Former eBay head Meg Whitman was recently named CEO of
Hewlett Packard, a feather in her cap and one more crack in the glass ceiling
for women breaking into the highest echelons of business. Still the number of
women CEOs overall has remained stagnant. Only twelve
women run Fortune 500 companies,
fifteen less than the previous year.
What gives? Why aren't more women running major
companies? When one considers that women are outperforming men at college and
grad schools and are enrolling in greater numbers than their male counterparts,
the disparity between ability, interest and outcome is confounding.
Two recent articles that have blown up in the
blogsphere examine the topic of women in business, glass ceilings and how to
change the status quo. While neither piece pretends to have all the answers,
both provide food for thought.
How Women Can Flourish in
the Workplace: Harvard Business Review blogger and CEO of a global
tech company Vineet Nayar argues that the corporate world has failed women.
Nayar argues that women managers are usually required to fit into
organizational molds that force them to opt out of the workforce. The result? A
leaking leadership pipeline and few women in the C-suite.
also advocates specific steps to bridge the gender divide including:
A Woman's Place:
Veteran journalist Ken Auletta writes a profile of arguably one of the most
powerful and closely watched women in technology: Sheryl Sandberg of Facebook.
By any measure, Sandberg's career is stellar: an Ivy League
education, senior roles at the Department of Treasury under financial
powerhouse Larry Summers and at Google and the COO job at Facebook.
Yet Sandberg says "women are not making it to the top." She adds,
"a hundred and ninety heads of state; nine are women. Of all the people in
parliament in the world, thirteen per cent are women. In the corporate sector,
women at the top-C-level jobs, board seats-tops out at fifteen, sixteen per
believes that women need to take three steps to ameliorate the problem:
Sandberg concludes with the following counsel: "Don't worry so much
about balance. Work hard, stick with what you like, and don't let go."
advice, no matter your gender.
The promise of the paperless office just isn't a
reality in many workplaces. People and paper seem to go hand in hand.
At the office, invoices, receipts, presentations and
mail can quickly overwhelm a desk if left unchecked. At home, school
permissions slips, sports schedules and children's art work multiply before
Tame those paper mountains with two strategies that
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And an array of color choices makes color-coding for
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Reduce paper piles by scanning paperwork that lends
itself easily to digitization. Receipts are simple to scan and toss as are
business cards. Apps such as Cardmunch make
digitizing business cards a snap and offer value-added options such as multiple
phone books and the ability to easily add contacts to social networks such as
Worried that scanning paperwork will take an eternity?
Scanners such as the Scan Snap can scan up to 15 pages of double-sided
documents in a minute. Once you're done scanning, be sure to take that feel-good
final step: shredding no-longer-needed documents.
Keep in mind that if you're relying on digital files,
it's crucial to ensure that your files are adequately backed up.
Filing. Scanning. Or perhaps both. You'll be a charter
member of the Clean Desk Club in no time flat!
Back-to-school conjures up images of kids
toting backpacks stuffed with brand new marble composition notebooks. But
back-to-school needn't be just for the small-fry set. Savvy adults know that being
a life-long learner reaps both professional dividends and personal enrichment.
So this fall take time to investigate continuing
professional development options
that can add skills and expand your horizons.
Courses are often offered at local colleges
and universities. Many public libraries also offer continuing education
coursework, particularly in new technologies. To get you started, here are some
do's and don'ts to consider:
for kids only.
flooding in Vermont and punishing tornados in Alabama are recent examples of
the harsh toll weather disasters can exact on people and businesses.
of us know how to prepare our homes when crazy weather hits: we stock up on
water, non-perishables, flashlights and batteries. But how many small business
owners know how to prepare their business and employees in advance of a storm?
As the old saying goes, "The time to fix your roof is when the sun is shining."
The time to prepare for a disaster is before it strikes.
Business owners should take following
Know Your Insurance: Review the fine print on your
insurance policy. Hazard insurance doesn't necessarily cover flood insurance so
be sure to know exactly what is and isn't covered.
Double Your Docs: Store copies of your insurance policy
and financial records in a safe, fire-proof place away from your business.
Check Please!: Create a checklist that addresses
plans for data back-up, any necessary office relocations and crisis communications.
Operating Instructions: Take the guesswork out of emergencies
by providing employees with instructions on what they should do when a crisis
develops. Fine-tune the plan bi-annually to keep up with personnel changes and
Keep in Touch: Regularly update all contact
information for employees, customers and vendors and store in a remote
Get Shipshape: How sound is your workplace? Regularly
check that all possible hazards, such as gas lines, water heaters, etc., are
secure. Likewise, make sure that bookshelves and other fixtures items are securely
braced. Check that the roof is sound and able to withstand wind and water
For more resources, please visit:
Facebook, the go-to social networking site of a
staggering 750 million users, now has an increasing number of third-party apps
that allow for professional networking. BranchOut is
perhaps the best known; others include the newer BeKnown,
well as Identified and Work4Labs.
Companies are increasingly using social networking to source
high-quality candidates due to its ease and cheapness. Given that many top-tier
companies are shifting from traditional hiring methods such as job boards and
third-party recruiters, professional networking through social media channels
is becoming ever more critical.
Here's an overview of some of the players:
BranchOut: BranchOut is an app that allows Facebook users to unlock massive amounts of career data on Facebook
friends (and even friends of friends). Users
can search on a company name and see which of your Facebook friends work there
(or used to).
also allows users to import their existing data from LinkedIn, making profiles
a snap to create. The app also allows companies to post job listings.
BranchOut=Facebook Plus LinkedIn Divided by Job Search
search behemoth Monster.com
launched BeKnown, allowing job hunters to search for and apply for jobs without
leaving Facebook. The app is fully integrated with Facebook, but lets users
keep their personal Facebook information private, a major plus.
Job seekers can not only view and apply for jobs, they can see company
information, get endorsed, and apply for jobs directly from the app.
For more, read:
Launches BeKnown: Professional Social Networking for Facebook
professional network that builds candidate profiles using relevant Facebook
biographical data; allows recruiters to search all candidates by a variety of
requirements such as GPA or school attended; the service also keeps sensitive
social data out of the hands of recruiters.
Identified to Challenge LinkedIn by Building
Job Candidate Profiles from Facebook Data
4 Labs: An app for recruiters and candidates. Companies can post
jobs to their Facebook Page and advertise via Facebook Ads. The app also offers
referral features. Work4 Labs also
develops Jobs for Me, one of the largest networks of university career centers
and vertical job boards on Facebook. According to the company, users include
blue-chip names such as Citibank, Accenture, Oracle, Microsoft, KPMG and Intel
to name a few.
Tools of the Trade - Work4Labs: Work 4 Us App
we leave you with a useful read for optimizing social media to land coveted
gigs: 5 Clever Ways to Get a Job Using Social Media.
luck with the job search!
a season of crisp apples, colorful foliage and piles of paperwork. Had you
there didn't we? You thought we were going to say piles of leaves.
consider that the school year is only a few weeks old and already the paperwork
explosion is threatening to engulf the kitchen counter. And forget about the
office; the paperwork that built up during your lazy beach days is just as
fall, tackle your piles with something much better than a rake. Tackle your
piles with Divide It Up® Multi-Section File Folders.
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sides for maximum hold.
One folder, three pockets; endless possibilities. Why tackle those
troublesome piles with anything else?
For more tips on taming those mounds of paperwork, read our past posts Anatomy of a Filing Cabinet and Simple Tricks
for the Filing Newbie.
notebooks, check. Backpack, check. Refusing to over schedule...a work in
progress. Smart parents know the back-to-school checklist should include more
than just school supplies. Create the framework for a successful school year
with the following checklist.
Great Expectations: Sit down with your
students and discuss your expectations for the school year. Clearly tell your
kids that you expect them to be polite, conscientious students. Don't assume
your child knows what type of behavior you expect, tell them directly.
Open Lines of Communication: Reach out to your
children's teacher rather than waiting to hear from them. Introduce yourself
via e-mail and let the teacher know the best way to get in touch during the
school year. Reaching out signals that you are an involved, approachable parent
who is willing to act as a partner in a student's education.
Organizing 101: Teach your
children to organize their workspace and calendar for greater productivity and
less stress. Organization is easy with these simple
Family, It's What's for Dinner: Students who eat
with their family regularly have better health, grades and lower rates of
troublesome behavior such as teen drinking and smoking. Put family dinners
first as often as your schedule permits.
Say No to Over Scheduling: Put the brakes on
extracurriculars or social engagements that get in the way of downtime and
family time. Overextended and stressed out students and parents is becoming an
epidemic: ward off the ill-effects of a schedule in overdrive by just saying
Read Together: Reading fosters a
love of learning and improves vocabulary; it is also a wonderful way to nurture
deep connection between parents and children. Often parents stop reading to
their children once they can read on their own. But parents can read to willing
children for years. Pick books that are challenging or that focus on a shared
interest: reading it together pushes children outside of their comfort zone. Consider
forming a parent/child book group with a group of friends.
smart parents model a positive attitude to school and learning. Share stories
from your own education; let your children see you continue to try to learn new
things, be it a sport, a recipe or a new language. Being a life-long learner is
enjoyable and presents a positive role model for your children.
Summer's lazy, hazy days are firmly in the rearview
mirror. Time to reboot your back-to-business mojo with ten tips to make your
September more productive.
Reconnect with your colleagues after vacation
by updating your boss and co-workers on summertime successes and project
Tackle the tickler list that got short
shrift during vacation weeks.
Jump on the back-to-school bandwagon by
stocking up on organizational tools of every stripe. Folders, files, notebooks,
day planners, computers and the like all sport sales stickers come September.
Schedule a block of time to prune the
paperwork that didn't get filed. Moving piles to files is energizing.
Do some goal-setting. September's
new-notebooks, fresh-start-energy is the perfect time to strive for an
Take steps to hone focus; noise canceling
headphones or technology-free blocks of time can provide needed concentration.
Commit to a regimen of simple desk
stretches to keep the blood flowing and boost memory and energy levels.
Arrive well-rested; early to bed, early to
rise, you know the drill.
Think positively! Arrive at your desk every
day with a smile on your face and some pep in your step; positivity propels
Finally, schedule a fall vacation. You're
going to need a break from all that productivity!
Summer tans are fading, mornings becoming cool and
crisper. Time to embrace autumn and its many pleasures. Having trouble saying
good-bye to summer? Here are ten reasons to be happy fall is around the corner.
Salads give way to soups. All hail comfort
Cooler weather means AC-fueled electric
bills come down. Enjoy the savings; at least until winter heating bills arrive.
Football season begins. Get ready to root
for the home team.
Apple-palooza. Fall's most famous fruit
takes center stage.
Good-bye bathing suits, hello sweaters.
Fashion's most talked about season is always fall. Check out the September
issues of fashion mags for the latest trends.
Couch-potatoes rejoice; fall ushers in a
new television season.
Back-to-school season arrives, giving
parents a needed break.
Halloween fun! Candy for everyone.
Fall foliage! Plan a leaf peeping trip to
soak up the season's gorgeous colors.
Forget January, fall is a season of fresh
starts. Gear up to kick start your goals this September.
Sweater and boot season is right around the corner; witness
the fall fashion catalogs clogging mailboxes. But is an all-new fall wardrobe
really in your budget? Savvy fashionistas stretch their dollars by
transitioning summer looks into fall fashion with these ten tips.
Top lightweight tees and tanks with fall's
Extended the life of sundresses by pairing with
colored tights and a cardigan or fitted shrug.
Don fitted black tees or turtlenecks either
underneath or on top of lightweight dresses.
Summer's minis do double-duty as tunics
over skinny jeans or leggings.
Breezy pool cover-ups can also top skinny
jeans or black slacks.
Summer's nautical stripes look just right
under fitted black blazers.
Get more from maxi dresses by topping with
a chunky sweater cinched at the waist with a bold belt.
Summery neutrals such as carmels and khaki mix
well with fall's jewel tones. Top a nubby linen blouse with a rich jewel
covered cardigan or with animal prints like leopard or cheetah.
Pair cropped pants and capris with boots.
Voila, fall trousers!
Add colorful, silks and wool scarves over
summer weight jackets.
Beyond FoldersTM is written by a team of Pendaflex associates
passionate about time management, communications, productivity and workplace organization. Believing in "continuous improvement" on both a personal and professional level, they share their unique perspectives on subjects of common interest to our readers.