by Mary T. O’Sullivan, MSOL “There’s too much that’s out of your hands, but you can be flexible enough with what you control to make things work” – Jordan Baines, 13 Things Baking Bread Has Taught Me About Life, A Baker’s Dozen of Valuable Lessons”. January 4, 2014 (Web Reference) Whenever I read or hear…

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By Mary T. O’Sullivan, MSOL In their 2018 book, How Women Rise, well known executive coach, Marshall Goldsmith and his co-author, Sally Helgesen, detail 12 “habits”, practices or behaviors they found held women back in their careers. So far, I’ve discussed the first nine in my two previous blogs. In general, these practices stem from…

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By Mary T. O’Sullivan, MSOL The story I hear over and over again from high achieving women is how hard it is for them to obtain those coveted executive spots. It’s so familiar that I’m surprised women haven’t banded together to create common strategies to overcome the breakdowns and roadblocks to the corner office. We…

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By Mary T. O’Sullivan, MSOL  “The growth and development of people is the highest calling of leadership” – Harvey S. Firestone Through this quote, Harvey Firestone demonstrates his belief in people as a company’s most important asset and it reflects his stature as a revolutionary business thinker in the early 20th century. This philosophy also…

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By Mary T. O’Sullivan, MSOL “Winning has always meant much to me, but winning friends has meant the most.” – Babe Didrikson Zaharias (winner of 10 LPGA major tournaments and member of the World Golf Hall of Fame) What binds us women together? Motherhood? Anatomy? Society? I’ve been thinking a lot about women lately, mostly…

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By Mary T. O’Sullivan, MSOL We have times of turmoil at hand. Disagreements and disputes rule the airwaves. So, what do you think is the best way to resolve this diverging opinions and actions? When is it time to lay down the banners, flags, signs, and smoke bombs and begin to reason together? In my…

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When employees have nothing to say – maybe it’s your fault By Mary T. O’Sullivan, MSOL What happens when the boss calls a meeting, and no one has anything to contribute? The boss, Jennifer, looks around the table and is met with blank stares. Should she assume that employees have nothing to say simply because…

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By Mary T. O’Sullivan, MSOL “Above all, be the heroine in your life, not the victim” – Nora Ephron When you think everyone is against you, maybe you’re the problem. You’re not getting along in your workplace. Things always seem to be going against you. You wall yourself off and shut your door, making sure…

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Down the Memory Hole We Go By Mary T. O’Sullivan, MSOL “If one is to rule, and to continue ruling, one must be able to dislocate the sense of reality. For the secret of rulership is to combine a belief in one’s own infallibility with the power to learn from past mistakes.” – George Orwell,…

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Mary T. O’Sullivan, MSOL, PCC, SHRM-SCP

I am woman…and I am exhausted. Bringing Home the Bacon By Mary T. O’Sullivan, MSOL, PCC, SHRM-SCP “I am strong, I am invincible, I am woman” – Helen Reddy, 1971 Not too long ago, a new client explained that she needed help in motivating her employees to achieve more. We chatted about various ways to accomplish…

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