‘Expert Answers’ Category

April 23rd, 2014, 6:00 am

Gender Judo: How to negotiate a pay raise

Guest contribution By Dr. Joan C. Williams Studies show that 57 percent of men but only 7 percent of women negotiate their starting salaries—but when women do negotiate people are less likely to hire them or want to work with them. So helping women get equal pay is not as easy as telling them to [...]

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April 16th, 2014, 6:00 am

Why Women Need A New Leadership Model

Guest Contribution by Beate Chelette Codes of conduct in the workplace have hardly kept up with the 21st century. Since feminism cracked the doors to equality, we have been operating on old rules, old programming, and outdated patriarchal systems. We see women graduating from college and entering corporate America in record numbers, but to be [...]

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April 9th, 2014, 6:00 am

Salary History: Gender Pay Gap’s Holy Grail

Guest contribution by Katie Donovan The saying “culture eats strategy over breakfast”, attributed to management guru Peter Drucker, has a place in the women’s pay gap issue. It seems as though much of the talk around eliminating the gender pay gap is aimed at changing culture. Examples from the recent Boston Closing the Wage Gap [...]

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April 2nd, 2014, 6:00 am

How Developing Effective Communication Skills in Yourself and Others Leads to Success

Guest contribution by Curtis Sprouse When it comes to communicating, there are effective and ineffective ways to go about it. There are factors that exist that affect how someone communicates, whether they communicate poorly or effectively. The primary factors impacting how effective one is at communicating are listening, open-mindedness, and actively engaging in the conversation. [...]

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March 12th, 2014, 6:00 am

Practice Makes Perfect: Overcoming Your Fear of Public Speaking

Guest contribution by Jill S. Tietjen, P.E. My knees were trembling so badly that I had to grip the podium to remain standing. I was a senior in college presenting a technical paper in an engineering competition. There were ten presenters, nine boys and me. Not only was I the last presenter, but the speaker [...]

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February 19th, 2014, 6:00 am

Turn Your Mentors into Sponsors

By Ida Abbott Sylvia Hewlett’s pioneering research has shown the importance of sponsorship for women who want to get ahead in their careers. Though the title of her new book is “(Forget a Mentor) Find a Sponsor”, I believe both sponsorship and mentoring are crucial. Mentors serve important career functions and many mentors evolve into [...]

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February 12th, 2014, 6:00 am

The Latest Tricks in the Illusion of Inclusion

By Lois P. Frankel, Ph.D. With Mary Barra tapped as heir apparent to lead this country’s largest corporation and Janet Yellen confirmed as the next Federal Reserve Chairman (yes, that’s what they’re calling her despite the fact she’s no “man”), you can hear men breathing a collective sigh of relief. They hope that maybe now [...]

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February 5th, 2014, 6:00 am

Being a Present, Concerned, Clear, and Genuine Leader

By Cheryl Leitschuh Are leaders born or made? Do you have the competencies to be a leader? Is your emotional intelligence consistent with successful leadership? Will your strengths match what you need to effectively lead? There are so many questions swirling around leadership and if you choose to lead, you will feel bombarded with images [...]

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January 15th, 2014, 6:00 am

Persuasive Presentation: Bringing Content to Life

By Raleigh Mayer, Gravitas Guru, Raleigh Mayer Consulting Comedian Jerry Seinfeld famously said, “Ninety percent of the population would rather be in the box than give the eulogy.” Although Seinfeld is an entertainer and not a psychologist, his perspective on the enthusiasm – or lack thereof – most show for public speaking was spot-on. Those [...]

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January 8th, 2014, 6:00 am

14 Tips For Developing “Leadership Presence”

By John Keyser Quite frequently in my leadership consulting and coaching practice, I am asked about “leadership presence”, specifically how to increase our “executive presence” or “board room presence”. Coincidently, many of the men and women who bring this up are people whom I believe already do, in fact, have significant leadership presence. This may [...]

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