Jen Bogle 15 posts
Jen Bogle is a communications specialist who writes for Idealist Careers to share her thoughts on leadership, relationship building, and career development with other social-impact professionals.

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How To Become a Systems Leader

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Many people are well aware that not all problems have simple, obvious solutions. This holds true in relationships, at work, and certainly when it comes to complex societal challenges like climate change, mass incarceration, and poverty. Unless you assess and tackle problems in a holistic way, the payoff may be short lived or even create […]


Goodbye to Groupthink | How to Challenge the Majority

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“The Court’s opinion can hardly be described as an exemplar of restrained and moderate decision making,” wrote Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in one of her many dissenting opinions. “Quite the opposite. Hubris is a fit word … ” for what she described as the “demolition” of the Voting Rights Act in 2013. Justice […]


Can You be Imperfect? A Challenge For Perfectionists


Perfection is the “condition, state, or quality of being free or as free as possible from all flaws or defects”—and perfectionists refuse to accept anything less. While it appears that perfectionists are driven by ambition, they sometimes can use perfectionism as a defense mechanism. Pursuing “perfection” is a way to protect against criticism: if the […]


Lost Something? How to Find Trust When It Has Gone Missing


Trust is a vital workplace currency that underpins cohesive teamwork. When we put forward our trust while relying on colleagues, it signals our faith that they will come through for us. Over time, this reciprocity becomes an integral part of our strongest partnerships—and colleagues we can count on become quite valuable. These trusting relationships make […]