Tag Archive | "Communication Skills"

How to identify and overcome complex cultural issues: Conflict avoidance and being too nice

The challenge of getting your company culture right has spawned many a blog and article. I’ve found in my gender diversity consulting that one’s workplace culture will often be a major concern for executives, but one they’re not sure how to effectively grapple with. This article explores the prevalence and problems of conflict avoidance in […]

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Hook clients, coworkers and employers into your ideas and get ahead. Time to stop selling yourself short

From high school to retirement, you’ll hear different iterations of the same sentiment – “men sell themselves better then women do” or “women struggle to promote themselves in interviews/performance assessments/in conversation”. Selling oneself short is something that I’m sure every working woman has had experience of. And hopefully learned from and decided never to do […]

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Watch out for these! 10 body language mistakes women leaders make

The body language cues that people register and look for, and judge by can be put into two key categories – warmth (empathy, likeability, caring) and authority (power, credibility, status). And no surprises here ladies, but this article reports that whilst there are some exceptions women triumph in the first, and men in the second. […]

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“I got sunburned at a nudist beach and can’t wear any clothes”. A list of the most creative excuses to look out for!

As a manager, having a team member take the day off can be a bit of a hassle, especially as when the pressure mounts, people get stressed and often sick. As a manager you’ll also hear your fair share of excuses, including those excuses that need about ten sentences to make the reason why they […]

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Communication skills and focus areas: direct from successful corporate women to you. Highlights from the conversation happening on the sphinxx LinkedIn group

I’m really excited about the sphinxx successful women LinkedIn group, because there are all kinds of discussions, ideas and experience swapping going on. Recently, Hilary Thompson started a discussion about communication, asking the sphinxx network what they would like to see from a communications workshop.  There has been a great conversation happening ever since about […]

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“Women just aren’t aggressive enough to make it to the top”. HBR article on the delicate art of being perfectly assertive

Who hasn’t heard that before? Or how about the contradictory comments about female managers being too bossy or domineering? Assertiveness is a difficult skill to master. Who has sat quietly in a meeting feeling the discussion was missing something, and not spoken up? Or perhaps wildly overcompensated afterwards, either in the “I told you so” […]

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Anna's words are how she lived her life. She has been an amazing inspiration, a wonderful support, a gracious mentor to me throughout my career. So many of us counted her as a girlfriend to look up to, and her legacy will live on in the many women she has inspired to live their very best life.

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