Category: Job Advancement

Handling Emotions at the Office

Kreamer, AnneCrying or otherwise showing your disappointment, frustration, anger or stress at work can seem incredibly embarrassing. “You feel like a loser for losing control, but there’s nothing to be ashamed about the occasional display of feeling,” says Anne Kreamer, serial entrepreneur and author of It’s Always Personal: Navigating Emotion in the New Workplace. “Emotions are not criminal elements.” Still, knowing how to comport yourself will help in the moment and minimize your regret. Prepare for any future floods with this 5-step guide. Read More

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‘What I Learned from Evan Picone’

CA_Morgan-Stanley_Suhr-220x300By Mary Beth Suhr, Senior Vice President, Morgan Stanley Wealth Management

I began my career in financial services in the mid ‘80s. Those were the days when “pantyhose” were a dress code requirement. Evan Picone was my brand, and inside each package was a little card with an inspirational quote. I still carry three of these tattered cards inside my wallet and have drawn upon them over the past 25 years of my journey. I hope these words of wisdom and the lessons learned will be helpful to you as well.

Card #1: To merely survive is not to live fully. We get what we ask from life. Ask for more.

As a wealth advisor, it is my job to help clients achieve their goals and dreams. I help them create a vision of the life they want to have and help them set clear goals for themselves. According to Aristotle, happiness is successful human living. But what defines success? Everyone should have their own definition of success that is synchronous with who they are and what they value most. To me, living successfully means living an active, integrated life that is in harmony with one’s life goals and personal value system.

To that end, I recommend setting specific goals for your professional life, personal life (including your financial goals) and for your physical, emotional and spiritual well-being. I know it is easier said than done, but break these down to immediate goals (things you want to achieve now), intermediate goals (things you want to achieve in a few years) and longer-term goals (things you want to achieve later in life). Write them all down and discuss them with those who have a vested interest in your plan. This will become the roadmap for your future. A wise client once told me that “to be happy you need someone to love, something to do and something to look forward to.” I agree.

Card #2: Keep your focus! Use your sweetest energies for the greatest good.

Stay focused and do not allow setbacks to distract you. Strive to be the best you can be in your chosen field. Develop your intellectual capital and invest in yourself. Be a life-long learner and obtain new knowledge, skills, relationships and experiences that will allow you to adapt to changing circumstances. I began my career as a private banker, then became a commercial banker, then a technology banker and later was recruited away to become a portfolio manager on a technology mutual fund. Now, as a private wealth manager, I am pursuing what I originally dreamed of doing at the start of my career. Life throws many curves and sometimes we need to pivot or step in a different direction to give ourselves a new footing from which we can propel ourselves higher. The relationships, skills, knowledge and experience we develop along the way will last a lifetime and can be drawn upon when you need it most.

Card #3: Have faith in your abilities and in the strength of your perseverance.

This last quote is my favorite. Some women doubt their abilities and lack confidence. Do not listen to the “back-seat” driver who sows the seeds of doubt into your subconscious mind. If you have invested in yourself and have worked hard to achieve your personal and professional goals, you should have a sense of the value you bring to the table.

These days, women’s compensation is widely discussed. Contrary to Microsoft’s Satya Nadella who once espoused having faith in the system if you want a raise or a promotion, I think you should build a case to justify what you want and why you deserve it. Early in my career, I never negotiated my salary when I accepted a new job offer. Later, after achieving meaningful results for a company where I worked, I presented my case for a raise. I was offered only a token salary increase without any opportunity to reassess in the future. Recognizing that no one was forcing me to work there, I chose to find a new company that would value the skills and experience I had to offer and provide a path for intellectual and personal growth. In doing so, I sought new challenges, was able to significantly increase my income overnight and propel my career to the next level. Before you negotiate, you need to know what you are willing to accept and what will prompt you to look for new opportunities. There is nothing better than having multiple options.

Throughout my career I have guided clients through many of life’s challenges including divorce, death, job loss, and various health issues. I’ve seen, as author Leon C. Megginson once said, that it’s not the strongest or the most intelligent who will survive but those who can best manage change.

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CFW SURVEY: ‘I Care’ and the Other Reasons You Do ‘Office Housework’

stock 853Editing a colleague’s report, taking meeting notes, refilling the printer paper tray—the non-job-description stuff you do at work to help someone, your team or the company at large has a name. “Office housework”—and as at home, the bulk of it falls to women, who mostly do it to little acknowledgment, let alone acclaim, reported Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant in a recent New York Times article. What’s more, they say, it’s another example of gender bias: Men are praised and rewarded if they pitch in, while women are penalized for not helping.

But is office housework that widespread a burden and do women do it because we have to? We asked our readers and a whopping 2,218 of you responded. You have strong feelings about the topic, ranging from resentment to bemusement. Here’s what you said: Read More

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Tips from the Corner Office: A Silicon Valley Insider’s Take on Success

Tsai, Christine“It’s said that experience is what you get when you don’t get what you want,” says Christine Tsai, founding and managing partner of 500 Startups, a venture capital seed fund. “If that’s the case, then I’ve amassed heaps of experience over the years.” Tsai, who graduated from college “at the worst possible time—right after the dot com bust” and tried several times to get a transfer at Google before moving to the product marketing team, has learned that “perseverance is the most important trait you can have.” She considers it the secret to success. To tap more of her wisdom gained from succeeding in Silicon Valley, (which recent news has shown to be a boys’ club, no less), we asked her to play career coach for an hour. Read More

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Propelling Your Career Growth: Top Tips From Ericsson’s Superwomen

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Women face unique challenges in the workplace as they advance the ranks — different from their male counterparts. Women also bring very unique skills and invaluable superpowers to the leadership table. Meet Ericsson’s superwomen and learn from their real-life experiences about the key issues they faced at all stages of their career. Drawing on their personal journeys, this dynamic session will focus on understanding self-image, realizing the goal focus, defining the significance of relationships and examining the orientation with your community at each stage of career development. Spanning all generations and skill levels, participants will explore the many extraordinary talents successful women rely on throughout their career and learn how to evolve your superpowers as your world changes. Read More

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Secrets for Winning at Work: The Handbook for Emerging Professionals and Career Success

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It’s not easy to enter the workforce today. For the first time in history, four generations are sharing the workplace — and sometimes it feels like they are living in four different worlds. Designed for millennials and newer professionals entering or re-entering the workforce, this session will help you navigate the workforce and build a meaningful career. Featuring generations relations and leadership expert Lisa Orrell, this session will offer practical advice to help you create a personal action plan for career success. Read More

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Strategize to Win: The New Way to Start Out, Step Up or Start Over in Your Career

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Whether we’re starting out, striving toward a promotion, or looking for a new opportunity, the working world isn’t what it used to be. Wall Street veteran Carla Harris knows this, and will offer you the tools you need to get started, get “unstuck” from bad situations, redirect momentum and position yourself to manage your career no matter the environment. With her trademark galvanizing advice, Harris will clarify issues that are often murky and help you to: Read More

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Life Balance Survival Strategies in a “Lean In” World: Real People, Real Stories, Real Solutions

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In a world that has become increasingly faster-paced, over-connected and with no boundaries, the notion of balance is insane and impossible to achieve. Rather than attempt the impossible, this session will offer a blend of practical advice and inspiration to attain a new equilibrium, redefine your goals and priorities, and try to attain some sanity. Whether you are grappling with motherhood, caring for elderly parents, managing the abyss of a home, or all of the above, this session led by Jaleh Bisharat will offer you some levity, humor, real stories and great tips from real women for managing the day-to-day chaos of life! Read More

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Breaking Through: How to Overcome Fears, Inertia, Gender Bias and Other Obstacles

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What holds women back and why? While we’ve made great strides in achieving positions of leadership in many fields, we still lag behind our male peers for several reasons. This session will explore those reasons, including the barriers we may be unknowingly placing on ourselves. In this candid discussion featuring women who’ve experienced many types of barriers and biases, attendees will take away strategies to identify and overcome what’s holding you back. Read More

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