Best Boss Practices: Giving Constructive Criticism

Kate White headshot“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.”

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Crack the Confidence Code — Podcast with Katty Kay

Katty KayWhy do so many women—even women who have achieved unprecedented success in the public and private sectors—lack the self-assurance that drives many of their male colleagues?

“Psychologists uniformly agree that a little bit of overconfidence is better than a little bit of under-confidence, which is what most women suffer from,” says BBC World News America anchor Katty Kay.

In this podcast, Kay explains the research behind confidence, plus why—and how—women should work on boosting the confidence they’ve got.

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The Way You Are Isn’t Always the Way You Come Across

Canaday, SarasmIf 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

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How to Solve the Work-Life Imbalance

Alcorn, KatrinasmMaxed Out book coverDitch the guilt and self-blame—and change the conversation about work and life, says the author of MAXED OUT. A new dialogue starts here…

Q: Most working moms feel maxed out. Yet we rarely say more than, “I’m tired” or “What a week!” What are we NOT saying to our friends, family, each other?

A: I hear from a lot of women who say they have the life they always wanted (kids, career) . . . and it’s killing them. They feel like they’re always letting people down, like it’s somehow their fault that they can’t be all things to all people. Read More

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Let’s Talk Pushy

Join this month’s forum, as we tackle the p-word. What’s your experience of the term “pushy” as it relates to you, and to all women?

Mohr, Tara“‘Pushy’ is such an interesting term because work that is worthy of our time and energies often involves pushing for something. Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton were pushy—pushing against the legislation and culture of their time—and as a result, you and I can vote. Today, women push for improvements to our communities, for more transparency and accountability from those in power, for better lives for our kids. As bosses, we push for excellence, from ourselves and from those with whom we work. Women who push, are, of course, inconvenient challengers to the status quo. Let’s keep pushing.”

–Tara Sophia Mohr, author of “Playing Big: Find Your Voice, Your Mission, Your Message” Read More

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Beyond Social: Leverage Your Online Networks

Rosales post corporate-social-mediaby Lani Rosales

You’re a top executive, a business leader in your industry and community. You need to use social media, but how are you supposed to engage with your networks without wasting time or becoming a slave to the pinging sound of someone mentioning your Twitter handle online? Read More

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Top 5 Myths About Using Social Media to Find a Job

crystal-washington_-social-media-speakerDon’t let these popular misconceptions undermine your social strategy

With over 73% of adults using social media, connecting with influencers and HR managers has never been simpler—as long as you don’t let these common mistakes get in your way, says Social Media guru Crystal Washington.

Top 5 Myths About Social Media and Your Career

Myth #1: A LinkedIn profile helps headhunters find me. While being on the largest business social network does increase the chances of you being found by influencers and HR mangers, you need to strategize if you really want to show up in their searches. Read More

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Seven Little-Known Tips to Easily Build Thought Leadership in 140 Characters or Less

New Vision Lena West articleOne of the biggest complaints I get about Twitter is the 140-character limitation. Many entrepreneurs feel they don’t have enough space to really share what they want to say. However, others have welcomed the on-board requirement of editing their missives down to the essential thoughts.

This type of self-editing does not come naturally to most, so below are tactics you can use to make leveraging Twitter easier while still getting your point across and underscoring your brand. Read More

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The Power of Pinning: Using Pinterest to Build Your Professional and Personal Brand

by Lisa Kalner Williams

Have you heard that you “should be on Pinterest” but haven’t the foggiest idea how pinning and repinning will help your brand? Let me help.

Demonstrate your expertise

Pinterest’s visual emphasis gives you an unparalleled opportunity to curate images that show your work in action. Take that to heart when you pin. If you’re a baker, upload images of your best confections. Do you help women with physical fitness? If clients let you, pin their most striking before and after photos. Read More

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Make the Most Out of Networking: “Office Hours” Recap

chris cowardNetworking is often viewed as a daunting task that requires you to dress up, attend events (often beyond regular work hours), hand out business cards and hope to not say the wrong thing. It doesn’t have to be like that! This 30-minute broadcast of the Texas Conference for Women’s online radio show “Office Hours” discusses networking as an attitude AND way of life. Scroll down to listen.

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