Some Thoughts We've Had Along the Way

The School of Hard Knocks is a great place to learn, but it's also a place where people don't usually write down their lessons.  We're trying to collect important things we've learned along the way.

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Advice for Women to MaXIMIZE THEIR IMPACT

"More than a decade or so ago the dean of a business school asked me to observe a class and give him feedback on why I thought the women “just weren’t speaking up.” After nearly two decades working for other organizations and 15 years running my own consulting practice, I’ve been asked more times than I can count for advice on how women can make a bigger impact.'

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Raising your voice in a way that works for you

"... So, if you’re not sure what to do, there’s a really simple way to start. Every time you volunteer, every time you step out, you are raising your voice. Think about what you’re good at. Grab a friend. Ask a neighbor. Look at your school PTA website and see if they need some help... You don’t have to call a Congressman (although right now it would be great if you did). You can do whatever feels right to you. It can be as simple as ringing a bell. As long as you do something for someone else, you’ve started. Acts of love."

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Need a Mentor? THinking of BeCOMing one?

"It’s flattering to be asked to be a mentor, but sometimes you secretly want to say no. Too often, when people ask you to be their mentor they are lost, without direction and feel alone. When you have a mentor or are searching one out, do some homework first and make sure you are very clear on what you want from them."