perfectionism


avoiding mistakes
As a recovering perfectionist, I tend to spend a lot of energy avoiding mistakes. One of my longtime hobbies is knitting. I learned how to knit when I was 10, but it wasn’t until I was in my 30s that I learned an invaluable lesson about mistakes. Up until then, whenever I made a knitting mistake, I couldn’t…

How Avoiding Mistakes Can Hold You Back


get control of your time
I decided to re-read my yellowed copy of Alan Lakein’s How to Get Control of Your Time and Your Life after having read several newer but disappointing time-management books. While published in 1973, its advice is not only succinct and helpful, but still relevant today. Consider these statements: “I feel like I waste so much…

Stacy’s Book Note: How to Get Control of Your Time and Your Life


how moms returning to the workforce can 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…

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



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


champion your ideas
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…

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


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 plan for chaos
Coming up with a solid time management plan for chaos abatement has long been Carson’s priority. Like most caring and capable women, Carson is asked to do a lot. Plus, as a lover of life, she has a variety of interests. Currently, she is a non-profit builder, blogger, and mom of three. Like another busy mom featured in this…

Carson’s Time Management Plan for Chaos Abatement



[A version of this article was posted on HuffingtonPost.com.] Last week, my children and I tagged along on my husband’s business trip. Wanting to get some work done while away, I took my laptop and four work-related books (this, this, this, and this) I’ve been meaning to finish or start. I ended up not touching any of these.…

What Will You Leave Out?