Want a Mentor? Do Your Homework First

A CEO of a software company reaches out to me recently, and asks me to take a 20-minute meeting to review his strategy/execution software. Sounds low-key, right? I put forth a requirement to do the meeting. I also implied he could show me how his software fit into a model. But he said “No, thanks”. And disappeared. I find his...

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Promote Positivity, All Day Long!

One of our recent polls indicate that NEXTers are interested in learning how to stay positive in the work-place. Never-ending deadlines and pressure from bosses, clients, and colleagues – these simple tips to promote positivity all day long! 1.  Begin the day with positive thoughts As you’re grabbing your morning coffee or driving to work, commit to positivity for the...

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Sandberg Challenges Women to Be More Ambitious

By Angie Chang (Co-Founder & Editor-in-Chief, Women 2.0)   In December, TEDtalks posted Why we have too few women leaders by Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, showing the world what a powerful, ambitious woman leader looks like.   This week, Sheryl delivered a powerhouse speech this time at Barnard’s commencement. She reminded us that “women became 50% of the college graduates in this...

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How to Handle Your First Big Mistake

Somewhere along the way you are going to mishandle a situation. Mistakes are tough, but how you deal with the situation is most important. Follow these steps in order to turn your mistake into a learning experience. Come clean – You should take full responsibility for your role in the mishap. Be honest about what happened and try to avoid...

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Does your résumé have skill gaps?

Your résumé may have some employment gaps due to relocation, medical leave or family obligations, but what about smaller, skills-based gaps? These can include language skills, computer knowledge, or industry specific education. Review your résumé and see which gaps you may have then write a list of ways in which you can improve. Whether it’s at work or at home,...

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Multi-Generational Communication: Crafting Your Message

Gen Y? Gen X? Or Baby Boomer? Identify what generation you fall into and with that of the person you are trying communicate with to ensure that your message is best received. When communicating with Gen Y/Millennials, remember to: •       connect with them on a personal level •       provide them with balanced feedback on a regular basis •       show them how their work...

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Understanding Surprise Feedback

Any type of criticism can be unsettling and difficult to accept, especially when it is unexpected. According to Peter Bregman from the Harvard Business Review, “surprise feedback” is criticism that seems to come from nowhere, about an issue we haven’t perceived ourselves.     In the office, you may receive surprise feedback from bosses or coworkers in regards to a...

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Your Daily Dose of Reputation

Are you looking to boost your reputation or manage the one you already have? Read on! 1.     You’ve heard it before, but we’ll reiterate: Dress for the job you want, not the job you have – This includes looking more “put together,” which often just takes more time and attention to detail, not more money. If you are unsure of...

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Confidence: My Tool for Digging Up Success

NEXT for Women loves to hear about your success – especially times when we have been a part of it!  Jen recently submitted her story to us and we are pleased to share it with you! “Stagnant and lost; two former feelings I endured daily. Graduating from college I expected to have the world at my fingertips. I had done...

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The 411 on Leadership: Part 1

Some people are “born to be leaders,” others feel that they have to play a more active role in developing their leadership abilities. Regardless of where you fall, there are several points you should consider when establishing your position as a leader in the workplace.   Identify your leader. We all need role models. Seek out a mentor at work...

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Texting Is Convenient – But Not Professional

(Networking Hopeful):  (7:39 P.M.) Hey Whitney!!! we met at that ntwrkng event last month. I’m still lkng for work. Do u know of ne jobs? J/w Thx With the conveniences of technology, it is easy to remain connected while in and out of the office. However, it is important to be mindful of the proper etiquette when reaching out to...

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