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November 24, 2010
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  • 2010 didn't turn out to be the "Year of the Woman"
    The midterm elections proved that this wasn't the "Year of the Woman" that many pundits had predicted. After the midterm elections, the best case for women is that their numbers will hold steady in Congress. For the first time in 30 years, their numbers could drop depending on the outcome of several still undecided races. In addition, the big Republican victory will cause several women to lose key leadership roles, and no women are mentioned in early reports of Republicans to fill those spots, writes Jennifer Lawless. CNN (11/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Women in Focus 
  • How 4 women found business success after maternity leave
    Maternity leave doesn't have to be a career killer for women, and if fact, can serve to boost their job standing. The time off can give women time to step back, refocus and consider their next move and even to find a better job. "Family and career is not an either/or choice -- it's about thinking long term and balancing all your priorities," said one mom who was promoted twice after returning from yearlong absences. The Globe and Mail (Toronto) (11/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • It really is just a myth that women are bad with money
    A plethora of books and websites are aimed at helping women curb spending and be savvier with money, but studies show young women are generally better with finances than men. Bureau of Labor Statistics data show that women and men ages 25 to 34 have similar spending levels, but women spend more on apparel and services, while men splurge on transportation. The amount of financial advice geared toward and consumed by women may reflect a lack of confidence, but women are becoming more optimistic about the economy and their prospects, experts say. The Washington Post (11/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Expectations change for part-time MBA students
    Enrollment in part-time MBA programs is booming, and students are seeking more help from career services as schools see more students seeking new jobs after graduation rather than sticking with the ones they already have. These new part-time MBA students have different expectations -- from faculty to network opportunities -- says Monica Powell, associate dean at the UT-Dallas School of Management, who discusses her four-school study about the changing priorities of part-time MBA students. Bloomberg Businessweek (11/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Survey: MBA will earn you more hiring points
    Having an MBA may give you an edge with hiring managers, according to a survey by Environics Group Research. For applicants whose skills and experience are about the same, 81% of senior executives in Canada report they are more likely to consider someone with an MBA for a high-level position. The Globe and Mail (Toronto) (11/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • How important is work-life balance?
    Morgan Stanley CFO Ruth Porat is known for making personal sacrifices for the sake of her career. Colleagues say she can be reached at any hour of the day or night, and she once soldiered through a presentation after throwing out her back. Stories about executives such as Porat raise many questions about how much we should be willing to give up for the sake of work, Rachel Emma Silverman writes. "Must top leaders, men and women alike, suppress their personal lives to get where they are?" Silverman writes. The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model)/The Juggle blog (11/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Leadership 
  • How perfectionism holds you back
    Perfection at work isn't attainable -- and it's not even desirable, says Amy Schulman, senior vice president and general counsel for Pfizer. But it takes a while for many high-achieving people to learn that, citing her own experience as a young lawyer. "The ability to say 'I've made a mistake' ... requires a certain level of maturity that I think is particularly hard for those of us who grew up succeeding, because we were really good at making sure everything we did was perfect," Schulman says. Knowledge@Wharton (11/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • 5 ways to manage change successfully
    Times are changing, writes Erin Schreyer, and leaders need to adjust their management styles accordingly. To successfully reposition your company, focus on communicating your vision for your team's future, give your workers ownership of the transitional process and seek to streamline things as much as possible. "In times of change, more than ever, a leader must provide the right tools for success and remove obstacles that are impeding progress," Schreyer advises. LeadChangeGroup.com (11/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • A physical disability turned out to be a business boon for one woman
    Susan Stern has been leading a successful marketing agency for 25 years, but as her business expanded, so did her profound deafness. She says that while her disability does limit her, she has adapted a management style that plays to her strengths. "My disability ultimately sparked the development of important leadership skills that I believe are the core of my company's success," she wrote. BNET/Upstarts and Alpha Dogs blog (11/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Nothing strengthens the judgment and quickens the conscience like individual responsibility."
--Elizabeth Cady Stanton,
leading figure of the women's suffrage movement


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