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Great Managers Matter More Than Ever

Research has demonstrated that effective management is critical to people’s job satisfaction and overall health and well-being. And, overwhelmingly people report that that most stressful aspect of their job is their manager. Is it any wonder that people are looking to leave their jobs (if they have not already)? Effective management isn’t hard. But it […]


Getting Started at Work

By Allison McWilliams (’95), Ph.D., Assistant VP, Mentoring and Alumni Personal & Career Development, Wake Forest University For anyone getting started at a new job, whether you are twenty years into your career, or fresh out of college, those first few weeks and months are a critical time of learning. This is when you see […]


Managers: Do Onboarding the Right Way

By Allison McWilliams (’95), Ph.D., Assistant VP, Mentoring and Alumni Personal & Career Development, Wake Forest University If you are in the people management business, chances are you might be onboarding some new graduates right now. With the best of intentions, we all have had the experience of bringing on new people and forgetting to […]


Get a Grip: Decision-Making for Decision-Making Procrastinators

Do you often find yourself stuck when it comes to making decisions? If you identify as a decision-making procrastinator, then this latest webinar from our LEARN with @LifeAfterWake platform is for you! Wake Forest alumna and OPCD Fellow, Katherine Laws (’20), shares tips and strategies for taking steps towards making a decision, whether big or […]


The World is Not Your Oyster

Our AVP for Mentoring and Alumni Personal & Career Development, Allison McWilliams, drops some truth bombs in her recent article in Psychology Today. Have you ever been told that your options in your life and career are unlimited? If so, how did that make you feel? For many of us, the idea of unlimited options […]


Think About 2021 Goal-Setting Differently

If we learned anything in 2020, it’s to expect life to veer off in a different direction at any moment. As you contemplate career and life goals for 2021, this article by Joan Michelson in Forbes offers up practical tips and prompts for crafting your goals moving forward.


The Core Four Skills to Build a Life of Intention

By Allison McWilliams (’95), Ph.D., Assistant VP, Mentoring and Alumni Personal & Career Development, Wake Forest University In January 2021 we celebrate National Mentoring Month, as we do each year, to recognize and honor those fabulous mentors and mentees across our community who show up for and with one another and commit to developing relationships […]


The Best of Intentions

By Allison McWilliams (’95), Ph.D., Assistant VP, Mentoring and Alumni Personal & Career Development, Wake Forest University We all struggle with goal-setting (don’t worry, it’s not just you!). Why is that? It’s hard to plan forward. Often we don’t have all of the information that we need, or can’t identify next steps. It can be […]


Why Making Plans Helps Manage Pandemic Stress

In this piece by Kate Morgan from the BBC, the act of planning is examined as a coping mechanism for our mental health and wellbeing, especially during this current time of stress. By scheduling future events, our brains must acknowledge that there actually will be a future. Additionally, as Wake Forest professor E.J. Masicampo notes, making […]


Bullet Journaling: What Is It, and Why Does It Matter?

We can all use a new productivity tool, to help manage tasks and to-do lists and keep ourselves organized. One such tools is the bullet journal, “a mindfulness practice disguised as a productivity system.” In this article by Katie O’Malley from Elle, you will learn not only what a bullet journal is, but also how […]


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