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  • Career

    Quick Shots for #HR and #Business P…

    Today is the start of Chinese New Year – also known as the Lunar New Year or Spring Festival. It’s …

    Quick Shots for #HR and #Business Pros – January 2014

    Today is the start of Chinese New Year – also known as the Lunar New Year or Spring Festival. It’s related to the Chinese zodiac and 2014 is the Year of the Horse. For 2014, I wanted to do something new here on HR Bartender so I’m taking a little creative inspiration from a few blogs that I read and starting a monthly curated post. This will feature a handful of quick links that I’ve discovered over the month and want to share. Hopefully, these are things you may not have discovered yet and will find useful and enjoyable. Frankly, I’ve been thinking about doing this type of post for a while. What’s been holding me back? Well, coming up with a…

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  • Career

    Why You Should Be Scared If An Empl…

    When someone answers her questions too fast, Dawn Zier's red flag goes up. The CEO of weight loss co…

    Why You Should Be Scared If An Employee Answers Your Questions Too Quickly

    When someone answers her questions too fast, Dawn Zier's red flag goes up. The CEO of weight loss company Nutrisystem tells the New York Times that in her experience a rapid answer often hides a lack of genuine facts. So when she was brought in to turn Nutrisystem around, she made it her mission to implement a facts-based culture. "One issue I found when I got these is that when I would ask people questions, they would answer a little too quickly, without even having to think about it," Zier explains. "But when I dug in, the facts weren't always the facts being presented." "So I said: 'Time out,'" she continues. "Out culture has to be fact-based. I'm willing to have any conversation with…

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  • Career

    Why This Millennial Quit His 6-Figu…

    Joshua Fields Millburn, who at age 27 became the youngest director of operations at a large teleco…

    Why This Millennial Quit His 6-Figure Job And Gave Away Most Of His Possessions

    Joshua Fields Millburn, who at age 27 became the youngest director of operations at a large telecom company in the Midwest, had been asked to craft a plan to close eight retail stories and terminate 41 workers. But when he handed the report to his boss in early 2011, it included 42 names. At the top of the list he’d written his own.  Two years before, Millburn had watched his mother die and his marriage dissolve in the span of a month. When he looked around at the life he’d built for himself — a six-figure salary, impressive title, and big house full of stuffed closets — he didn’t feel fulfilled. Instead, he felt weighed down by the things he’d accumulated.…

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  • Career

    UNMASKED TSA BLOGGER: We 'Gawk…

    The anonymous TSA agent who wrote a popular blog criticizing the agency has identified himself in a …

    UNMASKED TSA BLOGGER: We 'Gawked' At The Body Scans Of Fat Passengers

    The anonymous TSA agent who wrote a popular blog criticizing the agency has identified himself in a piece for Politico. Now that he's quit his job and is in the open, he has a lot of criticism to offer. Jason Edward Harrington joined the TSA at Chicago's O'Hare Airport around 2007 to help pay for school, and "hated it from the beginning," he wrote. In the Politico piece, Harrington dishes on TSA employee antics — like the officer who ran a colleague through an X-Ray machine (they were both fired), and the little poem he created to remember the "selectee passport" list of countries whose citizens automatically triggered extra screening (Syria, Algeria, Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran, Yemen, Cuba, Lebanon, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, People's…

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  • Career

    7 Terrible Ways To Deal With An Ann…

    Have you ever had to confront a colleague or teammate? How did you manage to express yourself? Was t…

    7 Terrible Ways To Deal With An Annoying Coworker

    Have you ever had to confront a colleague or teammate? How did you manage to express yourself? Was the result as you expected? Communication is everything. Your career can be shaped by how you deal with a dispute, confrontation or crisis. Spontaneous, heated squabbles damage your credibility and respect. While you can share your message in a number of ways, some can obscure what you’re saying. Instead, people will be busy deciding how to react to your innuendo. Language is a strong conductor of messages and catalyst of emotions, and your choices of expression are vast. Choose wisely. The most common sins we commit when we’re annoyed with a coworker: Criticizing in public. “Before we conclude the meeting, I’d like to discuss one more…

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  • Career

    Why Networking Doesn’t Work (and Wh…

    Here’s the deal. Networking sucks, and you’re probably bad at it. I say that because I believe it my…

    Why Networking Doesn’t Work (and What You Should Do Instead)

    Here’s the deal. Networking sucks, and you’re probably bad at it. I say that because I believe it myself — I hate networking, and I’m bad at it. So I don’t do it. But that doesn’t stop me from meeting new people, in a business setting, who sometimes refer projects to my design firm. Wait a minute… Isn’t that networking? Not in my mind, and I’ll explain to you why. But first, a little story. Beer and launching a new business A while ago, I was out for a pint with a girl (we’ll call her Christy) who was looking to strike out on her own, into the legitimately terrifying world of freelance design. She had gotten my name from a friend in the industry,…

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  • Career Woman

    Good Reads For Women (Week of 1/27/…

      Here are the top shares of the week, along with some good links we caught this week that we think…

    Good Reads For Women (Week of 1/27/14)

      Here are the top shares of the week, along with some good links we caught this week that we think make good reads for women! Enjoy and feel free to post other links we should explore in comments below. ~ InPower Editors Most Shared of the Week What Works for Women at Work Today – Forbes How Women Job Seekers Can Avoid Age Discrimintation – Next Avenue What It Takes To Become A woman Of Influence – Next Avenue Overwhelmed by Career Commitments? Top 5 Areas to Simplify – Forbes Top shared quote of the week:  ”Your cork will always float unless you are holding it down.” – Abraham On InPower Women – Top Post of the Week  Research Summary: Women Angel Investors  Like this quick scan of the good…

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  • Career Woman

    Voice of Experience: Catherine Clay…

    This week The Glass Hammer is profiling successful women in the derivatives industry. By Tina Vasque…

    Voice of Experience: Catherine Clay, CEO, Livevol

    This week The Glass Hammer is profiling successful women in the derivatives industry. By Tina Vasquez, Managing Editor In November 2013, Catherine Clay received a career-changing promotion: she became CEO of Livevol, which offers options analysis and trade execution software. The CEO says the company extracts data from the market and gives clients what they need “in a sea of noise.” If it weren’t for a call from Clay’s sister, however, she may have never entered the derivatives industry. In the early 90’s, Clay’s sister got a job in San Francisco manually updating market maker quotes at what was then the Pacific Exchange. One day she called Clay and told her this was the industry for her, believing her sister’s natural competitive nature…

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  • Career

    Leverage Your Awkwardness to Become…

    It used to be quite taboo to be the awkward coworker, friend or beau. Being awkward, like the concep…

    Leverage Your Awkwardness to Become an Awesome Leader

    It used to be quite taboo to be the awkward coworker, friend or beau. Being awkward, like the concept of being a “geek,” just wasn’t the cool thing a decade or so ago. Now, award-winning celebrities and creatives like “Awkward Black Girl” creator Issa Rae and Girls creator and star Lena Dunham have made it cool to be, well, not-so-cool yet extraordinarily unique and wacky… For me, awkward truly means going against what’s considered a norm and just doing you. (Click here to tweet this thought.) Leaders are able to manipulate that quality so it’s advantageous to them and what they’re trying to accomplish. Maturity (and quite a few snafus) have taught me that being awkward isn’t so bad, as long as…

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  • Career

    13 Ways to keep debt from holding y…

    I have tons of debt after launching four companies. There has never been a launch that didn’t mess …

    13 Ways to keep debt from holding you back

    I have tons of debt after launching four companies. There has never been a launch that didn’t mess up my personal finances. Most entrepreneurs have no credit – I am like that as well – so I have learned to live with debt and without credit. This is what has enabled me to take risks, set lofty goals, and go after dreams that lots of people tell themselves their debt precludes. How do I do it? It’s all mental. Here are thirteen ways to think about debt to keep it from ruining your life. 1. Compartmentalize. When you’re saving for a house you still buy food.  When you go on vacation you still expect to buy a car in the next ten years.…

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  • Career Coach

    How to Become a Better Project Mana…

    Upcoming demographic shifts mean that the majority of people in the workforce will soon be those who…

    How to Become a Better Project Manager

    Upcoming demographic shifts mean that the majority of people in the workforce will soon be those who grew up using social tools to communicate and engage with each other. As a result of their input, a new collaborative workplace is emerging, transforming the way work is done and the employee skills that are required. Jacob Morgan, co-founder of Chess Media Group, Forbes.com contributor and “future of work” authority, has discussed how employees need to adapt in order to be successful in this new collaborative environment. One aspect of that change is “Everyone must develop some basic project management skills.” Here are some other ways the non-professional Project Manager can become a better manager of projects. Be Mr. or Ms. Fix It Just because…

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  • Career

    These Old Workplace Sayings Just Do…

    A few weeks ago, I ran across this press release from Blessing White regarding employee expectations…

    These Old Workplace Sayings Just Don’t Apply Anymore

    A few weeks ago, I ran across this press release from Blessing White regarding employee expectations for 2014. The release included a couple of interesting statistics: The idea that the immediate manager is the main reason people consider leaving is an outdated concept – three quarters (75%) of respondents do not credit managers with such influence.  Despite the care and attention, a significant portion (44%) of employees would rather be working for themselves – a sense of individualism and entrepreneurship that employees would do well to tap into. It made me realize those statements we’ve said for years about “people don’t leave companies; they leave managers” and “everyone wants to be full-time” might not be true anymore. Well honestly, I’ve known that workplace…

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  • Career

    3 Things Startup CEOs Can Learn Fro…

    This Sunday, over 110 million Americans are expected to tune in to watch a 6'5", 250-lb. passing leg…

    3 Things Startup CEOs Can Learn From Seahawks Quarterback Russell Wilson

    This Sunday, over 110 million Americans are expected to tune in to watch a 6'5", 250-lb. passing legend duke it out against a 5'11", late-pick upstart. Experts are divided over the outcome, but most agree it will be a pretty fantastic game to watch. For the executives and entrepreneurs in the stands, it will also be a great opportunity to see two completely different leadership styles in action. The current Super Bowl storyline getting attention in the press is the match-up between Peyton Manning — arguably one of the best quarterbacks to ever play the game — and the Seahawk's defense, ranked first in the league in nearly every category.  But according to former NFL quarterback Tom Flick, the real wildcard in this year's Super…

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  • Career

    5 Kinds Of Brilliance You Didn'…

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    5 Kinds Of Brilliance You Didn't Know You Could Have

    Do you think of yourself as brilliant? You know you’re different than everyone else in some way, but you’ve had a hard time putting your finger on it. And it’s not that you’ve got the kind of brain that publishes the next bestseller, drafts a peace agreement, discovers a particle or finds the largest prime number. People think about intelligence in many ways. There’s that supposedly objective measure called IQ. And there’s the theory of multiple intelligences — the idea that several different types of intelligence (including musical, visual, verbal, etc.) exist rather than a single generalized cognitive ability. And there’s wisdom, usually acquired through experience. Brilliance is a certain kind of personality that sees humor where others don’t, tragedy where others are…

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    What Drives Us to Be Workaholics (Even If We Hate Our Jobs)

    We as a society tend to work ourselves too hard. How many people do you know who’ve dragged themselves into work with the flu, checked business email on vacation or even put off taking a vacation to put in more hours? You may be guilty of this yourself. Whether you love your job or it’s just a paycheck, chances are you’ve felt the pressure of our collective drive to work harder and longer and to put our careers before other parts of your life. But what is it that drives us to be workaholics? According to a recent article by Dorie Clark on Harvard Business Review, the answer is manifold. Whether it’s fear of the competition, a desire to impress others or…

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Voice of Experience: Janet Hoffman, Managing Director, Accenture

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sm_janet_hoffmanBy Michelle Hendelman

Although Janet Hoffman is proud of being a managing director of Accenture’s global retail practice, she does not take for granted the professional experience she gained working outside of Accenture on an entrepreneurial opportunity. “I liked the prospect of trying something very different,” said Hoffman, “and it was a great learning experience. I gained insight into things like the power of a brand, the importance of client relationships, and a different view of technology and various aspects of marketing, but I also realized what I missed most about Accenture which I call Intellect, Integrity and Investment in Innovation.”

Having the courage to take more risks is something that Hoffman wishes she understood the value of earlier in her career, but she has certainly proven that it is never too late to take your career off the beaten path as long as you leave a trail back to where you came from just in case you ever are asked or want to return. Hoffman explained, “Because I maintained so many professional and personal relationships with people at Accenture it was easy to come back to the company in this new role, which is to develop our most strategic client relationships in our Products operating group.”

Hoffman started her career working in the healthcare and retail industries and embarked on her consulting career sixteen years ago. “Initially I took responsibility for individual clients, then multiple clients and then led the Global Retail practice from Paris where I gained exposure to the international marketplace,” said Hoffman.

She added, “I’ve always wanted to take on new roles and a few years ago I was asked to develop a digital consumer strategy across the industries Accenture serves, which was a project and role I found particularly interesting and relevant.”

In this role developing Accenture’s most strategic client relationships, Hoffman also enjoys working with clients and colleagues from many different industries. She explained, “Being in lots of industries and leveraging insights and solutions across them intrigues me and satisfies my love of learning. I’m also excited about a new team, which has an incredible history of success and unlimited potential for the future.”

As part of managing Accenture’s strategic relationships Hoffman also is interested in seeing how she can effectively leverage and apply digital technology. She said, “I’m interested in all aspects of digital, especially creating value in the digital world and the ramifications of digital on operations and organizations as a whole.”

Advice for Professional Women

“With the right attitude and aspirations I don’t see anything women can’t achieve,” said Hoffman. She encourages young women to always make sure they getting the right experience and the right exposure in order to advance in their careers. One of the best ways to make this happen is through internal and external networking, according to Hoffman.

Once you have established a strong network, Hoffman emphasized just how important it is to maximize your network by keeping it active and fresh. Maintaining these professional relationships is so important to your career advancement, regardless of what point you are at in your career, explained Hoffman.

Hoffman applauded the work that Accenture does each year to celebrate International Women’s Day. She said, “Accenture’s celebration of International Women’s Day always blows me away. Not only does it focus attention on the more than 90,000 women we have in our company but the research we conduct always has great insights I use in my career, with my teams and with our clients.”

Hoffman added, “International Women’s Day is always inspiring and educational and I look forward to March 8 every year.”

Outside the Office

In her personal time, Hoffman enjoys exploring the outdoors and seeing the world by doing as much international travel as possible. “I also like good food and wine, especially when they’re shared with my dearest friends,” Hoffman added.

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