Working an altered schedule can give you greater control over how you spend your time.Read More
As a weekly contributor to Forbes for nearly the last two years, Lelia regularly shares her insights into career fulfilment, negotiation, and workplace dynamics for women. Her work had been translated into 6 languages and published in 13 countries.
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Invariably, there’s a lot of chatter about resolutions this time of year. Every January we seem to have a collective epiphany about eating better, saving money, and getting in shape.
Real talk about resolutions: You probably won’t be a fundamentally different person in January than you are in July. So why do we all try to make a change at the same time, and why are the changes so often doomed to fail?Read More
Being pregnant at work can be exhausting. My support network is both insightful and hilarious – advising me to “follow the koala”. I share their great advice and my experience with a particularly nosy post office customer.Read More
The application I’d submitted to join a leadership development program was not accepted. Unfortunately, the rejection email had landed in my inbox a few hours before I was about to give a speech. While I wasn’t devastated, my confidence was a bit shaken. Rejection stings.
Here are two tools I’ve discovered to become more resilient and bounce back after failure.Read More
According to a new survey from PayScale, the advice women have been getting about sharing their salary history may be wrong. Almost universally, the recommendation has been this: don’t answer the questionRead More
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As co-founder of the popular career website, The Muse, Kathryn Minshew is deeply immersed in the career advice space. While tips and tricks can be helpful, the thing she wishes we talked about more is how deeply personal careers are.
It’s tempting to believe “there are such things as good jobs and bad jobs, good companies and bad companies,” Minshew explains. Lists like ‘100 Best Places to Work’ oversimplify what it means to be a good employer. And they completely overlook the nuanced combination of qualities that make a company the right fit for you.Read More
Jillian Manus is something of a legend in the world of venture capitalists, and I can see why. Based on my time with her, she's exceedingly insightful, candid as hell, and downright hilarious.
Professionally, she's a managing partner at Structure Capital, a Silicon Valley early-stage venture capital firm, where she provides strategic support to founding teams, focusing on creating value in underutilized assets and excess capacity.
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A client recently remarked on that weird moment when a potential employer asks for your salary range. She wondered, “Should it be X% over what I'm making now? Based entirely on salary calculators?”
When money is at play in a negotiation, we tend to prioritize it above all else, often at the expense of our ultimate goals. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a big fan of money, but focusing too closely on the numbers can cause us to lose sight of the big picture.Read More
We constantly hear networking is important, but women can face negative consequences for perceived self-promotion. Plus, it can feel downright uncomfortable to make requests of your professional contacts, asking them to introduce you to others. Here are the strategies and templates I use to make e-introductions less painful and more effective for everyone involved.Read More
It was mid-afternoon when I got the email accepting my very first piece for publication. The email indicated they’d be paying me far more than I expected and asked me to make six fairly substantive changes to my piece…by the following morning.
I was so elated, I didn’t consider how long the edits would take or how full my afternoon already was. Instead, I responded enthusiastically, yes of course I will make all the changes right away!Read More
When I was little, I created a song to remember all the things I wanted to be when I grew up, “An artist, a writer, a golf cart driver -- physically fit to do the v-sit.”
I remember my mom asking me how I'd make time for it all. (I vaguely remember also wanting to be a “sew-er”). I broke down my day, telling her I'd be an artist in the morning, a writer in the afternoon, and a golf cart driver on the weekends. When she told me that none of these jobs made very much money, I said I'd be a doctor during snack time. But more on that later.
Let me start by saying I'm not pregnant. I'm at an age where I find myself saying that a lot. I say, “I have news!” Followed by, “Wait, what? Oh. No, I'm not pregnant,” or “Something exciting has happened! (No, I'm not pregnant.).” It's to the point that when male friends ask to talk, I amuse myself by starting the conversation, “Are you knocked up?”
As a woman with a Business Baby and a lovely extended family clamoring (mostly gently) for a Baby Baby, this is a subject that's on my mind - at 4:30 am.Read More
In 2012, some friends and I used a quirky online tool to create our goals for the year, which we shared over brunch. None of us were wild about resolutions, so thinking strategically about our goals for the year and sharing them with accountability buddies over mimosas was perfect.
By writing my “eff yeah” list of successes for 2011 that included joining a nonprofit board of directors and achieving new yoga poses, I noticed how joyful my personal life was and how my career wasn’t where I wanted it to be.
Bored at work, I set an intention to “work really, really hard for a few months” and push myself professionally, which would likely require transitioning into a new role. Fast forward to April: because I’d done the self-reflection and had a group of ambitious women in my corner, I felt confident taking a big professional and financial leap of faith, leaving my job to spend the next eight months managing a political campaign.
The experience of supporting a group of ambitious peers in their own goals as I strived to meet my own is also what gave me the courage to launch my business. Considering the power of what a friend calls “squad goals”, I’m really excited to launch a 2016 Goal Setting Circle.