Savvy Work Looks: Headed to the Vineyard

Headed to the Vineyard
Try this savvy look after work for your weekend getaway to Martha’s Vineyard. Stay chic and have fun!

Diamond Rule to Success – Help Others


Even though we are often taught we must beat our competition to be successful,  helping others is the secret key to success, aka the Diamond Rule. The Golden Rule says ‘treat others they way you want to be treated.” Whereas, the Platinum Rule says ”treat others the way they want to be treated”. Then, think of the Diamond Rule as ” GIVE, help others before you ask them to help you”.  Well, I’m not alone in my opinion.  On LinkedIn, I follow influencer, Tim Brown, the CEO of IDEO, who recently shared his insights on being successful – by helping others. Check out the article.


Levo League at OfficeHours Interview with Cindy Pace


Recently I sat down with Levo League during Office Hours to share the importance of building a strong network among your colleagues. I emphasized the important role networks can have in your development as a leader and your development as an influencer. Check out the featured articleClick on photo to watch the video

About Levo League and Office Hours

Levo is the Latin root of the word “elevate”. Levo League is a social good startup designed to elevate young women in the workforce by providing the career resources needed to achieve personal and professional success.

Levo League’s Office Hours is a weekly, 30-minute video chat with extraordinary leaders. The live Q&A session grants you an exclusive inside look into the career path, lessons learned and personal advice from top leaders and experts – right from the comfort of their office.

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Savvy Workplace Strategies


Corporate Success: 5 must-do strategies to enable women to succeed in the corporate sector

Here are 5 must-do strategies to help you stand out and succeed within the corporate sector:

1. Be clear on your authentic personal brand and continue to be ‘on brand’ in everything you do.

Often your qualifications, experience, skills and the projects you have worked on may be similar to your colleagues; however what can differentiate you from your peers is your personal brand.

So what’s a ‘personal brand’? It’s your reputation – the perception that other have of you, which can either, be positive or negative. So how are you perceived by others in your workplace?

– What are you naturally gifted at that your colleagues often struggle with?
– When looking at your achievements and successes, what strengths and talents can you portray?
– If people were to describe you in six words – would those six words reflect how you would describe yourself?

Why should you take the time to clarify your personal brand? Because once you get totally clear on what makes you unique, special and perhaps a little ‘quirky’ it’s authentic to you. No matter how many times others may try, people cannot copy you because it’s distinctive to ‘you’ and what will enable you to stand out confidently within the workplace.

2. Be aware of the successes and achievements you have delivered and how it has impacted the company rather than focusing on your tasks and accountabilities.

When marketing and pitching yourself for a pay rise and/or promotion – think benefits (the successes you have delivered for the organisation) rather than features (your tasks and functions), as results the company has experienced through your direct involvement will distinguish you from your colleagues in a far more powerful way.

Many of your colleagues are probably working on similar tasks as you, however what will certainly differentiate you is by ‘how’ you performed these tasks and the measurable results, successes and achievements the company experienced.

– What issues have you overcome that supported the company in increasing productivity and efficiency? By how much?
– Have you streamlined existing processes? How has this improved performance?

3. Establish clear career goals to support ongoing development and exposure within the organisation.

Many women are quick to volunteer their time however without too much thought as to whether the project would continue to support them in their professional growth. Men however, tended to volunteer for projects that would enable them to boost their profiles.

– Will the project allow you to develop new skills and experience to help you transition to a more senior-level role?
– Will you be working with influential people in the company which you would normally not associate with, thus getting you known across the organisation?

4. Sharpen your communication skills and get to the point.

When contributing information to a discussion some women tend to share the entire history leading up to the point they want to make. Rather than presenting your colleagues with an entire episode of ‘war and peace’ (which could cause them to get distracted and lose interest in what you’re saying), get straight onto the facts. Be precise, brief and factual and share additional information only if asked.

5. Practice your negotiation skills.

Both men and women can be apprehensive when it comes to negotiating their salary or request for promotion.

Studies have shown that your mannerisms and your voice are the two most important elements of communication, so be mindful of your body language, your tone of voice, speed, volume and pitch as you present your case as to why you should be considered for a pay rise and/or promotion.

Remember, prepare your case in advance and ensure you can provide measurable achievements/successes and reasons, and practice your communication skills so that you can deliver your presentation with confidence to ensure your request will be given the consideration it deserves.

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Annemarie Cross is a Radio Host of, a Career Coach, Personal Branding Strategist, a triple certified multi award-winning Professional Resume Writer and Author of ’10 key steps to Ace that Interview’.


How to Stand Out at Work

Reprinted from

by Yolanda Sangweni

If you feel like you’re inching closer and closer to the glass ceiling in your current position, most likely it is time to start going after a more challenging job description. Even with a tough economy and employers scaling back on promotions and new hires, marketing yourself more aggressively to will help you stand out from the crowd and get you to the next level. spoke with Austin-based executive coach and author, Ann Daly PhD about how repositioning yourself in the workplace can help you get noticed. However, 90% depends on your professional image, personal brand, and visibility; your appearance, presence, ability to get along with others, work in teams, effectively communicate ideas and manage your reputation are key advantages to success in the workplace. What kind of behavioral changes can a person make in order to stand out at work?

DR. DALY: There are basically two things that people need to do in order to stand out today: one is to boost their visibility and, number two, is they need to boost their value. These ideas are really the same, as always, but the environment today is so cutthroat that you really have to work your competitive advantage in order to get ahead. Tell us more about visibility.

DR. DALY: You can’t get away with being unnoticeable anymore. In order to stay employed and get those rare promotions you have to put yourself on the radar screen of people in charge. Reconsider how you’re dressing. There is no room for anything less than a highly polished impeccable wardrobe. This becomes more important now when you want to distinguish yourself. Think of how we dress as the frame of our capacity and our abilities. So, on the one hand you don’t want a frame to be overpowering. You don’t want to overdo it and have people remembering what you were wearing rather than what you were saying. You want someone to say, ‘You know what, just looking at that person, I feel like they’re in control.’ You can communicate that with your dress. The other thing about visibility is this is not a time to cut back on your networking because today who gets the promotion and who gets the new job is because of who you know more than ever. Tell us more about boosting one’s value.

DR. DALY: With the job market the way it is we can’t just do an ‘okay’ job anymore. We have to impress. Not only are we impressing with our dress and impressing with our colleagues and our networks, we need to impress our boss with the value that we bring to him or her, to our department and to our company. The first thing is education. This is a great time to expand your knowledge base. Whether it’s some kind of new development in your field that you need to get on top of. When we hand it our projects, we have to double deliver these days. Good is not good enough any more. We have to go above and beyond and show initiative around the kind of work we’re doing. We have to show that we have the skill to take it to the next level within the company. Is there anything you can do to your resume to make yourself stand out?

DR. DALY: You do want to pull out your resume and take a good hard look at it. You want to make sure to ask these questions: first, is anything missing? If you have gotten more education, a certification or something of the sort, make sure it’s in there. The second thing to figure out is whether you have too much information on there. One of the biggest mistakes people make is just putting too much detail on a resume; making it too long so that it doesn’t function as it should, which is to give a prospective employer the highlights of your career. Then you have to ask yourself, ‘Have I really tuned this resume to the particular job that I’m going after.’ The days of just having one resume and mass distributing it are over. With every job that you go for, you have to strategically highlight the things that pertain to that specific job. How important is it for women to really shift their mindset to get ahead? A recent study noted, for example, that women do not apply for a position unless they know they’re 100% qualified, while men will apply even if they feel at least 60% qualified.

DR. DALY: Yes, that is a bugaboo of mine. Often times if a man and a woman have the same experience, the woman will say, ‘Well, I did this one project.’ The man will say ‘Oh sure, let me detail the projects that I did.’ So it’s a matter of confidence. Men are bred for confidence from when they are little kids and women in our culture are bred to be humble. Getting ahead is about breaking bad habits like always wanting to be humble and not too visible. As we always tell our children, ‘Just do it.’ Do you want that job with the raise? Do you want that promotion? You really have to know why you want it and you have to be able to taste it. Confidence comes from clarity of purpose and repeated action so you have to take small steps to build your confidence.

Ann Daly, PhD is an executive coach and the author of the forthcoming book, “Do Over! How Women are Reinventing Their Lives.”




Body Language Mistakes

Improve your communication skills. If you improve your body language you can get your thoughts across in a more effective way. You can create a connection to another person more easily. When using more powerful and appropriately balanced body language your communication skills become better and more focused.

Emotions are linked to your body language. Emotions work backwards too. If you feel good you’ll smile. If you force yourself to smile you’ll feel good too. If you feel tired or down you might sit slumped down. If you sit slumped down you’ll feel more tired and negative. Just try to sit straight up for 5 minutes and feel the difference in energy from half-lying in your chair.

Increase your attractiveness. It’s not what you say, it’s how you say it. A better posture and a more enthusiastic and focused body language will make anyone more attractive. And not just in a sexual way but also when talking to new friends or in job interviews and business meetings.


Be HIP to the Game

A big percentage of your credibility, competence, professionalism, will influence how you are perceived in the workplace by colleagues, staff, and clients. Even though you have worked hard to gain specialized training and expertise to advance in your job, performance counts for only 10% of career success. However, 90% depends on your professional image, personal brand, and visibility; your appearance, presence, ability to get along with others, work in teams, effectively communicate ideas and manage your reputation are key advantages to success in the workplace.



Savvy Quote of the Week

If you feel like you’re inching closer and closer to the glass ceiling in your current position, most likely it is time to start going after a more challenging job description. Even with a tough economy and employers scaling back on promotions and new hires, marketing yourself more aggressively to will help you stand out from the crowd and get you to the next level. spoke with Austin-based executive coach and author, Ann Daly PhD about how repositioning yourself in the workplace can help you get noticed.

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You have a strong personal leadership brand when your individual strengths deliver value to the people you want to serve. 

– Dave Ulrich and Norm Smallwood


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Oprah Winfrey – The Leadership Brand 

repost from John Baldoni, who blogs on leadership & managing people

All leaders have a brand. Whether that term is used or not, leaders have an identifiable persona that is a reflection of what they do and how others perceive them. I call this the leadership brand.

When it comes to cultivating a leadership brand, look no further than Oprah Winfrey, who recently announced that she would be ending her popular talk show in 2011. In a perceptive analysis, New York Times media columnist David Carr suggests that Winfrey’s brand and the key to her longevity is a combination of things she didn’t do as well as things that she did do. On the “don’t do side,” she did not over-merchandize nor take her company public; she kept control of her products and thereby her image, unlike Martha Stewart. On the “do side,” she always stayed true to herself. As she told her business partner Gayle King years ago, “I don’t know what the future holds but I know who holds it.”

The lessons of Oprah’s brand are relevant to any leader. First and foremost, understand that brand is what you develop as well as what others perceive. The balance between reality and perception can be shaky if you are not careful, but as we have seen from Oprah, not impossible.

Here are some lessons for cultivating your own positive leadership brand.

Practice what you preach. It’s easy to say, but when the going gets tough, how many supposed leaders disappear into the shadows? Those who lead by example are willing to make tough decisions and be accountable for the consequences. They are also willing to lend a hand to colleagues and direct reports. These are go-to people who work extra hard when necessary. Nothing is stronger than seeing the boss do heavy lifting alongside an employee during crunch time.

Act on principle. This applies to work, where principles determine the quality and attention you deliver, as well as to values, where principles determine behavior. Employees who see their bosses standing up for the right way of doing things in the face of competition (from inside and outside the organization) will believe and follow. For example, make certain that employees are compensated (either monetarily or in time off) for overtime and are receiving recognition for jobs well done.

Insist on integrity. When it comes to a leadership brand, integrity is the lever one uses to get things done the right way. That means treating people with respect, regardless of their positions. Act for the benefit of the organization first and yourself second. Do things that honor the work you do as well as the people who work for you. Talking about integrity is one thing; insisting that you and your colleagues abide by is what matters.

Integrity is not reserved for big corporate dealings; it can focus on small things. For example, in tough times, make the choice to fly economy class rather than business class.

Some who read this might be thinking, poppycock! As a leader my job is to lead others not worry about my image. True, but not entirely. Your job as a leader depends upon getting others to follow your lead; they must trust you. Trust is essential to leadership, and a brand — how people perceive you — is critical to encouraging followership.

And there’s one final point. Leaders make mistakes. A strong brand, just as a strong sense of self, can aid in a comeback. People will readily forgive a misstep if they believe your intentions were good. This applies not only to mistakes in business judgment but mistakes about people too. If you have done well, but make a bad call about a product or process, or even if you insult a colleague, a strong brand will give you a safety net. As long as you act quickly and make amends, you can restore trust because you have created a legacy of good will.

In short, your brand is a reflection of your credibility. Develop it wisely and nurture it carefully and it will help you create strong bonds of trust with your followers. Any doubt, just ask Oprah.

John Baldoni is a leadership consultant, coach, and speaker. He is the author of eight books, including Lead Your Boss, The Subtle Art of Managing Up.