Recognizing that career paths are not linear and developing the confidence necessary to take risks are key steps for success, said Deloitte CEO Cathy Engelbert. Engelbert made headlines for earning her CEO post, but said "we need to move these elevations of women into key roles from novelty to norm."
Employees respond better to an upbeat leader who puts them at ease, so make a concerted effort to acknowledge everyone, show concern for the challenges they face and offer to help where you can, writes Joel Garfinkle. "People are most likely to resonate with a leader who feels at their level but with the power to make their jobs easier and more successful," he writes.
Try framing meeting agenda items as questions or leading with a question when asked for advice so that you challenge and engage your counterparts at a deeper level, writes Carolyn Slaski of EY. "You can let your team know how much they're valued by asking them questions and listening well," she writes.
If you're rushing from meeting to meeting and problem to problem, you're not really thinking through any of the challenges of your day, writes Shane Parrish. "At a corporate level, this means you're ripe for disruption from a competitor willing to play the long game," he writes.
An active imagination is valued in our innovation-driven climate, but it must be rooted in meeting an organization's goals, writes Brad Shorr. "It should never be assumed that customers or employees value imaginative thinking," he writes.
Self-promotion does not come easy to the self-conscious, but it helps to replace yourself as the focal point of discussion with what you've accomplished, writes Melissa Dahl. Ease into self-promotion by considering it a role you have to play, she writes.
Cameron Weeks, CEO of Sharpen Technologies, advises startup founders to know their weaknesses and hire accordingly. "And so by bringing on someone very early in the organization, we just started laying those foundational layers of what we would need to have a very successful workforce that was able to grow very quickly," he says.
Albertsons plans to buy the Rite Aid stores that aren't being sold to Walgreen. The deal would create a company with annual revenue of $83 billion and would put Albertsons in a position to go public.
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Monday issued a new map of congressional districts after Democrats and Republicans failed to reach agreement on how to redraw a gerrymandered 2011 map that had been ruled illegal. A court challenge from state Republican legislators is expected.
Women in the tri-state area of New York, Connecticut and New Jersey experience more stress than women in other parts of the US, according to a recent study. Factors related to household income, personal health and work-life balance contributed to the stress.
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