The Essentials: Getting the Feedback You Need
Women at Work | Harvard Business Review
by Harvard Business Review
6d ago
What do you do when no one will give you actionable and useful feedback? That’s the situation our guest, an aerospace engineer, has been in for years. And while she’s managed to move up within her company, she feels like she’s missing out on information that would clarify her standing there and secure her future success. Ella Bell, an expert on interpersonal communication and organizational behavior, shares creative ways to draw out people’s perceptions of your performance and potential. She also offers advice on how to make sense of the feedback you do receive. It can be especially tricky if ..read more
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The Essentials: Managing Projects
Women at Work | Harvard Business Review
by Harvard Business Review
2w ago
We’re in a project economy, where so much of our work is developing something new — a product, a service, an event. That means that many of us manage projects, even if “project manager” isn’t in our official job title. And we’re typically doing this work alongside others, on a deadline, often with multiple stakeholders involved, while objectives and circumstances continuously change. It’s not easy, and it’s no wonder that people get certified in project management: it’s a discipline that’s surprisingly deep, from planning to close-out. A former clinical social worker who recently pivoted to pr ..read more
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The Essentials: Playing Office Politics
Women at Work | Harvard Business Review
by Harvard Business Review
2w ago
Everyone at work has their own priorities, concerns, and agendas, and knowing what those are allows us to navigate projects and meetings more deliberately and successfully. But how do you get the intel you need to achieve the results you want, especially if you’re the odd woman out in a male-dominated company and industry? What exactly does “political capital” mean? And how does one begin to change exclusionary and toxic politics so that they’re inclusive and healthy? Organizational psychologist Madeleine Wyatt answers those questions and offers advice on how to become more politically savvy ..read more
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Season 8 Highlights — and a Host Reunion!
Women at Work | Harvard Business Review
by Harvard Business Review
2M ago
Former co-hosts Sarah, Nicole, and Emily reunite with the Amys to discuss the insights and advice that most resonated with them from this season, from how they gained their team’s trust as a first-time manager to how they’re now thinking about retirement. They also talk about their related personal and professional experiences, and share how they’ve been doing since they left the show and HBR. If you haven’t listened to Season 8 in full, this episode also serves as an overview so you can pick and choose what you want to go back and listen to. The episode ends with each of the hosts sharing wha ..read more
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How to Push for Policy Changes at Your Company
Women at Work | Harvard Business Review
by Harvard Business Review
2M ago
When you have an idea for a change that would make your workplace better for women, where do you begin? How can you push for a childcare stipend, a company-wide pay audit, a more comprehensive health care plan, or an ombuds office? If you instigate the change, do you have to be the face of it? What are the other roles you can play? Two experts in systemic, organizational change explain the behind-the-scenes strategizing, relationship building, and risk management that should happen before approaching the people in charge, who will then need to support, fund, and build out the proposal. And bec ..read more
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Working While Managing Your Child’s Mental Health
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by Harvard Business Review
2M ago
When your child is struggling, whether it’s with anxiety or anger management or depression, focusing on anything but how they’re doing can be difficult to nearly impossible. Yet so many parents are straining day after day to support their children while trying to keep up at work. And so many lack enough flexibility, understanding, and paid time off from their employer to take care of everything they need to do, from finding their children a therapist to taking them to appointments. What can mothers, managers, and leaders do to make work more manageable? The executive director of the children’s ..read more
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When Your Partner Isn’t Giving You the Support You Need
Women at Work | Harvard Business Review
by Harvard Business Review
3M ago
Before you got engaged, or had a child, or moved across the country for your partner’s job, did you sit down and ask each other questions like, What makes for a good life? and How much work is too much? Yeah, neither did we. These are the sorts of conversations that researcher Jennifer Petriglieri says lay the foundation for couples, especially working parents, to have a mutually supportive relationship and satisfying, if demanding, careers. A woman named Rebecca remembers talking with her husband in depth about their values and goals early on in their relationship. It was a conversation that ..read more
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Respect for Any Body Size
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by Harvard Business Review
3M ago
Have you ever hesitated to take on a particular role or get up in front of other people because you felt self-conscious about your weight? Or worried that others would see you as unprofessional or “not equipped” for leadership positions? Perhaps you’ve made offhand comments about a colleague’s eating habits? Weight bias is everywhere, including at work, and yet it’s rarely discussed openly or made part of efforts to create equitable and inclusive workplaces. It should be, especially given what we know about the economic and emotional costs to women who are on the receiving end of this stigma ..read more
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Introducing Getting Along
Women at Work | Harvard Business Review
by Harvard Business Review
3M ago
Ever worked with somebody who can’t make a decision? Or who complains about anything and everything? Is there a person on your team who explains things that others already clearly understand? Does your boss put down your accomplishments? No one should have to put up with rude, unprofessional, or hostile behavior from a colleague. You can counteract and even preempt it by using certain tactics and phrases. Amy Gallo will teach you which ones, plus how and when to deploy them, through coaching sessions with real women dealing with different types of difficult people. Sign up for the Women at Wor ..read more
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Have You Started Thinking About Retirement?
Women at Work | Harvard Business Review
by Harvard Business Review
3M ago
Retirement is a major decision that takes planning and reflection. Ideally, you want to make the transition in a way that leaves you feeling happy and engaged, not lonely, lost, or bored. So, let’s talk about the seeds that should be sown before your last day in the workforce. Two women who very recently retired recount their decision-making process, describe how the transition has been so far, and share lessons from their personal experiences. We then hear from Ann Bundy, who’s an expert on retirement, having written a practical guide on the topic and having recently retired herself. She give ..read more
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