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How to Practice Courageous Behavior

By Melissa Davies, Wise Ways Consulting Let’s talk about integrity. This wasn’t the topic I started to write about this month, but considering all that has transpired, it seemed timely and more than relevant. Over the past few weeks, we’ve watched various people in many careers stepping down or undergoing an ethics review. It even has a name, “the Weinstein …

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Put Emotional intelligence on Your Thanksgiving Menu

By Melissa Davies, Wise Ways Consulting In less than a month, we’re going to enter into “the season”… the six weeks of eating, visiting, drinking, and “guilting” that is the period from the middle of November through to Christmas. Guilting? Making up your own words, Melissa? Well, yes. I call it guilting because there is so much guilt being thrown …

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A Moment to Breathe

By Melissa Davies October…finally, a moment to breathe! The kids are back in school. Summer traffic on 95 and 66 has slightly eased as the tourists have left the region. If you work for the Federal Government, the turmoil of the fiscal year-end has finished; the performance management cycle has finished and started again, and finally life looks like it …

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Performance Power

By Melissa Davies, Wise Ways Consulting As the calendar flips to September, employees and managers gear up for performance review season. Each industry seems to have its own mojo formula. If you’ve left the federal space and are now working for a government contractor, new rules and forms. If you are moving out of private industry into a non-profit organization, …

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The Dog Days of Summer

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By Melissa Davies, Wise Ways Consulting It’s hot.  No, I really mean it – it’s HOT!  As in I went outside for a walk this morning before work and it was already that ‘stifling, sticky, and ugh, I wish I could go to the pool’ kind of hot! Yes the dog days of summer are upon us! We conjure up …

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Diversity in the US

By Melissa Davies This July, let us celebrate our collective interdependence and embrace what we all bring to the 4th of July picnic table. Everyone is American on the 4th – just like everyone is Irish on St. Paddy’s Day.  People celebrate the oneness of being citizens of this country – a diverse nation where people are embraced and welcomed. …

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The Value of Getting out of Town!

By Melissa Davies, Wise Ways Consulting In April’s edition, I advised readers to plan for their summer vacations.  There is a tremendous value both physical and mental for taking time off. Now that summer is here, and I hope you have scheduled your time off, I want to push you out of the Northern Virginia nest. It’s easy to want …

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How to Beat the Commuting Blues

By Melissa Davies, Wise Ways Consulting Words can bring about emotional reactions. How do you feel when you see these: I-95, I-66, the Beltway, Prince William Parkway? Do you feel a tingle of apprehension? That feeling is the commuting blues. If you live in the Washington DC region, even if you work from home, you feel it. Everyone has a …

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Finding More Time Now For Fun Stuff Later

By Melissa Davies April is one of the best weather months in this region!  We enjoy longer days and consistently warmer temperatures. It’s easy to let important tasks fall behind when all you want to do is be outside. So how do we ensure that we have more disposable time to play outside and enjoy the fun side of life? …

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When the Cherry Blossoms Don’t Bloom

By Melissa Davies, Wise Ways Consulting March in Northern Virginia and Washington, DC, kicks off the region’s “Everyone’s Coming to Town” season. Beginning with the Cherry Blossom Festival then on to the spring break pilgrimage, moving right into the summer tourists!  Great to have everyone here putting money into the economy but who isn’t glad to have the roads back …

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