The fifth installment of our Women Powering Technology series features Helen Drinan, President of Simmons College, a Boston-based, private women's college established in 1899. She is the eighth President of Simmons College and the former Chair of the Simmons College Board of Trustees. Previously, Drinan was Senior Vice President of Human Resources at Caritas Christi Health Care. She also served as President and CEO of the Society of Human Resources Management and as Executive Vice President of Human Resources for BankBoston. In 2001, she was named a Fellow of the National Academy of Human Resources, and in 2007 she received the John D. Erdlen Five Star Award — the highest award given annually by the Northeast Human Resource Association. -Kimberly Fahey, Vice President, Global Client Solutions at Randstad
When Pantene released a video examining the way women overuse the word "sorry," it got the public talking about the power of language and how women are so quick to apologize for things that aren't their fault. Whether it's habit or learned behavior, many women use this five-letter word as a way to appear softer and more likeable -- especially in the workplace. But is it time for women to stop apologizing so much? "Sorry is a crutch — a tyrannical lady-crutch," according to a Time article. "It’s a space filler, a hedge, a way to politely ask for something without offending." According to another Boston Globe article: "It’s not that we’re actually sorry, but it’s that we think we’re consistently doing things we should be apologizing for. And that’s an even bigger problem." Six Randstad women leaders have shared their own experiences of apologizing when it wasn't necessary -- and they've offered women workers some advice on how to rethink their use of the word "sorry."Read More
GENDER LEADERSHIP STYLES: IS IT REALLY MAN VERSUS VS. WOMAN?
Communication skills: (45 percent of men and 49 percent of women)Effective leaders frequently exude an identifiable style. Female leaders are often known for their ability to listen and multitask, while their male counterparts are praised for being strong and aggressive.But do valuable leadership qualities stem from gender or are they developed over time from life experiences?Read More
I think that in some circumstances what you don’t say is more important than what you actually do say.
Sometimes your actions speak louder than any words that come from your mouth. Self-promotion is a tricky proposition. You don’t want come across looking overly overconfident or even worse arrogant, but you don’t want your talents to go unnoticed either. So how do you promote yourself without looking self-promotional?Read More
Typically if you read business books or talk to anybody about starting a business, you would hear advice that is centered on the importance of having a business and sales and marketing plan; the focus is on numbers, figures and logistics that you would need in order to turn your idea into reality. But rarely would you hear the advice about having a Life Plan. That’s right, regardless of the size and the nature of the business you’re planning to launch, if you are an aspiring business owner, you must assess whether you and your life is actually ready to take on this venture. Overlooking this can often prove to be a costly mistake and a lot of unnecessary headache can be avoided by paying attention and planning all aspects well.
So what do I really mean by a Life Plan?Read More
Nowadays, everything is so ON! At work, people can connect with us via phone (landline and cell), fax, email, text, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+, Skype… The list is endless!
And when we do get home with the work cell and laptop in tow, we have to fight the urge to do a “quick” check-in while eating dinner or giving the little ones their baths.Read More
Work-life balance is a hard thing for many employees to achieve—particularly in today’s world of 24/7 connectivity. So, how can you maintain a successful career while still having a fulfilling personal life?Read More
Many people think that they deserve a promotion because they work extremely long hours, they are dedicated workers who can be counted on, and they’ve taken on additional responsibilities which have increased their workloads. They are the ultimate team players who somehow still manage to do their “own job” exceptionally well along with everything else they’ve been asked to do. These are all very important attributes, but in today’s economy where many organizations are doing more with less, isn’t everyone working long hours? Do you know of anyone who hasn’t had to take on additional duties or responsibilities? Aren’t most people willing to chip in and help their team members while still meeting or exceeding in their own job? If that’s the case then how do you ask for the promotion that you feel you so richly deserve?Read More