Office Hours: How to Own Up to a Mistake at Work

Admitting to a work screw-up is like knowing CPR. You want to be good at it, but not because you’ve had a lot of real-life practice. It’s also like CPR in the sense that the slower you are to act, the worse the outcome is likely to be.

To help you know what to do on the spot, we asked two senior executives—both have seen and heard it all—for their advice on the best way to own up to a mistake. Read More

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Office Hours: Help for When a Colleague Makes More Than You

You just found out that a coworker is paid more than you. But the two of you have the same job. What should you do?

You could call your network (and you should). You could also read our new column, “Office Hours,” where we’ll be posing your burning career questions to our board members and other Conference for Women friends.

Here’s what four business leaders from our boards would recommend doing if you’re underpaid—advice you can take to the bank, literally! Read More

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Bringing Men into the Conversation

Deb PineBy Deb Pine, Executive Director, Center for Women and Business, Bentley University

Though the experiences that have catalyzed the #MeToo movement are deeply disturbing, I’m encouraged by the heightened awareness of sexual harassment in the workplace and inspired by the brave women who are speaking out. While the movement has put the spotlight on inappropriate power dynamics, it’s important to recognize the underlying issue: gender inequality in the workplace. Women continue to face conscious and unconscious bias, which limits opportunities for advancement and leadership. In 2017, men held 80 percent of the C-suite level roles in the Fortune 500. Read More

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Secrets to Being a Great Idea Person

Have you ever been in a brainstorming meeting that wasn’t a waste of time? Chances are no if the goal was to hit upon something truly original and innovative.

“Often in a business setting, people are using best practices in brainstorming, and that’s a large part of the problem,” says Jennifer Mueller, associate professor of management at the University of San Diego School of Business and author of Creative Change: How We Resist It… How We Can Embrace It. “How can you choose something new when the criterion is what has been successful?” Read More

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Free Teleclass | What No One Tells You About Negotiating

Amy TraskWhat No One Tells You About Negotiating
Tuesday, January 30, 2018
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The New Networking Roadmap: Building the Relationships You Need to Succeed | Podcast

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In this hyper-connected world, where everyone is posting, liking and friending fast and furiously, are you actually leveraging your connections successfully? In this 30-minute teleclass, networking expert J. Kelly Hoey will provide some of her innovative strategies for forming strong relationships—the genuine, long-lasting kind that is mutually beneficial. Master the social tools at your disposal, and never clutter your calendar with dead-end coffee dates and endless informational interviews again! Read More

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Free Teleclass | The New Networking Roadmap: Building the Relationships You Need to Succeed

Kelly HoeyThe New Networking Roadmap: Building the Relationships You Need to Succeed
Tuesday, October 31, 2017
1:00-1:30 pm

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Office Politics: When Bosses Behave Badly

Power may not always corrupt, but it sure can bring out the egomaniac in some managers. That’s what industrial and organizational psychologist Amy Cooper Hakim found while doing research to update her book (which was originally written by her grandmother), Working with Difficult People: Handling the Ten Types of Problem People Without Losing Your Mind.

Of the 10 kinds of bad bosses you might encounter (yes, there are that many!), she says that narcissists are quite common. “Someone who is cold-blooded and ego-driven as a boss was probably like that as a subordinate, but it didn’t affect her manager, or for that matter, her colleagues, the way it now affects her direct reports,” Hakim explains. “When used for good, power can achieve great things. But when used improperly by a narcissist, it leads to bullying, which spirals downward and hurts productivity and morale.” Read More

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Mastering Civility: The Easiest Way to Boost Your Career | Podcast

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From talking over others to not saying thank you, rudeness in the workplace can cut deeply and hijack focus. Even if people want to perform well, they can’t. Ultimately incivility hurts the bottom line. In this 30-minute teleclass, Christine Porath, professor of management at Georgetown University and author of Mastering Civility: A Manifesto for the Workplace, will share why it pays to be civil and how you can enhance your influence and effectiveness just by being civil. Everyone who is a manager or aspires to be one must sit in on on this class!
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Free Teleclass | Mastering Civility: The Easiest Way to Boost Your Career

Mastering Civility: The Easiest Way to Boost Your Career
Tuesday, September 26, 2017
1:00-1:30 pm

Eventbrite - Mastering Civility: The Easiest Way to Boost Your Career (Free Teleclass w/ Christine Porath)

*Meet Christine Porath at the Author Signing Power Hour at this year’s Opening Night on 12/6!

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