Category Archives: Success & Leadership

Business Advice for Optimists

Before The Life Is Good Company was a going concern, let alone a $100 million business selling positive messaging on apparel and accessories, it was two brothers—Bert and John Jacobs—peddling their artwork on T-shirts at a trade show. They had decided to wear suits to look more mature, but toward the end of that day, a customer asked what was with the suits—they didn’t seem like the kind of guys … [ more ]

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12 Reasons More Women Should Be at the Wheel

Of course, we’re not exactly unbiased on the topic of female power and primacy. We’re also not trying to instigate some global insurgency or battle of the sexes. But we do believe we’ve identified a new gender gap: women are better at running things like, say, the world. To back up our theory, we turned to upcoming speakers. Here’s how they completed the sentence: “When a woman is in charge….” … [ more ]

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Best Reads for Staying on Top of Every Industry

Being in the know about news and trends is key to success in almost every field. In our first annual reading survey, 51% of respondents said that they read to stay up-to-date daily, while 33% said they read weekly, 11% said monthly and 5% said quarterly or infrequently. Here, in the spirit of collegial sharing, are the apps, blogs, newsfeeds, newsletters, periodicals, websites and writers recommended by survey respondents, and … [ more ]

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Inspiration to Launch Your Life (or Just Start Your Day)

It’s graduation season! Time for elected officials, former elected officials and Natalie Portman (at Harvard, her alma mater) to step up to the podium and inspire young people as they embark on the next chapter of their lives. But you don’t have to be a co-ed, or parent of one, to be so motivated this year. We asked our speakers, past and confirmed for this year, what they would say—but … [ more ]

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CFW SURVEY: ‘I Care’ and the Other Reasons You Do ‘Office Housework’

Editing a colleague’s report, taking meeting notes, refilling the printer paper tray—the non-job-description stuff you do at work to help someone, your team or the company at large has a name. “Office housework”—and as at home, the bulk of it falls to women, who mostly do it to little acknowledgment, let alone acclaim, reported Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant in a recent New York Times article. What’s more, they say, … [ more ]

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Free Teleclass with Joanna Barsh: Stand Out As a Natural Leader

Stand Out As a Natural Leader Tuesday, March 31, 2015 1:00-1:30 pm EDT REGISTER HERE What enables some talented people to rise to the top and live their full ambitions at work and in life, while others stop short? In 2007, Joanna Barsh led a team at McKinsey & Company to answer that very question. In the process, they uncovered what distinguishes leaders who are successful from those who achieve … [ more ]

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Boss Talk: The Art of Holding a Meeting

If you think 95 percent of running a meeting is showing up, you probably don’t accomplish much in them. Like most things in life, a well-run meeting takes forethought and planning, says Amanda Bruno, an attorney and director of special projects at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius. Take these tips from women executives—and never let your meetings waste time or reflect poorly on your leadership skills again.

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Exclusive Interview: Diana Nyad’s Xtreme Life Lessons

There’s persistence—say, trying to swim the 110 miles from Cuba to Florida without a shark-proof cage. And then there’s Diana Nyad persistence—trying four more times, despite rough seas and stormy weather, hours-long asthma attacks and paralyzing jellyfish stings, until she succeeded—all after turning 60 years old. Nyad could also brand leadership, resilience and success. Here’s her take on them and more.

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Podcast: Mentoring Millennials with Lindsey Pollak

Lindsey Pollak, often called a “translator” among the generations, shares her insights, opinions and the latest research about today’s 20-somethings in this 30-minute recording of her recent teleclass. Listen below (or read the transcript) to pick up some actionable strategies to harness the power of your Millennial workers. http://media.blubrry.com/paconferenceforwomen/p/cdn.conferencesforwomen.org/2014/Lindsey-Pollak-teleclass.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | Google Podcasts | RSS

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Best Boss Practices: Giving Constructive Criticism

“Delivering negative feedback is hard in any sphere, but it’s especially awkward at work, where you may not know the person well and you anticipate he or she may get defensive, become sullen or even tear up,” says Kate White, former editor in chief of Cosmopolitan and author of I Shouldn’t Be Telling You This: How to Ask for Money, Snag the Promotion and Create the Career You Deserve. “But the … [ more ]

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