I don’t think I’m alone in living a zig-zag career journey. Maybe not all have gotten the memo yet, but ladder thinking about how careers are built and work gets done is being replaced with a more agile corporate lattice model of career progression.
One of the greatest lessons I have learned is that adversity is a gift. Leaders inevitably face daunting and seemingly insurmountable obstacles.
When we began planning our special report "Women in Business," I was eager to learn about how women are really doing in the workplace. In short, many women are successful, powerful and well off, but progress in the professional world has stalled.
Resourceful women should be taking steps to become board-ready, in order to take advantage of the increasing number of women elected to company boards, according to Molly Ashby, chairman and CEO of Solera Capital.
Though women make up half of the American workforce, and collect sixty percent of four-year degrees, parity in the corporate world still eludes them.
Hired as an Inspector General out of college, Theresa Grafenstine found herself in a mostly male world. She's made it her mission to educate young women on what she has found to be a fascinating and rewarding career.
It’s not just about delivering the business results or having passion for your industry—it’s a dedicated balance between creating a collaborative spirit for your teams to thrive, and delivering outstanding results based on the needs of your customer, says Bayer CropScience CEO Sandra E. Peterson.
Women assume success is about the performance, about working harder and harder and achieving good and measurable results. Hard work is important, of course, but it is never the tiebreaker when management is looking for a candidate to promote.
"Sometimes we go out looking for our life’s work, and sometimes it finds us. Getting into the music business was not something I had dreamed about, or even considered when planning my life and career," says Kelli McGarraugh, President, MD Records.
The financial crisis has presented an opportunity for capitalism to be redefined, with a more sustainable, less testosterone-driven model replacing the existing failed, morally bankrupt system, according to Halla Tomasdottir of Audur Capital.
Income equality made gains during the recession, not because women earned more, but because mean earned less, according to the NY Times.
Some say big-business stars such as Oprah Winfrey, Martha Stewart, and Meg Whitman have not only broken the glass ceiling, they've made it irrelevant. Either way, they're certainty good role models.
Male executives may have to swallow their pride when it comes to which of the sexes do a better job at running a company, according to a recent study.
When Alexa von Tobel found herself frustrated with the lack of personal finance resources and tools available to her, she took a leave of absence from Harvard Business School in 2008 to pursue her dream of creating a way for women to gain control of their finances.
Some say Warren Buffett does. If that's not enough, a growing body of research shows that women are less emotional money managers than men — and have the returns to prove it.
Women may be happy about the strides they’ve made in corporate America, but they’re hardly satisfied.
Women are redefining success by leaving corporate America, working toward not only creating an acceptable work-life balance, but building a successful business.
It is impossible to achieve success without a fighting spirit, creative thinking and persistence. That was the message that came across from the opening morning at the Women’s Forum Global Meeting 2011 in Deauville.
"Make no mistake— there are still challenges for women in the workplace, even 40 years after we entered the workforce. But over the course of my career, I’ve learned that the key to success lies in ... hard work, determination and relationships with people," says Joyce Russell, EVP and President of Adecco Staffing U.S.
“If your mother hasn’t called you crazy yet, then you haven’t graduated from the school of entrepreneurship,” Sock said.