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Feeling Pigeonholed In Your Career?

Posted by Carol Seymour on Aug 18, 2020 9:34:37 AM


Do you keep getting asked to do something that you are really good at over, and over, and over again? Perhaps you are only seen inside your organization for these strengths, and you are becoming pigeonholed.

You may be performing well, getting things done, delivering results, but are you thriving? Are you able to bring your full self – your authentic self with all of your unique gifts, thoughts, ideas, and experiences – to the table? Are you described behind closed doors in a way that sets you apart from others? Because, if no one in your organization can differentiate you, you are not owning your brand – your “Signature.”

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Topics: Advocating for Yourself, Presence, Setting Priorities

Inclusion Comes in Many Flavors… Even Lemonade

Posted by Carol Seymour on Jul 28, 2020 10:00:00 AM


I ran away from home once when I was six. It didn’t go as planned.

It started as a normal Saturday for me… a lot of noise and activity in a large family with one brother (the first born) and five sisters. My spot was somewhere in the middle. I often felt very different from my siblings who were more athletic. They played football and tennis and did cheerleading. Athletics was a strong suit in the family. Our father lettered in four sports in college (not a typo – back in the day, you could play multiple sports because coaches didn’t expect year-round commitments). Most Saturdays, my siblings were out the door and off to play on some team or gather with friends for a sporting event. I felt left out, somehow inadequate because I didn’t have the athletic prowess they all seemed to have been born with.

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Topics: Personal Brand, Relationships, Intentional Mindset, Self-Care

Bookends Can Hold Your Life Together

Posted by Carol Seymour on May 26, 2020 10:00:00 AM


When I was in college, my days started before my feet hit the floor… or so my roommate said. I was that morning person who couldn’t wait to get going, even on the weekends. Later, well into my career, I was a good fit for a global company that had employees covering all time zones and a culture that was 24/7: always available, always “on.” When I started a family, this became harder, and I found I struggled to recover at that pace. Now, as an entrepreneur running a global business, who has grown children and young grandchildren, the pace still becomes unsustainable at times. This is especially true now, as each of our days has become a blend of home and work life in this global pandemic. Maybe you feel something similar today or have felt like this through the various stages of your life.

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Topics: Advocating for Yourself, Intentional Mindset, Setting Priorities, Self-Care

5 Keys to Personal Agility during Crisis

Posted by Carol Seymour on Mar 24, 2020 10:00:16 AM


“I never lose. I either win or learn.”  Nelson Mandela

We are in one of the biggest learning chapters of our lives.  

With COVID-19 changing our daily routines, we feel many things are out of our control. It would be easy to fall into despair and feel stuck. But I know when we get through the other side, we will look back on this time and acknowledge how much we were pushed, pulled, and forced to grow. Now is when we can think outside the box and try doing things differently than we have before. There is goodness in this if we take advantage of the opportunity.

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Topics: Leadership, Intentional Mindset, Setting Priorities, Self-Care

Are You Climbing the Career Ladder or the Learning Curve?

Posted by Carol Seymour on Feb 24, 2020 10:00:00 AM


It is predicted that half of the S&P 500 will no longer be a part of that list within 10 years.1

Disruption is all around us, and it is continuous. There will always be new markets created, financial market crises, election years, trade wars, virus breakouts, floods and other natural disasters, and more. Last year alone, the amount spent investing in digital technology reached almost $2 trillion. The creation and pace of new business models such as Uber, Airbnb, Tesla, and others will continue to disrupt the way we innovate, organize, develop and train, and most importantly, lead.

When we are the business that is getting disrupted, it’s easy to fall ball back on what we know. Neuroscience tells us that when we are in high-stress situations, it’s easy to resort to familiar patterns and experiences that have worked for us before. Unfortunately, our tendency is to back away from learning during stress, but we do our best thinking – and learning – when we are in uncharted territory! When we are not the experts, we become the “interns,” and we begin to ask thoughtful questions, take in new data, and pull diverse thinkers and experience into the discussion.

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Topics: Leadership, Managing Your Career, Setting Priorities

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