Category Archives: Success & Leadership

Don’t Miss Out on Good Ideas: 4 Tips for Open Communication

By Laura Izurieta, Chief Risk Officer, Silicon Valley Bank Here’s a thought: When we talk about inclusion and diversity in the workplace, shouldn’t we also talk about diversity in communication styles? I’m a vocal supporter of diversity in terms of surrounding myself with people of different  backgrounds and with varied experiences and demographics. But sometimes the inclusion part gets undervalued. What good is having a diverse team if you don’t … [ more ]

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Podcast | New Research Insights into High-Performing Teams

Click Play below to listen.  Whether you lead a team or just want to understand yours better, this podcast is for you. In 30 minutes, Dr. Lauren D’Innocenzo, assistant professor of organizational behavior at Drexel LeBow College of Business, shares: • What recent research has uncovered about what makes teams highly effective • Two simple questions to determine if your team is working at its highest potential • Group activities … [ more ]

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Beauty Truth-Teller Paula Begoun on Being an Entrepreneur, Hiring and Handling Stress

By Bryan Barron, for Paula’s Choice Skincare   Work for Paula Begoun, founder of Paula’s Choice Skincare and Beautypedia.com, and you will laugh a lot. You’ll also become used to her straight-shooting ways. “I’m blatantly honest to a fault,” she says.  Indeed, her truth-telling is her commodity and specialty. Combined with a passion for beauty products, it has resulted in 21 bestselling books on beauty and regular appearances on CNN, “The Today … [ more ]

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My Five Steps for Navigating Career Success

By Pamela Aldsworth, Head of Venture Capital Relationship Management, Silicon Valley Bank I am often asked: How did you navigate your career from lender at a local bank to managing director at global tech lender Silicon Valley Bank (SVB)? First, it took nearly 25 years. Second, I consciously sought to make a difference in every job I took. Finally and most importantly, I did not do it alone; I sought … [ more ]

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Overcome Unconscious Bias | Podcast

Click Play below to listen.  In the thick of conference season, we decided to record this interview with Dr. Tiffany Jana in advance, and make it available for you to listen to at your convenience. Let us know what you think about this new format in the comments! Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | RSS

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Brené Brown on Courage, Grounded Confidence and How Her New Book Has Changed Her Approach to Leading and Work

Even for Brené Brown, renowned author, researcher and expert on being brave, leading doesn’t come easy. “Being a founder and CEO is one of the most challenging roles in my life when it comes to showing up as my best self, leaning into tough conversations and making hard calls—all in the service of others,” says Brown, who heads Brené Brown Education and Research Group as well as holds an endowed … [ more ]

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Must-Have Answers from ‘Ask a Manager’ Author Alison Green

For many employees, the work itself is easy. It’s the office politics that are hard. That’s partly why Alison Green started her blog, “Ask a Manager,” 11 years ago. A chief of staff at a non-profit organization at the time, she kept thinking that coworkers would have made different decisions if they’d had their boss’ or HR’s perspective. “As a manager, I could see that people weren’t going to get … [ more ]

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“Bring Who You Are to the Table” and Other Advice from Civil Rights Leader Carmen Perez

As a teen, Carmen Perez was often chosen to be the captain of her basketball team. Still, the national co-chair of the 2017 Women’s March on Washington, D.C., didn’t start seeing herself as a leader until about 10 years into her career working for social justice. “I always thought my coaches and teammates chose me because they saw that I was fair and not one to compromise my integrity,” says … [ more ]

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Your Unconscious Biases, Revealed

If you think you can’t have unconscious biases against women because you’re a woman, think again. “We’re just as likely to have them as men because we’re all receiving the same adverse messages and we’re equally susceptible to them,” says Tiffany Jana, D.M., a management consultant and author of forthcoming Erasing Institutional Bias: How to Create Systemic Change for Organizational Inclusion. Similarly, we’ve all got prejudices against men—yes, they do … [ more ]

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How Nice Leaders Say No

At work, as in life, there are always going to be jerks. They seem to climb—or claw their way up—fast, but you don’t have to join them to succeed. “You don’t have to check your true self at the door,” says Fran Hauser, author of The Myth of the Nice Girl: Achieving a Career You Love Without Becoming a Person You Hate. “Nice and strong are not mutually exclusive traits. … [ more ]

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