Wellness Wednesday Issue #77

The Assist Newsletter
June 18, 2024
Inspirational quote from Alice Walker surrounded by cheerful daisies: 'The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.' A floral boost to remind you of your inner strength.

Today’s checklist: 

  • Building confidence & avoiding pitfalls in 3 critical career stages
  • Gabby shares a DE&I lesson learned
  • A healthy meal prep recipe for the week

🤔 Trivia: Which American author wrote a series of books under the pseudonym “Richard Bachman”? Find out.


💵 Negotiations: Learn the best way to answer the salary question in interviews.

📁 Organization: Declutter your digital space.

🗣️ Communication: The ultimate guide to giving constructive feedback.

🙅‍♀️ Boundaries: 35 phrases to set boundaries firmly.

🌟 Personality Types: Learn about the different Myers-Briggs personality types.


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Special Announcement from Joanna:
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Join me on Thursday 6/20 for a highly requested, highly anticipated, free training on how to set up a dialed quarterly goal planning process that:
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Learn this simple process and you’ll get more ish done in less time with less stress.

I’ll show you, step-by-step, the tried and true goal-setting process I use with my team every week to achieve massive productivity gains and breakout results.

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Joanna, The Assist Co-Founder


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Building Confidence & Avoiding Pitfalls in Three Critical Career Stages


Navigating your career can often feel like steering through uncharted waters. Each phase of your professional journey presents unique challenges and opportunities for growth.

Here’s a roadmap for building confidence and avoiding common pitfalls through three critical career stages:

Early Career: Seize Every Opportunity

In the early stages of your career, the focus should be on absorption; soak up knowledge, skills, and experiences.

This is the time to be sponge-like, taking advantage of every learning opportunity that comes your way and volunteering for projects that can stretch your capabilities. The key here is to remain open, curious, and fearless.

Pitfalls to Avoid:

  • Not Speaking Up: Young professionals often hesitate to voice their opinions. Remember, your fresh perspective is valuable.
  • Being Intimidated: Don’t let more experienced colleagues intimidate you. Confidence comes from facing your fears and contributing actively.

Mid-Career: Maximize Wealth Acquisition

As you transition into the mid-phase of your career, your focus likely shifts towards maximizing earnings and seeking roles that offer substantial financial rewards.

This stage is about leveraging your accumulated skills and experiences to climb higher on the career ladder and secure your financial future.

Pitfalls to Avoid:

Late Career: Mentor and Give Back

In the later stages, after establishing a solid career foundation and achieving financial stability, shift your focus to legacy-building.

This can involve mentoring younger professionals, sharing your knowledge generously, and perhaps even starting initiatives that benefit the industry.

Pitfalls to Avoid:

  • Not Making Friends/Networking: The value of building a broad professional network cannot be overstated, even late in your career. It’s about who you know as much as what you know.
  • Comparing Your Career to Others: Every career is unique. Measure your success on your own terms, not against the achievements of others.

While these stages provide a framework, remember that learning, asking for what you’re worth, and generosity should be constants in your career.

The adage in business that you can only pick two between cheap, fast, and good holds true in careers as well.

Sometimes, you might trade a high salary for a role that offers incredible growth opportunities or for a chance to work in an innovative environment.

Just like any good business strategy, managing your career effectively requires understanding the trade-offs and making informed decisions that will benefit your long-term professional goals.

Navigating your career confidently is about more than just climbing the corporate ladder; it’s about making strategic decisions that align with your personal and professional growth objectives at every stage of your journey.


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POV: Your Leadership Totally Blew It


Juneteenth, celebrated on June 19th, marks the day in 1865 when the last enslaved African Americans were informed of their freedom, two and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation.

This day is a powerful reminder of the ongoing fight for freedom, equality, and justice. As we commemorate Juneteenth, it’s essential for all of us, especially non-Black individuals, to reflect on our roles in promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion (DE&I) in our workplaces and beyond.

I worked in HR at a high-growth company that owned lifestyle brands, gaining popularity. Internally, our company was woefully lacking in diversity.

Externally, though, you would’ve thought we were one of the most inclusive companies in the US. This caused some tension within the workplace, especially because we had no people of color on our leadership team.

At the height of the Black Lives Matter movement, we were actively interviewing for a new CFO. Leadership felt extreme pressure to make the right decision and practice what they preached. We were thrilled when told to prepare offer papers for a highly qualified woman of color.

But unbeknownst to us, they had already offered the position to a colleague of our CEO—a straight white male.

Our HR team was left confused and we braced for impact as the new hire announcement went out. Not only had the leadership team lied to save face, but they also instructed us to write a preemptive email to the company backing their decision.

The email falsely claimed that the position had originally been offered to a woman of color, who had declined for personal reasons. There was no offer, and there wasn’t even a conversation with the candidate about her backing out.

Sending this email felt so wrong, knowing the actual story. It ultimately led to a few team members quitting out of frustration and disillusionment.

In hindsight, I deeply regret not speaking up more forcefully against this decision. It was a clear case of performative allyship—actions taken to appear supportive of marginalized groups without making real changes.

Juneteenth teaches us about the importance of standing up for what is right and challenging injustices, even when it’s uncomfortable.

When faced with decisions that contradict DEI principles, speak up and demand transparency and accountability from leadership.

TA Content Manager Gabby.

Gabby (TA Content Mgr)

P.S. Give these a read:


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Turkey Taco Bowl



Stuff  We’re Loving This Week


📘 Master your emotions with Emotional Intelligence Habits by Dr. Travis Bradberry.

⏰ Stay on top of your tasks with Clockify’s free time tracker.

🛁 Indulge in relaxation with these colorful bath bombs.

🖊️ Add a splash of color to your notes with these gorgeous ombre pastel gel ink pens.



🚨 Job Alerts


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