Modern Mentor

Modern Mentor

Modern Mentor is your guide to leadership and communication, helping you craft a workplace environment you can feel good about. She’ll share tips to help you balance your work and personal life, effectively invest your time, and be mindful about where you’re devoting your energy. Let Modern Mentor help you navigate your path to success—however you define it.

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August 9, 2022 7 min

After hearing about the Great Resignation for months, we’re starting to see signs of a possible recession… which may be causing you to wonder whether company layoffs are ahead. This isn’t the end of the world—as long as you’re prepared. Here are some steps you can take to be ready for anything.

Modern Mentor is hosted by Rachel Cooke. A transcript is available at Simplecast.

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In school, the buddy system kept us from getting lost, getting hurt, and eating things off the floor. As working adults, we could all sometimes use a buddy. Here’s how to use them and use them well.

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No matter how much you may want to, you can't be amazing at everything. Enter the most misunderstood workplace superpower around—vulnerability. Here's how to use it to propel yourself to personal and professional success.

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July 19, 2022 8 min

When you know you need to have a hard conversation with someone—but your stomach is tense and your hands are sweating and you want to put it off for as long as you can… how do you find the courage—and the plan—to have a conversation that delivers a better outcome while preserving the relationship?

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Sometimes fear holds us back from doing the right thing—making the right call. And it’s time to look that fear in the eye, call it out, and step over it—just do the right thing. Here are some of the most common workplace fears and thoughts on how to conquer them.

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July 5, 2022 8 min

Luck is not a passive thing that happens to us. It’s something we have the power to influence, to bring to life. There are certain habits that “lucky” people tend to have. Let’s learn what they are and how to put them to use.

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Worried that a gap in employment will hold you back in your job search? No way! Here's how to turn that résumé gap into a compelling part of your story that makes you uniquely qualified.

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June 21, 2022 7 min

Feeling connection at work really matters. It grounds you, it makes you feel part of an ecosystem, it provides space for collaboration and informal learning. Connection has been tough lately. Teams are struggling—they’ve never met in person or even haven’t seen each other in years, or they’re doing the hybrid thing but the workplace is emptier and just doesn’t feel as connective. Let’s talk about small steps we can each take to tur...

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June 14, 2022 6 min

Failure is often conflated with carelessness, and we are (rightfully!) afraid of seeming careless. But failure—true failure—is something we achieve with intention. By understanding what failure is and how to use it as fuel rather than shame, we can take proactive steps to hone this skill over time.

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Delegating effectively is not about “dumping the grunt work” on someone else, but rather about ensuring the right people do the right work in service of shared goals. With this mindset, there are some basic strategies anyone—people leader or not—can use to manage that delegation effectively.

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There’s a lot of buzz these days around the concepts of Inclusion and Belonging. We know they are important drivers of employee engagement and retention. We all want to experience inclusion and belonging and to help create that same experience for colleagues and team members around us. But how to make that happen can sometimes feel mysterious.

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May 24, 2022 7 min

You're giving work your all, but you're just not feeling appreciated. Modern Mentor has 5 ways to find the love.

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May 17, 2022 8 min

We get a lot of mixed messaging when it comes to managing the tension between speed and efficiency. We need to be sure—to have the data, to have done the research and the analysis before deciding or implementing. But also, we need to be agile, move quickly, test and learn, and not fall into analysis-paralysis. How do we find the middle ground?

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Has your company taken an “everyone in the office on Wednesday” approach to managing a hybrid workforce? Rachel Cooke, your Modern Mentor, explains what you can do if your office’s hybrid policy isn’t working for you.

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You love learning. So much so that you realize you may be over-consuming and under-executing what you've picked up. Modern Mentor shares her favorite strategies for productively showcasing what you've learned—so you look great and are delivering value to clients, colleagues, and customers.

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If you've ever felt like your anxiety has been holding you back, then this interview with Dr. Chloe Carmichael is a must-listen for you. In her new book Nervous Energy: Harness the Power of Your Anxiety, Dr. Chloe shares her favorite tools for taking control of your anxiety and using it to fuel your professional—and personal—success.

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As the Great Resignation continues, talent has all the leverage these days. If you're hunting for a new job, you're evaluating the company as much as they're evaluating you. Today, Modern Mentor highlights some common red flags—and what to watch for before you decide to accept an offer.

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Happens to the best of us—we bite of more than we can chew, and suddenly we're drowning in work. Today, Modern Mentor shares an action plan you can follow when it's time to declare to-do list bankruptcy!

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April 4, 2022 8 min

Is something holding you back from chasing the professional outcome you want most right now—the bigger job, the senior mentor, the chance to lead a team? It's possible that your confidence needs a boost. Modern Mentor shares her favorite actionable strategies you can use immediately to dial that confidence way up!

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We all groan about procrastination as though it's a problem we have to fix. But what if procrastinating offers some magical secret advantages?

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