Male-Entrenched Work Cultures Affect Nonprofits Too

Male-Entrenched Work Cultures Affect Nonprofits Too
We frequently hear about how difficult it is for women to reach top leadership positions in corporate America. What we don’t often recognize is that many nonprofit organizations also have a male-entrenched leadership culture. For example, in health care women make up 74% of the workforce, but only 18% of hospital CEO positions are filled by women. This isn’t a surprising statistic. Even in female-dominated professions, men rise faster through the leadership ranks than women. ... Read more
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Spinning Time Into Gold at Work

Spinning Time Into Gold at Work
If your work schedule requires a meeting every hour on the hour, skip this entry. But if you are like most people, you find yourself with some dead periods of 10, or 15, or 30 minutes between meetings or commitments.  If you have two or three of these a day, it is like “found” time, almost as good as gold. You can spend this gold in a variety of ways—chatting with co-workers, balancing your bank account, or taking a brief walk. All of these may be good choices, but they are also ... Read more
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Words and Wisdom

Words and Wisdom
Words have power, both positive and negative. They can be curses, blessings, oaths, and threats. When arranged in a certain way, they can be poetry. Many words strung together on a page or a screen can turn into a great piece of literature or a boring report. One of the powers of words is that they evoke feelings. They can make us laugh or cry. They can convey kindness or bitterness, respect or disdain. They even have the power to give or take away someone’s hope. When mixed with ... Read more
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Mentors are Your Secret Weapon

Mentors are Your Secret Weapon
If you are just beginning your professional career you may not have someone who fills the role of mentor. You may wonder if, or why, you even need one. Things are going well on the job, and you feel comfortable with your boss and coworkers. Is a mentor really necessary? Mentors come in many different forms and they serve a variety of roles. If you participated in organized athletics in high school or college, your coach, in addition to helping you achieve on the playing field, may have ... Read more
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Networking, the New Professional, and the New Year

Networking, the New Professional, and the New Year
You’ve recently begun your professional career, and you want to do the right things to get ahead in your field. Everything you read and hear is that networking is what it’s all about. Career consultants suggest that you try to make 3 to 5 new contacts each week. To most people, that’s an overwhelming task. It’s even more daunting if you aren’t especially outgoing or if you tend toward shyness. In some ways, it simply seems gratuitous, uncomfortable, even ... Read more
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Be a Better Leader Than Your Boss

Be a Better Leader Than Your Boss
Many people think that being a boss means being a leader. While it’s true that bosses have power, get to give direction, and tell people what to do, that doesn’t necessarily make them a leader. On the other hand, many leaders never become a boss. In fact, some prefer not to be in that position. If you’re just starting your professional career, you may be wondering who wouldn’t want to be the boss. They make more money, they have a staff, they have perks, and they get ... Read more
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Caring is a Gift in Itself

Caring is a Gift in Itself
You are trying to manage your new career and your stretched budget. Your leave time is limited and every day seems packed with work and chores. As the holidays quickly approach, shopping for gifts can become more and more stressful, especially when your funds are limited. If time and talent permit, you can prepare and give baked goods or handmade gifts. Perhaps you have a talent for writing or creating artwork and could do a special poem or small drawing for loved ones or friends. Or you ... Read more
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Self Advocacy is a Required Skill in the Workplace

Self Advocacy is a Required Skill in the Workplace
Sometimes when women stand up for themselves, they are labeled aggressive, or self-centered, even bitchy. As a result, women may be more reluctant than men to take issue with a decision in the workplace that is unfair or that affects them personally. They may want to be seen as a team player or perhaps they are a bit intimidated by an existing old boy’s network and are trying to stay under the radar. Or perhaps they simply are unsure about how and when to speak up.This isn’t a ... Read more
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Missing Home for the Holidays

Missing Home for the Holidays
One of the most exciting aspects of beginning your career is establishing your adult persona. You looked forward to finding and furnishing your own place, to developing new friends and new routines. Your job also may have required a new location. Perhaps you now live in another state or across the country, miles away from your family and long-time friends, and you find you don’t have enough vacation leave or the necessary funds to go home for the holidays. Missing a major family ... Read more
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There are 52 Tuesdays Every Year

There are 52 Tuesdays Every Year
This year, Tuesday, December 2 has been designated as “Giving Tuesday,” a global day dedicated to giving back. Begun in 2012 by a group of influencers, it now involves over 10,000 organizations worldwide. This may sound like another gimmick, trying to solicit contributions by making us feel guilty, especially following Thanksgiving and the start of holiday shopping. As a result, many people will make quick online contributions and feel they have done their part. Giving to ... Read more
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