Time, Patience, and Practice – How to Start Building Your Network Today

Having a strong network was probably one of the most underestimated tools to help people in their career advancement until the rise of social media in the last decade. Perhaps, in part, the connotation of networking seems to go against the American value that people should pull themselves up from their bootstraps. However, do not be deceived, building a network...

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Did Your Confidence Plummet Post Graduation? Gain It Back!

Your college graduation has come and gone, and so have your friends. Many of them continuing on to medical school, business school, graduate school, investment banking, or some other “set career path.” You, on the other-hand, have sobered up from commencement highs and are feeling as if your future is a dark abyss. Many new college graduates experience a drop...

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Listen and Unlearn: Losing Those Unhelpful Defense Mechanisms

  NEXT for Women asked me to explore what types of things 40-something women are working on now that they would encourage young women to work on earlier in their career. Today I’m sharing one woman’s advice to avoid inviting defensiveness into your meetings.    This CEO & founder took on her first C-level position at a start-up in the fast-growing but still...

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How do the Germans and the North Americans Approach Failure?

An important distinction between doing business with Germans and doing it with North Americans is the different approach to failurein both cultures. While it is common for North Americans to perceive mistakes as opportunities to learn and grow, the Germans often consider malfunctions as weaknesses to avoid in the first place.* During the 2006 World Cup (Soccer Championship) held in...

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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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Are You Reluctant to Embrace Power?

According to A Harvard Business Review blog post “Although women now attend college at a higher rate than men, and have for the most part closed the gap in achieving advanced and professional degrees, women are not occupying the real power positions in corporations, academia, or the professions in anywhere near the same proportions as men…The fact of the under...

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