December 2016 Newsletter

Free Teleclass | Broadcasting Happiness: Simple, Proven Strategies to Increase Happiness at Work

Michelle GielanBroadcasting Happiness: Simple, Proven Strategies to Improve Happiness at Work
Tuesday, December 20, 2016
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Be True to Yourself—and Thrive Professionally

Francesca GinoResearch by Francesca Gino, Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School

You’ve done your homework and built your résumé. You know that in order to advance in your career you need to lean in. Still, you avoid some opportunities that could advance your career. How many times have you held back from speaking in a key meeting, or hesitated about asking for a challenging new assignment? You may assume you check yourself for fear of failure. But if you look deeper, it’s probably because putting yourself forward doesn’t feel authentic. Read More

Engaging Men Is Critical to Creating an Inclusive Culture

dawn-frazier-bohnertFeaturing Dawn Frazier-Bohnert, Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer, Liberty Mutual Insurance

Diversity is about all of us. That was the message of Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer Dawn Frazier-Bohnert when she launched the diversity and inclusion (D&I) office at Liberty Mutual Insurance in 2013.

This statement may sound a bit unusual, since the work of diversity and inclusion has historically been geared toward promoting opportunities for women and minorities to enter the corporate world. But through ongoing discussions with her peers in other Fortune 100 D&I departments, and listening sessions with over 150 men at Liberty, Frazier-Bohnert found that typically what would happen in the push for diversity is that some men, and particularly white men, often felt excluded from the work and like an obstacle to its progress, intentionally or not. Read More

7 Uplifting Stories of Women Working Together

Alex and Ani #carrylightAt ALEX AND ANI, most of the employees are women: strong, supportive of each other and inspired by Founder, CEO and Chief Creative Officer Carolyn Rafaelian. Her belief that every individual has the power to spark change in the world sets the office abuzz with energy, and her emphasis on helping and uplifting one another creates a virtuous cycle of excitement, collaboration and empowerment.

Encouraging each other. Achieving together. Celebrating everyone’s journey. Carrying the light. Every day, team members live what ALEX AND ANI promotes: connecting humanity in a positive and inspiring way. Here’s how they #CARRYLIGHT in the workplace: Read More

Networking Advice for People Who Feel Awkward Approaching Other People

sklar-rachelLucky for women in tech and new media, Rachel Sklar is not known for being reticent. Once, she even publicly confronted Graydon Carter, editor-in-chief of Vanity Fair, about publishing an article that claimed that women aren’t funny.

“I wasn’t as articulate as I would have wanted, but I said my piece and stood my ground,” says Sklar, co-founder of non-profit Change the Ratio and membership organization Theli.st (which both seek to increase women’s access to career opportunities). She adds that she then went home and cried. Read More

Carla Harris on How to Lead and Succeed

Carla HarrisWhen Carla Harris first went to Harvard 30-some years ago, she had two beliefs that she ended up adjusting. The first was that Harris, now a vice chairman and managing director at Morgan Stanley, would be a lawyer.

The second: that only her professors would have things to teach her. “I actually learned as much from my classmates, who were from all over the country and the world,” she says. “The many different perspectives opened my eyes to everything, from the Holocaust to the best library to study in.”

No doubt, Harris’s adaptability as well as her growth mindset has helped her compete on Wall Street—and conquer it. In a couple of days, she will be a keynote speaker at the Massachusetts Conference for Women; in the meantime, here, the author of Strategize to Win: The New Way to Start Out, Step Up, or Start Over Your Career shares some of the lessons she has learned while climbing the corporate ladder: Read More

In Praise of First Jobs

As mindless as many first jobs are, they can prove to be invaluable experiences. How else would many of us know how to carry six plates at a time or fold sweaters so neatly? On a more serious note, starter stints can teach useful lessons about people, ourselves and the nature of work. Check out what initiated some of our 2016 speakers into the world of gainful employment—and what they learned. Read More

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