Advice from the Top. Learning to empower others can help you advance your own career

December 26, 2007

CB101168In the midst of readying myself and my family for the holidays (and holding down a full-time job), I’ve found myself lost in thought from time to time over the last week – standing in line buying holiday lights, writing my to-do lists, wrapping gifts.  I’ve thought: “If I only had an army of elves to help out, I could enjoy this time of year with a little more gusto and a little less stress!”

One of the keys to keeping your sanity and health as you strive to do more is in knowing what is realistic and attainable when you’re setting goals. Read the rest of this entry »

Staying Power. In the land of TV, talent is always on the move. Yet A&E’s CEO still works at the same company where she began her career 23 years ago

December 12, 2007

Today, I’m posting my 4th installment of Career Woman’s “Secrets of Success” blog series. I’ve received quite a bit of feedback that readers are enjoying the lessons learned from successful women. Today, I’d like to introduce you to another powerful leader with staying power.

Although many people’s careers keep them moving from one organization to another, there are quite a few success stories like this one of “company gals” who stick with one employer for the long haul and continue to be challenged and rewarded as they grow their job descriptions. Read the rest of this entry »

Entrepreneurial Girl Power. The women behind some of America’s fastest-growing private companies

December 6, 2007

CBU003It’s December. Time to take a good, clear look at the year we’re ending. Time to celebrate our successes. Time to be honest with ourselves about our failures.  And, time to revisit our career plans to check in and evaluate our progress toward reaching our personal business goals.

If you’d like assistance in evaluating your plan (or help creating one for the new year), please check out my book, Your Career, Your Way! And if you’re ready to look to the New Year ahead to identify your potential and set your growth goals, you may find inspiration and a practical pathway to success through advice from women who have successfully reached their goals. Read the rest of this entry »

Thank Heaven for Success Stories. This year, I’m thankful for women like these. Check them out…

November 21, 2007

j0439418With Thanksgiving arriving tomorrow (for those of us in the USA), I want to take a moment to reflect on what I’m grateful for in 2007.  I’m thankful for my husband, children, family & friends, and the success of my first book:  Your Career, Your Way.  I’m also thankful for being able to post my blog entries amid a busy work and speaking circuit.

To celebrate the success of Career Woman, Inc., I’d like to dedicate the remainder of this year’s blogs to some women leaders from whom I believe we can all learn.  Today marks the first of a six-part series focusing on some potential role models for career women everywhere.  Enjoy! Read the rest of this entry »

Asking for a Raise. They don’t just fall from trees, you know

November 14, 2007

j0341908I get asked by a lot of women “what’s the best way to go about asking for a raise?”, so I thought I’d address this topic in today’s blog.

It’s been my experience that individuals who politely and professionally discuss their salaries when they feel there is a discrepancy are far more likely to get a raise or higher future pay increases than those who say nothing and hope things will improve on their own over time. Read the rest of this entry »

The Art of Negotiation. It’s up to you to get what you deserve.

November 7, 2007

Man and woman shaking hands isolated on a white background.According to a recent study by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), members of the class of 2007 can expect to earn bigger starting salaries as they enter the workforce than their predecessors.

This article lists the Top 10 Starting Salaries by College Major.  If you’re new to the workplace, you might be asking yourself, “Where do people find those salaries?”  The truth is they aren’t always advertised – but they’re available if you know how to negotiate. Read the rest of this entry »

Finance…EEK! Now there’s a scary topic for Halloween

October 31, 2007

j0433118Since today is Halloween in the United States, I thought I’d bring up a scary topic for many women – financial experience.

Women often tell me they don’t actively seek out general management, operations or line management positions at work (the key positions to help you move up the career ladder in most medium and large sized companies!) because they feel like they don’t have enough financial experience.  Read the rest of this entry »

The Truth Is: People Do Judge Books By Their Covers. What to wear “over” your clothes when the weather turns cold

October 24, 2007

CBR002074The weather is starting to turn cold.  Think ahead and plan for your wardrobe.  Not only what you’ll wear in the office, but what you’ll wear to and from the office over your clothes.

Many young women entering the workforce don’t own a dress coat.  It’s just not acceptable to wear your leather jacket or ski shell over your business suit.  Sorry ladies, but when you show up at a client’s office wearing a silk blouse, wool skirt and pumps paired with your winter fleece, it doesn’t create a very put together look. Read the rest of this entry »