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Caroline Dowd Higgins

May the Force Be With You As a Seasoned Woman at Work

Caroline Dowd-Higgins | Posted 01.15.2016 | Women
Caroline Dowd-Higgins

The double standard for men and women continues in the workplace. The recent media debate about whether Carrie Fisher is aging well or not in the blockbuster, "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" movie, is an example of women facing scrutiny about looks and appearance in the workplace that does not equally apply to men.

Top Talent's 2016 Career Question: Should I Stay, or Should I Go?

Caroline Dowd-Higgins | Posted 01.06.2016 | Business
Caroline Dowd-Higgins

The world of work is changing fast with unemployment on the decline and the Talent Wars in full swing. The major skills gap is still a reality and the buyer's market is highly competitive for qualified candidates.

15 Leadership Lessons to Invigorate Your Career

Caroline Dowd-Higgins | Posted 11.30.2015 | Women
Caroline Dowd-Higgins

As the year draws to a close, I am reminded of the great leadership lessons I have learned from colleagues, mentors, sponsors, coaches, and a myriad of incredible people I've encountered on my professional journey. May these words of wisdom give you the courage and fortitude to chart your own unique path with confidence so you can thrive!

Make This The Season for Gratitude and Giving in Your Career

Caroline Dowd-Higgins | Posted 11.09.2015 | Women
Caroline Dowd-Higgins

Hollywood has depicted the stress of the holidays with iconic movies that make us laugh (or cry!) because of the relatability of the zany characters and dysfunctional scenarios in life and career. I encourage you to start this festive season with a different mindset so you don't get caught running on the hamster wheel of stress.

A Survival Guide to Dealing with Difficult Colleagues

Caroline Dowd-Higgins | Posted 10.07.2015 | Women
Caroline Dowd-Higgins

Professional behavior should be a given expectation among working adults but in reality, most of us have experienced unprofessional conduct in the workplace. You can choose your friends but you don't always have the luxury of choosing your colleagues.

It's Time to Focus on Your Career Future

Caroline Dowd-Higgins | Posted 09.08.2015 | Women
Caroline Dowd-Higgins

Summer vacations have ended and the kids are back in school so it's a great time to prioritize your professional journey. According to a global LinkedIn study, September is one of the best months of the year to get promoted.

Leadership Lessons I Learned This Summer

Caroline Dowd-Higgins | Posted 07.31.2015 | Women
Caroline Dowd-Higgins

I turned my participation at the National Speakers Association convention into a hybrid getaway this summer. NSA was a transformative learning experience to help me grow my business and a wonderful way to enjoy the sights, sounds, and flavors of Washington, DC.

Balance Is Bunk: Realistic Work/Life Integration Strategies

Caroline Dowd-Higgins | Posted 07.08.2015 | Women
Caroline Dowd-Higgins

You can't have it all -- at least not all at the same time, and certainly not by doing it all yourself. Life is a rollercoaster of zany and less zany but the ride can be fabulous if you adopt a hybrid philosophy of purposeful behavior and the opposite when sometimes you just need to let it go.

Single Task Your Way to a Better Life and Career

Caroline Dowd-Higgins | Posted 06.02.2015 | Women
Caroline Dowd-Higgins

We understand the danger of texting while driving, yet we knowingly overload our brains with multiple tasks that lead us to a cluttered life and a growing list of unattainable daily demands.

Bad Bosses Happen, But Suffering Is Optional

Caroline Dowd-Higgins | Posted 06.01.2015 | Women
Caroline Dowd-Higgins

You need to use your professional power and take control of your career trajectory. If you have a bad boss, suffering in silence (or out loud) is not a wise career strategy.

Career Lessons I Learned From Kai Kight

Caroline Dowd-Higgins | Posted 05.02.2015 | Business
Caroline Dowd-Higgins

Recently, I participated on a panel for the Council of Alumni Association Executives in Scottsdale, Arizona. A highlight during the event was a presentation by Kai Kight who identifies himself as an innovator, speaker, violinist, and entrepreneur.

How To Recharge, Reignite or Reinvent Your Career

Caroline Dowd-Higgins | Posted 03.08.2015 | Business
Caroline Dowd-Higgins

Now is a great time to ramp up your career reinvention efforts and reflect upon what would gratify you in a career. If this is not the career you ordered, it's time to jumpstart your professional reinvention so you can regain control and thrive.

Confidence, Courage and Failure -- A Formula for Career Success!

Caroline Dowd-Higgins | Posted 01.03.2015 | Women
Caroline Dowd-Higgins

Striving for perfectionism is debilitating and unattainable. Most women set their bar so high that "good enough" is still amazing.

How Fitbit Helped My Career

Caroline Dowd-Higgins | Posted 10.08.2014 | Women
Caroline Dowd-Higgins

My Fitbit has taught me to flex new muscles both literally and figuratively. I have changed my daily routine by walking at daybreak every morning and I have a renewed appreciation for accountability in my life and career.

7 Ways To Actually Relax On Your Next Vacation

Caroline Dowd-Higgins | Posted 09.07.2014 | Women
Caroline Dowd-Higgins

It's vacation season and the time of year to step away from work to recharge and refresh. Sadly, many people don't take all the vacation days they earn. Others who take vacation end up working during their time off which defeats the purpose entirely.

8 Things I Learned As a Recovering Workaholic

Caroline Dowd-Higgins | Posted 06.08.2014 | Women
Caroline Dowd-Higgins

I burn the midnight oil, never say no, and I have often prioritized my career over my life and my loved ones. Only recently did I take an honest look in the mirror to realize that life is too short to miss, and every moment is precious. I urge you not to miss the life you deserve to lead.

A Weekend With Marshall Goldsmith

Caroline Dowd-Higgins | Posted 05.26.2014 | Business
Caroline Dowd-Higgins

Goldsmith taught us to help more, judge less and encouraged us to always breathe and think before we open our mouths to speak. Is what you are saying really worth it?

Navigate a Conference Wisely to Get The Most Out of Your Professional Development Dollars

Caroline Dowd-Higgins | Posted 01.23.2014 | Women
Caroline Dowd-Higgins

Here are some tips to help you navigate a conference and enjoy the experience without getting overwhelmed.

Elevate Your Career

Caroline Dowd-Higgins | Posted 08.10.2013 | Women
Caroline Dowd-Higgins

Career elevation is not a secret formula, but simply a way for women to leverage their relationships and their expertise to serve as equalizers in the career world.