The dreaded fog that clouds our mind, also known as writer’s block, makes it impossible to spark good thoughts, content, and ideas. It can feel like our tires are stuck spinning in the mud and we can’t get out. Writer’s block does not discriminate — whether you are a best-selling author or writing your first social media post, it can happen to anyone.

Writer’s block isn’t just a concept, it’s real! Writer’s block is defined as a “temporary inability to begin or continue a writing project due to fear, anxiety or lack of inspiration.” …

Whether we were ready for it or not, 2020 forced most of us to work remotely. My day went from commuting to a crowded co-working space in which conference room space was an in-demand luxury, to a makeshift home office in my dining room with a more Zoom meetings back-to-back than I could ever imagine fitting into an in-person schedule.

Luckily for me, my career has largely consisted of fully remote or hybrid working situations. On top of that, I have run national programs for close to 10 years. …

I was never one to delegate — in fact, my mentality was always “If you want something done right, do it yourself.” I was that student in the group project who picked up all the slack and would do a majority of the work just to make sure it got done and we could get that A. Call it trust issues or a need to be in control. Yes, I was successful, but I also placed an incredible amount of undue stress on myself and constantly overflowed my plate.

To me, the idea of delegating meant I couldn’t handle it…

I was recently watching Operation Varsity Blues on Netflix. This documentary dives into the college admissions scam that shook higher education, a “pay to play” approach for parents to lock in a guaranteed seat for their son or daughter to attend some of America’s most elite universities.

This scandal revolved around prestigious families’ desire to attend prestigious institutions. It illustrates society’s desire and demand to be associated with and have prestige.

Prestige comes from the Latin root praestigium meaning delusion and illusion. More popularly, it is derived from the French prestige, which means deceit, imposture, and illusion.

The wealthy families…

And How to Apply It To Your Writing

Growing up, I was a self-imposed perfectionist. My fear of failure or getting a poor grade led me to overcompensate to a level of perfection. I did homework with extreme caution and attentiveness. It was especially evident when it came to my writing — I wanted every word perfectly placed, from its sound and structure in the sentence, to the lines my script made on the page. …

The perfect company culture — what is it?

When thinking of a positive company culture, we often think of open, colorful spaces with ping pong tables, free lunch prepared by a classically trained chef, and unlimited time off. Employees aspire to work for companies with these perks and benefits, but these are simply tangible artifacts that stem from the company’s real culture. They are a result of the culture, not what makes it.

Culture is the tip of the iceberg –what is visible above the surface. But 90% of an iceberg is underwater. The part that is hidden beneath the…

Hiring a new employee is one of the most exciting and nerve-wracking decisions you will make for your business. On one hand, it can allow you to grow and scale to new levels. But hiring is also a significant investment of resources and a commitment to an educated guess of who is the best fit for the position.

How can you ensure that your new hire will be a success?

This is where proper onboarding plans are essential. Creating a 30-, 60-, 90-Day Plan provides a clear way to structure expectations of the role and track progress and success. …

Surveys are an essential part of doing business. Whether you are gathering customer feedback or evaluating employee performance, surveys are an effective tool for collecting data and aggregating information that can aid in making critical decisions for your company.

Unsure where to begin? Let’s explore the key criteria that leaders should consider when creating surveys.

What’s the purpose?

Why are you creating this survey? What is the goal?

Having a clear purpose and focus before writing your survey is the first step. Understand the following before beginning the survey creation process:

  • What do you ultimately want to accomplish?
  • Why do you need this…

Business revolves around people. The former COO of GE Lawrence Bossidy said, “Nothing we do is more important than hiring and developing people. At the end of the day, you bet on people, not on strategies.” As your company grows, you will ultimately need to find and hire the best people to join your team.

A compelling and clear job description will help you attract the most qualified candidates and hopefully save you time and resources during the interview process and beyond.

Katie Sowa

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