‘Office Politics’ Category

July 24th, 2014, 6:00 am

Micro-messages: Managing Small But Powerful Communication

By Nneka Orji A slight raising of the eyebrows expressing doubt, a subtle gesture which others may not necessarily have noticed but you have, and you start to doubt your ability to contribute to group discussions effectively. It happens again and again, eroding your self-esteem and increasing the feeling of alienation. Mary Rowe first wrote [...]

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July 23rd, 2014, 6:00 am

Inequality in Filmmaking, and What Women are Doing to Break Through the Gender Barrier Behind the Camera

By Hadley Catalano In 2013, according to Celluloid Ceiling, women accounted for only 16 percent of behind-the-scenes employees on the top 250 (domestic) grossing films. Similar to financial services and technology, women in Hollywood lack the exposure and access to capital needed to finance their films. Like other industries, organizations and individual content creators are [...]

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July 22nd, 2014, 6:00 am

Office Gossip: How It Can Actually Help You in Your Career

By Mary Chung How many times have we been told that there is no place for gossip in the office? Let’s be honest, we are all guilty of it, and now we may not have to feel so bad for engaging in it. According to a recent study published in the journal Psychological Science by [...]

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June 17th, 2014, 6:00 am

The Introverted Boss: How to Make Your Personality Work to Your Advantage

By Nikole Grimes Can introverts successfully lead in business? After the publication in 2012 of Sara Cain’s New York Times bestselling book, Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking, there has been a rallying cry for introverts everywhere. Cain’s TED talk in February 2012 is lauded by introverts who feel [...]

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May 9th, 2014, 6:00 am

Millennials at Work: Rocking the Boat or Raising the Bar?

By Michelle Hendelman Millennials –the generation famously deemed by the New York Times as the “Go-Nowhere Generation” –are expected to make up 50 percent of the US workforce by 2020, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Aside from a shift in office demographics, what exactly does this influx of Millennials mean for business [...]

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May 1st, 2014, 11:00 am

Breaking Down the Gender Paradox on Wall Street

By Michelle Hendelman Americans are ready for a new style of leadership according to the latest report from Pershing, which was released in conjunction with International Women’s Day in March. 78 percent of the general public prefer leaders who “listen, consult and ask questions” compared to only 22 percent who enjoy the more traditional “command [...]

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April 11th, 2014, 6:00 am

Young, female AND successful: What Stops Us from Becoming CEO?

By Nneka Orji Age discrimination against older women has been widely discussed in the media. The assumption is that ageism applies mostly to older women however this is not necessarily the case. A 2011 report from the UK’s Department for Work and Pension (DWP) highlighted that those who experienced age discrimination were more likely to [...]

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April 8th, 2014, 6:00 am

When Hiring a New Team Member, Do You Hire People Like Yourself?

By Irene Solaz It is well established that diverse teams avoid the dreaded “groupthink”, the practice of minimizing conflict and reaching a consensus decision without thinking critically about alternative ideas or viewpoints. According to Irving Janis, the social psychologist who coined the term, groups are most vulnerable to groupthink when its members are similar in [...]

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March 14th, 2014, 6:00 am

Give It To Us Straight: Your Soft Feedback Isn’t Helping Us

By Nneka Orji Feedback is a core part of self-development and all too often male colleagues and managers are reluctant to give direct feedback to female colleagues 79 percent of the time. Why? According to Barbara Annis and John Gray, authors of Work with Me, it’s because men felt they have to walk on eggshells [...]

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March 4th, 2014, 6:00 am

How Being ‘Happy to Help’ Can Have an Impact on Your Career

By Tina Vasquez, Managing Editor Recently, Sharon Meers, Head of Magento Enterprise Strategy at eBay Inc., asserted that people “feel entitled to female help” at work. The gendered assumption that women enjoy being accommodating and supportive seem to extend into the office with early findings from Frank Flynn, a professor at Columbia Business School, revealing [...]

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