In the past five years, Jumoke Dada has collected more than 3,000 names for her database. The young entrepreneur in Philadelphia has used that database to launch and grow Signature RED, her marketing and communications company, help people by connecting them to resources and other contacts and raise awareness for her causes, including Project A.L.O.E. Steal her networking secrets.
Meet a highly successful person and chances are she has a mentor—or two or four! We asked scheduled speakers at the 2014 Texas Conference for Women for the most useful piece of advice a mentor has given them. Each answer is conveniently short and easy to remember—like a mantra. Repeat these proven words of wisdom to yourself and to others!
Unhappy about something at work? Stop grumbling about it and speak up! Here’s the right way to do it, from Jane Hyun, a global leadership strategist and the co-author of Flex: The New Playbook for Managing Across Differences.
“Delivering negative feedback is hard in any sphere, but it’s especially awkward at work, where you may not know the person well and you anticipate he or she may get defensive, become sullen or even tear up,” says Kate White, former editor in chief of Cosmopolitan and author of I Shouldn’t Be Telling You This: How to Ask for Money, Snag the Promotion and Create the Career You Deserve. “But the biggest mistake is not having the talk at all because your criticism is going to leak out in ways that won’t be constructive.”
If you always try to put your best foot forward, yet you’re not gaining the ground you deserve, it could be your communication style. Career strategist and author Sara Canaday helps you identify the blind spots that are holding you back.
by Sara Canaday
You can do everything right for your career—network, take on extra projects, work overtime, etc.—yet still find yourself veering off track because of professional blind spots: little behaviors, attitudes and ways of communicating (verbally and otherwise) that are holding you back or causing full-on setbacks in the workplace. Read More