Let’s Play Professional Polish Bingo

According to Business Insider 80% of America’s population, or about 265 million people, under some form of lock down. Take a break from social media and play Professional Polish Bingo! The game is simple, go for three in a row or a total blackout. The best part is everyone’s a winner!

The Expert Generalist: Becoming a T-Shaped Professional

If you’re like me you are interested in lots of things that are not always connected and you struggle when people inquire about your expertise. As long as I can remember I’ve never been content with having one interest and have always resented the idea that people cannot specialize in multiple things. I recently discovered…

Let’s Talk About It | 4 Common Responses to Microaggressions

Have you ever encountered someone who is challenging to work with? So challenging, in fact, that is it common knowledge, or at the very least a shared perspective, that this individual is difficult to work with? However, when the challenges related to this person are discussed there is a greater emphasis on their identity instead…

4 Ways to Stop Being the Annoying Phone Person

Have you ever arrived for a meeting and found that everyone in the room has their nose buried in their phones? You don’t need me to tell you that our relationships with phones range from an extension of self to full-blown addition. You know this, I know this, we know this. Whether I’m in a…

Four Simple Lessons to Thrive in the Workplace

On Sunday, January 12th, I celebrated my fourth year working at Texas A&M University-San Antonio. The last four years have been rewarding, as well as challenging, testing my confidence, patience, and faith, but through it all my commitment to learning, service, and excellence never wavered. Every job I’ve had has gifted me with rich experiences,…

Strategies To Conquer Email

I recently posted a blog about tidying up your personal life. One of the biggest sources of clutter comes from your inbox. Here are three quick strategies to conquer your email: 1. Create an affirmation folder. Occasionally people will send me kind notes related to my work or something I’ve helped them with. I store…

First to Boil? Strategies to Manage Conflict

Some days I have to remind myself to be a big pot instead of a small pot. In fact, in a perfect world I’d be the pot you make gumbo in, but truthfully I’m still working on myself. You see, when I am face to face with conflict I remind myself that it is the…

The First 90 Days: Strategies that Work

A little over 90 days ago I transitioned from the Division of Student Affairs into my new role as Assistant Vice Provost for Academic Affairs. Even though I remained at the same institution, I have learned a lot about myself through this process, including a new appreciation for coffee. Although there are many resources that…

Beware of Workplace Sirens

In Greek mythology, sirens are known to be dangerous creatures who lure sailors with enchanting songs to shipwreck on rocky coasts. Similar to Greek mythology, sirens exists in our daily lives, especially the workplace. We live in a world where personal brands can be developed and manipulated by both hard work and improper use of…

Have You Lied Today? Me Too!

Have you ever wondered about the point when trust begins to erode? In nearly every moment of every day we filter our communication through our personal truth spectrum, which is influenced by our lived experiences and perspectives of the world around us. For the sake of a mental break, think about the last time you…