OpenTable CEO: Find your career niche | How self-reflection can help you develop | Steps for boosting your professional reputation
March 22, 2017
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OpenTable CEO: Find your career niche
OpenTable CEO Christa Quarles says career success is often related to doing something you enjoy and care about. "My broader advice for women is to pay attention to cues early on in your career so that you can find what works for you -- which is as important as focusing on an industry -- and end up with a career that you want," she said.
The Huffington Post (3/16) 
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Career Progression: Developing Leaders
How self-reflection can help you develop
Research suggests that self-reflection can lead to better performance, but leaders often avoid this necessary process, writes Jennifer Porter, managing partner of The Boda Group. It's important to find a comfortable reflection method, whether that means writing in a journal or talking to a colleague.
Harvard Business Review online (tiered subscription model) (3/21) 
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Steps for boosting your professional reputation
Master your role and stand behind your ethical decisions to build a reputation for excellence, Hannah Morgan writes. Advocate for others, suggest improvements and take leadership roles on projects.
U.S. News & World Report (3/15) 
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Take time to quiet the mind
A frenzied work life makes finding silent times all the more important. Research shows that these planned periods are beneficial in several ways, write Justin Talbot-Zorn and Leigh Marz, who offer four tips for carving out quiet spells.
Harvard Business Review online (tiered subscription model) (3/17) 
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Top skills for mental toughness
Former FBI agent LaRae Quy shares what she considers the 10 essential skills of mentally tough leaders, including the ability to adapt to new situations, emotional competence, self-awareness and not being afraid to fail sometimes.
SmartBrief/Leadership (3/15) 
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Consumers' perceptions of the terms "organic" and "natural" have grown in variety along with demand for natural and organic food, writes Laurie Demeritt of The Hartman Group, which has been surveying people on the issue since 1997. "Consumers idealize food that is as close to its natural form as possible, which typically means foods that are made simply and grown naturally," she writes.
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Diversity and Inclusion
Ambition may wane over time for female employees, study finds
Almost three-quarters of women who are early in their careers say they want to reach the top of the corporate ladder, finds a study by search firm Egon Zehnder. However, the study also found that ambition dips over time.
Fortune (3/17) 
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Study: Women don't receive career trajectory focus that men do
Managers are failing to prepare women in the workplace for upper management and executive roles, according to a report from the 30% Club. The report says managers dedicate more time to building the professional portfolios of men, while female employees are not given as much direction or mentoring.
Chartered Management Institute (U.K.) (3/15) 
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Women and Innovation in the Workforce
Is it time to stop hiring for cultural fit?
Hiring for cultural fit has the potential to introduce unconscious bias during the recruiting process, so some companies are rethinking the approach, writes Lars Schmidt, founder of Amplify Talent. "As more companies shift their recruiting focus towards intentional diversity and inclusion efforts, they're reframing their thinking to how diverse candidates can add to their culture -- not fit into it," he notes.
Forbes (3/21) 
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The most useful reflection involves the conscious consideration and analysis
of beliefs and actions for the purpose of learning.
Jennifer Porter, managing partner of The Boda Group, writing at Harvard Business Review online
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