@WICT – September 2014

Women in Cable Telecommunications. Creating Leaders. Together.

Vol. IV No. 3

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Here are some tactics to help you signal intelligence without saying a word.

Human beings are remarkably perceptive creatures and our senses work together to form opinions of others without conscious awareness, simply based on what we see and hear. For example, a recent U.K. study found that 43% of people surveyed “believe glasses make a person look more intelligent.” Another study showed that using a middle initial as part of your professional name lends a “certain cachet” that may benefit you. There’s one area where our desire to be seen as smarter can backfire, and that’s in writing. Believe it or not, using “grandiose vocabulary” in your written documents can actually make others think you’re trying too hard to make a good impression. “Put another
way: Simpler writing seems smarter.”

http://goo.gl/Y2yQFa Source: Julie Beck (@JulieEBeck) for The Atlantic (@TheAtlantic)


Negativity can spread like wildfire; here are tips to help leaders promote positivity in the workplace.

Almost every team has a colleague whose bad attitude has the potential to derail an entire project. Allowing this behavior to persist “can result in harmful effects, such as reduced productivity, decreased group morale, increased stress, wasted time, hindered creativity and innovation, and higher employee turnover.” As a leader, it’s your job to identify the negative behaviors and work with the individual in question before problems escalate. Set goals for change and schedule regular meetings to check in on his or her progress. “The key is addressing the issue quickly and promoting positivity and happiness throughout the workplace.”

http://goo.gl/sdYFfK Source: Zeynep Ilgaz for Entrepreneur (@EntMagazine)

Learn how to effectively lead your team and continue to grow the company in a more harmonious way.

As a leader, you are responsible for the overall success of your team as well as each individual you oversee. Take the time to learn about your people and work with them to ensure that what they’re doing allows their talents to shine. “Empowerment of people into their greatness is an asset any company can have if they take time to learn it, do it and then grow it.” Try to remain upbeat in the face of obstacles, because it will ultimately allow people “to have something to grab onto when the going gets tough.” Maintain open lines of communication at all times so when there’s bad news to share, “people will appreciate the message more when it comes from a place of truth and

http://goo.gl/vtl2cc Source: Colleen Lindberg (@CLCConsult) for The e.MILE People Development Magazine (@PDiscoveryUK)

Think of career decisions in the larger context of your life. Ask yourself: Will I regret this course of action?

Oftentimes when we make decisions, we don’t consider the big picture. For instance, when your boss is asking for volunteers to take on a stretch assignment, you might brush it off because you don’t want to absorb the added workload. “Look beyond how it’s going to affect you in this moment and the foreseeable future.” If you let the opportunity pass you by, you might miss out on gaining skills and confidence that will benefit you for years to come. The short-term stress and the added work may be worth it in the end. “Looking at the situation from behind a filter of the future of your career can help you make a decision that you know you won’t regret.”

http://goo.gl/UlIMV6 Source: Avery Augustine for The Muse (@DailyMuse)

Feeling stuck? Call on your confidence and courage to move; trust that you can and will thrive through ambiguity.

“The longer you stand still, the harder it is to move.” If you feel that your career isn’t progressing the way you’d like it to, you alone are responsible for taking action. “Set a deadline for your next move that is in the very near term” and do everything in your power to work toward it. Because we fear change and will often talk ourselves out of it, enlist the support of a trusted friend or advisor in your efforts and hold yourself accountable to him or her. Stretch yourself to get out of your comfort zone and don’t wait until every piece of the puzzle falls into place. “To get unstuck you need to take a step forward, not only think about taking the step.”

http://goo.gl/mTBpb0 Source: Alli Polin (@AlliPolin)

You’ve attended a networking event. Now what? Learn how to follow up like a pro.

“A networking event is just the jumping-off point for starting a new professional relationship–your follow-up is the key to developing it.” Craft short, friendly emails to those individuals you’d like to stay in touch with, and connect with them on LinkedIn. Remember that a significant part of networking is about what you can offer the other person, so take the lead and “seek out opportunities in which you can help someone with a need they have.” Earn a reputation as someone who pays it forward in this way, and “people will be attracted to you and will want to help you in return.” When your relationships have grown stronger, you can be more intentional about tapping into
your connections to help yourself and others grow in your careers.

http://goo.gl/hDrdR6 Source: Darrah Brustein (@DarrahB) for Forbes (@Forbes)

For all the gains made by women in the highest levels of U.S. companies, most are still in the wrong jobs.

While women have made tremendous strides in corporate leadership, “a majority of top-ranked women in the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index aren’t in the kinds of operational jobs that lead to the corner office.” Instead, those high-level women tend to lead the finance, human resources or legal functions within their companies. “Women, lacking role models, tend to start in functional positions, and companies are still more likely in 2014 to promote a man in a line job than a woman.” Organizations should keep a close watch on high-potential women and move them into operational functions to prepare them for top jobs. Overall, male-dominated corporate boards are responsible for
ensuring that “executives who show promise are given a chance at a line job sooner, regardless of their gender.”

http://goo.gl/bSoKD2 Source: Jeff Green (@JeffAGreen) for Bloomberg Businessweek (@BW)

Learn how to manage a flexible workforce without sacrificing productivity.

While allowing flexible work arrangements has an “extremely positive impact on employee engagement, motivation, and satisfaction,” managers struggle with trying to balance that flexibility with productivity. Employees generally want to be productive and successful, so the solution lies in implementing policies that set “clear expectations for when work is required, and when they should simply take a break.” As the lines between work and home become increasingly blurred, managers should offer consideration should the needs of home and life occasionally overlap with work. “If managers stay ahead of the curve, they can manage the flexible workplace while keeping workers happy
and productive.”

http://goo.gl/UGzNAQ Source: Kira Makagon (@KiraMakagon) for Fast Company (@FastCompany)

A recent study shows that working from home can make you happier, but face time at the office has value, too.

Research by the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control found that when employees were given more control over their work schedules, they “felt happier and less stressed, had more energy and were using their time more effectively.” This creates challenges in some organizations because “the tendency to attach positive traits to longer hours in the office is often subconscious.” There are benefits to be gained from in-person interactions as well, as “unexpected insights and collaborative possibilities can emerge when people are in the same room.” In order for flex time arrangements to be successful, they must be supported at all levels and the culture
must adapt accordingly.

http://goo.gl/ZCwISA Source: Phyllis Korkki (@PhyllisKorkki) for The New York Times (@NYTimes)

Explore new approaches to integrate work and life to create more space for yourself.

The old paradigm of work/life balance has been replaced with “integration,” and our addiction to technology “makes completely unplugging difficult at the best of times, and virtually impossible at others.” There are strategies you can employ to ensure that you carve out time to recharge. For instance, you undoubtedly use your calendar to note important appointments and meetings, and there’s no reason why you can’t also use it to mark out free time for yourself. “Even if not specific, block it off. This is your time–and YOU deserve to be on YOUR calendar.”

http://goo.gl/W83pDR Source: Christie Mims (@RevolutionsClub) for The Way Women Work (@TheWayWomenWork)


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