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Career Advice Women Receive…and Why You Shouldn’t Follow It

The Four Most Common Pieces of Career Advice Women Receive… and Why You Shouldn’t Follow It….
By: Alison Nail-Malone, Executive Coach & Founder of Malone Consultants Group

#1 Leave your job if you’re not passionate

Alright, I’m not saying to stay in a mind & heart suck job. However, I see WAAYYY too many women beat themselves up because they: a) aren’t working a job that fulfills what they are truly passionate about; and/or b) have no real clue what they are passionate about and how to do ‘that’ as a career.

Here’s the deal ….

You can ‘work a job’ that pays your bills and have the things you are passionate about outside of work. AND yes, you absolutely can have a career that includes what you are passionate and purposeful about.

Take your time to find what you are passionate about. Don’t just check out because right now this role doesn’t fit you. Find small ways in your job and your life outside of office that starts to feed your soul.

If you already know what your passionate about…begin your research on how to include that in your career. Then ask for those opportunities at work; but also keep your eye out for the open career opportunities too.

#2 Network, Network, Network

Seriously this is one that makes me crazy when experienced professionals say, “Network, network, network” to build your career credibility. It’s a waste of time!

Ultimately, your network should be made up of people who will be, or currently are, your advocate. Your professional network need to be the people who know what you do, how you contribute and how they can tell your story no matter who they talk to.

Your professional network should be the people you are an advocate for as well. But make sure…there is a balance between these two groups.

#3 Save it for the annual review

Ok, maybe this one really rubs me the wrong way. How many times have you been surprised about the feedback you received in your annual evaluation? I don’t know about you… but it’s happened almost every time I’ve had an annual review!

But …

Admittedly I have also been guilty, in the past, of not providing real feedback (both positive and constructive) until an annual review (or maybe not at all).

Let’s commit together to something right here. No more of that. Take a proactive approach in receiving and giving feedback on a regular basis. Perhaps you need to just start with once a quarter. Maybe you need to be committed to once a month. Whatever that is, commit to owning your career in a big way…and feedback is one of the most vital components of that.

#4 Stay at least a year

I know I just eluded that you shouldn’t leave your job. However, give yourself permission to leave when its time.

My clients, and other professional women I am connected with, will notoriously stay ‘committed’ to a job … even when they KNOW the job is not right.

Most likely you don’t have the luxury to jump ship without another boat to drive; AND you do have the RIGHT to explore and interview for new roles.

Do not limit your growth to time. If it’s not right, it’s not right. Don’t waste your time.

Your time…your talent…your presence is valuable. Step into that knowingness!

When you ask for career advice, first take it with a grain of salt and then consider it carefully before you follow it. It could either be the worst piece of career advice, or the best. Find out which before you bet your future on it.

Finding a tribe of other women heading on the same journey where you want to go. If you have not found a group of people, I created this FREE Facebook community of ambitious and high-performing women who are coming together to position themselves as top talent to advance in their careers quickly and with purpose. CLICK HERE TO JOIN THIS FREE FACEBOOK GROUP:

Alison Nail-Malone is an Executive Coach, Intentional Speaker, and Corporate Leadership Expert; and runs Malone Consultants Group.  Get her free leadership article by clicking here.

 

NEW and Promoting LIVE Music in NWA

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Our sole objective with Jam NWA is to promote LIVE MUSIC in Northwest Arkansas by providing a platform that is convenient for both Artists and Venues to make a connection.

Venues may review artist profiles, music genres, and videos to find, connect with, and book entertainment. Artists may review potential venues and inquire about bookings. Simply create an account, then add your listing.

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What No One Told Me … Before I Started Managing People

What No One Told Me … Before I Started Managing People

Did you know that over 90% of managers state that they have never been trained how to manage their direct reports?

Managers are expected to ‘know’ intuitively how to lead, inspire, and have direct conversations with their employees. As an Executive Coach, I often hear managers say, “No one ever showed me how to do this!” or “I am just winging this!” This lack of support and truly lack of knowledge often stunts the growth and leadership influence of a manager and can negatively affect the team.

When I became a manager of 17 employees, I made many mistakes at first. After a very candid and tough conversation with an employee I had to terminate, I received feedback from my team and the ex-employee that I had not communicated clearly about performance and expectations. This hit hard because I thought I had, and I assumed that my team knew what was expected of them when it came to performance. After all, I had to figure it out on my own and promoted quickly because of that. Why couldn’t they do that?

Unlike some roles, which can be studied and prepared for in advance, leading a group of people can best be learned on the job; as well as proactively pursuing knowledge. You will make mistakes. Embrace them and learn from them. Here are three key lessons I learned that I wished someone would have told me about being a manager.

1.     There is power in letting your team members do the thinking. In Kevin Crenshaw’s book, “NeverBoss: Great Leadership by Letting Go”, a leader inspires thinking by asking great questions that invite feeling, thinking, and action. “When people feel, think, and act on their own, they start to become leaders.” This is particularly true when you have to address mistakes. Mr. Crenshaw proposes asking these questions to engage conversation and brainstorming:

  • Tell me more about it…
  • What do you see?
  • Would A or B work better?
  • What is the standard or procedure?
  • What do you think?
  • What do you recommend?

When you engage your team to think for themselves and search for their own answers, there is a higher degree of ownership for solutions as well as follow through. As leaders who desire to be the very best, we tend to take on too much. Your role is to let them shine and succeed. In turn, this reflects positively on you as a leader and key contributor to your organization.

2.     Don’t aim to be liked. Aim to be transformational. Being liked is not the same as being respected by your team. Often managers have a tough time with this one. It requires a certain level of courage and self-awareness.

Transformational managers are models of integrity and fairness, set clear goals, stirs the emotions of people, and inspires people to reach for greatness (based on their terms and the company objectives).

Easy, right?

Not really! However, there are literally thousands of books, podcasts, and digital resources available on becoming a transformational leader.

Some of my favorites are:

Radical Candor – Book written by Kim Scott

Coaching for Leaders – Podcast by Dave Stachowiak

TED Talk: Tribal Leadership – Speaker David Logan

3.     Managers coach, not tell. Coaching your people helps build rapport, supports them through business challenges, develops self-awareness, and finds solutions. It also helps you understand how people think about their work, their careers, and their relationships with the organization. Coaching also helps you to improve a person’s performance and deal with issues before these become problems. This skill takes a lot of time and thought.

Daniel Goleman wrote an article for the Harvard Business Review Leadership that Gets Results, in which he characterized the coaching style of leadership as one that

 “…help[s] employees identify their unique strengths and weaknesses and tie them to their personal and career aspirations. They encourage employees to establish long-term development goals and help them conceptualize a plan for attaining them. They make agreements with their employees about their role and responsibilities in enacting development plans, and they give plentiful instruction and feedback…”

Management can be demanding and consume a lot of time. The best managers embrace challenges and build trust with each employee one day at a time. However, being the kind of manager described above also brings unmatchable rewards: positively impacts the lives of people, grows the business through productive teams, and enriches your career journey and purpose.

Alison Nail-Malone is an Executive Coach, speaker, and corporate leadership consultant; and runs Malone Consultants Group. Get her free leadership article by clicking here.

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~Theresa | Connector & All About You Accelerator  | TalkoftheTownNWA.com | 479.633.GROW

 

Taking on 2018 as a Millennial

I am a Millennial who was raised in the traditional household where my parents both had successful corporate careers all the way until they were about 10-15 years from retirement, when suddenly, their positions were “eliminated”. I always expected that when I graduated college I would go out into the workforce and get a job and spend the next 30-40 years working for someone else and building their fortune. That was until I learned more about being an entrepreneur.

The Millennial generation inherited a flawed world and has a zeal to repair it that is unique to our generation. It is as if our generation has been hardwired to believe in the fierce urgency of now. Everything is about today. The moment. The instant. Millennial’s are an on-demand instant-gratification generation that has become emboldened by technology and molded by world events.

So if we don’t wait for anything in our lives – why should we wait when it comes to making a difference?

This generation believes that profit and purpose can go hand-in-hand. Unlike previous generations, whose pursuits of money and excess are well documented, Millennial’s have far different goals. It is no longer simply about making money, and that is an extraordinary shift in thinking.

I am an entrepreneur in the next trillion dollar industry, the Health and Wellness Industry. My efforts are driven by making an impact, building dreams, and helping others to reach a Life Unlimited. This Natural Health Revolution was founded on the idea that Life Unlimited is possible, which is based on 4 distinct pillars: Health, Wellness and Beauty, Financial and Time Freedom, Personal Development, and Active Lifestyle.

Click here to find me or follow on Facebook as I love to connect with like-minded individuals who are driven and focused on making a difference, a significant difference.  (Little Sweet Salty Secret I learned from Theresa – click the drop down on facebook follow – then click “see first”).

Connect soon!

Lindsey Conti | Entrepreneur | Millennial | Leader

Northwest Arkansas Mentor Tammy Jean Velasquez

One of the things we love and focus on at Talk of the Town NWA is the great people who live here, work here and contribute here in Northwest Arkansas.  With that said – please allow me to introduce the lead speaker for the NEW! Wisdom Workshops in Northwest Arkansas launching February 3, 2018.  The focus?  Wisdom sharing for personal & professional next level living!

Wisdom Workshop lead presenter Tammy Jean Velasquez is a metaphysical coach & mentor assisting individuals in uncovering and releasing pre-conditioning & false beliefs that are causing discord at the subconscious level.  Tammy received her coaching certification through Transform Coaching Academy and has studied under the metaphysical teachings of Divine Science.

Tammy is best known as a Metaphysical Coach & Mentor, who helps assist individuals release years of pre-programing and conditioning that has been creating discord in all areas of their lives.  She teaches, by establishing unity within all levels of the mind, Conscious, Subconscious and Super Conscious. This process then creates unity within the individual and reestablishes alignment with the Higher Self, which is the real secret to unlimited abundance.

With an extensive background in metaphysics and the higher teachings of the mind, Tammy has been able to assist individuals in a shift in consciousness to create the life we were all meant to have.

“I assist individuals in uncovering and releasing pre-conditioning and false beliefs that are causing discord at the subconscious level.  Creating unity within the individual reestablishes alignment with our Higher Self, which is the real secret to creating unlimited abundance!”  ~Tammy Jean Velasquez

I can’t say enough about this amazing woman! Working with her as a coach has shifted my experience of life to a new plane that is allowing me to gracefully walk through some of the hardest and most painful experiences. Old, stale patterns are falling away and bliss, peace and joy is my reward!See her LIVE Feb 3 at the Wisdom Workshops! Or reach out to her for coaching! ~ Lileith Rose Polite | Founder | LileithPolite.com

You can ask this gal anything and I mean anything…She truly is the real deal when it comes to understanding and explaining to us (the lay person) the Conscious, Subconscious and Super Conscious. Her guidance, conversations, presence and wisdom is divine to experience.  Don’t tell her I mentioned this publicly but I call her Baby Gandhi (total respect & adoration); she always laughs me off and calls me Lucy (smiley face emoji inserted – Lucy Love’s to Learn)!  ~ Theresa King-Thompson | Founder | TalkoftheTownNWA.com | 479.633.GROW

Yes – Please!  Keep up with all the good stuff & NEW things happening with TalkoftheTownNWA.com via Social Media – FB: TalkoftheTownNWA, FB: Wisdom Workshops, FB: Supper Club, Instagram: TalkoftheTownNWA – visit the website for more.

Oh LinkedIn – email: Theresa@TalkoftheTownNWA.com

See you soon – you know…the wise are always seeking and sharing wisdom – this will be an exciting sweet Saturday room to be in Feb 3rd!  Just Say’n.

With much gratitude,

Theresa | Founder | TalkoftheTownNWA.com | 479.633.GROW

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Real NWA Roots and The JOY of Cooking

Chef Erin Rowe grew up in Siloam Springs, Arkansas.  While her roots are here in Northwest Arkansas, she and her well loved copy of The Joy of Cooking have traveled the globe. From her earliest expatriate experience  as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Caribbean, St. Lucia and the Dominica she has met the world with a youthful spirit and hearty curiosity. Meeting with Erin for this interview was sheer delight.  She enthusiastically recounts her life and travels including her schooling at Hendrix College and the University of Hawaii Maui College Culinary Arts Program.

An Ozark Culinary History book signing | Chef Erin Rowe

Her culinary education and love of travel made her uniquely qualified to capture the history and delectable treasures of the Ozarks. Erin declares, “Food is what we make it and where we take it depends on knowing our history and valuing its preservation.”  Her new book, An Ozark Culinary History, Northwest Arkansas Traditions from Corn Doggers to Squirrel Meatloaf was released September of 2017.  Just thumbing through the book and seeing all of the vintage photographs made me believe that she not only wants to preserve the uniqueness of the regions’ recipes but the heart and struggles of those who came here before us.

An Ozark Culinary History front cover | Chef Erin Rowe

The profound simplicity of the names of the chapters such as Corn, Wild Things and Poultry Ca

pital help highlight the struggles of those who first settled this area and how they maximized the few resources they had.  She opens the book detailing Ozark Beginnings which tells of experiences of those native to the area and those who came here for greater opportunities. Many of the recipes include names of those who created and refined them. This book is a must have for anyone who calls Northwest Arkansas home. Her book is available on Amazon, “An Ozark Culinary History: Northwest Arkansas Traditions from Corn Dodgers to Squirrel Meatloaf (American Palate)” or you may find her at one of the local events signing her book.

Becoming a new author has not distracted Chef Erin Rowe from her private catering, event planning and cooking classes. She facilitates cooking classes at Honeycomb Kitchen Shop, 213 West Walnut Street in Rogers, AR.  Erin also shared with me her vision to start a food tour business in Northwest Arkansas which is sure to be a great adventure in culinary delights.

 

An Ozark Culinary History back cover | Chef Erin Rowe

To see where she’ll show up next, you can like and follow her on Facebook Chef Erin Rowe

Talk of the Town TEAMMATE  | Bex Tracy, Rogers, AR | “Together we can and will do more; serve more!”  Theresa

Talk of the Town NWA  our mission is to report on people, places and things that matter in Northwest Arkansas; applicants for front page feature articles can let us know via email  (include press release, press pass, contact information and pictures.)

Music is the Global Handshake | Welcome

Talk of the Town NWA takes great pride in welcoming newcomers to Northwest Arkansas. It is a delight and honor to welcome The House of Songs Ozarks to our community. The House of Songs or THOS opened its Austin house in 2009 coupling local and international songwriters in a 12 day immersion of collaboration and friendship. Believing that “Music is the global handshake,”  THOS participants blend their unique cultural and musical experiences to co-create new original songs. These songwriters are showcased for local residents free of charge at various venues. The Walton Family Foundation has helped to facilitate the opening of this second house in our area.

Welcome! The House of Songs Ozarks, Bentonville, AR

Troy Campbell, founder and president, says that the inspiration for THOS has been an expanding vision born after meeting Danish star singer-songwriter, Poul Krebs back stage at a New Orleans songwriters convention in 1999. After accepting an invitation from Krebs to join him at a songwriting retreat in Denmark, the expansion of this international connection continued.  In addition to the original Austin THOS, other THOS sponsored songwriting collaborations have been hosted in 13 other countries. Campbell  said that the name, The House of Songs, came to him in an instant when asked what he would call his organization.  He later found that the ancient Persian religion of Zoroastrian referenced “garo demana” or House of Song as the place where righteous souls would go. Of note, this writer in reading about Zoroastrian found that ancient high priests or Magi (possibly the wise men from the East) had associations with the Zoroastrian Religion.

Saturday, August 26 was the Open House for THOS Ozarks.  Guests were able to tour the house located on Southeast C Street in Bentonville.   The rooms in the house are each named for famous songwriters including Arkansas’s own Sister Rosetta Tharpe.

The event was hosted by Campbell and his wife along with Clayton Lillard who is the House Manager for the Austin House. Bernice and Bryan Hembree, organizers of the Fayetteville Roots Festival, will be helping to welcome the international guests as well as introducing them to local songwriters.

The first guests to the Ozark house are set to arrive September 7.  There will be a free concert at the The Preacher’s Son, 201 NW A Street in Bentonville on September 10 from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m as well as a screening of the documentary co-directed by Campbell along with Austin Tolin, Albert E. Brumley: Songwriter of the Ozarks. Campbell summed up his impression of Northwest Arkansas with a simple, “I had no idea.”

Click to learn more details about…The House of Songs

Talk of the Town TEAMMATE  | Bex Tracy, Rogers, AR | “Together we can and will do more; serve more!”  Theresa

Talk of the Town NWA  our mission is to report on people, places and things that matter in Northwest Arkansas; applicants for front page feature articles can let us know via email  (include press release, press pass, contact information and pictures.)

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