Bev's Blog

Tue, Oct 29, 2013 8:58 am

Did somebody tell you that if you work hard and do a great job it won’t matter what you wear to work? They were probably wrong.

The way you present yourself to other people has an impact on how they evaluate your accomplishments and potential. And your personal style – your clothes and your grooming – influences how you show up, and how you’re perceived.

Among the situations when your style is obviously important are job interviews and presentations. Thinking about these occasions, I went to an expert, my sister, Libby Vick.

Tue, Oct 8, 2013 8:29 am

Do you have moments when the logistics of getting all your work done seem just too complicated? Are there days when you’re juggling too many dates, tasks, relationships, goals … stuff?

Even if you’re a naturally organized person, the systems you use for staying on top of things may occasionally need some maintenance.

When your organizational systems are breaking down, or you’re feeling overwhelmed by your workload, it’s time to tweak the way you do things.

Wed, Sep 18, 2013 4:00 pm

Innovation often flows from collaboration among people with different views and skill sets. In today’s workplace, one way in which managers are learning to foster creative thinking is by partnering expert professionals aged 45+ with tech- and social media-savvy 20-somethings.

Wed, Sep 4, 2013 5:31 pm

The classic concept of a "mentor" is someone who's older and more experienced. That idea of a wise, generous senior advisor leading us along a career path is wonderful and soothing, and makes us all want mentoring. But the image is so limited, and so dated. Here's what can make mentoring really hum: fostering relationships that are reciprocal.

I was thinking about the nature of mentoring during a recent long weekend, as I dropped in and out of a three-day conversation between my husband and one of his much younger professional pals.

Tue, Aug 13, 2013 8:57 am

When I’m contemplating yet another phase of my career, I tend to look around everywhere for examples of success. I’ve found it pays to identify people who are doing things well. I ask myself, “What’s helping them succeed? What are they doing that’s better than what I do?”

These days I’m learning a lot from people far younger than I am. I’m working to pick up their ease with technology, social media and entrepreneurship.