career advancement


ask for help
Do you find it hard to ask for help? Many smart people, especially women, are more comfortable offering or providing assistance than they are receiving and accepting it. Four Common Reasons Smart People Don’t Ask for Help In reflecting on many conversations I’ve had with my clients over the years, I believe there are four…

What You May Miss When You Don’t Ask for Help


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…

Build Confidence by Thinking Like a Scientist


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…

Good Leaders Struggle



why smart women get stuck trying to figure out their next career move
[Below is an excerpt from my book, The Lighthouse Method, that describes a common problem: Why smart women get stuck trying to figure out what they want to do next. If you’re feeling stuck, I hope it will help you be less critical of yourself. To learn more on how to overcome this problem, please…

Why Smart Women Get Stuck Trying To Figure Out Their Next Career Move


time management mistake 2
There’s a time management mistake that many people make. It’s a costly one because it can perpetuate the feeling of being overwhelmed—the sense that you will never be done with all you have to do—and can prevent you from finding peace and feeling satisfied with life. The mistake: believing that the aim of time management…

A Crucial Time Management Mistake You May Not Know You’re Making


analog time management system
Everyone can benefit from taking a peek into Dawn’s system of time management for mompreneurs! After being disappointed with toy options for her own two daughters, Dawn successfully launched the first line of female action figures as a Co-Founder of IAmElemental (voted one of the 25 Best Inventions of 2014 by TIME magazine). Here is how she…

Chalkboard and Bullets: Dawn’s Time Management for Mompreneurs



Deep Work
On my third day of reading, Cal Newport‘s Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World, my younger daughter, said “Mommy, I get now that deep work is important, but do you have to talk about it so much?” The book provides so many practical strategies to knowledge workers in today’s overwhelming busy, fast-paced, and highly distracting digital age…

Stacy’s Book Note: Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World


To do list scribbled on hand
As we approach the end of the year, I often hear people express their regret about not being able to do the things they had hoped to. Some are referring to tasks specific to the holiday season, like sending cards or baking Christmas cookies. But others are talking about bigger objectives like changing careers or returning to…

Make Progress on Career Goals During the Holidays


get unstuck and get some satisfaction
Nearly every day I talk with bright and caring women who feel they are running in place. They are working hard but not getting anywhere. Seeking more satisfaction or “work-life balance,” a term I’m not fond of, these women generally fall into one of three categories: Stay-at-home mothers who live with the nagging worry that they’ll…

Spinning Your Wheels? How to Get Unstuck and Get Some Satisfaction