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Kakeibo: The Art of Financial Mindfulness

By Gina Messina, Ph.D. About a year ago, a friend introduced me to Kakeibo, the Japanese art of budgeting and applying mindfulness to our spending, and I’ve been obsessed ever since. You see, I am a major contributor to our consumeristic culture. I see something shiny and I think I have to have it. A friend jokes that she hates going shopping with me because I have to pick up and touch everything on the shelves (although I’ve eliminated that practice due to COVID!).  Like so many of us, I am easily persuaded by marketing tactics. Now that we so rarely spend cash, it feels like I can simply swipe a card, click a button, or use my fingerprint and suddenly I have a new…

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Women in Today’s Workplace: Two Steps Forward, One Step Back?

The post-pandemic workplace is littered with uncertainty for workers in all industries, especially women. While the brunt of the COVID-19 pandemic has passed, the lack of a steady workplace for women is still a prevalent problem. COVID-19 and Women’s Employment During the COVID-19 pandemic, women were 33% more likely than men to work in an industry shut down by the pandemic. Research indicated that jobs held by women were 1.8 times more vulnerable than those held by males. Women made up 39% of the employment on a global scale, but they accounted for 54% of the job losses worldwide. Economists also report that women were much more likely than men to be furloughed during the pandemic. In addition, women were furloughed for longer periods than…

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Empathy Makes You a Better Leader: Here are 3 Reasons Why

Empathy makes you a better leader. In general, women are perceived to be the most “empathetic” gender, and the science says there may be some truth to that perception. One study found that women are better at feeling others’ pain; female brains react more to images or videos of a person being in pain than male brains. It turns out that high empathy is a very positive thing for women in the workplace, especially if they’re in leadership positions. A recent report by Catalyst found that, especially in the post-pandemic workplace, empathy is a critical leadership skill that influences important factors like innovation and employee satisfaction. There’s no doubt about it: empathy is a necessary skill to have as a leader. Here are 3 benefits…

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Mistakes Happen. It’s What We Do Next That Matters Most

March Madness is certainly living up to its name this year! Who doesn’t love watching mid-majors get their time in the spotlight! St. Peters, Creighton, South Dakota are all battling schools whose budgets probably match the “supplies” line in most BCS budgets. Even though watching the underdog is fun, we know winning and losing is so much more than the haves and the have nots. As I remind the teams I work with, if we already knew who was going to win the game based on analytics, stats or budget, we could save a lot of time and money and just crown the winner based on predictions. But stats and predictions lie! We play the game to see who is best on that day. That…

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