Tuesday Truths 2016 edition v4

If you live in the mid Atlantic region, I hope you’ve dug out from #snowzilla2016! I spent the weekend enjoying the snowfall and utilizing the workout exercises I’ve learned to shovel 18″+ of snow. If I didn’t exercise on a regular basis, I’m not sure if I would have survived the herculean effort it took to get the snow outta of the way. Be safe out there! Let’s get to Tuesday Truths!

  • I sometimes get asked about my fashion attire choices and my clients will sometimes tell their staff to use my aesthetic as inspiration for their professional wardrobe. As women move further into senior leadership, it’s important to address your “look”. Depending on your industry, you want to have the right balance of what conforms to your profession while being true to your personality. Most people don’t even talk about what men wear to work or anywhere else. As long as it’s appropriate, people really have nothing to say but women have always had to live a double edge sword – feminine but not girly; power suit without looking too masculine etc..Female leaders command presence in their clothes and we don’t want our clothes to be a distraction to the ideas that we want to convey. Here’s a great article on how to dress as a woman in the spotlight.
  • We all have dreams that we would like to have realized. Having gargantuan goals means that you need to be able to handle all of the moments where you’re not moving forward. Setbacks happen and it’s what you do when you’re down that will determine if you’re going to reach each milestone to the top. We’re not perfect and there will be times when you want to curl up into a fetal position, BUT we all know that you have it in you to keep striving. You’ve got all the essentials to reach your biggest dreams – you just need to be reminded πŸ™‚
  • Here’s a great infographic of how leadership has changed from the traditional style vs the collaborative style.Β In my line of work, I find that it’s good to have a mix. Utopia is not quite attainable. Infographic credit via

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  • I am far from being a #Superboss but I do find that I’m a Nurturer with my staff. I continue to keep in touch with the majority of them, even though they may have ventured off into different fields from politics. They have access to one another through my firm’s alumni group and they continue to support one another. For a lot of them, I was their first “real” boss – the 1st job they had after graduating from college and I have thoroughly enjoyed watching them mature and become “bosses” in their own right. They know how important it is to help those who have come behind them. If you’re on the road to becoming management, learn how to be a Superboss.
  • If you don’t already know, I’m a Democrat πŸ™‚ and I thought it was really thought provoking to read this article about what makes Republicans and Democrats different. I have a few very close friends who are Republicans and although we have different perspectives on some issues, I know that they’re all good people. A return to civility could do everyone a little bit of good.
  • In need of refresher tips for searching for a job? Here are some ideas to make sure that you’re using the right tactics to get your resume into the right hands and how to get strategic about your search!
  • On the flip side, here’s what employers and hiring managers are thinking about when they look at your resume and references. Hire for what you need because trust me, it’s much less of a headache. I’ve made bad hiring choices so I’ve been down this road. It’s one that I would rather not travel on again. Heed these warnings and you may get more clarity on your hiring decisions.

Thanks for reading/sharing! Let me know about the best boss you’ve ever had and share what qualities you liked most at your job!

— Madalene

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