@WICT – January 2015

Women in Cable Telecommunications. Creating Leaders. Together.
 

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Vol. IV No. 7

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Those who most need to develop emotional intelligence are often the ones who least realize it. Self-awareness is the first step you should take.

“The data showing that emotional intelligence (EI) is a key differentiator between star performers and the rest of the pack is irrefutable.” While not everyone is born with finely tuned emotion sensors, you can learn to do better. “You can’t work on a problem you don’t understand,” so monitor your own interaction with others to see if you tend to get frustrated or defensive when they don’t understand you. Words have an impact beyond their dictionary definitions; train your ear to recognize the gap between what you say and what others actually hear. The more you are able to demonstrate empathy and understand others’ concerns, the more likely you will be able to move forward together
toward a mutually beneficial conclusion.

http://goo.gl/oUBAxs Source: Muriel Maignan Wilkins (@MaignanWilkins) for Harvard Business Review (@HarvardBiz)

leadership

Prominent women leaders share their advice on how to build your best career.

A number of women have risen to prominent roles in the business world over the last few years, and Fortune Magazine
compiled some of their best advice for other women looking to emulate their success. Roz Brewer, President & CEO, Sam’s Club, wants women to own their identities, advising them to “feel good about who you are, talk about it, and lead in that light every day.” Mellody Hobson, President, Ariel Investments, wants women to stop apologizing for who they are. In her words, “once we embrace and hold that truth to be self-evident–we are who we are–I think it just opens up a whole other world of candor and comfort and confidence.”

http://goo.gl/hlW13f Source: Colleen Leahey (
@CMLeahey) for Fortune (@FortuneMagazine)

womenintheworkforce2

Most survey respondents believe women are as capable as men, but 40% believe double standards hold them back.

According to a recent survey, “most Americans find women indistinguishable from men on key leadership traits such as intelligence and capacity for innovation, with many saying they’re stronger than men in terms of being compassionate and organized leaders.” Why, then, are there relatively few women in top leadership positions? The research found that because women are held to a higher standard than men and have to work harder to prove themselves, they face significant barriers in reaching the C-suite. Some respondents also felt that “many businesses aren’t ready to hire women for these positions,” and that this unfortunate situation will persist for the foreseeable future.

http://goo.gl/AICVR2 Source: Pew Research Center (@PewResearch)

A guide for women, men and bosses to sidestep “manterrupting” or “talk-blocking.”

It sounds like a cute buzzword, but “a man interrupting a woman while she’s trying to speak…and taking over the floor” is a real problem that ends up marginalizing women. Data shows that “when it comes to the workplace, women speak less, are interrupted more, and have their ideas more harshly scrutinized.” Managers can help counter this effect by instituting a “no interruption” rule, meaning that only one person speaks at a time during meetings. Women can take control of the situation as well, by speaking authoritatively and with conviction. To be seen as more of a leader, practice assertive body language: “Sit at the table, point to someone, stand up, walk to the front of the room,
place your hand on the table–whatever it takes.”

http://goo.gl/bNCdYt Source: Jessica Bennett (@Jess7Bennett) for Time (@Time)

These common speech patterns make women sound unsure and can stand in the way of being seen as confident leaders.

“Many women are not even aware that the words they choose can sound weak to others.” Self-effacing language and apologies, which may be useful in creating a more collegial atmosphere, may backfire and diminish the perception of you as a leader. “We need to strengthen our language if we want to create powerful scripts and be inspiring leaders.” For example, avoid saying “I guess” or “I think” when you definitely know the answer. The word “just” can also weaken your point, as in, “I’d just like to add something.” Drop the “wiggle words” from your speech patterns and instead use terminology such as “I’m confident we can make this happen” or “I know that this is the best way to move
forward.”

http://goo.gl/V3xocI Source: Judith Humphrey, author of “Taking the Stage: How Women Can Speak Up, Stand Out, and Succeed,” for WomensEnews.org (@WomensEnews)

your-career

Looking for a promotion? “Make sure your grand plans aren’t derailed by any of these easy-to-make mistakes.”

As you’re working your way up the ladder, it’s important to impress your boss and other executives with your business acumen, but be mindful of your coworkers as you move up. You will likely find yourself supervising some of them and you don’t want pent-up resentment to sour your relationships from the start. When you do receive new responsibilities, don’t neglect your core duties – after all, successful performance is what got you the promotion in the first place. Set aside time with your manager to talk about challenges as well as successes. “If you’re not fully promoting yourself and your achievements, it almost doesn’t matter that you’re killing it at your job.”

http://goo.gl/YhMtxG Source: Lily Zhang (@lzhng) for the Daily Muse (@DailyMuse)

“While trying to look intelligent, a lot of people do things that make them look dumb.” These tactics will help you project intelligence.

Research shows that people use body language, facial expressions and vocabulary in an attempt to demonstrate their competence to others. A relaxed, self-assured expression is likely to earn you more respect than maintaining a strict poker face. Keep your writing simple but smart. “People who embellish their writing with long, complicated words are seen as less intelligent by readers.” Some people try to project intelligence by talking too much because they think that by hiding inside a barrage of words, “no one will notice that they don’t know anything.” A more natural disposition toward intelligence “entails listening carefully, responding in a way that shows understanding, asking
questions and welcoming other points of view.”

http://goo.gl/im8ZXd Source: Sue Shellenbarger for the Wall Street Journal (@WSJ)

These career tips can help any employee reach the top of their professional game — and thrive.

No matter what industry you’re in, you should work toward becoming fluent in the nuances and relationships that affect your business. “You need to gain as much knowledge as possible in your industry and see how everything connects with one another.” Read trade publications and learn to spot trends as they occur. Become comfortable with networking and develop your “hook,” the one key element that makes you a valuable connection that others will want to cultivate. “Always approach the relationship with what you can do for them before asking for favors.” Analyze your own weaknesses and learn ways of working with others that mitigate the factors that may be holding you back.

http://goo.gl/oso5bW Source: Vivian Giang (@Vivian_Giang) for Business Insider (@BusinessInsider)

worklife

Less might be more: Constantly monitoring our inboxes induces stress without promoting efficiency.

Numerous studies show that the pressure of being constantly accessible leads to stress. Researchers from the University of British Columbia conducted a study based on the belief that the brain “cannot perform two demanding tasks simultaneously, so flipping back and forth between two different tasks saps cognitive resources.” By limiting themselves to checking email three times a day, participants significantly reduced their stress levels, even if they cheated and checked email up to five times per day. The study concluded that “cutting back on email might reduce stress as much as picturing yourself swimming in the warm waters of a tropical island several times a day.”

http://goo.gl/HXjbzp Source: Elizabeth W. Dunn and Kostadin Kushlev for The New York Times (@NYTimes)

How you think and feel in the morning can impact your entire day; step beyond the usual with some new rituals.

If you wake up in the morning dreading the day ahead, you need to take charge of the situation and learn to motivate yourself more effectively. Much of the negativity we feel is self-imposed and is entirely within our control. Shift your thinking to “choose the actions you will take today and look forward to getting started.” Make a list “of all the great things you are looking forward to in your life,” and refer to it before bed and again in the morning. Adopt an attitude of gratitude for the good things in your life, whether that’s a hobby, family, friends or nature. “Contemplate the ways you positively impact the people around you and consider ways you will make the world a better
place today.”

http://goo.gl/XR5DlA Source: Kevin Daum (@KevinJDaum) for the Daily Muse (@DailyMuse)

 

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