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  • The Art of Public Speaking and How It Can Enhance Your Career
    by Caroline Dowd-Higgins - July 11, 2019
    Among the pressing fears for human beings, public speaking ranks at the very top along with heights and snakes. As someone who really enjoys public speaking, I realize that I may be part of a small population but I also know how speaking has enhanced my communication and leveraged my career brand. I offer wisdom to the non-speaker about how to get started and consider how speaking – from the intimate board room or...
  • Don’t Be a Work Loser – Take All Your Paid Time Off
    by Caroline Dowd-Higgins - June 18, 2019
    As a recovering workaholic, I strive regularly to integrate life and career to honor my personal relationships and my professional ambition. My life often resembles a roller coaster with ups and downs of activity and never a steady balance. This reality check has allowed me to navigate the ultra-busy career times and offset them with precious down time for me. I’ll admit that in previous years, I have not taken al...
  • Single Task Your Way to a Better Life and Career
    by Caroline Dowd-Higgins - June 11, 2019
    Multitasking used to be a sought after professional competency thought to be a valuable skill for the busy professional. Research tells us that singletasking is actually more effective and can result in higher productivity and time efficiency. I can envision the woman at work reading this blog while eating her lunch, checking her email, listening to a webinar, and texting her daughter about carpool plans for soccer pract...
  • Career Wisdom for the Class of 2019 That Also Works for Seasoned Professionals
    by Caroline Dowd-Higgins - May 28, 2019
    The Class of 2019 Commencement speakers included celebrities like Glenn Close at the College of William & Mary, Fareed Zakaria at The Ohio State University, Laverne Cox at Pitzer College and Apple CEO, Tim Cook at Tulane University, to name only a few. While the style and wisdom shared by the myriad of commencement speakers around the world varied, the common denominator indicated that the Class of 2019 is the succession...
  • 5 Ways to Care for Yourself - Even with a Busy Career
    by Caroline Dowd-Higgins - May 14, 2019
    For many of us, weekends are a time for relaxation. Counting down to Friday becomes routine because it means you can finally recover after five days of beating yourself up at work. However, this is a toxic cycle that tells us we should put self-care on hold for most of the week, when it should actually be something we think about all the time. Like all things, moderation and balance is key. It’s completely possible...
  • Curiosity: Let It Be Your Guide
    by Caroline Dowd-Higgins - May 1, 2019
    “I wonder…” Whenever I hear coaching clients start off a sentence with these two words, I feel heartened. It means wheels are turning…intuition is kicking in, and mobilization is in the offing. It means my clients are curious, and ready to move past what is safe…beyond the known. It signals that they’re ready to step out of their comfort zones. Curiosity does that. It’s the...
  • Is the 40 Hour Workweek Still Feasible?
    by Caroline Dowd-Higgins - April 19, 2019
    The Birth of the American 40-Hour Week The Monday through Friday workweek was first introduced in 1926 when Henry Ford began shutting down his automotive factories on Saturday and Sunday to allow his labor force to rest. But it was not until 1940, when a provision of the 1938 Fair Labor Standards Act mandating a maximum 40-hour workweek went into effect, that the two-day weekend was adopted nationwide. Pencils Down on...
  • Honor Your Body in Life and Career
    by Caroline Dowd-Higgins - April 9, 2019
    I recently re-read Arianna Huffington’s book, The Sleep Revolution: Transforming Your Life, One Night at a Time, and it continues to change my life. I knew that sleep was essential for health and wellbeing but I see so many people caught up in the myth of how hard working and successful people must sacrifice their life for their career. That is a dangerous roller coaster to be on and it’s a constant reminder...
  • Being Busy is Not a Badge of Honor
    by Caroline Dowd-Higgins - March 14, 2019
    Busy-ness is a dangerous trap that relinquishes our control to find meaning and fulfillment in life and career when we are stuck in the quicksand of being busy. I am on a mission to disrupt the busy culture and focus on a life that is measured by meaning, value, fulfillment and other factors we can customize to celebrate our unique happiness and satisfaction. Busy Doesn’t Mean Important – as a recovering work...
  • Empathy 101 for Better Relationships at Work
    by Caroline Dowd-Higgins - February 20, 2019
    Regardless of your ideological views or political persuasion, these are turbulent times around the world. I’ve noticed a sense of angst, heightened anxiety, and a palpable change in how people treat each other both personally and professionally. It’s time to get back to what distinguishes us as human beings – treating one another with compassion, dignity, and respect. Even those with whom we disagree t...