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The concept of timeliness is only one of the many nonverbal variants you encounter when doing business internationally
On a speaking tour a few years ago, I traveled from the United Arab Emirates to China to India to Malaysia to the Philippines to Indonesia – and it seemed to me that in each country, the audience was arriving later and later. When I reached Jakarta, my program was scheduled for 7:00 p.m. “Just ignore that announcement,” I was advised. “We tell people to get here at seven, hoping they will arrive by eight. But just to be on the safe side, we never begin the program before nine.”
Contrast that to a recent experience in Toronto where my speech was scheduled to open the conference at 8:00 a.m. In order to check the audio-visual equipment I arrived an hour early, only to see a line of people already standing outside the auditorium. Concerned that I had misunderstood the agenda, I grabbed the meeting planner. “Don’t worry, “ she assured me, “you’ve got plenty of time. We Canadians just have a habit of getting places early.”
Here’s the question: Which was right – the Indonesian concept of “rubber time” or the Canadian view of promptness?
Your answer, of course, depends on the cultural standards you grew up with --because different cultures relate to time very differently.
Body language is the management of time, space, appearance, posture, gesture, touch, facial expression, eye contact, and voice. The concept of timeliness is only one of the many nonverbal variants you encounter when doing business internationally.
Become the ‘TOP CHEF” of Your Career Change
Career reinvention is a lot like cooking and YOU are the top chef! Use your passion and the ingredients you’ve been given to create the career of your dreams full of flavors, layers and balance.
More people than ever are questioning their current career path either because they have to, or better yet simply want to! Consider this data: 23 year low in job satisfaction (Harvard Business School), 84% of people say they will look for a new job in 2011 (Business News Daily)
Your career change, transition and reinvention is really about taking who you are, what you do and making it relevant and effective in today’s business environment. That may require some reinvention.
On the Food Channels Chopped, they have 4 chefs go head to head through 3 courses: appetizer, main course and dessert using a basket of 4 diverse, often not complimentary ingredients. They use their style and these ingredients as the base (you and your skills), find a way to mix them together (re-purpose and adapt you and your skills), plate and present them (re-brand and put yourself out there).
The process of cooking and career change are quite similar. You take your passion and expertise, together with your skills and qualities, prepare them , mix them together, present them and serve them!
10 Body Language Mistakes Women Leaders Make
There are two sets of body language cues that followers look for in women leaders: warmth (empathy, likeability, caring) and authority (power, credibility, status). And, although the goal is a balance of both warmth and authority, there are circumstances when one set of signals is the most effective (for example, encouraging collaboration requires more warmth signals from leaders). Although I know several leaders of both sexes who do not fit the stereotypes, I’ve also observed that gender differences in body language most often align with these two groupings. Women are seen as champions in the warmth and empathy arena, but often lose out with power and authority cues.
If a female wants to be perceived as powerful, credible, and confident, she has to be aware of the nonverbal signals she’s sending. There are a number of behaviors I’ve seen women unknowingly employ that reduce their authority by denoting vulnerability or submission. Based on information from "The Silent Language of Leaders: How Body Language Can Help -- or Hurt -- How You Lead," here are ten body language mistakes that women leaders commonly make.
The art and science of mirroring
My husband and his father were talking in the kitchen when I walked into the room. I’ll always remember that sight: they were sitting at the table, mirror images of one another. Both men were leaning back with their hands behind their heads and their elbows wide apart, and both had their legs loosely crossed. They were deeply engrossed in conversation—totally oblivious to the physical postures they had assumed. I didn’t have to overhear what they were saying to realize that (at that moment) father and son were in total rapport!
We all do it. It’s called limbic synchrony, and it’s hardwired into the human brain.
Babies do it even before birth; their heartbeats and body functions take on a rhythm that matches those of their mothers. As adults, we do it when we are talking with someone we like, are interested in, or agree with. We subconsciously switch our body posture to match that of the other person – mirroring that person’s nonverbal behavior and signaling that we are connected and engaged.
In Confucius’ teaching the ultimate duty for leaders is to utilize whatever power and authority they have to bring peace to the world
As a six year-old girl, I would sit on my great grandfather’s lap and make him guess who I was. His eye-sight was not brilliant but he could recognise faces without difficulties. It was a game we played. Instead of calling my name, he would say, “It is old man Wong and little girl White sitting on a rock.” He invented the little rhyme for my middle name and sang it out loud in great joy. Then he would tell me the moral stories passed on from generation to generation by the ancient Chinese masters. Since he passed away, I moved on with life and my career leaving his words behind.