Category Archives: Office Hours

Office Hours: How to Self-Promote Without Feeling Like a Show-off

Talking yourself up when it’s expected, say, during a job interview, is one thing. But doing it during a team meeting or one-on-one with your boss can feel silly, phony, even slimy. As a result, many women don’t do it—and hold back their careers. So how do you take credit for your work and feel authentic to yourself? Here, three executive women offer their advice:

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Office Hours: How to Own Up to a Mistake at Work

Admitting to a work screw-up is like knowing CPR. You want to be good at it, but not because you’ve had a lot of real-life practice. It’s also like CPR in the sense that the slower you are to act, the worse the outcome is likely to be. To help you know what to do on the spot, we asked two senior executives—both have seen and heard it all—for their … [ more ]

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Office Hours: What to Do When You Get a New Boss

Changes in management can be unsettling, whether they’re part of a major restructuring or due to just one person’s departure. We asked Suzanne Quigley, director of community and corporate responsibility at QVC and PA Conference for Women board member, for her advice on what to do when you get a new boss.

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Will You Face Downward Mobility When You Retire?

Many of us picture retirement as a time of ease. By then, the house will be paid off and the nest should be empty. Though there won’t be a paycheck to cover our bills, maintaining our lifestyle will cost less. The reality, however, is often reduced circumstances. “Our current retirement plans, including 401(k)s and IRAs, have failed,” says Teresa Ghilarducci, economics professor at The New School for Social Research and … [ more ]

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5 Mantras for Entrepreneurs Who Want to Do Good

We all know how start-ups have been disrupting business, changing how we shop, bank, dine out, meet up and get around. From sector to sector, technology is removing inefficiencies, and as a result, our lives are more convenient and improved. Yet one part of the start-up landscape that we don’t often hear about is the social enterprise space: for-profit companies that are using technology to help advance humankind.

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Thinking of Joining a Non-Profit Board?

About 20 years ago, when she worked for the Seattle Mariners, Gail Hunter reached out to the YMCA of Greater Seattle about joining its board. “My family had been members forever and it was a big part of my childhood,” says Hunter, now vice president of public affairs and event management for the Golden State Warriors. “I wanted to give back.” But expanding your network, acquiring new skills or even … [ more ]

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3 Things You Need to Know About Failure

If the thought of your biggest mistakes or failures makes you want to throw up, you’re certainly not alone. That’s how school teacher Jessica Lahey still feels when talking about the first draft of her New York Times best-selling book. “My editor said it was unpublishable and wanted to bring in a ghost writer,” says Lahey, who wangled a second chance, and after a lot of hard work, redeemed herself—and … [ more ]

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Office Hours: Help for When a Colleague Makes More Than You

You just found out that a coworker is paid more than you. But the two of you have the same job. What should you do? You could call your network (and you should). You could also read our new column, “Office Hours,” where we’ll be posing your burning career questions to our board members and other Conference for Women friends. Here’s what four business leaders from our boards would recommend … [ more ]

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Office Hours: Candid Answers to Your Pressing Career Questions

Two of the most accomplished executives you’ll ever meet, Marian Heard and Margaret McKenna aren’t just founts of business and management wisdom. As female trailblazers who were often the only woman in the room, they are also experts at handling workplace-culture and gender-bias issues. Over the years they’ve shared their experience and advice as mentors to women, and at the most recent Conferences, they fielded questions from attendees in breakout … [ more ]

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