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. Read More

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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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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.

Some takeaways from the call:

—Realize that your greatest tool in business is your personal rolodex.

—Stay in touch with mentors and ask for help from those you admire.

—Want to be a social entrepreneur? Your product has to be as great as your cause.

—Courage is finding happiness in the smallest details of life.

Listen to the full 30-minute call here

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Black-RenatasmAbout Renata Mutis Black: Renata is the chairwoman of Seven Bar Foundation, a social enterprise that fuels microfinance institutions. In 2007, Black established Earth Aid India, a microfinance program that placed 800 women in village banking groups. Having witnessed the transformative force of this program, Black established the Seven Bar Foundation and trademarked couture and lingerie shows in the top 15 markets as brand awareness events for the foundation.  In 2012, Black launched the Empowered By You brand, a line of lingerie that donates 20% of every sale to empower women via microfinance. Black is currently the vice chair of the Young Presidents Organization’s CSR network and a member of 85 Broads, Women on Wall Street and Advertising Women of New York. @Renata_M_Black

Samantha-Ettus-2013-120x120About Sam Ettus: Sam is the leading lifestyle and parenting expert for working women. Ettus has coached thousands of women, from celebrities, to entrepreneurs, top CEO’s and professional athletes. Ettus is a best-selling author of four Random House books and a contributor to Forbes and Disney’s parenting site, Babble. She hosts a nationally syndicated radio show for working moms and has interviewed countless luminaries from Al Roker to Bethenny Frankel and Mary J. Blige. Ettus has made hundreds of local and national TV appearances and is a sought after speaker at corporations, conferences and colleges. Ettus earned her B.A. and M.B.A. from Harvard University. Connect with Sam here. @SAMANTHAETTUS

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Trust Yourself—and Take Some Risks

Linda ZecherLinda K. Zecher is President and CEO at global education leader Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. As a transformational leader who has embraced change throughout her career—at Microsoft, Texas Instruments, Oracle, and other companies—we asked Linda to reflect on her experiences of transition from both a personal and professional perspective.

You’ve made a number of career transitions – to what extent was your trajectory planned? Read More

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Leadership Lessons Learned: My Greatest Mistakes

MA - Houghton mifflin Mary Cullinane_jpgby Mary Cullinane

What is effective leadership?  I hate to break the news to you, but I just don’t think there’s a checklist or an easy answer to that question.  We spend a lot of time discussing key traits, management styles and necessary leadership skills in an attempt to come up with a foolproof formula for success. We wonder if leadership qualities are innate or learned or gendered, and we debate how to measure capability or how best to mentor others. Read More

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Dr. Christine Carter on 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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Seven Little-Known Tips to Easily Build Thought Leadership in 140 Characters or Less

New Vision Lena WestOne of the biggest complaints I get about Twitter is the 140-character limitation. Many entrepreneurs feel they don’t have enough space to really share what they want to say. However, others have welcomed the on-board requirement of editing their missives down to the essential thoughts.

This type of self-editing does not come naturally to most, so below are tactics you can use to make leveraging Twitter easier while still getting your point across and underscoring your brand. Read More

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Stella & Dot CEO Jessica Herrin on Building a Powerful Brand

jessica herrin photo“Recognize that the only way you’re really going to fail is if you give up.” -Jessica Herrin

Jessica Herrin, founder and CEO of Stella & Dot and past Massachusetts Conference for Women keynote, shared lessons learned in her career path in an online radio conversation with Samantha Ettus, hosted by the Conference. Click the link below to listen to the full 30-minute radio show. Read More

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