The Trap of Busyness

We try to manage our time. We make lists, prioritize, shuffle, cancel, raincheck. We turn our phones to silent, limit screen time, we prioritize and commit to doing things different. And, yet, we feel stuck in an endless loop of answering to inboxes and invoices. We respond. We react. We just can’t get ahead. We know there must be a better way - that the endless quest to achieve ‘balance’ will soon bear fruit.
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#CollectiveWisdom: Be Patient When Risk-Taking

Kate Hadley Toftness is a Flank 5 Academy Collectivist alumna. Professionally, she is a lover of the arts, a writer, and a leader in grants and partnerships for art institutions. You can learn more about her on LinkedIn. When I was reflecting on my time with...
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Committing to Change

One of the hardest parts of making a change is commitment. (Duh; you know this.) The ideation is awesome – “Oh, the possibilities!” – but then one of many pings is heard and you’re back into email and any variety of easier / safer...
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Taking the First Step

Being open to new things is an attractive quality. When we see “openness” in others, we admire it – we praise them for bravery, living in the present. . . being risk takers. For taking the first step. Inherent in that point of view...
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Staying Stuck or Moving Forward

During this month, The Collective explored the topic of “moving forward” – we looked at how we are motivated, the pro’s and con’s of making a decision, and reflecting on our progress. Just as moving forward is important, we are also big fans of...
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Don’t Hoard Your Self-Awareness

It’s become a month of visioning within our community, from our current Collective small group to our large group experiences, folks are ready to stop “just plowing ahead” and want to find an intentional and guided path forward on their career journey. And we...
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#CollectiveWisdom: Stop Thinking and Do + Rebecca Lakin

Rebecca is an alumna of The Collective and the founder and principal of Rebecca Lakin Consulting. She helps help companies navigate their business and risk landscape through in-depth research, translating the data into actionable plans and solutions, and managing the resulting plans from start...
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The Confusion of Calling

What makes work meaningful for us? What does it mean to “have a calling?” This was the central question at this year’s National Career Development Association conference held in Chicago last week. Of course, the topic had our ears perk up: we’re obsessed with...
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