From The Rock

Am I a good manager? Advice for first-time leaders.

By | July 18, 2018

Managing a team, whether you are a seasoned professional or stepping into a leadership role for the first time, will without a doubt be challenging. Challenges come with the territory. Personalities, work styles, opinions and changing culture dynamics all contribute to the nuanced discipline of being a team manager. When... Read More »

“Above and beyond”

By | May 09, 2018

It’s a phrase every employee hears at some point in his or her career from leadership. “We expect you to go above and beyond” or “We need you to go above and beyond on this project!” That phrase can oftentimes be perceived as stay late, work harder, do more and... Read More »

Make your workday work for you: Tips for becoming a productivity pro

By | January 04, 2017

Who ever feels like you’ve done so much in a day, yet you’ve really accomplished very little? I’m raising my hand. The nature of business these days is such that professionals can spend the majority of the workday answering emails and on phone calls. That leaves very little time to... Read More »

Body Language: An Important Communication Skill and Tool

By | September 29, 2016

We’ve all heard the saying “actions speak louder than words.” This rings true because oftentimes, our body language is what people remember most. Good or bad, it can leave a lasting image in your mind that shapes what you think of someone, particularly in the business realm. Reading body language... Read More »

How hard are you failing? #FAIL

By | April 06, 2016

We all know that popular hashtag. Was it the mini-caramel apple bites or the complicated Cookie Monster cupcakes, a 10 p.m. toddler temper tantrum or your fifth straight failed media pitch? #FAILs are sometimes posted in good fun, but other times, they can weigh on you for weeks. This point... Read More »

Why PR is like the relationship between Downton Abbey’s Mr. Carson and Mrs. Hughes

By | March 09, 2016

Author’s note: Spoiler alert! Season six plot details are revealed in this blog. If you’re a Downtown Abbey devotee like me, you’re aware of the budding relationship between Mr. Carson and Mrs. Hughes over the last two seasons. Last season’s proposal by Mr. Carson to Mrs. Hughes was a dream... Read More »

Lauren’s Top 10 Times Our Team Had Tons of Fun

By | February 15, 2016

Part of my job as the culture ambassador is to plan meaningful team-building events where we all come together to simply have fun, give back through volunteering or take time to eat lunch at monthly potlucks. So, naturally, for my 10th anniversary social media takeover, I had to go with... Read More »

Taking Advantage of Our Emotions This Season

By | December 22, 2015

During the Super Bowl, advertisers take advantage of the game’s huge TV audience, and in recent years have been using ad content to engage customers online through social media. This strategy can also be seen during the holidays, when consumers are scouring the Internet, sales pages and TV spots in... Read More »

3 Tips for Breaking Through Writer’s Block and Boosting Creative Writing Skills

By | November 16, 2015

A couple of weeks ago, as I focused intently on a lengthy project, I hit a typical mid-afternoon writer’s block. This was the part of the day where I battle the urge to crawl under my desk and take a nap – 2 p.m. It’s nap time at 2 p.m.... Read More »

Do what makes you happy – Fun things to do in Memphis this fall

By | September 17, 2015

I’ve adopted a motto – “do what makes you happy.” This revelation came to me one day after popping the top on a Sweet Leaf Peach Iced Tea, which includes a quirky or inspirational message under each bottle cap. I’ve kept this bottle cap and frequently flip it between my... Read More »