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What can I say? I love working with attorneys. Weird, right? As Industry Group Manager at the 7th largest law firm in the Pacific Northwest, I support and coach attorneys on business development. I love to look at the big picture, build out a strategy and then dive into the tactics.

Are you making enough money?

Are you leaving dollars on the table?

Have you ever struggled to ask for a pay raise? I mean really, when was the last time you negotiated for an increase in your compensation?

Pay gap, sexism, and just not asking – all of these contribute to women not making as much money as men in the workplace.

So what can women do to help themselves to a bigger piece of the compensation pie?
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Dayna's headshotGuest Blog by Dayna Schmidt-Johnson, Worth Advisor, Visibility Strategist & Digital Content Marketer.

Getting a job offer is a great feeling. You’ve spent a lot of time getting to this point: countless applications, a few interviews, and probably more than one disappointment along the way.

Ideally, you are getting exactly what you hoped for. But more often than not, there’s money or other benefits you are leaving on the table.

Here are six reasons you didn’t negotiate your last job offer – and how to make sure you don’t make that mistake again.
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What if women only needed to master the art of persuasion to be able to compete equally with men professionally?

Radical idea, I know. I’m not suggesting that this is the case but I love this as a thought experiment.

I wonder how much farther we could go if we embraced this idea of persuasion and set it as a top skill to hone.

If more women were able to wield this tool in the professional setting, how much farther could we go?  
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Hello friends! This week your fearless Think Tankers are enjoying some time away from the blog and podcast. However, we didn’t want to leave you high and dry so we thought we’d share a couple of our top posts.

These are the posts you’ve loved the most over time all together in one spot. You can reconnect to the content that you’ve said was most meaningful.
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Do you think you belong in your role?

Do you feel qualified and empowered to move up the ladder?

Are you ever your biggest critic? Or your own biggest roadblock?

Imposter syndrome is a psychological pattern in which an individual doubts his or her accomplishments and has a persistent internalized fear of being exposed as a “fraud.”

Are you suffering from it? Well good news, because there is a banishing spell for imposter syndrome coming right up. 
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Can we have an honest conversation about stress and self-care?

I’m hearing the online buzz more frequently about self-care as stress management. It seems like ‎every day there’s a new article or post targeted at women with tips on how to better balance it ‎all. ‎

Get a mani/pedi!

Make time for brunch and make sure you hashtag it on instagram!

Get your Orangetheory workout in with before and after selfies!

And it’s so enticing. Who wouldn’t want 10 tips on how to do it all, look amazing and feel ‎refreshed!

But is it real? Is it helping? Is it all bull? Is it just another thing that women are expected to do perfectly? Is self-care another chore to check off? 
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Giving feedback can be hard and it can be scary. It can be especially awkward when giving peer to peer feedback.

As leaders, we might be comfortable with talking to direct supports but offering feedback to peers can be uncomfortable.

Do you ever find yourself questioning whether it’s your job to give feedback?

Should it come from you?

Should it come from your boss?

Will it be well received coming from you?

Or will it hurt the relationship?

Giving feedback is a critical skill in the professional setting and one that when used effectively can help build trust and effectiveness with your peers. But how?

How do we offer necessary feedback when we’re not the boss?


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The beginning of the year, in fact, the entire first quarter is my favorite time of year. We’re making plans, building out vision and focusing on how we’ll execute on the strategy.

I find this time of year to be invigorating but also overwhelming. The beginning months of the fiscal year means the possibilities are endless. The sky is the limit and I’m always tempted to try and make it bigger this year than last year.

And by February, I’m swimming in the busyness of all of that. Why?

Because no matter what, if you’re not hyper focused on a couple of big initiatives, you’ll get swept away by all the other busy work.
Despite “shiny distraction” syndrome, I know that the best plan is to focus at the beginning of the year. I have a couple of tips to reign myself back in.