Stop wasting time and money: How to get more out of your next workshop

7 tips for maximizing your learning

I love to conduct workshops. To facilitate someone else’s learning by sharing my experiences, story, and quirkiness is truly one of the most fulfilling things I do. Before I ever step into a workshop, I’ve usually done at least 3 hours of work for each hour of training. Everything doesn’t always go according to plan, […]

It’s time to work harder.

If you're not seeing the results you want, try this instead.

On this blog I’ve been trying to say, “Work smarter,” for the past 2 years. I’ve been saying, “Don’t give your employer your whole life. Stop saying Yes so often. Find focus. Be productive.” I heard a bit of inspiration yesterday that really got me fired up for asking you to work harder, too.   Gary Vaynerchuck […]

10 Minutes Every Hour Could Transform Your Day

Take breaks to get more done.

Sounds counter intuitive, doesn’t it? Take a break to get more done? But you don’t understand, Stefanie, I have soooooooo much to do. I barely have time to run to the restroom. Choosing work over going to the restroom is a bit extreme in our line of work. But, I get it, you have a […]

How to Finally Feel Like You’re Doing Enough

Another secret F-word to help you be more successful

One of the great equalizers among humans (besides the fact that we’re all human!) is that we all have 168 hours each week: from the CEO to the receptionist to the computer programmer to the case manager. I’ve noticed one key difference between those who feel successful AND less stressed and those who are running […]

How to Unplug and Find Focus

Don't underestimate the difference between disconnect and distraction.

Have you ever thought about your process for intentionally disconnecting from work? I remember when I used to commute thirty minutes each way. My thoughts on the drive to work were about work. And my thoughts on my way home were about work, my personal task list for the evening, and what I was going […]

“Doing more with less” often means burnout

Helping until it hurts isn’t helping. It’s martyrdom. Nonprofit employees are a mission-driven bunch and sometimes help until it hurts, often doing this work at the expense of our families, health and mental wellbeing. Here’s a huge caveat to this statement: Helping at the expense of our mental health and personal relationships is where things […]

What to do when everything is going wrong

How to be joyful when the shizz hits the fan

Let me recap my past month for you:   I had bronchitis. In July. I fell off my bike and broke my arm. I walked around for a week with a broken arm before going to the doctor. (I have a couple of minor (hairline?) fractures. It was painful but nothing crazy like a bone […]

What No One Tells You about Working from Home

Flexibility requires discipline.

Telecommuting and schedule flexibility are all the rage these days. Gone are the days that we all must be tethered to our desk to get our work done. Yay internet! Instead more and more workplaces are allowing their employees to choose when and where they work, as long as they’re meeting their objectives. The benefits […]

What Commitment Looks Like

Commitment isn't being busy; it's following through on your promises.

A few years ago a recovering addict told me that she felt she had lost integrity with herself. She considered herself a liar because she wasn’t following through on the promises she made: the promise to quit drinking, the promise to take care of her body through exercise, the promise to stay connected with her […]

How to Make a Difference with a Corporate Job

(Almost) Every job can be an opportunity to make the world better

There seems to be a myth that the work of the nonprofit sector is reserved for “doing good” and “making a difference.” Many of my nonprofiteer colleagues and myself have experienced a version of this conversation: Aspiring Do-Gooder and Current Engineer: Geesh. I really wish I had a job that made a difference. I’m thinking […]