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  • The Real Story Behind Stretch Assignments
    by Alexandra Levit - February 5, 2019
    Stretch opportunities are all the rage in the workplace. But as popular as they are, it’s unclear why some people decide to accept a stretch assignment or role – and others step aside. It’s also unclear why women haven’t benefited from stretches as much as men. Selena Rezvani is Be Leaderly’s VP of consulting and research and a recognized speaker on women and leadership. She recently led Be...
  • Do You Have Control Over Your Career?
    by Carole Kanchier - February 4, 2019
    Do you take control of your own career? Or, do you wait for others to make your career decisions? How Autonomous Are You? Answer 'yes' or 'no.' 1. I often do things I don't want to do at work. 2. I accept responsibility for the work I do. 3. I'm usually self-reliant at work. 4. I perform tasks required in my job description. 5. I have little influence over things that happen to me at work. 6. I can us...
  • Boost Brain Power: Enhance Each Side of Your Brain
    by Carole Kanchier - January 28, 2019
    Do you have right or left brain thinking abilities? Or do you use both sides equally well? Although we use both hemispheres, scientists suggest we have preferences or strengths for one or the other. To be competitive in today's job market we must develop both creative and analytical thinking styles. Analytical and creative problem solving abilities rely on different skill sets. Sometimes the difference is describe...
  • The Glass Ceiling is a Real Issue, but the 'Velcro Floor' Could be Just as Bad.
    by Steve Farber - January 25, 2019
    We all know what the glass ceiling is and how it affects women in the workplace. Let me introduce you to the concept of the Velcro floor–and tell you one way leaders can help women pull away from it, starting now. If you knew the recipe for a solution to gender inequality at work, you’d share it, right? Well, I read a study the other day that opened my eyes to what women are saying about the lack of a level p...
  • Are You a Perfectionist Who Procrastinates?
    by Carole Kanchier - January 22, 2019
    Are you reluctant to try new things? Make big plans, but don't follow through? Tend to be critical of self and others? If so, you may be a perfectionist procrastinator. Perfectionism and procrastination often go hand-in-hand. Certain characteristics drive perfectionists to delay things. What does this quiz say about you? Are you a perfectionist procrastinator? Answer “yes” or “no.” 1....
  • The High Cost of Complacency in Career Development
    by Linda Dobogai - January 22, 2019
    John F. Kennedy once said “There are risks and costs to action. But they are far less than the long-range risks and costs of comfortable inaction.” No doubt he was referencing running a government. However, this same perspective applies to personal career development. We all have our “comfort zones”. Psychologically they can be seen as space, movements, and people with which we are familiar, withi...
  • It's Time to Stop Dreaming and Start Activating
    by Caroline Dowd-Higgins - January 21, 2019
    So many of us have waited for the perfect job description to magically appear and make all of our career dreams come true. Or, a perfectly balanced life with less stress, more time to exercise, well-behaved kids and the ideal life partner. What are you waiting for? It’s time to stop wishing for great things to happen and take action. Change the World by Changing Yourself First Martha Hoover, former sex crimes pr...
  • 5 Steps to Reentering the Workforce
    by Thea Kelley - January 17, 2019
    Whether you’ve been staying home with children, recovering from a major illness or unemployed for any reason, getting hired after a long break can be tough. How can you convince skeptical employers that you’re ready to jump back into the nine-to-five? One: Demonstrate Your Commitment Employers want employees who are passionately committed to the line of work they’re hiring for. Ways to show your dedica...
  • Learning Resilience in a Changing World
    by Carole Kanchier - January 15, 2019
    How do you react to unexpected challenges? Do you rebound from major setbacks stronger than before? Or do you play the victim, blame others? It's essential to strengthen resilience to adapt and succeed in changing times. How resilient are you? Answer 'yes' or 'no.' 1. I like trying new ways of doing things. 2. I find it challenging to recover emotionally from losses. 3. I adapt quickly to new situations. 4...
  • How to Ask for a Raise in 2019
    by Jessica Holbrook Hernandez - January 14, 2019
    Asking for a raise can be one of the most difficult conversations you have during your career. It can be difficult to advocate for yourself, and if you’re not a natural negotiator a conversation about a raise can be even more stressful. However, if you’ve been mulling over the fact that you deserve a raise for some time and are feeling frustrated that you haven’t seen a bump in your pay yet, you are pro...