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March 6, 2013
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Advancing and Empowering Women Leaders

  The Leading Edge 
  • How doubting your thoughts can undermine your influence
    Too often, intelligent, talented women allow self-doubt to shape how they phrase their contributions in the workplace, prefacing comments with caveats or apologies. The behavior could be undermining women's ability to rise in influence, writes Margie Warrell. "When your opinion differs from that of others, or when you have something to say that could possibly cause upset, don't undermine yourself by prefacing your thoughts with an apology," Warrell writes. Forbes (2/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Developing Leaders 
  • Are you stopping yourself from reaching the top?
    Women still face institutional obstacles on their way to the top of the corporate world, but they may also need to adjust their own behaviors and beliefs, according to Emily Bennington, author of "Who Says It's a Man's World: The Girls' Guide to Corporate Domination." Your career advancement may be inhibited by a poor attitude, a propensity to worry or a tendency to hold grudges, she notes. Staying too busy and succumbing to guilt about working and raising children also can hold you back, she says. The Washington Post (3/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • 5 steps to building a network from scratch
    Start your network by reaching out to one person and building from there, Gauri Sharma writes. There's no need to be squeamish about asking for a favor, as most people enjoy helping colleagues and will appreciate your request. The biggest area where new networkers can improve is in their follow-ups, Sharma writes. Forbes (2/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Organizational Readiness 
  • How management assumptions create pay and talent disparities
    The assumptions behind the lingering gender pay gap include the belief that stars know their value and negotiate hard, while humbler, lower-paid counterparts won't bolt because they don't realize their disadvantage, Dana Theus writes. Such assumptions put leaders in danger of losing talented women in favor of men who are better at self-promoting and negotiating, she writes. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (2/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Innovation & Strategy 
  • Job postings can subtly discourage women, research finds
    Job descriptions that use words such as "competitive," "dominant" and "challenging" are less appealing to women than are descriptions that use words such as "committed," "cooperative," and "supportive," a study published by the American Psychological Association says. None of the study participants consciously noticed any gender-related influence in the language, the study authors said. (3/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Why some women bosses undermine other women
    The assumption that women in leadership positions will help other women ascend through the corporate ranks isn't always accurate, writes Peggy Drexler, an assistant professor of psychology in psychiatry at Weill Cornell Medical College. One problem is that, because men still account for the majority of business leaders, some women feel the need to protect their authority from potential rivals. "Until top leadership positions are as routinely available to women as they are to men, freezing out the competition will remain a viable survival strategy," she writes. The Wall Street Journal (3/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  WFF News 
  • Help us extend a warm welcome to 3 new WFF board members!
    The Women's Foodservice Forum is pleased to welcome three new members to its board of directors: Karen Bowman of Deloitte, Twila Day of Sysco and Jack Sinclair of Wal-Mart. "Our Board of Directors brings invaluable insight to our organization," said WFF President and CEO Fritzi Woods. "These changes will help to shape our decision making and further support the impact of WFF's efforts to advance women leaders within the foodservice industry." Learn more about the new board members. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Join us for LIVE Success Talks episodes in March!
    On Thursday, Steve Donahue, best-selling author of "Shifting Sands," will inspire you to find and follow your personal leadership compass and create a compelling direction for your team or organization. Find out more about how to register and the details of the event.

    On March 27, Sally Hogshead, Hall of Fame speaker and international author, will teach you how to identify your personality's most captivating strengths and how to use those signature traits to skyrocket your potential. Find out more about this event and registration details. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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--Margie Warrell, author and executive coach, writing at Forbes

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