Dr. Meg Myers Morgan is an expert in career development and advancement. Her latest book, Everything is Negotiable (Seal Press, 2018), offer tactics to help women negotiate for more in work and life. In its first week, the book hit the Oklahoma Best Seller List and has now been translated in multiple languages. Meg gave a TED Talk, "Negotiating for Your Life", for TEDxOU in 2016. Her collection of essays, Harebrained, won the gold medal for humor from the Independent Publishers Book Awards (2015). She is an assistant professor at the University of Oklahoma and leads the graduate programs in Public Administration and Nonprofit Management on the OU-Tulsa campus. Meg holds a PhD and an MPA from the University of Oklahoma, certification in Executive and Leadership Coaching from Columbia University, and a degree in English and Creative Writing with honors from Drury University. She served as the president for YWCA of Tulsa's Board of Directors, and is currently the co-chair for the Tulsa Mayor's Commission on the Status of Women. She was honored as a 2018 Distinguished Alumni from Drury University. She lives in Tulsa with her husband and their two young daughters.
About Everything Is Negotiable: The 5 Tactics to Get What You Want in Life, Love & Work
Morgan combines case studies from her professional experience and relatable anecdotes from her life as a working mom of two young girls to offer actionable advice, like:
Don’t give yourself an arbitrary deadline—or timeline. When Morgan suggested that one of her clients apply for a leadership post at a major nonprofit, the woman had lots of reasons why not: She’d only been in her current job for five months. She needed more experience and credentials before making such a leap. But the job was available now, Morgan insisted, and she’d be great at it. Why not just apply? She did, and was hired. As Morgan writes: “We put arbitrary deadlines on things that don’t actually have deadlines…but opportunities come when they come and we are usually more than ready for them, whether we know it or not.”
Don’t give your all. Morgan and her husband decided to start their family while Morgan was still working on her PhD. As she puts it: Sometimes the baby had a drive-thru meal for dinner when she had to run data, and sometimes the dissertation sat idle for weeks while the kids were sick. “But if I waited until I had the ability to give my all, I wouldn’t have a PhD or any children. You can have it all, but not if you put one area of your life on hold for the others.”
Focus on the people in the room. When Morgan set out to save a dwindling graduate program at a major university, she didn’t have a recruitment plan or an advertising budget. Instead, she focused on giving the current graduate students her full attention and being of as much service to them as possible, yielding impressive results. The same principle works in meetings (no laptops allowed), and at home after work (same rule).
With practical guidance and encouraging anecdotes, Everything Is Negotiable makes Morgan’s expert advice accessible to women everywhere, so that they can negotiate better terms for their life and career.