How to Disregard Criticism by Applying the “Reasonable Man” Test

2017-12-19T16:36:29+00:00January 18, 2017|Corporate, Guest bloggers, How to, Women in media|

Woman in blazer standing outsideThis post was originally published by Informed Opinions’.

Celebrated American poet and critic, Ezra Pound, in his considered advice to beginning poets offered the following advice: “Pay no attention to the criticism of men who have never themselves written a notable work.”

But he could have been speaking to female opinionators a century later. So many of the trolls who trash women daring to comment in prominent places “have never themselves written a notable work.”

Negotiation Skills: What You Need to Succeed

2017-12-19T16:38:36+00:00November 22, 2016|Corporate, Guest bloggers, How to, Women’s poverty|

Women in office meetingRegardless of what’s going on in your personal life or what career path you have chosen, there is one skill that all people need to master: negotiating. Skilled negotiators are able to collaboratively solve problems and move ahead in their careers, so why aren’t women engaging in more negotiations? Fear.

According to Salary.com, 55% of women are nervous about entering negotiations, compared to only 39% of men. Women who choose to negotiate are often viewed as difficult to work with, or less feminine than other women who chose to accept what was given to them without making a fuss. Other research has shown that women are viewed this way regardless of whether they entered the negotiation with a smile or aggressive attitude.

7 Ways to Get Heard at Meetings

2017-12-19T16:39:04+00:00November 15, 2016|Corporate, Guest bloggers, How to|

Miss Triggs CartoonThis post was originally published by Informed Opinions.

You can tell how old this Punch cartoon is by the honorific applied to the sidelined “Miss” Triggs.

But sadly, even though it was first published more than half a century ago, including it in a slide deck in 2016 still elicits the laughter of recognition.

What stops you from speaking up at meetings?

Not Cut Out for Traditional Leadership? How about Inclusive Leadership?

2017-12-19T16:48:43+00:00November 2, 2016|Corporate, How to, Infographics, Posters, SHE Magazine|

Young woman in officeDo you do backflips when you hear the word “leadership”?

Does your inner critic tell you you’re just not cut out for it? That you simply don’t have the experience needed and aren’t in any position to tell others what to do?  

But what if being a great leader isn’t about having all the answers or always being in control? What if it’s about listening and collaborating? Working through networks instead of hierarchies?