The Challenge of Small Talk

“It usually takes me more than three weeks to prepare a good impromptu speech.” – Mark Twain

I am sure you have heard that the fear of public speaking is THE number one social fear of all. Can you guess what number two is? It is the fear of starting a conversation with a stranger. This means that if you are ever at an event where you do not know anyone, you cannot wait for someone to approach you. It is up to you to start the conversation and, most likely, to keep it going.  Continue reading “The Challenge of Small Talk”


The Challenge of the Little Things

“Joy comes in sips, not gulps.” – Sharon M. Draper

Today’s writing prompt is “The little things”.

The longer I live the more I become convinced that it is the little things that matter most. Because all big things are comprised of multiple little things. Continue reading “The Challenge of the Little Things”

The Challenge of Office Politics

“Human nature is like water. It takes the shape of its container.” – Wallace Stevens

My entire career I have worked for a large corporation. So the question of office politics is not new on my mind. However, “Organizational Savvy and Politics” has recently become one of the focus competencies on my development plan. Thus, it is time to take it seriously – do some research, read the theory on the subject, reflect on personal experiences, etc. – in hopes to be able to apply it all in practice. Continue reading “The Challenge of Office Politics”

The Challenge of Employee Engagement

We can find common ground only by moving to higher ground.” —Jim Wallis

As previously mentioned, I am one of the leads for the Women’s Inclusion Network (WIN), an Employee Resource Group (ERG) at my organization. I joined this group because I genuinely believe in the power of employee engagement – what it can do for the company’s business results and what it can do for the individual and career development. Not only do I buy into all the research and statistics about employee engagement, I witness it all around me on regular basis. There is not a shadow of a doubt in my mind – engaged employees ARE more productive, more supportive, and happier overall. I guess you can say I have a passion for the concept. Continue reading “The Challenge of Employee Engagement”

The Challenge of Confidence

It is not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves.” – Sir Edmund Hillary

As one of the leads of the steering committee for my Employee Resource Group (ERG), I am currently involved in planning a panel discussion around the topic of confidence. Actually, I am leading this initiative. The concept came from another ERG chapter, where they held a workshop that allowed people to explore the topic on a more hands on basis. At our location, on the other hand, we are simply trying to start a conversation. Continue reading “The Challenge of Confidence”

The Challenge of Reading: #GILRBOSS

Treat your thoughts like your dollar bills: don’t waste them. – Sophia Amoruso

Realizing that people do not read actual books much nowadays, I do not tend to recommend them often. Even I have been slowly converting into the world of audio books. However, this one – “#GIRLBOSS” by Sophia Amoruso – is a brilliant exception.

What makes it exceptional? Continue reading “The Challenge of Reading: #GILRBOSS”

The Challenge of Motivation

“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” – Lao Tzu

Although I am usually not the one needing a kick in the pants, I have had to renew my library book on emotional intelligence three times. Something kept getting in the way of my reading it – sometimes it’s work stuff, sometimes it’s my ERG-related tasks, sometimes it’s Sudoku, sometimes it’s AGT, sometimes it’s shopping. Whatever it was – there was never a good time to read the book.

Since secretly we all love a sense of accomplishment, I have set out on a quest to find motivation. Continue reading “The Challenge of Motivation”