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Not Just Subtraction: Finance Matters

Not Just Subtraction: Finance Matters

May 28, 2020

We've been in quarantine for quite some time now, and it can be tempting to despair a bit at this "new normal."  Patty and Brandi discuss the pleasant additions this season can bring to our lives, as well as the mindset that will keep us sane as we move forward, even when we don't know how or when the pandemic will resolve. 


Resources Mentioned:

Todd Henry's article from The Accidental Creative

UVAFinance's Quarantine Viewing Recommendations

Zoom Fatigue:  Finance Matters

Zoom Fatigue: Finance Matters

April 27, 2020

"It’s easier being in each other’s presence, or in each other’s absence, than in the constant presence of each other’s absence." --Gianpiero Petriglieri

Many of us are more connected to our colleagues than ever as we work remotely during the Coronavirus Pandemic.  Thanks to Zoom, we may now see our colleagues more than we ever did when we worked in the office.  If Zoom calls are the same as meetings, then why are so many of us so much more exhausted than we ever were after a day full of physical meetings?  As it turns out, there's a very real psychological reason why . . . and there are things we can do to make staying connected on Zoom a more healthy experience for all of us.

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Working Remotely During a Crisis: Finance Matters

Working Remotely During a Crisis: Finance Matters

April 13, 2020



We're joined this week by seasoned remote workers JT Peifer of Student Financial Services and Jessica Rafter from the FST project to talk not just about working remotely, but further, working remotely during a pandemic.  JT and Jessica talk about how the unique challenges and rewards of telecommuting change shape during a crisis situation, the natural tension between work and home life, and how we can all "human" (yes, we're using it as a verb now) a little better during this time of upheaval.  


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The Importance of Communication Etiquette: Finance Matters

The Importance of Communication Etiquette: Finance Matters

April 6, 2020

  As we work remotely during the Coronavirus crisis, our communication channels have changed but best practices still apply.  It's more important than ever to be intentional about your communication. Check out this episode of Finance Matters for some guidance on sending emails that don't get ignored, connecting with colleagues when you aren't physically together, and more!

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Adjusting to Remote Work:  Finance Matters

Adjusting to Remote Work: Finance Matters

March 25, 2020

For most of us, working remotely due to COVID-19 related restrictions has been an adjustment, to say the least.  Not only are we coping with a new way of getting things done, but also, the complications that come from being in close proximity to our family members and finding new ways of connecting with our colleagues.  Today, Patty and Brandi get together (remotely of course) to discuss ways to navigate this new world we're working in -- from engaging with your team members to working with Zoom and Office 365.  


Resources Mentioned: 

Marcus Buckingham's post:

FOC's Telecommuting guidelines:

Communication Best Practices:


Growth Mindset Vs. Fixed Mindset:  Finance Matters

Growth Mindset Vs. Fixed Mindset: Finance Matters

March 1, 2020

After studying the behavior of thousands of children and adolescents, researcher Carol S. Dweck noticed that some children seemed eager to learn and grow, while some seemed more satisfied with the status quo, fearing failure.  Dweck's resulting work introduced the "growth mindset," describing those individuals who view talent and natural ability as only the starting point that can be built upon through dedication and hard work.  Whether we have a growth mindset or a fixed mindset affects how we deal with change, with failure, and with opportunity, whether that is in our work lives, raising children, or in our relationships.   Listen in as Patty and Brandi discuss the basics of Dweck's theory and how we can develop a mindset that enables us to grow.


Resources mentioned: 

Learn more about Carol Dweck:

25 ways to develop a growth mindset:

Impostor Syndrome: Finance Matters

Impostor Syndrome: Finance Matters

February 7, 2020

Is there a voice in your head telling you that you don't know what you're doing at work?  That you're not qualified for the job you have?  If you've ever been riddled with doubt about your ability to fulfill a role (whether it's work, family, or anything else), then you've experienced Impostor Syndrome.  This detrimental thought pattern affects up to 70% of us at one time or another.  Tune in to our conversation with Michelle Braden, President and CEO of MSBCoach, for more on how to identify damaging self-doubt and how to manage it.  


Resources Mentioned:

Dr. Valerie Young, leading researcher on Imposter Syndrome:

"Own the Room" by Amy Jen Sue and Muriel Maignan Wilkins:

"The 8th Habit" by Stephen R. Covey:

More about Michelle and MSBCoach:

The 5 Types of Imposter Syndrom:

Culture is a Journey: Finance Matters

Culture is a Journey: Finance Matters

February 2, 2020

Join Patty, Brandi, and their guests Sarah Doran and Danielle Hancock as we discuss the importance of prioritizing workplace culture. In this episode, we talk about what culture is and how to create a positive workplace culture.  The benefits of participating in creating a healthy culture are great for the organization and for employees as individuals.  

Tune in for a great discussion!


Multitasking:  Finance Matters

Multitasking: Finance Matters

December 9, 2019

This episode of Finance Matters is about something that doesn't actually exist.  That's right -- multitasking is a myth!  So what are we talking about the whole episode long?  How trying to multitask affects our productivity, our creativity, and our enjoyment of life (hint:  it's not good), as well as what to do instead of multitasking. 

If you've ever answered emails during a meeting, you need to listen in.   If you've never checked emails in a meeting  . . . be honest with yourself; you have.


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Thanksgiving Episode:  Finance Matters

Thanksgiving Episode: Finance Matters

November 22, 2019

Gobble Gobble!  In this pod, we identify the things that make us most thankful at work.  Taking a moment to identify what you appreciate is a great exercise to boost your sense of well-being -- listen in and take a moment for gratitude!


Resources Mentioned:

Start with Why Podcast

Brene Brown Call to Courage Podcast

The Importance of Resilience Podcast

Bridging the Generation Gap Podcast

A Re-Introduction to FEAP Podcast