How to Manage That Mean Voice in Your Head

How to Manage That Mean Voice in Your Head

Everyone has a mean voice in their head—a voice that tells you things like:
- You're not ready—don't try.
- You'll embarrass yourself and be a complete failure.
- Who do you think you are?
- No one will care what you have to say.


At first glance, it may appear that this voice—sometimes referred to as the inner critic or gremlin—is a jerk trying to keep you down. But actually, your gremlin is just misunderstood.

He or she showed up in your head sometime when you were young. Maybe you read a poem to the class and someone laughed at you, or you got new glasses that you thought were snazzy but the other kids teased you about. And this voice appeared to protect you, telling you to play it small—stay safe, don't stand out, don't take chances, don't put yourself out there—at every turn…

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Leadership & Responsibility (with a capital R)

Leadership & Responsibility (with a capital R)

In these first months of 2019, I'm adding a new piece to my work: the role of Interim Executive Director of Youth in Action, a youth development nonprofit in Providence.

I'm excited—taking the helm of an organization is a new challenge for me, and the specific needs of an interim role feel suited to my skillset.

Between this new role, developing Penney Leadership, working with coaching and consulting clients, board service, motherhood, homeownership, and all of my other roles—I have a lot of responsibilities.

That's what it is to be a leader, right? Over the years of growing as a professional, climbing the ladder through successive job titles and taking on increasingly more and more responsibilities.

Early in my career, I looked at the leaders around me and wondered how they could juggle so much responsibility (and why would they want to?)

I've learned that there's a whole different way of approaching responsibility and leadership—a mindset that's not anxious and draining but instead sustainable and whole. 

Here's the secret…

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The Essential Tool for Navigating a 21st Century Career Path

The Essential Tool for Navigating a 21st Century Career Path

After working with over 40 clients on developing the next steps of their careers, I've noticed that they often come to me focused on the tactical and logistical steps ahead of them: things like performance reviews, job descriptions, updating their resumé and LinkedIn profiles, writing cover letters, and searching and applying for new positions.

These are the tasks that we usually associate with career building. I think of them as a career roadmap—a landscape laid out in front of you with many different roads and stops along the way to your destination: the next step in your career and leadership journey.

But I've seen through clients and through my own experiences that navigating the career roadmap can be overwhelming and even paralyzing. There are so many roads are available, and the linear paths of the past have turned into winding, intersecting streets that we often need to pave for ourselves. 

Before you begin work on the roadmap, you need a navigation tool to guide you—a compass to steer you to not just the next stop on your journey, but the right next step for you…

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