The Confidence/Competence Tangle

  “As women, we often wait until we’re competent before we feel confident, whereas men often feel confident before they’ve achieved full competence,” said Michelle Shepard, founder of the Women in Real Life (WiRL) leadership summit. In business, confidence plays a huge role in getting ahead. Hiring decisions, promotions, meetings … all put a businessperson’s…

Presentations – 4 Tips to Build Stage Presence

From classroom lectures to sales pitches, from panel discussions to a presidential speech … you’ve undoubtedly had the opportunity to be in the audience of one or two powerful presentations. You also may have been on the receiving end of more than one or two talks that fell short. Ever stop to analyze what made…

Self-Motivation is Not a Personality Trait

Can you link a person’s motivation level to specific personality traits? People constantly say things like, “I’m so unmotivated,” or “I’m just not a motivated person,” making it almost an explanation for their inaction.  Drawing a connection like this would certainly be handy. But motivation is more closely connected to the goals you set and…

Webinar: Leadership Secrets of Remarkable Women

Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook; Margaret Thatcher, first prime minister of the UK; and Mary Kay Ash, founder of Mary Kay Cosmetics are all examples of remarkable women who broke through glass ceilings and shaped the world we live in today. But how did they do it? More importantly, what lessons can you learn from…

Successful Negotiating Tactics for Women

Studies show that women are less likely to negotiate than men, even though they are equally competitive. Women are, however, better at advocating on behalf of someone else than they are at negotiating for themselves.  The reluctance to enter the negotiation could be costly. According to her book Women Don’t Ask, Linda Babcock shares details…

Throw Your Hat in the Ring and Get Promoted

Your job has started to feel stale and routine. You’re on autopilot. Then an email crosses your screen … about someone else, of course… but still it catches your attention …. “We’re pleased to announce the long-overdue promotion of the talented Michelle H. (or someone else like her) to a new position as supervisor of…