Women now hold nearly 52 percent of professional-level jobs in the U.S. across all fields and outnumber men in earning college degrees, both undergraduate and advanced. In the top circles of leadership, however, women are rarely seen or heard. Among Fortune 500 companies, women claim about 25 percent of senior management positions and make up less than 5 percent of CEOs. What can women do to close the persistent power gap?
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Every day, we contemplate the best way in which to engage our employees and the metrics to determine the effective nature of the aforementioned.
Should we do a survey, pay for a study or ask an expert for their insight on Best Practices?
Don’t worry, this isn’t another one of those March Madness posts about employee productivity loss or the perils of workplace gambling. Are those topics important? Sure. Do I care about them right now? Not really.
Don’t “Yelp” your employees. “YouTube” them!
Let me explain.
Yelp is a great social media site that many use basically to review restaurants. Don’t get me wrong. Yelp does and attempts to do a whole lot more than that, but basically, it’s the site many of us use to find ideas for and reviews of restaurants.
What does it take to achieve success and influence? Some people think that in today’s hypercompetitive world, it’s the tough, take-no-prisoners type who comes out on top. But in reality, argues New York Times best-selling author Dave Kerpen, it's actually those with the best people skills who win the day.
I’ve been in a mood lately. A little restless. A lot ready for something new. And while I now know that this is good news, I didn’t always feel that way.
I’m sure you’ve heard of the ABC’s of selling. Always. Be. Closing. Well I think there should be a similar mantra in leadership. Always. Be. Developing. The ABD’s.
I had a conversation with one of my friends from India and we were sharing stories about how throughout our careers we have both been known as people who can do more than what our specific job title would indicate. We weren’t talking about being able to take on more responsibility in order to receive a promotion, we were talking about learning and using skills from another industry to help further our careers.
As a freshman accounting major in the illustrious School of Business and Industry (SBI) at Florida A&M University (FAMU), Dr. Auzenne taught me that achieving success in business required three things: Performance, Image, and Exposure – PIE. Done right, in proper proportions, the individual can achieve great success both in business and in other dimensions of life.
P – Performance
I’m very excited to be speaking a couple of times during this year’s Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Annual Conference and Expo in Washington D.C.
Are you just muddling through your job? Are you trapped in middle management and wanting to advance? If so, Nigel Dessau has some advice for you in his book Become a 21st Century Executive: Breaking Away from the Pack (Infinity Publishing, 2015).
Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG) held its annual thought leaders’ event in Washington, D.C., on September 30, and SHRM was one of the many sponsors who support the good work that the organization does to help at-risk youth finish high school and find productive careers.
Competency is defined as an ability or skill. Every profession has competencies. And we want competencies; they are the things that make us successful. You could say that jobs are made up of tasks (the actual things we do) and competencies (the skills we need to do them).
Taking your HR career to the next level is not always easy—even if you are a super performer at your current job. Moving to the next level often requires many different competencies and skill sets that will allow you to grow into a strategic executive who is action-oriented and who embraces technology. It also requires an understanding of your strengths and of how others view you—and this is where your personal brand steps into the picture.
It’s 3 p.m. on Friday and your boss has already told you that you can head out early for the weekend. You’re wrapping up a few items and planning to leave shortly when a coworker comes to you and asks you for some help with a project they’ve been working on. Your first instinct is to say you’re sorry but you have plans and need to leave early for the weekend. While that may get you a few extra minutes of weekend sunshine, you could be missing out on some valuable work experiences.
Congrats – You’ve been promoted! Oftentimes, when you accept a new role at your current company, you will find yourself caught between your old duties and your new duties. As in any new role, there is likely a defined transition period - typically between 2-3 weeks. But what happens when your old team comes to you on day 2 of your new role and asks you to take care of something for them? It’s important to understand when and how to say no to your old team.