Success News You Can Use, High-Heeled Success® Newsletter - November/December, 2017

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November/December, 2017  

November/December Newsletter

Holiday Office Party

Sexual Harassment and Navigating Workplace Holiday Get-Togethers

Kay Fittes, December, 2017

Each week brings the announcement of another man or even multiple men who have taken advantage of their power and influence to sexually harass someone in the workplace.  While there have historically been times when this issue has been in the spotlight, many are hopeful that this will be a watershed moment for women’s claims to be taken seriously and men’s actions to have consequences.

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Kay’s Consulting Corner

Kay Fittes

Each month in this section, Kay offers actionable career consulting tips.

Tips for Your Next Office Party

  1. Give yourself permission.  Opting out of the office holiday party is not the smartest option.  Plan to go for a short time, then give yourself permission to leave if something goes downhill.  Drive yourself to the party, so you can leave easily, if necessary, or call a Lyft to go home.

  2. Maximize the networking opportunity.  There’s an extra layer of networking during the holiday season, and having the opportunity to socialize with co-workers is extremely valuable.  It’s always helpful to know someone personally, including details about family and activities outside of work.  If you’re having trepidation based on existing or potential harassment, don’t let that deter you from this important opportunity.  Take back your power!

  3. Speak up.  Speak up.  Speak up.  If you’re uncomfortable with a relationship or situation in the workplace, talk to a friend at work or discuss your concerns with a mentor or with me.  Please do not let anything compromise your career goals.  If you’re not able to manage a situation yourself, then it’s time to speak up!

If you need additional guidance in taking action on these questions, please consider a coaching relationship with me.  Give me a call at (513) 561-4288 or connect with me via email at

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Client Case Study - Sue Schindler

Sue Schindler

I attended one of Kay’s workshops in 2013.  It was a horribly snowy day, so many of the participants did not attend.  Kay gave us lots of attention and practical suggestions.  I was amazed with her high energy, passion for guiding other women and her huge heart.

We lost contact for several years until I attended another workshop last year.  I was so impressed with the progress that a number of her clients had made.  These quiet women became dynamos in so many ways.  They became authors, public speakers, business owners and/or made huge strides in their professional and personal lives.  Since I had been at a stand-still for quite a while, I knew that I needed to make a change and wanted what these women had achieved.

Taking on a coach can be somewhat intimidating.  Questions that come to mind are: “Is this the right decision?  Will it work?  Will it make a difference?”  Kay is the “real deal.”  She’s caring and compassionate but isn’t afraid to ask tough questions and give a “kick in the butt” when needed.  She asks the right questions and makes herself accessible.  I always look forward to her calls and know that I will leave with new information and direction.

People often don’t recognize what is most obvious.  For example, we take on habits that always aren’t in our best interest.  Through Kay, I saw areas where I needed to professionally and personally improve.  This gave me the confidence to take on new risks for the better.  The following are just a few of my results:

  • Tweaked my communication style to become more concise, credible and persuasive
  • Responding versus reacting in tough situations to command a more professional demeanor
  • Developed a stronger understanding and utilization of professional boundaries to manage appropriate workplace relationships

I would say if you are considering coaching, take the plunge sooner than later.  Kay offers a wealth of knowledge and experience that’s invaluable.  She is so passionate about what she does and recognizes talent in others.  She takes the time to help women build resiliency and bring out their best.  It’s refreshing to find someone of Kay’s caliber who always follows through on her promises, is honest in a professional manner and plain fun to work with.

Sue Schindler

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