‘Expert Answers’ Category

June 4th, 2014, 6:00 am

The One Thing You Can Change to Be Happy

Guest contribution by Beate Chelette While I was being interviewed on a radio show about the topic of finding happiness, a professional working mother called in to speak with me. She wanted me to help her determine the answer to a poignant question: Why did she feel so unhappy? The caller questioned whether the cause [...]

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May 21st, 2014, 6:00 am

It’s Not Who You Know, It’s Who Knows You!

Guest contribution by Liz Cornish What separates those women who figuratively hit it “out of the park” from others who plateau earlier in their careers? Surprisingly, not much. They still worry about their kids, lose their keys, and suffer gut-wrenching setbacks. Below are four pieces of advice gleaned from literally hundreds of interviews with highly [...]

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May 14th, 2014, 6:00 am

Our Internal Relationships Lead to Success

Guest Contribution by John Keyser The better our relationships, the more effectively and efficiently we can achieve our desired outcomes. The paradox is that the quality of our relationships is best established without a motive – not because this person can help me, but rather because I am genuinely interested in this person, I want [...]

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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 Since feminism cracked the doors to equality, we have been operating on old rules, old programming, and outdated patriarchal systems.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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