Inspiring Women's Leadership

February 13, 2017
by BarbaraM
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Being an Executive Woman in Midlife: Straight Talk and Strategies

Women arrive at midlife to find themselves surprised by emotional pain, upheaval, rebirth and transformation. It’s entirely normal, and ridiculously common.

In my last couple of articles I offered you some thoughts on this transformative time and how you can use it to your benefit. In The Midlife Female Executive: Questions For Reflection & Growth I included a worksheet you can download and use to spark personal growth. In The Transformational Power of Women’s Midlife I discussed how to use this time to foster positive change.

For my third post in the Midlife series, I want to offer some straight talk about the physical and emotional components of this stage of life.

Welcome to the new world of midlife.

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July 15, 2015
by BarbaraM
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Future Forward Leadership

offendedOr Barbara’s Manifesto

When I was in third grade and at the age of nine I learned that women in the United States had not gotten the vote until 1920. That offended my little nine year old mind.

As a result of that early experience, I made a decision to support the advancement of women in whatever ways that I could. I was on a mission. My career has been spent providing support, professional development and career development for women. Continue Reading →

December 15, 2014
by BarbaraM
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Dr. Mark’s Holiday Stress Remedies

holiday-greetingThe holidays are a time of year when lots of feelings are close to the surface, so it is a good time to really practice taking care of yourself, at home and at work.

Because the holidays bring out strong emotions, it helps to remember that we don’t know what is going on in the lives and thoughts of our co-workers, so if someone lashes out at you or is in a foul mood during the holidays, try not to take it personally.

I’ve put together a short list of techniques and tips to help you get and stay centered at the holidays.

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December 5, 2014
by BarbaraM
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Take Charge of Your Career!

YOU are now free to move about your career.

There is a real and growing momentum toward women’s empowerment and advancement in their careers.

As we get close to the end of 2014 and look to what will happen in 2015, I am looking back at the changes I have seen regarding women and culture – I have seen more change in the past two to five years than I have seen in the past twenty-five.

I am enthused and heartened.

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August 7, 2014
by BarbaraM
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Stop Telling Women What They CAN’T Do

canWe Have to Stop Telling Women What They Can’t Do.

Am I the only one tired of hearing the endless debates about whether or not women can “have it all, “ whatever that means?

Or, why women are not advancing into leadership positions and what they should be doing instead of what they are doing now (like it’s all their fault)?

We have been telling women that they can’t have a career and a family. We have been telling them that they can’t be good mothers if they don’t stay home with their children. We have been telling women that they don’t know their own hearts and minds and are not capable of deciding what is best for themselves. Continue Reading →

July 7, 2014
by BarbaraM
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Putting My Time and Energy Where My Intention Is

happy_teamA few years ago, in 2009, I wrote the post below. This was before Lean In, before Anne Marie Slaughter.

Everything in it is still true, and it’s worth reading. But I don’t want you to focus on what is not changing or is changing so slowly that we barely perceive it, I want to you focus on making a difference; I am focusing on making a difference.

As part of my work to make a difference, I have created first the Disruptive Leadership Program, and now the Disruptive Leadership Coaching Club. Continue Reading →