Career Tips for Women

Career Tips for Women

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Times are changing and women are slowly becoming part of the labour force. Despite the innumerable challenges, women are proving themselves be more successful in a workforce. Large numbers of women are holding high managerial and executive positions. Recent years have shown an increase in the number of woman owned businesses. With all these positive changes happening in the work environment, women are trying to advance their careers and position. Given below are few tips that can guide you in the right direction.

Take on new challenges

Fear tends to hold you back. Always embrace the new opportunities that come into your life. Do not let fear hold you back. By overcoming your fear and embracing new challenges you can develop your skills and become a better person. Trying out new things and facing your fears will lead to personal development.

Learn from mistakes

Failure and disappointments are inevitable. Take the time to learn from your mistakes. It’s a matter of being resilient and persistent in your effort to reach your goal. Every mistake offers a learning opportunity from which you can learn to avoid such catastrophes in the future.

Pick the right team

Working with the right team will help you achieve your goal faster. Being in a team where all members share your goal and ideology will invariably provide you with the support and directive you need to fulfill your aim.

Develop your skills

Personal growth and development is key to becoming successful. Develop your skills and learn new things that will help you deal with the day-to-day situation whilst preparing you for the future. Practice is important and always pau attention to the things that interests you.

Plan your career

Career planning is extremely important for women as there are more chances for sudden setbacks and changes when compared to men. A proper plan with well-defined goals will help in measuring your progress and also allow you to make alterations according to the circumstances. Ensure that you create a plan what allows you to grow both personally and in your career.

Communicate effectively

Proper communication is highly important in any work space. Effective and direct communication removes disparity and reduces any chance of misunderstanding. Communicating with confidence will make be appear more competent. Learn to speak up in the right scenarios. Having the ability to express your thoughts and wants clearly will take you a long way.

Have the right contacts

Build a good network both outside and inside of your organization. Meet the right people and impress them about your work. Build strong relationship with senior members in the organization. Find a good mentor who can guide your professional life.

Working conditions and situations are constantly changing and evolving. With more gender inclusive opportunities being introduced in work places, women are building the careers at a faster pace. With hard work, dedication and passion any one can truly achieve their goal.

Women Power Vs AI

Women Power Vs AI

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Nowadays people are concerned that artificial intelligence (AI) will kick out women in the workplace. The concerns might be valid, but it is important to look at AI optimistically. As a matter of fact, it is highly likely that this era which is marked by the rise of AI will benefit and belong to women. After all, who run the world? GIRLS.

THE INACCURACY OF AI

Undoubtedly, there are some issues that could be worrisome towards women. Some AI tools may favour men more than women since women are less represented in the workplace. Machines collect and analyze historical data which means that it can continue patterns that were in the past into the future. To add on, in the AI industry 78% of the workers are men. Not only do they have control of what is going to happen in the future, but they have one of the greatest jobs in this age.

IF A ROBOT CAN DO IT, A WOMAN CAN DO IT BETTER

Remember, only a small amount of jobs in the future comprise of the use of algorithms. Women will have the advantage that majority of the jobs are reshaped and revalued. Even though machines are getting better at cognitive tasks, they still are not perfect. Jobs that are highly paid and require high-skills are better off in the hands of people with emotional intelligence rather than technology and machines. Machines do not know how to creatively problem solve issues, empathize with others, make negotiations, and persuade others when needed. Research shows that women are better at these cognitive skills than men. In fact, it is more probable that women end up in a highly skilled cognitive job than a man. A man does what he can, a woman does what a man cannot. The high demand in jobs dealing with emotional intelligence has given women an advantage.

WE ARE THE FUTURE

There is still a long way to close the gender gaps in jobs and no appreciation of the emotional skills needed in certain jobs, such as a therapist and social worker, which continue to be underpaid in this economy. We should be persuading little kids that girls can do coding too and that boys are allowed to show their emotions and empathize with others as well. For a change, instead of saying “soft skills”, it should be called “robot-proof skills” that both genders need to face the 21st century. It all starts somewhere.

What it takes to be an Entrepreneur

What it takes to be an Entrepreneur

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We all know an entrepreneur’s goal is to be successful. There is no one clear path to reach that success, but there are multiple things that can be done to achieve that goal.

The 11 Must-Have factors

When people study the success of entrepreneurs, the mistake that they make is they focus on their personality instead of the skills. With research, there are eleven main factors that can help entrepreneurs be successful.

It all depends on if they are able to:

  1. Seek rewarding business opportunities.
  2. Share their vision and influence others to believe in them.
  3. Being comfortable with facing uncertainty.
  4. Make good business decisions.
  5. Create and employ a passionate business team.
  6. Build their networks with other businesses.
  7. Are able to collaborate and work well with teams.
  8. Efficiently manage the operations of their business.
  9. Be able to financially manage their business.
  10. Have an effective sales organization.
  11. Prefer to work in established business environments.

Men vs. Women

Research shows that women are more comfortable in efficiently managing operations and sharing their vision and influence, whereas men are more comfortable with facing uncertainty and financially managing their business. Women are more capable of getting more done with little resources but are less confident when sharing financial goals. Women start up more companies than men, but companies that are owned by men grow larger than the companies owned by women.

Serial Founders vs. First-Time Founders

The big difference between serial founders and first-time founders are that serial founders are more confident with facing risks and uncertainty in their business. They are able to adapt and make the right moves that allow the uncertainty to disappear. Moreover, they find a thrill in introducing businesses with high risks because they know how to handle situations with uncertainty and they have fun in turning a situation from uncertainty to certain. Plus, they are comfortable is building networks, managing finances effectively, and have creative marketing strategies.

Into the Future

They key to being an effective entrepreneur is to be more self-aware of your skills in order to understand what you lack and to improve those certain skills. Implementing the eleven skills to the fullest into your business is a great way to reach success as an entrepreneur.

How to Regain Your Confidence when it Falters

How to Regain Your Confidence when it Falters

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Confidence is something that is not always guaranteed. Sometimes you may feel that you are strong and capable to tackle your challenges and other times you may feel out of place and unprepared to respond.

The Dip

Feeling unsure and scared is normal for every human being no matter how experienced you may feel. When it goes from high confidence to low confidence, it is called “the dip”. Every type of leader has experienced the dip, and it can result the most capable leaders feel discouraged and enable them to go off track. It is important to realize that your confidence does not get affected by how it wavers, but it ultimately matters how you can bring your low confidence back to your high confidence.

Break the paradox

One way of doing that is by reframing the dip. Some people say that all leaders have experienced the dip at one point in their lifetime, but it is crucial that these dips do not allow leaders to slack off and go off track. For example, imagine you are a well-known leader about to have an important meeting. Your goal is to thoroughly communicate, gain trust by revealing treasured insights, and be able to earn the right to get an invite back. But if you are new at the job, the hole between your lack of experience and your ambitions can make you highly likely to dip. This can result in an authenticity paradox, where you still use your old methods of business while the company is growing instead of developing new methods. This paradox happens when leaders believe that they are being “authentic” and use it as an excuse to stay in their comfort zone. You can avoid this paradox by recognizing that you are a work in progress. This would allow you to directly face the challenges instead of going back to what you are familiar with. This change in perspective can inspire you to grow as a person, and try new tactics through trial and error when there are inescapable situations. As a leader, once you feel that you are dipping, you should start reframing yourself by following your instincts and facing the reality.

Strictly No Compromises

Another method to manage your dip is to limit your inner compromises. For example, you might intend to take some risks by being who you are and boldly asking for something that you want. Instead during the dip, you play the safe card at the expense of sacrificing you own needs. If you catch yourself making an unreasonable compromise, you should stop it and rethink your decisions.

It is good to be prepared when you feel that your confidence is taking the dip by being aware of your choices and following your gut.

Is being there really the same as BEING there?

Is being there really the same as BEING there?

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Today’s economic climate makes it really hard not to see a two-parent working household. But, in the process of working so much to support one’s family, are we actually negatively impacting them in the process? Maybe not as much as one might think actually as long as we actively make time to attend recitals and soccer games. But more importantly, when we are there physically, we have to be there mentally as well. Research has found that parents’ working, even for long hours, did not hurt children but parents who were distracted by, or obsessed with their work, did see an impact on their children.

Be mentally present 

Work is important but it should not always be at the forefront of one’s mind. Technological advances have made it possible to work from home and answer ‘important’ emails right in the palms of our hands but, if you are focussed on work the whole time you were at your child’s hockey game and didn’t even see them score the winning goal, were you even really there? 

Impact on child’s emotional health 

A study found that there are many factors regarding a parent’s attitudes towards work that can have correlative effects on the behaviour of one’s child which also offers insight into their mental health. The Child Behaviour Checklist was used in a study to cross compare the effects a parent’s work-life can have on their children, irrespective of time. Findings from the study showed that when parents felt that family life took precedence over work, a child’s emotional health was higher than a child’s whose parents felt work should come first. Another interesting finding showed that when parents thought of work as an interesting challenge and enjoyed it, their children were better off.  

Individual parent’s role 

When specifically looking at the role of a father, the study showed that when a father had a very psychologically demanding career, the result was behavioural and emotional issues. But, if when a father came home satisfied and was available to his children as well as relaxed psychologically, the children had fewer issues. When looking at the maternal role regardless of the type of work they had, if they were in charge of their time, and had time for personal self-care, the children showed fewer issues. This is unsurprising as most women usually take full responsibility of their children’s well-being which can get tedious and tiresome fast. Giving them time to take care of themselves allows them to really be there and present when they are with the children.  

All these findings are regardless of how much time a parent spends at work, but how they spent the time they weren’t at work. Being present and focussing on children and really being there when you are with them is what is important. So, if we care about how our careers are affecting our children’s mental health, we can and should focus on the value we place on our careers and experiment with creative ways to be available, physically and psychologically, to our children, though not necessarily in more hours with them. Quality time is real. 

7 steps to create an Action Plan for your Business Strategy

7 steps to create an Action Plan for your Business Strategy

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Behind every success story is an even more successful plan. In a business when formulating an action plan to attain a goal for the coming year it is necessary to delegate tasks and have a clear idea of who will be doing that job, and what the timeline for said-task is. The action plan is typically created at the end of the strategic planning process, after you’ve set out your vision, done a SWOT analysis and established objectives.  

Here are the steps for creating your action plan. 

1. TeamWork

The more you involve the people on your team in the planning of the task, the more invested they will be in its ultimate success. The more time people spend working on something the more emotionally invested they become in seeing their projects success. Also, by involving people from the ground-up you can get a variety of opinions from people from all different levels of the company who may encounter and see things management may not be directly aware of and new places for improvement.  

2. Clearly define & delegate tasks

Different tasks should be kept separate and worked on by divided groups. This will help to avoid confusion and also facilitate focus. Also, appoint a person to be in charge and take responsibility for their team and let them know what resources are available to them and what they can work with.  

3. Set deadlines

Once the different tasks have been established a timeframe should be set to prevent procrastination. If there is no clear end time a task can be daunting like it may never be completed. By breaking it down into timed intervals a task can be completed on schedule without stressing out one person. 

4. Follow-up

Make sure that tasks aren’t just delegated and forgotten about that people are constantly being followed up with. This can be regular check-ins, or meetings to make sure milestones are being met. 

5. Be Transparent in your Communication

Another key to a successful action plan is good communication. Make sure that everyone knows what is expected of them to prevent any friction within the team. By facilitating open communication from the very beginning of the planning process people will always have a clear idea of exactly what they need to do.  

6. Be Consistent

Lastly the most important step is to maintain momentum. It’s hard to stay disciplined and motivated once the initial hype of starting something new has worm off. Staying motivated during the lowest points is where the difficulty really lies. Making a plan and working out the logistics is only half the work; actually implementing it is the other half. After the assigned deadline is up analyzing the action plan and improving it for the next time is a sure-fire way to have a successful business