Career

Your Month, Your Career: A Perfect Time to Accelerate Your Growth

Adrienne GonzalezBy Adrienne Gonzalez, Senior Counsel, Bristol-Myers Squibb

In honor of Women’s History Month, I would offer this piece of advice to women who want to advance their careers: get comfortable with being uncomfortable.

Here’s why: I started my career working in a law firm, representing pharmaceutical companies in product liability cases. During that time, I focused on becoming an expert, because our clients expected us to have all of the answers and provide solutions.

It’s human nature to gravitate towards whatever feels comfortable, and lawyers tend to be particularly risk averse. But those times when I’ve truly stepped outside of my comfort zone are the times when I’ve experienced the most growth as a professional and as a person. Read More

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How This Tech Company Values Its Employees—and Their Time

Lindsay VerstegenBy Lindsay Verstegen, SVP, People, ShopRunner

Companies across the country are finally beginning to see people as their number one asset, and as a result, are upping the ante on employee benefits offerings. A few years ago I began a mission to revamp ShopRunner’s employee benefits offering, and enable a culture that allows people to bring their best selves to work. I’m proud of where it’s at today—and also about where it’s going! Read More

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3 Facts About Ambition That Will Help You Succeed

Hana Schank

Hana Schank

When careers don’t go as planned, what went wrong—and how do people adjust? Seeking to find answers that would help them navigate their own paths, Hana Schank and Elizabeth Wallace interviewed all of their sorority sisters who graduated with them from Northwestern University in 1993. What they learned was “life-changing,” Schank says, because it gave validity to their choices, and she saw “I wasn’t just flailing here and there.”

But you don’t have to be going through a midlife crisis to be helped by their findings, which they published in The Ambition Decisions: What Women Know About Work, Family and the Path to Building a Life. Here are three key facts about ambition that every woman should know: Read More

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Taking Charge of Your Career: Advance Your Marketability

Joyce RussellBy Joyce E. A. Russell, Ph.D., Dean, Villanova School of Business

You’ve heard it many times before: it is critical for women to personally take charge of their careers. Indeed, getting mentoring and sponsorship from others is crucial to your success. But taking ownership for your future is also really important.

How can you do this and at the same time enhance your own marketability? No matter what job you currently hold or what field you are in, gaining additional knowledge and skills can help your career progress. This is true if you want to advance in your job field, break into a different career field or start your own business as an entrepreneur. You need something to propel you forward or to get others to see you differently. And you need to see yourself and the world differently, too. Read 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 the outcome they thought they were,” Green recalls. “It occurred to me that a lot of people would benefit from knowing what their bosses are thinking when they hear x or what they mean when they say y.” Read More

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