Archive for December 2009

December 24th, 2009, 1:00 pm

Looking Forward to 2010: A Letter from the Founder

What a year 2009 has been! The markets hit a deep low in March and then incredulously the Dow Jones index has bounced back to over 10,000 points to end the year on a better note for investing confidence here in the U.S., and the U.K. is fighting hard to see similar gains on the […]

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December 24th, 2009, 6:00 am

A Holiday Message from Our Managing Editor

This time of year is one of reflection, of wrapping last-minute gifts, spending time with family and friends, and making resolutions for the year to come. As we complete our second year, we at The Glass Hammer are grateful to everyone who has played a part in our growth and success. Our readers and sponsors […]

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December 23rd, 2009, 1:00 pm

Voice of Experience: Janet Lustgarten, CEO, Kx Systems

By Pamela Weinsaft (New York City) From a childhood in Colombia, to a life in the States, Janet Lustgarten’s personal motto might as well be “no guts, no glory.” Lustgarten’s father was a men’s suit manufacturer in Colombia when new political pressures brought change to business and the way factories were run. “It was a […]

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December 23rd, 2009, 6:00 am

Ask-A-Career Coach: “What Do You Think Of Facial Hair?”

Contributed by Caroline Ceniza-Levine of SixFigureStart™. Okay, that question did not come from the Glass Hammer demographic, as it came from a male audience member in a recent panel that focused on Big Career Mistakes. But now that I have your attention, I wanted to highlight a few points to ponder inspired by the above […]

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December 22nd, 2009, 6:00 am

10 Reasons You Need a Mentor, Especially Mid-Career

By Andrea Newell (Grand Rapids, Michigan) Behind every corporate logo is a culture filled with personalities, politics, and procedures. How do you navigate this new landscape, excel at your job, and advance your career? Find a mentor. A report released by the Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology found that “mentoring has been associated […]

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December 21st, 2009, 1:00 pm

Against All Odds, Women are Thriving in Michigan – Here’s How

By Andrea Newell (Grand Rapids, Michigan) The latest Inforum Center for Leadership report shows that the number of women reaching the boardroom in the Top 100 public companies in Michigan hasn’t improved in recent years and, at 9.6%, is far below the national average of 15.1% (in 2008). 46 companies (46%) have no women directors […]

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December 21st, 2009, 6:00 am

In Case You Missed It: Business News Round-up

Contributed by Martin Mitchell of the Corporate Training Group. The U.S. Federal Reserve upgraded its assessment of the economy and left discount rates unchanged. ExxonMobil is to buy XTO Energy, a U.S. natural gas company in a $31bn all stock deal. Terra Firma launched a multibillion-pound lawsuit against Citigroup. These are but a few highlights […]

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December 18th, 2009, 6:00 am

Five Top Books for Working Women

By Elizabeth Harrin (London) Wondering what to put on your holiday gift list? Well, there’s always more space on the bookshelf for a great career-boosting book. Here’s our round-up of the best business books for women at work. Go Put Your Strengths to Work: 6 Powerful Steps to Achieve Outstanding Performance by Marcus Buckingham. This […]

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December 17th, 2009, 1:00 pm

Voice of Experience: Renee Pendleton, CPA, Partner, Cherry, Bekaert & Holland

By Pamela Weinsaft (New York City) Renee Pendleton had a steady babysitting job in college. That wouldn’t necessarily distinguish her from many others her age. But how many babysitters parlay advice from their employer into a successful career path? “I had wanted to be a controller in a small company but, he convinced me to […]

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December 17th, 2009, 6:00 am

Supporting and Retaining Talent at Lovells LLP

By Elizabeth Harrin (London) Lovells was the first top ten UK law firm to vote in a female managing partner, Lesley McDonagh, in 1995. Ruth Grant has just completed a three-year term as regional managing partner for London and recently assumed the role of global people development partner. The company has a strong history of […]

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