Nice girls don’t get the corner office

Nice girls don’t get the corner office, or at least if we have to believe Lois. P. Frankel in her newly revamped book. International Women’s Day might have passed, but at CAREER LIONS HQ we believe it’s all about the other 364 to really make a difference. Therefore, I am sharing my thoughts and learnings from the pink bestseller.

Self-Compassion For #Careerlions

Is it just me or do all #careerlions judge oneself more harshly in terms of personal shortcomings, than you do others? Well, if you tend to be more accepting of other people’s shortcomings than I think we should be forming a “self-compassion” squad. This week I came across a Youtube video about self-compassion, applauding the theories by psychologist Kristin Neff. She basically states that we should all promise to love ourselves, in both sickness and in health. That we should offer ourselves warmth and unconditional acceptance. Isn’t it just weird that we can be so hard on ourselves, while we are generally more than willing to accept others for who they are including their shortcomings? Well, today is about what this self-compassion actually entails and why you need to strive to accept you for who you are.

The Art of Maximizing The Work Not Done

How often are we happy when we are busy and time flies by. After a few minutes of retrospective however, you come to the realization that doing lots of things at the same isn’t actually the most valuable things to deliver value. Productivity is only one measure for your output, but what about effectivity? 

During one of my study sessions for my SAFe certification, I came across the principles of the Agile Manifesto. Here it states that simplicity is essential. What is meant with simplicity is the art of maximizing the work NOT done. Sounds crazy, right! But also, totally true. In the Lean-Agile SAFe principles, this art is translated into three concrete tactics, which we will be discussing with you in this blogpost. Also, we will give examples on how to implement this beyond software development and in your personal life.

How You Can Solve All Your Problems

Not too long ago, I had attended a course for business analysis for work. During this course many useful methods and frameworks were covered. One that stood out for me was the reminder of the problem-solving model. All of us are constantly faced with problems, in both our personal and professional lives. When you are in a crisis, it can be very helpful to take a step back and use an approach to guide you through it. Well, I have just that for you today. I hope this is as helpful for you as it has been for me.

How to practice self love

Lately, I have been exhausted during the weekends since starting a new job last November has been quite challenging. It’s super fun and I enjoy it, but it does come with its toll on my energy. On one of my commutes home, I heard on a podcast (don’t recall which one that was, but will add the link if I remember it later) that the tiredness doesn’t necessarily come from working too hard. Feeling tired comes from not resting well. Resting means a good sleep on one hand, but also about doing the things you love and get energy from. So, in practicing more self-love I decided to do more energizing activities in the weekend. After a month of energizing weekends, I am sharing my personal self-love tips with you today!

5 #Careerlion Reasons to Stop Being Perfectionistic or Embrace That You Are Not

Perfectionism is one of those personal traits that can be both positive and negative. Professionally, perfectionism is often seen as a positive trait. However, when you are too perfectionistic (like with anything that you have “too much” of) can block you from excelling in your job and life in general. This week we will talk about 5 reasons to stop being perfectionistic. If you are not at all a perfectionist, then consider this blog an anthem to you and ammunition for when someone decides to call you out on it.

How I defeated the morning snooze

On my quest to become a morning person one of the most prominent obstacles is snoozing. Becoming a morning person is such a romantic idea where I would ideally find the extra peaceful time in the morning to get things done (for personal projects). Now, back to the first obstacle, that damn snooze button! I think I just might have found what works for me and I would love to share it with you today!

The Truth About Lying

Ever since we are little, we (hopefully) learn that we should never lie. That telling the truth is the most important thing, no matter what the consequences are. Simply because it is the right to do. When we are “wise” and “old” somehow, however, we still tell lies. If not to others, we most likely still lie to ourselves. Previously, I have blogged about on how you can spot a liar. This blog focuses on different common lies in the life of a #careerlion and when it may even be acceptable. Exploring the perspective of why lying may even be “healthy”.

What I’ve learned from Michelle Obama

One morning, on my way from my hotel room to the pool I noticed several guys walking by. It was pretty early on a Sunday at a Cape Verdean resort to be wearing full suits and earpieces. I didn’t think much of it and continued my relaxing day at the pool. A little later that day my friend and I found out that our fellow hotel guest was none other than Michelle Obama herself! As this scene took place in the summer of 2016, we thought to ourselves: “Not bad for two girls who just started out working to be having a fellow hotel guest in the First Lady!”

How to incorporate your mood in your task planning

The dark days aren’t over yet. We are in the middle of winter and the weather sure is depressing, to say the least. Not the ideal circumstances that can for sure affect your mood. However, it turns out that we should actually start embracing a bad mood. A bad mood turns out to be wonderful for your productivity, so I found out in a magazine article last week. This week I would like to share this great news with you, along with some more fun facts about how to embrace your different moods and optimise your task execution.

New Year’s Resolutions 2019

Dear #careerlion readers, let’s start off this blog by wishing you all a very happy new year. May this year bring you everything you desire, health, and happiness. May it give you all the direction that you may crave and the headspace to make this year even better than any of the successful ones before.

The start of a new year, of course, is paired with new year’s resolutions for many of us. We blogged about this previously. Today I will of course share with you my new year’s resolutions, but the tips and tricks we shared before still stand. Therefore, I will provide you with a small recap and reminder and I will try to elaborate more on my plan to make them work.