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The Real Girl's Guide to Career Success- Lean In for Graduates - Lean In

The Real Girl's Guide to Career Success- Lean In for Graduates - Lean In | Women and Business | Scoop.it
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There was no handbook or real guidance when I started my career as an administrative assistant (fancy name for secretary) with a BS degree in public law and government. I fought my way through jobs that I was fortunate to have learned from supporting male execs as an admin watching them- to take risks, ask and get into marketing. But I accepted whatever I got pay-wise, never ever thinking about negotiating with them, feeling powerless. Until I picked up the book "knock 'em dead" which had great tips on finding jobs, positioning yourself in the job market and a chapter on negotiating. But even with knowledge I was still afraid to ask... What if I would sounded greedy or that I was undeserving to get more or what I really thought was fair and based on my education and experience, I deserved? It was better just to accept what was given to me and feel "lucky" to have a job.

Though I struggled financially, I accepted that as the way things were. The main question (usually early on the process) when you interview is always geared to "what was your last salary" and in my case the very slow crawl began. Over time I learned to ask, to question, to find out more and ask and discuss with other women about their salaries and how their negotiating processes went. Yes, taboo topic, but why? How can someone know when they have no point of reference to what is fair when you share the same set of skills? I didn't care about what they were making to compare, I cared what they were making to understand very simply, what was possible to achieve! And sometimes I was often surprised with their skill sets and knowing the market in general, why they didn't ask for more. The same reason. They were afraid. Easier to ask them than to ask myself that question.

Times have changed and we have the opportunity to change the discussion. I know that discussion has completely changed for me. But beyond salaries, the power of networking is something I didn't learn until just a handful of years ago! And in the process that networking has lead me to many contacts even from the early stage of my career. Reaching back and reconnecting is a good thing. Reviewing the 10 tips discussed- they are spot on. Especially the point on asking how you can help someone, and not making it all about what you are getting from them. In the corporate world, it is about what you can offer them to help them. It's not about all the great things you have done, but how the great things you have done can help their very real problems.

Bravo for this! If I had children there's no doubt I'd read this book with them cover to cover and discuss. I don't have kids, but I mentor a few young professionals and I'm sure the guidance in here is as solid as the book LeanIn itself- one of the best books I've ever read and wanted to reread again.

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My story is short, but impactful. I can relate. Here is where I...

My story is short, but impactful. I can relate. Here is where I... | Women and Business | Scoop.it
Join us at banbossy.com to take the pledge & get our leadership tips.
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In 2nd grade my teacher told me I was ahead of everyone else and should be quiet. In third grade my teacher put on my report card "Jen is a bossy child" in 4th grade my teacher told me if I'd be quiet I would eventually get what I want... And so it went on and on. By 35 I started fighting back to be ok leading projects, people and ideas either driving change or in creating awareness... At almost 45 I won't ever allow the word bossy to be used if I can help it. #banbossy

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Ladies Find a Mentor, Become a Mentor

Ladies Find a Mentor, Become a Mentor | Women and Business | Scoop.it
Everyone is talking about them but no one seems to know how to snag a good one
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I've been very fortunate in my career to have adopted or rather been adopted by several mentors along the way. I think probably the  most important criteria is that they believe in you, unconditionally, and that their advice provides a framework for not only support, but for you to be able to make a good decision based on their feedback, while reflecting your values and views. As a mentor to another you can share what you've learned along the way, to someone that can benefit from that information. Especially as women, we have often learned in business via trial and error, often adopting men as as our mentors. This is wonderful as you can learn so much about business through the eyes of men. As you progress in your career, finding a female mentor or becoming a female mentor, can provide incredible impact in a career of another female.

 

Female mentors are not always easy to find. But when you do find one, it will be invaluable to you. A female mentor because likely she's been mentored by many men along the way, can also provide you with a fair perspective in business from both viewpoints. Personally, I have spent my career often being the only woman in the room. Let's be honest. Being the only woman in the room can be lonely. Having a female mentor that understands how that feels provides you with support, professionally and emotionally. I've never been afraid to be the only woman in the room, but now my perspective is more like, how do I get more woman to be in the room? That's the value a mentor brings. A mentor will help you address your fears, accept your potential and ensure you own it. When you have a good mentor, you can't help but want to be one yourself and pay it forward. I believe that if we LeanIn and support one another, great things will result.

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Inspirational Leadership by Design- In Business

Inspirational Leadership by Design- In Business | Women and Business | Scoop.it
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My recent blog posting on what I call "inspirational leadership by design" as a recap of Dreamforce 2013 keynotes- part one of two.

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Malala Reminds Us That Leadership Comes In All Shapes And Sizes

Malala Reminds Us That Leadership Comes In All Shapes And Sizes | Women and Business | Scoop.it
Editor's Note: Alyse Nelson is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Vital Voices Global Partnership, which helped incubate the Malala Fund, the official organization led by Malala Yousafzai helping girls go to school and raise their voices...
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Such an incredibly inspirational story that demonstrates the power of spirit in achieving the impossible, the perseverance to never give up and the will to fight for what is right.

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Talk about it! How To Make What You're Really Worth

Talk about it! How To Make What You're Really Worth | Women and Business | Scoop.it
Raising your freelance rates might be terrifying, but if you don't silence your inner critic you'll never make what you are really worth.
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This article addresses a topic most women I know are afraid of to acknowledge. Talk money. Get comfortable with it. Don't be embarrassed or secretive. The more you talk about it and discuss it- the more you will make. It might seem rude or inappropriate to discuss. This makes no sense. You will not know or believe what you can make unless you know what is possible. The only way you can know and become aware is to talk about it. And that goes for freelancing or salaries in general. When you are a freelancer, you have to be comfortable with your situation. And that situation might vary depending on your client- it could be a blend of a lower rate + equity, or you cut items out of your bid, based on what the client can afford. Follow your gut instinct, along with the situation of where their business is. People will be willing to pay for your services if you deliver the value for what they need. If it's not a match, move on. Go get other business. Don't waste time spinning cycles trying to make something work that is not a fit.
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#banbossy, #leanin- Sheryl Sandberg and Anna Maria Chávez on 'Bossy,' the other B-word

#banbossy, #leanin- Sheryl Sandberg and Anna Maria Chávez on 'Bossy,' the other B-word | Women and Business | Scoop.it
Confident girls are often called the other B-word—bossy—and it can keep them from reaching their full potential, write Sheryl Sandberg and Anna Maria Chávez.
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Love this campaign #banbossy. Keep on leaning in. Something eventually is going to change, by the actions we take to transform thinking and practices. 

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Harnessing the Science of Persuasion-A Skill Women in Business Can Benefit From

Yes, you can master the art of persuasion. But first you have to understand the science behind it.

For this weekend only, we've unlocked Robert B. Cialdini's 2001 article on the elusive skill.

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HBR sharing a good article and in doing so applying one of the principles by making it available "this weekend only".  Some great insight here but caution use what you learn carefully and harness your skills for good. I'm posting in "women and business" because this is a skill most women do need to learn and practice to increase our impact in the corporate world. Knowledge is powerful.

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Lenovo Women Speak Out

Lenovo Women Speak Out | Women and Business | Scoop.it
Being a pioneer means trying out new approaches to all projects, even something as apparently simple and straightforward as a survey.
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Great job on lenovo's part asking the tough questions. If you are going to do an employee survey- why bother if you are only looking to feel great about what you are doing... Lenovo here shows and shares info on women in tech. Tech ladies know how it is. It's not easy. I'm thinking the male counterpart of this would be completely different. This is only one snapshot of a large MNC. perspective.

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WIL2013 PPC landing page | Linkage, Inc.

WIL2013 PPC landing page | Linkage, Inc. | Women and Business | Scoop.it
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Great agenda for this conference in San Francisco 11/11-11/14 at the Fairmont.

 

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