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Can I Request a Different Manager?

We're undergoing some organizational changes at my company and a new manager is joining my department. The one coming in is known for being a micromanager, while the existing team leader is excellent. Both teams do similar work — but I want to be...

7 Potential Career Saboteurs and How to Overcome Them

A few years ago, I found myself in the elevator with the CEO of the large company I worked for. We had a lively conversation on the ride down, and just as I was internally congratulating myself for having made a good impression, she turned to me...

How Can We Find the Right People?

I'm a senior-level associate attorney at a major law firm and work in a small, close-knit practice that's nationally known and very demanding. We've had several performance-related terminations and it's become clear that part of the problem is in...

Be More Powerful No Matter What Your Job Title

By now, you’ve heard plenty of stats like these: Women make up nearly 47 percent of the labor force yet only fill about 15 percent of executive roles and 5 percent of CEO slots. But those numbers, from the new U.S. Women in Business report by...

How Can I Be Taken More Seriously at Work?

I’ve been working at my current job for a year, am actively taking on extra projects and have put myself forward for consideration for two separate research positions, only to not be considered for either. I have a Master’s degree relevant to the...

Don’t Let Your Co-workers Bring You Down

At one point in my career, a slightly senior staffer started freezing me out — failing to invite me to key meetings and leaving my name off memos and emails I should have been included on. I eventually concluded that she might be feeling...

7 Things Recruiters Won’t Tell You (But You Should Know)

Have you ever thought connecting with a recruiter could lead to your dream job? It’s possible; a good recruiter can be an asset. But be warned: She is not your golden ticket, nor your advocate. So before you dish the dirt of your recent layoff,...

The Rule of One: Cracking the Business Casual Code

Over the past decade, I’ve worked with hundreds of female executives from all industries, and despite their vast visual and professional diversity, they seek help with one common fashion conundrum: “How in the world do I interpret ‘business...

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