excellent sheep

Stacy’s Book Note: Excellent Sheep: The Miseducation of the American Elite and the Way to a Meaningful Life   Recently updated !

When I first heard about William Deresiewicz‘s Excellent Sheep: The Miseducation of the American Elite and the Way to a Meaningful Life, I assumed it was yet another critique of Millennials. But, when a friend I respect strongly recommended it to me and loaned me his copy, I thought I’d give it a skim. I soon found I couldn’t put it down. Indeed, Deresiewicz does describe how elite…


how moms returning to the workforce can build authentic confidence

[VIDEO] For Moms Returning to the Workforce: How to Build Authentic Confidence

In this video, Stacy explains how moms returning to the workforce can build authentic confidence. For the mom who has taken a career break, the job search can be especially daunting. Even those who once had successful careers feel their confidence wane. They are often told to “fake it ’til you make it” or “be…


build confidence by thinking like a scientist

Build Confidence by Thinking Like a Scientist

It’s ironic that I’m suggesting that women can build confidence by thinking like a scientist. I was a research scientist for most of my career, but during that time I felt far from confident. That’s because I was also a perfectionist. I wanted things to go right the first time, so I spent too much time preparing…


champion your ideas

Stacy’s Book Note: Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World

In his latest book, Adam Grant suggests how you can better champion your ideas, especially if they go against the grain. In this book note on Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World, I tried to pick pointers that would be most helpful for women. Before moving forward, I should note that this book is not limited to…


good leaders struggle

Good Leaders Struggle

Seeing the media these days, I worry that young people don’t realize how often good leaders struggle. In fact, they may be led to believe that achieving success and wielding power come easy. I see a different side. I’m fortunate to be privy to the thoughts and feelings of my clients—women who are quite successful, many…


sense of wonder

Stacy’s Book Note: The Sense of Wonder

As our lives get busier and our reliance on technology grows, our connection with nature becomes even more precious. As I’ve done in the past, I’ve opted for a quick and easy read as summer approaches. This time, I’m hoping key takeaways from The Sense of Wonder by Rachel Carson will help you get outdoors as much as you can.…


How moms returning to the workforce can get unstuck

[VIDEO] How moms returning to the workforce can get unstuck

In this video, Stacy explains how moms returning to the workforce can get unstuck. For the mom who has taken a career break, a career change or job search can be especially daunting. Even those who once had successful careers can feel rusty, less confident, and concerned about how they will remain connected with their…


get over mom guilt

Why I Feed My Children Paste, or 5 Steps to Get Over Mom Guilt

During the Q&A after a recent webinar, a listener asked me how she might get over “mom guilt.” Before I could answer, a memory that had haunted me appeared once again: I was holding a bag of groceries I had just picked up with my younger daughter while waiting for my older daughter to be dismissed from preschool.…


self-compassion

Stacy’s Book Note: Self-Compassion: The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself

Self-compassion is rarely a goal for most people. Instead, happiness and success are probably high most people’s list of desires. Yet, according to the research of Kristin Neff, Ph.D. and her colleagues, self-compassion is a key to emotional well-being, a more authentic sense of self-worth, more effective methods of motivation. Her book, Self-Compassion: The Proven Power of Being…