When Going Above and Beyond Becomes a Problem

Flying Above

Many companies encourage employees to “go above and beyond”, and banish the phrase “it’s not my job”. It’s a well-meaning attempt to encourage collaboration and customer service, but sometimes it can become too much of a good thing. Unbeknownst to some eager employees, there is a right and a wrong way to go above and beyond.

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Prioritization: The Real Secret to Time Management

I have tried a few times to write about time management, but have struggled with it. This isn’t because I struggled with time management itself, but with trying to unlock my own secret behind developing a reputation of never sleeping (when in fact I sleep quite a bit!).

It wasn’t until I stepped back and looked at how I was managing my team’s time and supporting their work-life balance that I realized time management isn’t about protecting your time, scheduling your work or being more efficient.

The real secret to time management is being able to master prioritizing how you use your time. Continue reading “Prioritization: The Real Secret to Time Management”

Passion, Work and Career Paths


Most people who know me professionally know me as a Business Analyst who is fanatical about managing her time and stubbornly determined to fulfill promises. With nearly a decade of defining problems and delivering solutions, my work history is filled with projects I’ve turned around and efficiencies gained despite diminishing resources.

I’ve recently had conversations with people who are re-evaluating or starting on their career paths. They were surprised to learn that once upon a time, I wanted to be a sculptor. Or a screenwriter. Or a movie director. Or work in the field of gerontology. Or work in the field of clinical psychology. Or become a copyright lawyer.

So how on earth did I end up as a Business Analyst and remain dedicated to the practice for so long?

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Motivation and the Job Search


I recently read Drive by Daniel H Pink on the recommendation of our VP of HR West at Intact, Angela Champ. The book itself is a perspective-changing read on motivation and leadership. If you haven’t read it, there is a great 5-minute video that summarizes it’s concepts in YouTube:

One of the things the book reminds me of is a question a hiring manager asked me early in my career as a Business Analyst: What motivates you to do a good job? Continue reading “Motivation and the Job Search”