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Motivated by her father's words, “If you put your heart and mind to it, you can do anything a man can do—and do it even better,” Jane Perdue scaled the career ladder, spending 15 years as a vice president at Fortune 500 telecommunications companies. Sometimes the only female executive at the table, she put her MBA to good use managing $25 million budgets and thousands of employees, creating strategy, negotiating labor contracts, and developing leaders. After a new boss called her “Aunt Polly,” Perdue realized she'd misunderstood her dad’s advice. She left big business to found Braithwaite Innovation Group, a professional development firm where she reaches out as a leadership development and women-in-business expert, speaker, and writer. She now spends her career inspiring performance and connection where the art of leadership and the science of business meet.

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Posted: Mar 11 2013 - 6:04pm
I had fallen behind (grossly so) in my social media follow-back connections, so the rainy afternoon full of cancelled appointments was the perfect...

Posted: Feb 25 2013 - 9:55am
You’ve been angling for a promotion for nearly a year, but no luck. You’re frustrated. Others are moving up the career ladder and there you are,...

Posted: Feb 4 2013 - 5:49pm
It’s the weekly department staff meeting, and your boss just recognized a colleague for her innovative idea to improve customer service. Her public...

Posted: Jan 28 2013 - 4:13pm
She'd been hesitant and tentative throughout most of the coaching session. When I asked her to define where she wanted her career to go, ...

Posted: Jan 14 2013 - 6:25pm
If it weren’t so sad, it would be funny in a sick kind of way. I’ve been wrangling with the local post office for two months over a missing book....

Posted: Jan 7 2013 - 9:29am
She’d been impossible to miss—tall, impeccably groomed, and stylishly dressed. Flitting from table to table, she rarely spent more than a minute or...

Posted: Dec 17 2012 - 6:30am
Challenge my mind. Pique my curiosity. Move me. Make me laugh. Tick me off. Just don’t try to sell or subscribe or impress me before...

Posted: Dec 10 2012 - 1:10pm
Graham was upset with his team’s monthly business results, and his withering criticism of their performance during the staff meeting had brought a...

Posted: Dec 3 2012 - 11:50am
Glance at online news headlines. Check email. Debrief the boss. Go to staff meeting. Return calls. Check email. Review new sales results. Look at...

Posted: Nov 27 2012 - 9:12am
“There is an eagle in me that wants to soar, and there is a hippopotamus in me that wants to wallow in the mud.” ~Carl Sandburg   A few...



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