‘Next Level’ Category

November 6th, 2013, 6:00 am

Congratulations! You’ve been identified as a “High Potential.” Now What?

By Gabrielle Rapke Hoffman (Sao Paulo, Brazil) According to Harvard Business Review, companies identify 3-5% of their workforce as “High Potential.” If you have made that list, congratulations! You likely have outstanding technical expertise and an aptitude for strategic thinking. You probably have already delivered strong results, succeeded in various roles, and sought ways to [...]

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September 27th, 2013, 6:00 am

CEOs Are More Technical, More Social, and More Aggressive: Are You Ready to Lead?

By Michelle Hendelman, Editor-in-Chief A recent infographic released by CEO.com revealed that the next generation of CEOs could be bringing an entirely different set of characteristics and leaderships traits with them to the C-Suite. These traits include a greater affinity for risk, more social interaction on social media platforms, an increased focus on leveraging technology, [...]

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June 21st, 2013, 6:00 am

Personal Power and Your Posture – What Does Your Smartphone Have to Do With It?

By Melissa J. Anderson (New York City) Blackberry addict? According to a new Harvard study, you may be sabotaging your leadership style by stooping over your smartphone. Sure, it may seem a little silly that your phone could influence how much confidence you exude, but research into posture and the psychology of power is no [...]

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June 5th, 2013, 6:00 am

A Guide to Coming Out at Work (Again, and Again)

This article is part of our June Pride series – check back all month as we explore what it means to be an LGBT woman or ally in the professional workplace. By Robin Madell (San Francisco) Coming out at work is not a one-time event that’s over and done with in a single revelation. For [...]

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May 3rd, 2013, 6:00 am

New Report Discusses Online Feminism, Collaboration, and How Business Can Get Involved

By Melissa J. Anderson (New York City) Last month the Barnard Center for Research on Women published a report on the future of online feminism. The paper, “#FemFuture: Online Revolution,” is written by Courtney Martin and Vanessa Valenti, and discusses the opportunities that the internet is providing for people working toward gender equality. It also [...]

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April 17th, 2013, 2:00 pm

The ‘Sticky Floor’ Revisited

By Robin Madell (San Francisco) Do women unintentionally hold themselves back in their careers? The question has been up for debate for years, with leadership experts identifying self-defeating or self-limiting actions as the “sticky floor.” Author Rebecca Shambaugh said in her 2007 book It’s Not a Glass Ceiling—It’s a Sticky Floor: “I see women holding [...]

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March 13th, 2013, 1:00 pm

Why Leadership is a Critical Skill for Career Growth

By Melissa J. Anderson (New York City) Leadership doesn’t begin when you’ve made it to the top of an organization. It’s something you display every day, throughout your career and personal life. Rather than thinking of leadership as something we achieve once we get to the top of a company, we should think of it [...]

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February 13th, 2013, 6:00 am

Breaking the Ice with New Clients

By Robin Madell (San Francisco) “Don’t be the faceless name who’s suddenly appeared on the client’s bill.” –Julie A. Fleming, JD Many people, particularly in the professional services, establish long-term relationships with clients that may span years or even decades. Yet when you’re first assigned to work with new clients at the beginning of a [...]

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February 6th, 2013, 6:00 am

Hate Small Talk? Here’s How to Make It Work for You

By Robin Madell (San Francisco) Small talk can get big results — but only if you know how to use it. According to Psychology Today, up to 50 percent of the population may consist of introverts, who are often hesitant to “waste time” on what might be perceived as idle chit-chat. But many networking experts [...]

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January 31st, 2013, 6:00 am

The Art of Taking Criticism Effectively

By Robin Madell (San Francisco) No one really “likes” receiving criticism. No matter what kind of positive spin you put on its value, the truth is, it can make us feel badly to hear negative feedback, whether from peers or superiors. Sometimes we take criticism to heart, letting it fester and affect our performance. But [...]

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