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Latina Cubicle Confidential™–Part 2 of 4: Claim Your Personal Power

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Most of us associate being powerful with holding a certain position in an organization—if you are the boss or the highest ranking team member, then you can claim your power because of your role.  Many companies are hierarchical—a person’s title alone can make them powerful.  Another way to think of the power of position is […]

Latina Cubicle Confidential™–Claim Your Personal Power [First in a Series of 4]

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In the past few months there has been significant commentary about the new found power of the Latino community throughout the nation.  The election made it clear that Latinos as a whole have substantial power to use in shaping the political landscape of our nation.  Add this to our $1.2 Trillion in spending power and it is […]

Latina Cubicle Confidential™– Cosmetics, Braids, Tattoos, and Other Image Dilemmas for the Modern Latina at Work

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During the recent New Latina teleconference “Personal Branding for Latinas: Your Image Your Opportunity”, I spoke briefly in response to a question from host Angelica Perez about bringing our cultural identity and personal brand to work in how we dress.   Most women can relate to the challenge of asking, “what should I wear today”.  For […]

Latina Cubicle Confidential™ –Did Someone Just Take Credit for Your Work?

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You have just put in an 80 hour week. The report is done.  You are about to send it out to your boss, but  before you can send the email or before you can place it on her desk, your colleague just beat you to it. What started out as a team effort has become […]

Latina Cubicle Confidential™- Can You Talk Politics At Work?

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If your office gets into a morning round of discussions on the latest convention coverage or presidential debate, do you participate? During an election year, there are a wide range of topics that can become polarizing faster than you imagine.  This year the big issues of the day are the treatment of undocumented immigrants, job […]

Latina Cubicle Confidential™–When Your Worst Critic Is—Another Latina!

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It is probably one of the most painful experiences we can have in our careers—working side by side with someone who goes out of their way to undermine us.  They can be passive aggressive—never returning calls, ignoring our emails or they can out right attack our credibility, our work or performance on a project.  When […]

Latina Cubicle Confidential™ Can You Ask for Help When You Need It?

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If you hold a leadership role in an organization, there is often enormous pressure on you to solve current problems, anticipate future ones and to get all your staff pulling in the same direction to meet the challenge.   Do you ask for help? Do you discuss what you need to succeed with your boss, your […]

Latina Cubicle Confidential™–Can’t Stop Sharing Too Much Information? WAIT!

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Have you ever been on the other end of experiencing TMI—Too Much Information?  Even if you consider yourself to be friends with a colleague at work, it can be awkward to hear about the details of someone’s personal life.  As a Latina, we often cherish being in close personal relationships and accept this as part […]

Latina Cubicle Confidential™ – The Impostor Syndrome Among Latinas

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The Impostor Syndrome Have you seen the “impostor syndrome” among successful women executives? Do YOU feel like an impostor some days? Women who are remarkably accomplished can at times see their achievements as somehow a product of luck versus their own hard work.  If this persists, the result is a constant, nagging doubt that somehow […]

Latina Cubicle Confidential™–Are You Seriously Trying to Help Me?

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I once watched two colleagues debate who should be the one to make a key presentation.  One of them had already been told by their boss that he would do it better but that it was up to them to decide.  The one with the vote of confidence went ahead and convinced his colleague to […]

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