Make Mentoring Work for You!

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Welcome to 2015! It’s time to hit the ground running, create your power year and make mentoring work for you. Since there is power in numbers, there’s no reason to go it alone. If your goals for the New Year include advancing your career, moving up in the company or exploring a new industry, consider asking a more senior co-worker, colleague or acquaintance to be your mentor.

Stay Positive for Work-Life Balance

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Work-life balance. Does it really exist? Let’s face it, if it were so easy to achieve, all of us would have it.  Either way you tip the scale, the reality is that it’s time we stop stressing ourselves and beating ourselves up, striving for this ever-elusive highly unattainable goal.

Star’s Corner: 2014 Women of Achievement Month Historical Firsts

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“Don’t let anyone rob you of your imagination, your creativity or your curiosity. It’s your place in the world; it’s your life. Go on and do all you can with it, and make it the life you want to live.”
Mae C. Jemison, first African-American woman astronaut

As the artist contemplates hue, form and composition, every brushstroke carefully considered and placed accordingly, her vision slowly takes shape. Her eloquent voice resounds off the canvas while she paints with freedom, spirit, character and courage, understanding that whether critics appreciate her view or not, it is her masterpiece… it is her grand achievement… and that’s what matters most.

Well Done! 5 Tips for Giving Positive Feedback at Work

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“Great job! We couldn’t have done it without you!” “Excellent effort. Keep up the good work!” “Thumbs up all around, team!”

If such words of encouragement are heard often around your office, good job! Engaging your staff by regularly giving them positive feedback is probably one of the most important things you can do as a successful manager. Recognizing good performances has a powerful impact on employees. It builds self-esteem, improves the quality of work and boosts office morale.

Let’s Roar! How to Promote Yourself without Sounding Arrogant

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Self-promotion without bragging is one of the hardest skills to master. And, for women it can be even harder. Yet, it’s one of the most important skills for career and business success. As a recent study at Montana State University confirmed, women have a hard time speaking up when it comes to their achievements for fear they may sound arrogant or conceited. Men, on the other hand, don’t have this problem. While women feel uncomfortable touting their own success, men see self-promotion as a positive trait.