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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.

 

Nature is the Best Supplement for Leadership

Nature is the Best Supplement for Leadership

Research shows that the practice of spending time in nature is good for your mind, body, and spirit. But how does nature impact our wellbeing?

As an Executive Coach for emerging women leaders, I often hear my clients ask, “What can I do to feel less stressed and feel better in an ever-changing, ever-demanding career and life?”  (Ever feel that way?)

One of the most effective, low-cost ways to recharge your fatigued brain is nature therapy, or what is commonly called, “forest therapy”.  A growing body of science is showing that nature is good for you. That includes spending time in nature, but it even means looking at natural scenes out a window.

The basics behind the “nature is healthy” concept goes back decades. A classic study found that hospital patients recovered from surgery quicker if their room offered a view of nature compared to those who looked out on a brick wall.

Experts in both natural science and psychotherapy are touting the effects of nature on the human body and mind, as well. According to psychotherapist and owner of East Sooke Counselling, based in Canada, Sarah Nakatsuka, ‘walking in nature’ is part of treatment for her clients and that connecting to nature is a wonderful way feel better – mentally, physically, and emotionally.

Spending time in natural spaces can boost the immune system, positively change moods, and may reverse muscle tension and decrease blood pressure. Furthermore, time in nature or viewing nature scenes increases our ability to pay attention. It also provides a respite for our overactive minds, refreshing us for new tasks.

“Forest Therapy” is one exercise that not only do I regularly practice, but also encourage my clients to incorporate in their daily routines to feel less stressed and restore psychological wellbeing, meaningfulness, and vitality.

So…literally…take a hike!

In the Northwest Arkansas and surrounding area, we are fortunate enough to multiple ways to have easy access to trails, parks, and places to enjoy nature scenes. Here are just a few of my favorites to explore whether you are new or local to our area.

Botanical Garden of the Ozarks

Tanyard Creek Nature Trail

Hobbs State Park

Compton Gardens & Conference Center

Here’s an interesting video on the importance and science of grounding – Down To Earth.

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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Alison will also be a featured speaker in the near future sharing her wisdom and insights via Wisdom Workshops.  A Co-Ed community event designed for connection, growth and inspiration.  Alison will be in attendance at our next Wisdom Workshop Saturday, March 31st.  You can learn more about each Speaker here.

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

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

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

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