Success & Leadership

Boss Talk: The Art of Holding a Meeting

Amanda_Bruno_headshotIf 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. Read More

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Exclusive Interview: Diana Nyad’s Xtreme Life Lessons

Nyad-Diana-200x235There’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. Read More

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Podcast: Mentoring Millennials with Lindsey Pollak

Lindsey PollakLindsey 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. Read More

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Best Boss Practices: Giving Constructive Criticism

Kate White“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 biggest mistake is not having the talk at all because your criticism is going to leak out in ways that won’t be constructive.”

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Crack the Confidence Code — Podcast with Katty Kay

Katty KayWhy do so many women—even women who have achieved unprecedented success in the public and private sectors—lack the self-assurance that drives many of their male colleagues?

“Psychologists uniformly agree that a little bit of overconfidence is better than a little bit of under-confidence, which is what most women suffer from,” says BBC World News America anchor Katty Kay.

In this podcast, Kay explains the research behind confidence, plus why—and how—women should work on boosting the confidence they’ve got.

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Build Your Persuasive Power — Podcast with Amy Richards

Richards, AmysmLearning to lead means building consensus. In this episode of Conference for Women’s radio show, “Office Hours,” author Amy Richards explains how you can strategically bring people around to your way of thinking.

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Lateral Moves for Long-term Career Growth

Mary Campbell PhotoBecky O'Loughlin photoFeaturing Mary Campbell, QVC Senior Vice President of Commerce Platforms, QVC, Inc. , and

Becky O’Loughlin, Vice President HR US Business & Corporate Shared Services, QVC, Inc.

“Twice in my career, I took a step backwards to move forward,” says Becky O’Loughlin, Vice President HR US Business & Corporate Shared Services at West Chester, PA-based QVC, Inc., the world’s leading video and ecommerce retailer. “I believe that the best way to achieve longevity in a career is to follow your passion, even if that means making a lateral or backwards move.” Read More

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Courage: Taking the Risk to Think Differently—Podcast with Renata Black

“The more you fail and learn from failure, the faster you’re going to get where you’re meant to be,” said Renata Black in the Conference for Women’s online radio show, “Office Hours.”

Black, an entrepreneur, philanthropist and humanitarian, is chairwoman of Seven Bar Foundation, which has fueled more than 2,500 women-owned businesses through microfinance. She spoke candidly to host Samantha Ettus about social entrepreneurship, mentors and networking, failure and success, and happiness and destiny in this 30-minute podcast. Read More

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Is It Time to Rethink Your Leadership Style?

alison youngAs businesses evolve in this increasingly digital, entrepreneurial climate, the old qualities of leadership are giving way to new skills—like collaboration and negotiation—that are essential in the 21st century, says Alison Young, executive director of Drexel University’s Institute for Strategic Leadership at LeBow College of Business.  Read on for four qualities you need to be a leader today.

You have achieved success as a leader and it feels great.  Peers, colleagues and employees look up to you.  There are numerous awards and accolades to honor you.  And most times, that achievement comes with monetary rewards and incentives.  But the model of successful leadership characterized by traditional hierarchy may be becoming obsolete in 21st century businesses. The trend is heading towards leadership more by collaborative teams, or rather, organizations adopting a focus on group rather than individual successes.  Meaning, it’s time to rethink what it takes to be a successful leader. Read More

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Mindfully Balancing Work & Life: Podcast

Christine Carter“Practicing daily gratitude shifts your lens on the world.”

In our recent online radio show, Christine Carter, Ph.D.,the author of RAISING HAPPINESS: 10 Simple Steps for More Joyful Kids and Happier Parents and Samantha Ettus discussed how making small, mindful changes can lead to big shifts in happiness.

One of the biggest keys to happiness, says Dr. Carter, is acknowledging all emotions—whether yours, your partner’s, your child’s or your coworker’s, because when you numb the difficult emotions, you set yourself to numb all your emotions, including profound joy, gratitude or compassion. Read More

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