Women and business

Breaking the Glass Ceiling

by Karen Keller, Ph.D.

For decades now, there have been reports going back and for on whether the glass ceiling (the invisible limit for promotion that women frequently see in business) has been shattered or whether it still exists in a big way. I’ll posit that, while in general the glass ceiling exists in the workplace, I think that should never stop women from trying to get ahead at work.

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How Women and Creativity Go Together

by Karen Keller, Ph.D.

When you’re sitting in your office, looking at the bottom line and developing new strategies and presentations on how to improve sales and drive revenue, sometimes it can feel as though there is no use for creativity in your corporate job. But let me tell you that it is far from the case. Many of the right-brained, numbers driven jobs that used to be American are getting outsourced to other countries where the language barrier doesn’t affect production and costs are much lower.

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The Importance of Passion in Business

by Karen Keller, Ph.D.

It happens from time to time: we get in a rut. Wake up, shower, get dressed, get the kids off to school, commute, sit at your desk for 9-10 hours, commute, make dinner, go to bed, repeat. Sometimes it may almost seem like it is easy to switch to auto pilot, but when you do, trust me, it shows in your work. Clients or other executive may notice that your work just isn’t as inspired as it once was. When this happens, you need to rekindle a romance. A romance with your work.

Passion for your work is just as important as passion in a relationship. It keeps things new and exciting and keeps you wanting more. People can see your passion and they respond to it positively, whether they’re employees or clients. So you can see how important it is to keep that flame burning for your company. Here are a few tips to keep the passion alive at your job.

Pick an exciting side project.
Of course, I understand that there are some necessary parts of business that are just plain boring, but they have to be done. When you can’t get around the boring aspects of your job, start a side project that you’re passionate about. This could mean

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For most executives today, we are constantly doing business. Business in the car, in the office, at lunch, in the airport. We can do business anywhere thanks to modern technology and the wonderful invention of smartphones. iPhones and their apps have taken the mobile world by storm, so it pays to turn your iPhone from time passing device into an efficiency powerhouse. Here are the top five iPhone apps for career women everywhere.

Evernote: This software’s tagline is “Remember everything” and that’s exactly what it helps you do. Take notes, make lists, record thoughts or photos. You can keep them all in your Evernote account, which you can access from your phone or computer, depending on whatever is most convenient for you.

Xpense Tracker: Keeping track of every last little expense when you’re traveling for work. With this app, you can keep track of everything from a cup of coffee to airfare. It also has a

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We’ve all heard the saying “It’s a dog eat dog world” and sometimes, that’s the case. As smart, successful women, we’ve had to work very hard to get the jobs we have and once we get there, we can’t just rest on our laurels. Oh no, we’ve got to continue to work hard and to stay relevant in our respective industries, or someone else will replace us. This may sound like a pretty harsh thing for me to say, but it’s the truth. For some of us though, it’s become our number one truth. We spend so much of our time worrying about competing with our peers that we become obsessed with always coming out on top.

We become convinced that everyone is competing just as hard as we are and, therefore, will use any opportunity to get ahead, even if it means stepping over you. When this happens, something in us shifts and we become much less accessible to the people in our lives, whether that’s your peers, your employees or even your family.

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Ask and You Shall Receive

by Karen Keller, Ph.D.

How many times have you had an annual or quarterly review and leave thinking to yourself, “They passed me up for a promotion yet again just because I’m a woman”? Well, the simple fact of the matter is that you may have been passed over for a raise or promotion because you didn’t ask. Men tend to ask for raises and be proactive about requesting promotions, which is why they leave reviews with the promotion and you leave feeling passed over once more. Don’t let success slip past you again! Learn to be aggressive by asking for what you deserve.

Set a number
Don’t go into negotiations with an open-ended deal. This is a sure fire way to leave with less than you deserve. Before you go into your meeting, set down a minimum amount that you are willing to except for a raise. Now that you have that number, never mention that as a possibility when you ask for a raise. Write down the optimal amount that you would

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Do you wake up each day with a laundry list of things to do for your business? Your family? I know I do – we’re really not that much different! One of the most beautiful parts of my day is looking back at the end of it and clearly seeing what I accomplished. The things I helped other people accomplish. It’s like going to school and coming home with a report card filled with A’s every day. Getting things done and having people send you smiles in the process? A complete business win.
But are you missing the boat?
Being generous with our business practices is one of the best efforts we can make, yet we often file it away on the

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Troublemakers at the executive level are the most difficult to deal with – because they have power. Nothing worse than a jerk with authority. They don’t respond to the disapproving look or your hints of objection. Most are poor communicators and lack effective leadership skills. No, they believe they are beyond correction or reprimand. Research[...]

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Business Coaching: Expect Good Stuff

by Karen Keller, Ph.D.

Great business coaching can really make a huge impact in not just your job, but also your life. You can expect quite a shake in a few areas. These are my favorites.

To begin with, business coaching can change the way you think. A good coach will challenge you to change the way you think about every aspect of your career and your day-to-day workflow. This helps you identify opportunities for improvement and will help you discover the core problem with any issues you may be having at work.

Business coaching means getting insights from unique and often completely different perspectives than yours. And having someone outside the situation looking in can be invaluable. Coaches often come from all kinds of backgrounds, from the legal field to medicine, the corporate world to the political arena. The best coaches are

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Unfortunately, there are still a number of industries in which the gender pay gap is still rearing its ugly head to keep women from getting all they deserve. According to the book “Women Don’t Ask” by Linda Babcock and Sara Lascher, a huge reason these gender gaps in salary still exist is because women are reluctant to negotiate.

There were five basic steps to follow to make sure you are getting the same pay as your male counterparts, and see to your career advancement as well.

1. Find a position in a division of the business that is growing, not shrinking or stagnate. You would think this is common sense,

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