There are many reasons why women and men aren’t equally represented at the top.  One is that women aren’t adequately sponsored or mentored. Harvard Business Review recently cited data from the Working Mother Research Institute that supports this notion. While 48 percent of men say they were given detailed information on career paths in the last 24 […]

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One reason women are underrepresented at the top of corporations is that they lack sponsors and mentors among men in leadership roles.  It’s no secret that a well-placed sponsor and mentor can influence one’s career trajectory.  Here are three things Harvard Business Review recommends to male leaders. Identify high-potential diverse talent.  Be intentional about finding women who bring […]

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For more women to climb to the top of the corporate ladder, more men must sponsor them.  If you’ve already identified your protégé, set her up with a stretch project.  Make sure she understands how it will help her and the company.   Then, according to Harvard Business Review: Provide development and support.  Invest time, expertise, resources and money […]

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A recent article from the Society of Human Resource Managers cited excerpts from the book “Extinguish Burnout” by Rob and Terrie Bogue.  Their take is that there are three interconnected components of burn out  —  exhaustion, cynicism and low personal effectiveness.  Being exhausted doesn’t mean we’re burned out.  Often times we feel exhilarated and the most fulfilled when we push […]

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Do you find it difficult to sit down and work through big projects?  It can be hard to get into and stay in the zone — or as Emotional Intelligence expert Daniel Goleman calls it, the Flow?  Here are Productivity and Leadership Coach Ellen Faye’s five ways to get into and stay in your flow. Clearly define […]

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Do you suffer from analysis paralysis?  Do you struggle to make big decisions because the unknown scares you or deciding now feels like too big a commitment?  Here are 3 ways New York Times contributor Susan Shain says you can spend less time agonizing and more time enjoying. Go for Good Enough. Today, we’re assaulted with endless options.  You […]

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Insomnia can do more than make you tired throughout your day.  According to McKinsey and Company, it can impact your cognitive abilities and overall quality of life.  They offer three solutions to help you fall and stay asleep. Read for fun. Select material that has nothing to do with work.  Choose something you’re personally interested in but haven’t had […]

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The learning-to-love-failure movement is a growing one.   New York Times contributor Rachel Simmons writes that accepting failure and moving on takes practice.  She offers three ways to teach yourself how to get up after a disappointment or an outright fiasco.   Simmons advises her Smith College students to ask themselves, “What’s the worst that can happen,”followed by three more […]

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When we believe we’ve failed at something, it’s easy to fall into a pit of despair.  But according to New York Times contributor Rachel Simmons, accepting failure and moving on is a learned behavior.  One way she suggests teaching ourselves to “get over it” is by practicing self compassion. Here’s how. Note how you feel.  Don’t exaggerate or deny […]

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Quick decision-making is one of the hallmarks of an agile company.  But making fast decisions is easier said than done. A recent McKinsey and Company article looks at three types of decisions and offers ways to speed up the process. For Big-Bet decisions made at the very top, like making an acquisition, spur productive debate.  Assign someone to argue […]

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Mistakes.  We all make them.  What’s important is how we deal with them so that our errors don’t become our undoing. New York Times Better Living Columnist Tim Herrera has some tips for moving beyond big and little gaffes. He recommends being honest with yourself.  Acknowledge that it was indeed a mistake.  Accept it, but don’t let it define you […]

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Robert Collier, one of America’s original success authors, said, “Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out.”  While that’s a message I communicate often via Office Talk, it bears repeating.  It’s good to remind ourselves that we can’t do it all at once.  We may not be able to see all the […]

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Wondering if you have what it takes to become a freelancer or consultant? Harvard Business Review says it takes three qualities to successfully navigate an independent work life. Proactivity. When working alone, you must rely heavily on self-motivation and accountability to manage your networks, peers and external contacts. These critical relationship builders are your pipeline to new […]

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Do you dream about leaving the protective cocoon of an established organization to become an independent entrepreneur?  According to the Harvard Business Review, you have a lot of company. They cite an Upwork survey that says the freelance workforce in the US has grown by 3.7 million in the past five years.  In 2018, one in three […]

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Over the last five years, the U.S. has seen a dramatic increase in the number of freelancers and consultants.  Harvard Business Review reports that in 2018, one in three people fell into this category. But, as liberating as freelancing may sound, it also comes with a lot of challenges, inclusive of a great deal of unpredictability and […]

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McKinsey & Company says it’s a myth that continuous improvement is only for manufacturing companies looking to control costs.  Continuous improvement should be part of every company’s strategy.  For example, by communicating a compelling vision and connecting it to each employee’s daily work, one international theatre chain tapped into the power of frontline workers to generate […]

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Forbes.com contributor Mark Murphy says that about 25% of the population are intuitive communicators.  They prefer knowing the big picture and getting to the bottom line, quickly.  Intuitive communicators enjoy a disproportionately high representation among senior leaders.    To test whether you’re an intuitive communicator, Murphy says to think back on a recent conversation and ask yourself three […]

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Today’s high-pressure work environment can take its toll on managers. According to Gallup, the way a manager feels and acts is contagious and can infect their team, as well as others. If they’re burned out and disengaged, it can spread virally throughout the company – which often results in costly turnover and lost productivity. Gallup says there […]

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Generation Z, people ages 17 to 25, have begun entering the workforce.  Is your company ready for how they perceive their role in the workplace?  The Society of Human Resource Management provides this little peek inside the minds of Gen Z. Nearly one-third of these young women and men see themselves as the hardest working generation.  At the […]

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A study from the University of Exeter in the UK confirms that bosses who put the people who follow them first, boost productivity.  The researchers used 130 independent, previously published studies to test their theories. The result:  the “servant-leader” style of management, which is ethical, trustworthy and shows genuine interest in the wellbeing and development of staff, […]

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