Mary Anne Gale’s direct and actionable approach to navigating corporate politics was some of the best advice I have ever been given. Using her approach to relationship building and seeking out career advocates has helped me advance in my career at a faster pace than my peers.


– Justin McDowell
  Enterprise Architect – Sun Chemical Corporation

Archive for August, 2012

Culture Impacting Careers

Posted By: Mary Anne Gale

CultureCulture has such a dramatic impact on our lives.  When we were born we had no bias or prejudices.  From the first moment, we are surrounded with love, isolation, or possibly fear.  From that moment forward we begin to form opinions about others and ourselves. Throughout our lives these ideas gets reinforced and even come with us into adulthood.  Sometimes they are subconscious and other times; they are consciously reinforced by society.  For example:  women are bombarded with ads that define beauty as thin.

Cultural messages also impact us in the workplace.  Asians are taught to be humble and respect authority.  These are great virtues but in the work place they are played out as not talking in public meetings or constructively challenging the boss or people in higher positions. This gives them a disadvantage in a Euro-centric work environment where sharing your opinion and providing feedback is expected.

Building Genuine Career Relationships

Posted By: Mary Anne Gale

Building genuine relationships is critical to your life’s success.  We all know it is easy to have acquaintances.  These are the people that you meet at a cocktail party and you enjoy the conversation but may never see them again.  Genuine relationships are those relationships that are built on trust and confidence in the each other.  They develop after several experiences and interactions in a variety of situations.

In the workplace, it is important to build strong relationships.  The boss is a key person but the bosses boss and the bosses peers are also critical people in the decision making process that can impact your career.  You do this by working with them on projects, asking for their input on a problem or issue, inviting them to lunch or coffee, sharing your personal career objectives and getting their thoughts based on their experiences, etc.  It takes work and effort to invest in building relationships at work but they will pay off in the long run.