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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The 1-2-3 of Finding a Mentor

Building a relationship with a reliable mentor is crucial to your success. When approaching someone to aid in your professional development keep the following in mind to ensure a productive relationship:       1.  Identify which aspects of your professional life you would like to further develop. Your mentor should possess expertise in your areas of weakness so that...

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Negotiating Nirvana – Steps to Earning A Raise

Many of us were taught that there are three things we should avoid discussing: politics, religion, and money. Most of us listened. According to Forbes because women often avoid negotiating salaries, they are “sacrificing more than half a million dollars by the end of their professional lives.” Ensure that all of your hard work is rewarded by following these steps...

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You get the job, then what?!

In every job there are possibilities for advancement, you just need to know how to recognize them and then get the most out of them. In most workplace settings, there are two forms of development opportunities, those provided by your employer and those you create for yourself. Opportunities for development provided by employers can include: •       Subsidizing the cost of...

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Keep it Simple: Presenting with Success

Whether it is a status update with your team or a more formal presentation to a client, a key to a successful presentation is keeping it simple. We take pride in our hard work and the many working pieces of each project, so it is easy to get wrapped up in the minutia. Most audiences will remember very little of...

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To Mentor or Be Mentored?

NEXT for Women recently collaborated with The Women of AT&T to help launch their internal mentoring program and this has us thinking a lot about, well, mentoring! According to Dictionary.com, mentoring is “to serve as  a trusted counselor or teacher, especially in occupational settings.” Certainly, young women can be the recipients  of mentoring – to assist in developing leadership skills,...

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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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