Check-in with your team (and yourself)

For me, the past few weeks have felt like years. Each day brings a new set of challenges and emotions. I know I’m not the only one. Here are a couple of questions that you can check in on your team, family, or friends to kick off conversations or meetings: On a scale of 1 to 10, how are you doing? What’s one word to describe how you are feeling right now? In times like this, don’t assume anything. Ask — and ask often. #self-awareness #reflection #covid19 #career

How do I become less reactive?

This week’s reader question is common. I start every day with good intentions, but then fire drill after fire drills happen. How do I become less reactive? Here are some ideas... Play offense: Limit email. Only check email 2 to 3 times per day, so you only have a few times a day that you can get derailed. Set office hours. Tell your team that you will be completely available for them during a specific set of time (say 11 am to 2 pm), and try to put-off interruptions until the

How do I get promoted?

This week’s reader question is familiar: How do I make sure I’m setting myself up for promotion? Here are some tips: Be proactive. Let your boss know you want to be promoted and get their honest assessment of your likelihood. Knowing your short-comings now can help you address them. Understand expectations. Ask, ‘If I am really successful in this role what would I have accomplished by the end of the year?’ Document this. Document your accomplishments. Create a quarterly recor

How to be your own work valentine (Pt. 2)

Here are a few more tips from my Forbes interview on how to have self-love at work. Being your own work Valentine isn’t about conversation hearts and red roses--it’s about appreciating who you are at work and beyond and letting that color your workdays. List Your Accomplishments: Micro Edition Before you wrap up your workday, make a quick list of all the things you did today. Gretchen Rubin calls this your “Ta-Da List,” and it’s a powerful, visible affirmation of your accompl

How to be your own work valentine

Flowers, chocolates, singing telegrams... some Valentine’s Day delights are just sweeter (and less weird) when they come from somebody else, especially at the office. But there’s plenty you can do for yourself when it comes to at-work self-care. I’m not talking about hand cream and a face mask, I’m talking about how you can treat yourself to build self-confidence, set boundaries, be a better leader, and grow creatively. I spoke to Kari Clark, Founder and CEO of Uplift, a plat

Create a Safeword

My team is wicked smart and incredibly hard-working, so when something isn’t working, it’s not them, it’s the process. Yet, recently I noticed that it was hard for me to criticize the process without people taking it personally. Then I stole a page from my Operations Director, Nayef. We created a safeword. (Pineapple for those who are interested.) When anyone wants to give feedback on how things are going, we say “Pineapple.” Then everyone knows this isn’t about “them.” It im

How to Crush it as a Working Mom

59% of working moms of young kids do 30-minutes or less of professional development per month. Get ahead of the pack this month by joining our free webinar in partnership with Fairygodboss: “How to Crush it as a Working Mom” on Thursday, Feb. 27, at noon ET. Also, we are looking for working mom volunteers to have a chance to be coached in front of the group -- if you're interested, sign up here! Hope to see you there! Two thirds of working moms are burnt out, and 88% of moms

5 Things You are Probably Missing

In developing Uplift, I’ve surveyed and interviewed well over one thousand working moms and talked to countless business leaders trying to support them. Unfortunately, I’ve found that most companies (even with the best of intentions) miss five major insights about working moms: The issues around working moms are a hidden risk. Most companies don’t cut their engagement data by parents, even less by the age of their kids. And, 73% of women don’t feel confident that what they sh

My First Podcast!

I’m a total podcast junkie. Working out, cleaning, driving, I rarely don't have one on. So, I was psyched when I had my first podcast interview drop last week Parent Driven Development, a podcast about parenting in tech. Check it out for longer form tidbits on mentorship, delegation, ‘zone defence,’ and the all-elusive work-life balance. Two other asides: First, I played this for my kids, who got a big kick out of mommy being 'famous.' You can do this, too, with videos of you

Embody your best self

Recently, I’ve been having some important meetings where I need to impress. A new trick has been helping me nail these conversations. I remember a time when I was my best—presenting in front of 1,500 people this summer when I nailed it. Then I embody that Kari. I play entrance music in my headphones. I feel that rush of confidence exuding from my chest. I even (don’t laugh) strut around the block feeling the show lights on me. The result? I show up as that Kari. It feels so g

Assume Positive Intent

I recently came across the best piece of advice that former Pepsi CEO and badass working mom, Indra Nooyi ever received: My father was an absolutely wonderful human being. From him, I learned to always assume positive intent. Whatever anybody says or does, assume positive intent. You will be amazed at how your whole approach to a person or problem becomes very different. When you assume negative intent, you're angry. If you take away that anger and assume positive intent, you