his week Marie Claire hosted an event called “The Power of Presence.” Sylvia Ann Hewlett, economist and the founding president of the Center for Talent Innovation, broke down exactly what ‘Executive Presence’ means in a research report she presented to the audience. Based on the responses of executives she surveyed, it was found that the three main pillars of Executive Presence are gravitas, communication and appearance. If you use these three things correctly you can thrive in a “world that is still led by pale males,” she said. “Appearance is an extraordinarily powerful first filtering. It can get you knocked off the list in a second.” To make sure you aren’t knocking yourself off the list, check out these nine easy appearance blunders. More
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Our friends over at Marie Claire recently surveyed their readers, both female and male, on what clothing mistakes can completely undermine a woman’s presence and capability at work. These are not just fashion blunders but they literally have the power to hurt your career. They came up with a list of the worst ones and we thought they were great. Just remember, check yourself before you leave for work. More
Joanna Coles gets to add another amazing title to her resume but also a daunting task. Kate White will be leaving her position as Editor in Chief of Cosmopolitan magazine and Coles will be taking over for her starting this month. Cosmo has been the highest-selling women’s magazine since 1972 and has an enormous global footprint. During White’s 14-year tenure, the magazine has increased its U.S. circulation to 3 million readers, from 2.3 million, and introduced 22 international editions for a total of 64, including spinoffs. Sometimes taking over a company that is on top is tougher than taking the helm of one that is sinking. Can Coles keep Cosmo at its reigning status?
In the new issue of Marie Claire (on stands now) Elizabeth Eaves explores the downside of having an “extreme job.” The term, coined by Sylvia Anne Hewitt, is actually a result of women fighting for work flexibility. Except as a result we carry around multiple devices a t a time, answer emails during weddings, spend every waking moment with our coworkers in our “fun” offices and never see our significant others or old friends. This condition plagues Generation X (those born between 1965 and 1978) the most. “Nearly a third of us making more than $75,000 hold extreme jobs, and 28% of us logged more hours last year then we had just three years earlier,” wrote Eaves. The money is nice and all but are all the negative effects on our lives worth it? We decided to take a look at some of the consequences of having an extreme job. More
This week we were lucky enough to chat with Lea Goldman, the Features Director of a little magazine you may have heard of called Marie Claire. Lea focuses on career and workplace matters so we thought she would be a perfect fit for The Grindstone. Besides having just a blatantly cool job (interviewing Spanx founder Sara Blakely is just one of the things she has done), her career in magazine journalism is really just stunning. Previously, she was a Senior Editor at Forbes Magazine, where she oversaw the magazine and website’s entertainment coverage, including the publication of that magazine’s annual Celebrity 100 list of the Top Earning Entertainers in Hollywood. More
In a revealing new interview with Marie Claire, actress Anna Faris laments the fact that Hollywood makes it easier for men to work together than women – but she does it cheerfully. “Jonah Hill used to be our neighbor. We’d see him all the time,” she says. “He’s doing all these projects, and he’d say [to her husband, actor Chris Pratt], ‘You gotta do this!’ All the guys are buddies, everyone’s helping each other out and writing roles for each other. But you can’t say to a bunch of girls, ‘Hey, you’re my friend, come join my movie!’…I want my group. I want my equivalent of the Judd Apatow crew.” More