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Annual Planning: Embracing the Fun and Function

It’s a new fiscal year here at IUAA, which means we’re spending a lot of time reviewing what went well last year and what we want to improve for the future. And we know that for many of our alumni communities, the summer serves a similar purpose: it’s a time to reflect and plan for …

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Recruiting For the Future

A new year, a fresh start! We’ve accomplished so much this past year at the IUAA and now it’s time to welcome in a new fiscal year. This means: Starting the external audit of the corporation and closing FY2019’s books Welcoming our new members of the Executive Council, Board of Managers, and all our Alumni …

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Curiosity: Let It Be Your Guide

“I wonder…” Whenever I hear alumni coaching clients start off a sentence with these two words, I feel heartened. It means wheels are turning…intuition is kicking in, and mobilization is in the offing.  It means my clients are curious, and ready to move past what is safe…beyond the known. It signals that they’re ready to …

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On Giving Up Being a Perfectionist

If you sit down at my desk, you will see inspirational messages all around my workspace; messages about courage, kindness, and growth. One of my favorite quotes at my desk is from Brene Brown. It says, ‘Vulnerability is the birthplace of innovation, creativity and change.’ You see, I consider myself a ‘recovering perfectionist’ and vulnerability …

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Infectious Enthusiasm

We so often go about our daily routines not thinking about the impact we have on others around us, whether it be in our personal or professional lives. A little over a year ago, I found my fitness community: the group of women who support and push me physically and mentally and the place where …

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IUAA Governance Corner: Confirm the Ballot

It’s time to exercise your duty as members in the Alumni Association: vote in the IUAA election! Just flip to page 24 in the Indiana University Alumni Magazine (see image at right), clip out the ballot, complete it, and send it to me. If you want to keep your magazine in pristine condition, just make …

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Being Busy is Nothing to Brag About

Busy-ness is a dangerous trap that relinquishes our control to find meaning and fulfillment in life and career when we are stuck in the quicksand of being busy. I am on a mission to disrupt the busy culture and focus on a life that is measured by meaning, value, fulfillment and other factors we can …

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Sleep is Key to Career Success

Now at the beginning of the new year,  I revel in the beauty and excitement brought by a clean slate and taking stock of what goals we’d like to accomplish in 2019. As a board certified Health & Wellness coach, I encourage alumni clients to consider the big picture as to what might affect reaching …

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Emotional Intelligence: Signs of a Strong EQ

In the tenth anniversary edition of his bestseller Emotional Intelligence: Why It Can Matter More Than IQ, author Daniel Goleman quotes a search firm executive who says, “CEO’s are hired for their intellect and business expertise – and fired for a lack of emotional intelligence.” Many of us grew up believing that high IQ was a surefire predictor of success. …

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Sleuthing Your Strengths: Identifying the Best in You

The IU Alumni Association’s Career and Professional Development team is in full swing with delivering relevant career content in our monthly Career Navigator Webcast Series to IU alumni around the globe.  For the month of October, we focused a topic that transcends many career development themes—Identifying your strengths. A common question asked in an interview …

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