From the Career Blog
The joy of the job. Two “j” words that many people would not put together. According to Gallop, it is estimated that 70% of the workforce in the US is not actively engaged in their work. People are ...[Read More]
As women, we apologize a lot! “I’m sorry,” has become a phrase we use all too often. We say it not only when we want forgiveness, but more often to show concern and empathy for others. If something ...[Read More]
It's only taken 65 years for the television industry to start nominating talented women directors. This year 50% of the directors nominated are women. If you see it you can be it.
If having to endure the sexual exploitation of women in the media is not enough, things have devolved to tailgate decals depicting a tied up woman, mobile apps that simulate masturbation and ‘Titstari ...[Read More]
Wouldn’t it be great if someone could come up with a couple of ideas that businesses could use that would increase business profits AND improve gender equality? Impossible you say? Not so, says the ...[Read More]
Music has always been a centering point in Ajna’s life and her digital music selections include a list of “Powerful Women Songs”. These are songs that Ajna plays to celebrate power ...[Read More]
Many have wondered, and some have asked, where Ajna got her name. Since she represents the successful professional woman, it was important for her name to signify wisdom, strength and gender equality ...[Read More]
Most of us spend at least 9 hours a day at our workspace. Whether you work in a cube, an office with windows, or work in the field, most of us care about where we produce the work we do. When Ajna mo ...[Read More]
Thanks in part to the Carrie Bradshaw character on Sex and the City, almost every girl dreams of being a smart, stylish fashionista. Unfortunately, some take their fashion way too seriously or worse ...[Read More]
Once upon a time there was an elephant in the room. It was a meeting room and there were 7 managers sitting around the table. The elephant was off to the side in front of the door. Everyone who ent ...[Read More]
Are women more prone than men to judge others harshly as a result of our own insecurities? Yes, we’ve all been the “mean girl” at some point. What we don’t realize is that our judgment of other wome ...[Read More]
During the month of August, Jae Lynn and I will be sharing some of Ajna’s wisdom in our blogs. But before we do that, we thought it might be helpful to know a little bit about her. Ajna is the ...[Read More]
Are you looking for your dream job? Do you have a job checklist with the criteria for that perfect job? Have you even thought about what you really want in a job? Over the past several months I’ve b ...[Read More]
The often repeated Madeline Albright quote warns, “There is a special place in hell for women who don’t help other women”. She said this in 2004 at a Wellesley panel. It also was a very popular quot ...[Read More]
The genesis behind Ask Ajna is empowering women in the workplace to change ‘the game’ so that women will one day reach full equality in the workplace. What’s been surprising and to be perfectly frank ...[Read More]
Some careers are like a marathon- they have a slow and steady approach and they gain distance as they go forward. Other careers are like the 50 yard dash – they attack each challenge with inten ...[Read More]
Many equate achieving work life balance to ‘having it all.’ Is it true, or is it just the latest way for advertisers, media and so-called experts to make us feel as if we’re not good enough, that we ...[Read More]
So many times when we read about work life balance it’s about mothers (and to be fair, fathers) who want to spend more time with their family. No doubt about it, we parents want to enjoy our children ...[Read More]
Why after centuries of courageous women have fought for true freedom, we’re not yet able to celebrate full gender equality? On this July 4th, let’s remember how far the women’s movement has come, and ...[Read More]
Since women are still running to catch up to men in terms of pay and opportunity, one thing is for sure – shooting yourself in the foot along the way certainly won’t help you win the race. Women often ...[Read More]
Many women believe that the "Work will speak for itself" and that providing excellent quality work will get them the acknowledgment they desire. While excellent quality work is the foundation, our bo ...[Read More]
How valuable are you to your organization or your boss? If you are perceived by others, especially someone in a position of power, as being valuable to the organization, your chances of career advanc ...[Read More]
It seems I was not the only person who found it ironic that we were celebrating the 59th anniversary of the Equal Pay Act last week when it turns out over the last 50 years women have only narrowed th ...[Read More]
Ask Ajna was mentioned by Shama Kabani, CEO of The Marketing Zen Group, in her Forbes article Five Best Tips for Women Starting Their Careers.
As we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Equal Pay Act, most women are still asking, what equal pay? Women just want to be paid for the job they do, not penalized because of their gender.
In their aptly titled study Breadwinner Moms, the Pew Research Center recently reported that in 40% of all households with children, working mothers are the primary or sole source of income. I’ve bee ...[Read More]
We have all met them, the male co-worker who with the explosive temper; the female colleague who is complimentary to your face, but behind your back tells everyone how incompetent you are. Everyone k ...[Read More]
Most of us don’t think about corporate culture when we’re job hunting. All too often, you accept a job, start work, then after a while, maybe even right away, you realize your level of job satisfacti ...[Read More]
Imposter syndrome is getting attention these days, thanks to Sheryl Sandberg's "Lean In" book and high-achieving women speaking out about their secret insecurities.
Today, technology makes it much easier to connect and work from almost anywhere. So, it should be easier for companies to allow working from home for employees who need that flexibility, right? Well ...[Read More]