Cut the Complexity—and Do More Valuable Work

Lisa BodellMeetings, overflowing email inboxes, procedures and policies are all adding complexity to our jobs, hurting our productivity and, most importantly, blocking us from doing the work that has meaning to us.

“Typically, we’re not [even] doing our best thinking at work because we’re so busy doing stuff,” says Lisa Bodell, founder and CEO of futurethink and author of Why Simple Wins.

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3 Facts About Ambition That Will Help You Succeed

Hana Schank

When careers don’t go as planned, what went wrong—and how do people adjust? Seeking to find answers that would help them navigate their own paths, Hana Schank and Elizabeth Wallace interviewed all of their sorority sisters who graduated with them from Northwestern University in 1993. What they learned was “life-changing,” Schank says, because it gave validity to their choices, and she saw “I wasn’t just flailing here and there.”

But you don’t have to be going through a midlife crisis to be helped by their findings, which they published in The Ambition Decisions: What Women Know About Work, Family and the Path to Building a Life. Here are three key facts about ambition that every woman should know: Read More

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Podcast | Make 2019 Your Year to Be Fearless

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If someone, with the track record to prove it, offered to share the five principles of fearlessness with you in 30 minutes—in a conversation you could listen to anywhere—would you tune in? Well, here’s your chance. We’re launching a new podcast series this month, with our first episode: a conversation on fearlessness—or really how fearlessness is not the lack of fear, but the courage to overcome it. The segment will feature Jean Case, Chairman of the National Geographic Society and CEO of the Case Foundation, and author of Be Fearless: 5 Principles for a Life of Breakthroughs and Purpose. You’ll learn about the surprising traits Case discovered great change-makers have in common. (Hint: They aren’t wealth, privilege, or even genius.) Case will share how to put the five fearless principles to work in your own life or organization so that you, too, can change the world.

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2018 Session | Get UnStuck: Navigating a Career Transition

Whether you are at a mid-career inflection point, wanting to advance professionally, or returning from a child-rearing hiatus, uncertainty about your path may cause you to feel stuck. Career planning isn’t easy, and this session can give you the nudge you need to approach a career transition with confidence. Join this panel of experts to identify opportunities, better market yourself, and develop the skill-expanding and relationship building steps to get where you want to go.  This session will inspire you to challenge your status quo, get unstuck and pivot into your next role. Read More

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2018 Session | Play Big: Lessons in Being Limitless

Talent and luck play a big part on your road to success, but what role do grit and perseverance play? When Dr. Jen Welter joined the Arizona Cardinals in 2015, she was the first woman to ever break the glass sideline of the NFL and became a trailblazer in the ultimate boys’ club. In this session, Dr. Welter will provide specifics as to how she succeeded despite the odds, through force of will and determination, and reveal the wisdom she gained over countless setbacks and challenges. With vivid wit and candor, she will share her hard-earned advice for cultivating true perseverance and toughness so that you can get big things done. Read More

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2018 Session | How to Get Buy-in to Pioneer Equity and Diversity in Your Organization

Are you tired of waiting for C-level directives to address the equity and diversity gaps in your organization? Don’t sit around and wait! Be a pioneer and create the change you want. Using best practices and lessons learned from first-hand experiences, this panel of experts will share expert advice on gender partnership and diversity initiatives. Get ready to leave this session armed with knowledge, actionable tips, and the motivation to make change in your organization. Read More

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2018 Session | Innovation Quotient: Making Your Mighty Idea a Reality

Your innovative idea could solve problems, create new paradigms, lead to breakthroughs, and possibly even change the world. What’s holding you back?  This panel of experts, led by serial entrepreneur Nathalie Molina Nino, will explore how you can unlock your boundless potential to create and innovate. You will learn how to clarify your vision, design for scalability, and take a few helpful shortcuts to navigate the obstacles that have kept that audacious idea of yours from becoming a reality. Read More

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2018 Session | ENCORE | Why Simple Wins: Escaping the Complexity Trap to Get to the Work That Matters

Many people feel like they spend their days drowning in mundane tasks—attending meetings, responding to emails, and completing reports—that prevent them from getting to the meaningful work they truly want to be doing. But it doesn’t have to be this way! Join this session to learn how to eliminate redundancies, communicate with clarity, and make simplification a habit. Find out how to create lasting value, feel more empowered, and spend each day doing more things that matter. Lisa Bodell’s method will show you how to eliminate the busy work that puts a chokehold on us every day, and instead spend time on the work that we value. Read More

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Navigating the Workplace in a Post #MeToo World…Now What? | Podcast

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In the wake of the #MeToo movement, cultural norms and workplace policies are evolving. And new questions and realities are starting to surface. Anecdotes of men avoiding women have started to proliferate. Some men wonder: Is it safe to take a closed-door meeting with a woman? Is it safe to mentor one? Join labor law leader Grace Speights for a forward-looking, 30-minute Q&A session about the workplace in a post #MeToo world. Drawing on her years of experience and her knowledge of employment best practices, she discusses how to dispel fear and mistrust to create a workplace that works for everyone. Read More

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Overcome Unconscious Bias | Podcast

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In the thick of conference season, we decided to record this interview with Dr. Tiffany Jana in advance, and make it available for you to listen to at your convenience.

Let us know what you think about this new format in the comments!


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