first foray into team leadership comes on a small project team or perhaps a volunteer committee. When this experience goes well, we seek additional, growing levels of leadership, which usually correspond to greater personal or professional success. But what about when that first leadership foray goes wrong? Continue reading

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How strong is your work game?

Perhaps it’s the olympic spirit taking hold of me, but I’ve been thinking about competition a lot lately. We all know that active job hunters are competing for jobs, but did you realize that career employees need to compete for their jobs, too? Continue reading

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Directing your career: 6 things you need to know about yourself

If you are not defining what you want to do next then, when things get bad, there is a temptation to take whatever presents itself (the default). This might result in something better; more often than not, it results in a different kind of bad. Quite simply: if you do not define a goal to run TOWARD, then you are just running AWAY … blindly. Continue reading

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To move forward: Get out of your head

Change is a scary thing. Making big changes can be absolutely terrifying. Whether you are starting your own business, leaving an old job or just networking with new people, making these changes requires you to take risks. Continue reading

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