Topic: strategy

Strategies For The Great Mentor Quest

Strategies For The Great Mentor Quest

The quest to find that perfect mentor can be exhausting and hard but it is essential. According to a recent survey by Marie Claire, 66% of women said that mentoring and networking events are important for furthering their career, however 72% have never actually been mentored. But just being mentor on paper who takes their mentee out for lunch once in a while and listens while they bitch about problems at work is not what women need to advance in their careers. More »

Will Thinking Everyone Hates You At Work Help You Get Ahead In Your Career?

Will Thinking Everyone Hates You At Work Help You Get Ahead In Your Career?

“If you are in a competitive field, everyone hates you because you’re just more and better than they think you should be: more attractive, more talented, smarter, whatever. They have to act like they like you, but they really hate you. Knowing this makes you successful because you won’t forget that no one at work is your friend. Then you are not surprised when they try to play you.”

This is an excerpt from the book The Go-Getter Girl’s Guide: Get What You Want In Work And Life by Debra Shigley. The woman who says this is a hot shot advertising executive who is explaining her strategy to her friend who had been talking about a co-worker stealing credit for her work. Shigley wrote that though Melanie’s approach is a little radical, it is accurate. But is it healthy to approach your career like this and does it work? We talked to some women who have used this strategy or at least aspects of it. More »

You Don’t Have To Feel Bad For Staying At Work Late

You Don't Have To Feel Bad For Staying At Work Late

According to a new survey of more than 300 companies in the U.S. and Canada, nearly two-thirds (65%) of respondents expect their employees to work more hours now than they did prior to the recession and see this trend continuing for some time. There is nothing wrong with working late if you are actually being efficient and getting things done. But in this world of constant connection, people expect immediate responses and it is easy to fall into a pattern of serving those demands. You have to take ownership of your work or it will take over you. More »

Can You Teach An Employee To Take Initiative?

Can You Teach An Employee To Take Initiative?

Being a competent and successful employee takes many different skills. Punctuality always make a good impression. Dependability is necessary to ever earn a boss’s trust. It’s handy to have some useful skills that are pertinent to your industry. All of these things put together can make a pretty good entry-level employee.

But there’s one attribute that can turn a decent worker into an amazing attribute to your company. Initiative.
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Managing Expectations: Sometimes It’s Better To Admit You Can’t Do Something

Managing Expectations: Sometimes Itâs Better To Admit You Canât Do Something

I’m a “Yes” girl. Can I finish that by Friday? Yes. Would I be able to cover for someone’s vacation? Yes. Do I have time to help out another project? Yes. If there’s an assignment that needs completed or an extra mile that needs run, I’ll do it. Maybe it was youthful exurberance, but in years past, it seemed a lot easier to actually live up to all those yes’s.

Now, work isn’t the only thing taking my time. In fact, there’s more than one work competing for every possible minute. For the first time in my life, I’ve overcommitted. Before, I could always work hard enough to get everything done and all of a sudden, it’s no longer possible.

My name is Lindsay and I’m officially in over my head.
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Bullish: Occupy Wall Street Will Affect Your Career – How to Succeed Without Being An A**hole

Bullish: Occupy Wall Street Will Affect Your Career â How to Succeed Without Being An A**hole

In case there is any doubt, the Occupy Wall Street protests are well beyond the point of mocking. Sure, when I see a guy with a didgeridoo and a beard the same size as the rest of his head, I tend to think that that guy could develop a more persuasive persona. But that became pretty much irrelevant when the unions starting joining, and ex-Marines showed up in uniform to protect protestors from police brutality. (A humorous note from OccupyWallStreet.org: “OWS will limit drumming on the site to 2 hours per day, between the hours of 11am and 5pm only.”) More »

6 Ways To Be More Fearless At Work

6 Ways To Be More Fearless At Work

Who is there better to talk about being fearless than President and Editor-in-Chief of AOL, Arianna Huffington? In her book On Becoming Fearless… In Love, Life, and Workshe talks about the need for women to conquer the workplace but guides them in doing it so they are not just impersonating men. Here are a few tips from Huffington on how to get over the fears we have in the workplace and thrive there. More »

Bullish: Starting A Business When You’re Broke (Or Making Money During The Great Recession)

Bullish: Starting A Business When Youâre Broke (Or Making Money During The Great Recession)

When I first moved to New York, I was campaigning for a Director of Marketing job at a small company. I was also down to my last $150, and a suit bag containing my entire business wardrobe was stolen from my car (through a smashed window) my first night in town.

I lost the job. But I was close enough with the company, after three interviews, that they told me exactly what the deal was, and tried to string me along a bit longer: it had come down to me – 24, with entrepreneurial experience and a scary maverick streak – versus a woman in her forties who came directly from marketing at (let’s say) Procter and Gamble. Go big or go home! More »

10 Signs You Are Killing It As A Boss

10 Signs You Are Killing It As A Boss

How can you tell you are a good boss? Well according to Michael Scott of The Office you would just buy yourself a mug that says so. But in real life there a few other ways. Being a boss is difficult. Navigating business goals with employee management is only the beginning. Jill Geisler of Forbes compiled a list of signs after looking at data from thousands of 360-degree feedback reports on managers. “Time and again, the same themes emerge. While there are no perfect bosses, there are things that the best do differently. For starters, they know that people are required to follow managers, but they choose to follow leaders. They work diligently to inspire people to make that choice,” she wrote. Here are 10 signs that you are killing it as a boss. More »

Wall Street Depression: How To Cope With No Bonus

Wall Street Depression: How To Cope With No Bonus

It has not been a good month for anyone that works in finance and it is going to get better anytime soon. Goldman Sachs is planning to slash bonuses to almost zero amid growing expectations that the Wall Street bank is about to slide into the red. This is after already cutting executive salaries and cutting thousands of jobs. Bank of America Merrill Lynch has managed to make money from its Wall Street businesses but this is being tarnished by its Countrywide business. Bonuses and jobs are on the line. More »