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Get the Feedback that You Need

Difficult conversations are hard. It’s hard to tell someone they’re not meeting your expectations, and, it can be hard to ask for and to listen to someone telling you how you aren’t quite measuring up. Of course, not all feedback conversations are critical. But frequently they are, and frequently they get caught up in messy […]


Figuring Out Feedback: How to Give It and How to Ask For It

In this LEARN with @LifeAfterWake webinar, Allison McWilliams (’95) shares tactical strategies for giving immediate, impactful, and effective feedback as both a manager and a colleague. She also provides tips for how to ask for feedback from others. Watch the webinar recording below!


6 Ways to Ask for the Feedback You Need to Advance Your Career

Whether you’re offering feedback or receiving it, the entire process can be rife with challenges. At its worst, poor feedback can be personally attacking, laced with opinion, or hard to make actionable; but at its best, feedback serves as the guidance we need to become better at our work and for ourselves.  Feedback is a […]


Feedback is a Hack

We all know we need feedback. And, whether we want it or not, we’re surrounded by feedback all the time. But are you taking advantage of the feedback you’re being given, to make sound decisions? Do you know how and why feedback helps to build great relationships? Whether you’re a new employee or a seasoned […]


How Fast Feedback Fuels Performance

Gallup provides helpful data insights on trends in the workplace, including this piece on feedback at work. In a recent survey, Gallup found that employees who receive more regular feedback are more engaged. Additionally, this article reveals that the most effective feedback is timely and relevant.


Navigating Year One

Navigating your first year in your first job after college can be difficult and overwhelming. The good news is: you’re not the only one who feels that way! In this LEARN with @LifeAfterWake webinar, Allison McWilliams (’95) and Katherine Laws (’20) discuss the challenges recent graduates face in their Year One and strategies for thriving […]


Frameworks for Intelligent Decision-Making

Decisions, decisions, if there is anything that sums up adulthood it might be that it’s an endless litany of decisions for which we often feel ill-prepared. Sometimes these decisions are of the routine, mundane nature, like what to have for dinner, or how long can one go before doing laundry. But other decisions take on […]


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 […]


Haley Benz (’19)

Alumni Reflections on 2020: Haley Benz (’19) What has been most difficult for you throughout this past year? The most difficult part of this year was a major change in my professional industry due to COVID-19. Coming from the travel industry, furloughs and layoffs were inevitable during this time. Because of this, I had to […]

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