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Is it ever too late to change your management style? If your direct reports think you’re a pushover, can you fix it? That’s what one woman asked me in my latest Refinery 29 column, but it’s a challenge I hear from people in all stages of their career. When you’re starting to learn how to be the real you at work, and discover who that person really is, it’s natural to want to course correct some behavior that may have been perceived as “too nice” or even “too tough.” And you know what? It’s never too late to reclaim your power at work. Balancing kindness and strength is a constant and evolving process.

My best advice: don’t be too hard on yourself. A friend once told me, “Surrender the need to do more and be more. You are enough.” It was exactly what I needed to hear at a particularly busy time in my life. If you’re in need of a pep talk, listen to the ones I recorded for Meditation Studio. For me, daily motivations always fire me up and are my new favorite way to get going in the morning. Download the app here for pep talks on topics like, “don’t hide your vulnerability” and “stop saying I’m sorry;” and listen to a sample of "you are always enough." Sometimes, we just need a reminder.

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My Startup Life

SWAAY just launched a new contributor network called SWAAY Voices and are looking for women to share their stories, build up their brands, and connect with other like-minded women. I just posted the article, "How to Fundraise Without Becoming a Person You Hate." Have something to say? Apply here

As The Wing expands to new markets (London is its next opening), it's also extending its brand to new avenues. Fast Company reports on how the coworking space and social club is quietly becoming a design company

On My Radar

  • On June 13, Jodi Lipper and I are doing a fireside chat about all things books at Chief, a private network focused on connecting and supporting female leaders.
  • New book from Nisa Amoils, a member of our email community: WTF is Happening: Women Tech Founders on the Rise
  • A girl after my own heart, Kristen Bell gave an amazing speech on her secret to success: being nice!
  • Tune in: How to stand out from the crowd on The Pitch Factor podcast.
  • My friend Bethanie Baynes, a Google exec and breadwinnner for her family, shares how her husband is treated by other moms as the lead parent for their two kids. Spoiler alert: The "Momsplaining" trap might be a little too relatable.
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