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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February 27, 2024 8 mins

Communication is a key capability in absolutely every industry. Many of us do it well. But even the best of us are missing some opportunities to maximize its value. Learn some of the most commonly missed opportunities and how to lean into them next time.

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

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In this episode, Rachel Cooke compares traffic jams to workplace issues, working through four key areas: unrealistic expectations, unclear directives, lack of stakeholder involvement, and ambiguous goals. Cooke's solution involves strategic negotiations, role clarity, active stakeholder participation, and formation of SMART goals.

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February 13, 2024 6 mins

As so many of us are chasing speed, efficiency and a bit of lightness at work, asking the important question, “Will it make the boat go faster?” can be an excellent solution.

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February 6, 2024 8 mins

We’ve finally moved beyond the Great Resignation and Reconsideration, but we’re now stuck in the Great Gloom. We’re languishing, feeling low and disconnected. Here are some strategies to overcome the gloom and find our Great Glow Up.

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An interview with Lauren McGoodwin, founder of Career Contessa, who makes the case for why invaluable beats indispensable…and shares some actions we can take to achieve this status.

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

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Leadership Development not working? Well…maybe it’s time to take a fresh approach to taking action. Learn 5 strategies for bringing your leadership learning to life.

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January 16, 2024 8 mins

In every workplace in every industry, there is a natural tension that occurs between teams. But rather than continuing to simmer and stew, it’s time to solve the tension once and for all.

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In a hybrid world of work we need to be thoughtful about how we spend our time in an office. No one wants to commute just to sit in a bunch of Zoom meetings all day. Here are some ways to make the most of your days in the office. Leave the heads-down work for virtual days.

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Rather than setting (and not keeping – as the stats tell us) another New Years Resolution, let’s talk about how to create a plan that’s meaningful, compelling, and totally sustainable to move you toward success in 2024.

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December 26, 2023 7 mins

With scary headlines hitting us from all directions, it can be really challenging to stay focused on and productive at work. But there are strategies we can use in these moments to help us stay on task and in the professional zone of success.

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December 19, 2023 8 mins

Spending a few minutes at year-end curating a highlight reel of our own personal celebrations is an excellent way to boost our self-esteem, our personal brands, and our appeal as job candidates. Here’s an approach to making this happen.

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Our Employee Experience - our ability to Deliver, Develop, Connect, and Thrive - has a huge influence on how we engage with our work. If you’re feeling frustrated by how your company is managing your experience, then it’s time to take control. Learn how to craft your own experience so 2024 is your best year yet.

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We focus so much on learning from external experts and those senior to us – but there is so much untapped wisdom and insight hiding right in our peer networks. Here are some strategies you can use to unlock all that’s there.

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In this episode of Modern Mentor, Rachel Cooke tackles the eternal woe of unproductive meetings and offers a refreshing take on reclaiming your time. Tune in for a dose of practical tips to make your meetings not only bearable but downright effective.

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Communication expert Laura Fravel joins Modern Mentor for a conversation on how to do it well in a hybrid world.

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November 14, 2023 7 mins

Are you spinning all the plates and have too many things going at once? You may wish you weren't, but if juggling truly is your only option, let’s talk about ways you might navigate that in a way that will leave you unbruised for the holidays.  

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November 7, 2023 7 mins

There’s so much uncertainty in the market these days. But whether the prospect of a layoff threatens you with a bruised ego, true financial insecurity, or anything in between, there are some constructive things you can be doing.

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October 31, 2023 7 mins

Communication is one of the most critical leadership skills in the modern workplace. But its job is to do so much more than just transmit information. Leaders who communicate with an intent to engage end up with, well, more engaged teams. Who perform better and stick around longer.

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October 24, 2023 6 mins

Teams today are running at a million miles an hour just to keep the train on the tracks. So as we approach year-end, let’s talk about why – and how – to run a team performance review. To determine what to continue in the new year and how we might amplify engagement and performance.

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October 17, 2023 7 mins

When we’re swimming in great ideas—too many priorities and possibilities—we need a way to effectively prioritize. The ICE framework is a simple way to assess an idea’s impact, confidence, and ease—helping us manage our limited resources wisely while delivering big results.

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