Posts Tagged ‘Boss’

There is No Strategy if You Don't Manage Your Team

Icon Written by Alora on July 21, 2009 – 12:55 pm

I often find myself frustrated dealing with people who sell themselves as “high level strategists.” I am not talking about consultants who are hired to help hone and build out a strategic vision for an organization; nor am I talking about internal specialists who are dedicated to researching and advising on strategic direction. What I […]

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Where Are You Leading?

Icon Written by Alora on June 30, 2009 – 4:36 pm

I’ve had an interesting few weeks. My husband and I have been dealing with a lot of things at home, hence my absence from blogging for much of the past month, and I have started a new project with the New Media (a.k.a. “web”) team at KXAN-TV here in Austin. Between getting settled into the […]

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20/20 Hindsight – Getting Your Start in a Startup

Icon Written by Alora on April 23, 2009 – 2:06 pm

People who did not meet me until at or around my 25th birthday would never believe it, but in school, I was the Queen of Slackers. Truly. School was too easy, too routine and I spent too long doing it to be able to breath new life into the experience. I could dodge classes, do […]

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20/20 Hindsight – How Early Career Choices Can Set the Stage

Icon Written by Alora on April 22, 2009 – 11:58 pm

I had a couple of discussions this week that got me thinking back to the early days of my career. Aside from leaving me feeling older than I care to think about, it did spark a pleasant memory or two that I’ve been mulling over since. Specifically, I’ve been thinking about how early career choices […]

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A Conversation with Penelope Trunk

Icon Written by Alora on March 20, 2009 – 9:51 pm

Author, blogger and serial entrepreneur Penelope Trunk sat down with me at SXSW to discuss life as an entrepreneur, building a startup outside of the tech corridor, and what an organization’s technology choices say to potential employees. Penelope is currently building her third business, the Brazen Careerist. In addition to trying to connect Employers with […]

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Boss Lesson #3: Don't Get Emotional

Icon Written by Alora on December 22, 2008 – 2:05 pm

One of the biggest lessons I learned from working for Dave wasn’t just what I learned from him, but that I came to understand the importance of timing because of him: there were so many things I learned from Dave only because I was at a point in my life where I was open to […]

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Boss Lesson #2: Owning Your Priorities

Icon Written by Alora on December 22, 2008 – 10:11 am

For the past four years, I’ve kept a sign over my desk that reads: “I don’t have time” = “I haven’t made it a priority.” I’ve written about this before, but never to explain the origins of this epiphany. The credit for this lesson goes to a sharp, good-humored, understatedly charismatic man named Robert. As […]

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Boss Lesson #1: Be Invested in Your People

Icon Written by Alora on December 21, 2008 – 10:13 pm

WordPress’ database isn’t big enough for me to list off everything I’ve learned from John over the years: about business, about change, about leadership, about being a workaholic, about managing clients, about corporate politics, etc. You name a topic, and I can probably find at least a handful of lessons I learned from him. I […]

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Moving On When Your Boss is Your Mentor

Icon Written by Alora on December 17, 2008 – 1:15 pm

I recently got a phone call from a dear friend who found herself very conflicted about an unexpected career opportunity that hit her from out of the blue. After a few minutes of talking, I was a little confused why she seemed to be so conflicted, because — with one or two minor exceptions — […]

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