RHM004 – The Power of Positivity

rush2In Episode 4 we sit down with Wilma Jones to talk positivity in the workplace.

Wilma Jones is an author, popular speaker, Huffington Post Contributing Blogger and positivity expert helping people improve their lives personally and professionally. Her second book, Is It Monday Already?! 197 Tools and Tips to Start Living Happier at Work is based on the principles of positive psychology incorporated with best practices in office etiquette. Wilma’s stories awaken self-awareness and motivate people to shift their behavior patterns to increase their happiness and success. Her expertise has been featured in the Washington Post and on dozens of radio shows including on the CBS Radio Network, Clear Channel Radio, Radio One, Sirius XM and WHUR-FM. She lives in Arlington, Virginia.

Wilma shares suggestions for how you can incorporate positive psychology at work regardless of your circumstances:

  • Supercharge your happiness with gratitude.
  • Develop social connections with like-minded individuals at work.
  • Use movement and mindfulness to change your outlook.
  • Start building spontaneity into your work day, your attitude and effectiveness will improve if you start putting yourself first.
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RHM003 – Killing Passive Language

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In today’s solo episode, Rush Hour Mentor host Monica Clark discusses the challenge of passive language in the workplace.

Some examples of this type of language include inserting words like ‘just’ into emails to avoid seeming overbearing or difficult, and apologizing when you have no reason to.

A few tips for combatting passive language in the workplace:

  • Pause before hitting ‘send’ to check for passive language in your written communication.
  • Write it out before you deliver the message.
  • Don’t beat yourself up for using passive language.

A great resource to address passive language and assertion in the workplace is Playing Big by Tara Mohr. Mohr offers practice guidance for how to take up more space in the world and push past our limitations.

You can also check out Monica’s blog at www.perceptionpractice.com for more articles and resources on empowerment in the workplace.

RHM002 – Shwanda Barnette

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“When I learned what it meant to be a multipotentialite, it changed my life”

In Episode 2 of the Rush Hour Mentor Podcast we speak with Shwanda Barnette, a proud multipotentialite who shares the power of having more than one path to professional success. Listen to the episode here: http://bit.ly/rushhourmentor

Shwanda Barnette graduated from Towson University in 2004, with a B.S. Degree in Sociology & Anthropology, accompanied by a minor in Business. Through studying and exploring social ills and injustices that plague urban communities, Shwanda was motivated to pursue a legal education. She went on to receive her J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center with a concentration in Education Law & Policy. After graduating from Georgetown Law in 2007, she completed a Judicial Clerkship with the Maryland Circuit Court and transitioned into a legal career in Family Law. At the heart of this work was her passion for children and families, which led her to a career with DC Public Schools. For 5 years, she worked in Program Management, Planning and Staffing for DC Public Schools, and ended her career there, managing the DCPS Urban Education Leaders Internship Program. Shwanda recently relocated to Orlando, Florida and will be working for the Florida League of Cities. She is passionate about creating her own narrative as far as her career is concerned and is a proud multipotentialite! You can reach her at www.multipotentialitesunite.blogspot.com