Sunday, December 10, 2017

Tis’ the Season to R.O.C.K. your 4th Quarter by Tamica Smith Jones

As a mother of two, having managed intercollegiate sports programs for the past decade at both private and public research institutions with budgets ranging from $3mil to $18mil, leading and mentoring hundreds of administrators, coaches and student athletes, I am naturally competitive and have always encouraged my teams to finish strong.  With less than 30 days left in this calendar year, I am also encouraging YOU to finish strong. Don’t cruise into the new year hoping things will turn out the way you desire.  Crush your goals by reflecting, resetting and R.O.C.K. the 4th quarter. 

I took some time to reflect last month while visiting the beautiful Lake Tahoe, California.  I thought about some of the life lessons learned as I have journeyed in business, sports and higher education.  As the first black woman to ever be appointed director of athletics in the state of California at the division one level most days I feel like I am “kicking glass.” Reflecting helped me to appreciate the journey and confirm that having more balance is really what I needed to remain competitive and finish strong. 
It doesn’t matter if you are working your startup business or managing a large corporation take a moment to reflect, reset and R.O.C.K. the 4th quarter.  REFLECT on the struggles and successes of the year in an effort to embrace the journey. Identify one thing in your daily routine to OUTSOURCE and become more efficient in performance for next year.   Stay COMPETITIVE to the end because you still have time to accomplish that outstanding goal.  Lastly, as you reset think of something business related you can do for another sister to be KIND and supportive.  It may be providing a referral, helping with a project or requesting time for coffee.

As balanced, business women we must be sure to give proper attention to the things that matter most in life.  Whether it is physical, mental or spiritual health and wellness, finances or relationships. One of the most impactful adjustments I made in 2017 was deciding to “outsource my weaknesses.”  As women we tend to try and do it all.  When I do what I do best and OUTSOURCE the rest it relieves me (and others) of so much unnecessary stress and creates opportunity for me to capitalize in other areas. Everyone has a gift – and I am not a gifted cook.  So, I outsourced my family meals to a Food & Wine Magazine Award winning, classically trained and licensed Chef.  I have not only maintained a healthy diet but my growing children have benefited from the daily variety and tasty food readily available to fuel their growing bodies. Don’t make an excuse not to outsource.  There may be a family member or friend who can help you. In my reality, it cost me less time and money and the peace of mind knowing it was predetermined is priceless.

In close, during this season take some time to R.O.CK.!

Learn more about Tamica Smith Jones by visiting or her website and follow on Twitter: tjsports23

Thursday, December 7, 2017

ANNOUNCEMENT: BOSS Top 50 Business Stars Of 2017


2017 is coming to a close and it seemed only right to highlight some amazing women, who represent leadership, excellence and support the BOSS mission. This list highlights business women, who inspire us by taking destiny into their own hands. 

They are leaders and change agents for the next generation of bosses. We salute them in all their greatness. Follow these amazing women and let’s continue to make history, one BOSS at a time! #BOSSStar

Adriane Wilson Massey
Alexie Young
Amber Noble Garland
Angel Coleman
Anita Washington
April Daniels
Beverly Johnson
C. Lynn Williams
Caroline Clarke
Conchetta Jones
Deanna Burrell
Dorinda Walker
Dr. Catrina Pullum
Dr. Cozette White
Dr. Holly Carter
Dr. Toya Wilson
Jacquelyn Aluotto
Jena L. Bell
Keeana Barber
Kim Coles
Kristan Buchanan
Lauren Maillian
Luvvie Ajayi
Maja Sly
Mia Wright
Michelle Thornton
Michelle Williams
Nicci Gilbert
Nicole Grimes
Nicole Nixon
Patrice Washington
Rachel Green
Roshonda Payne
Sabrina Thompson
Sandra Brown
Serita Jakes
Shay Atkins
Sheila Tolbert
Sheri Riley
Stefani Farris
Tai Beauchamp
Tamica Smith   Jones
The Matchmaking DUO
Tia Dantzler
Tiffany Warren
Tisa Silver Canady
Trevia Williams
Yvette Gavin
Yvonne McNair
Zara Green

To learn more about the BOSS network visit us and join at
 The BOSS Network is a women's networking organization dedicated to highlighting, connecting, and empowering professional women and entrepreneurs while creating opportunities for growth through networking beyond events. The BOSS Network was named by as one of the Top 10 Best Career and Entrepreneurial Sites for Women.

Will you be a shining business star next year?

The Liberating Power of NO (The Art of Saying NO) by C. Lynn Williams

Have you ever felt like saying NO, but swallowed your words and said YES!
I grew up in a time where NO was one of those words that was not easily accepted. Don't get me wrong, I heard that word often from my parents. However as a young girl, NO was not a word I was encouraged to use. While I wasn’t told not to use the word NO, it was implied. You were seen as uncooperative and difficult if you said NO too often. Uncooperative to whom?  Questions like this usually caused problems between my mom and me. To me, no meant I didn’t want to do it! That was the problem with messages that we received as children. You were told not to do something without a good explanation behind it. In my case, if the explanation didn’t make sense, I still didn’t want to do it. Women in my generation were taught that to be a lady, you had to be cooperative, well-mannered and go along with the program. Whose program? The problem with NO is that it meant you weren’t easily handled. When you aren’t easily handled, you bring an air of unpredictability with you.
Here’s the problem with the NO theory. If we don’t learn how to use it, it limits our ability to stand up for ourselves when we need to. No is an important concept for us as humans. Think about it – No is one of the first words that toddlers learn to say. Unfortunately we eventually drum it out of them – “Don’t tell Mommy (Daddy) No. It’s not nice!” When our children become tweens and teens we hear No again. And maybe they don’t say NO out loud, they just don’t do what we’ve asked. Infuriating right?
Think about your life as a busy female executive. You’ve grown up with the proper ladylike training and you manage a team of men or millennials; both of whom are quite capable of saying NO! How do you stand up for yourself and your project or company, if you haven’t learned the art of saying No? Perhaps, you are a female entrepreneur, wife and mother and life is starting to feel like one roller coaster ride after another? How do you get off and get things under control without the help of the liberating word No?
If you were enculturated to say Yes when you wanted to say No, then you will want to begin this new habit right away. It’s quite liberating! Practice saying it in the mirror. Say it to your friends and family. Use the word No when you don’t want to do something. Just like any other habit, you will have to do it quite a few times – 21 to be exact before you are comfortable saying guilt-free No. Yes I said guilt-free.
I would love to hear How you use the word NO!

When I coach my clients about finding their superwoman, I encourage them to discuss what’s really bugging them and determine what is most important in their life: work, family or relationships. Once they’ve sorted out what’s most important, we work on determining how to remove stress and those feelings of being overwhelmed by what family members and work associates think about the decisions they’ve made. I believe that you can have a wonderful relationship with your partner and your children as well as a successful career. If you are struggling to fit everything into your schedule, click Here to receive a copy of my Why Planning Makes a Difference worksheet.

Learn more about C. Lynn Williams via her website at and follow her on Twitter @msparentguru