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May 25, 2017

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The Power of Women

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Only one lesson matters in the ousting of Bill O’Reilly, which follows the firing of his former boss Roger Ailes, the man who built Fox News: women have a voice. A mighty voice.

Gretchen Carlson had the courage to speak up with her allegations of sexual harassment against her old boss. By refusing to suffer in silence, Gretchen paved the way for other women to come out of hiding with their experiences, too. That led to firings, settlements and a federal investigation of Fox News.

While it’s often scary to speak out against powerful people, especially when they exert control over your career or your paycheck, it’s sometimes more beneficial — albeit difficult — than allowing improper behavior to flourish at the expense of the innocent.

Women have so much power, a lot of which is untapped, so are we so scared? What do we fear — and why do we have so much fear — when we possess this enormous power?

How do we tap that reserve and start putting our clout to work? That’s the question we want to ask — and act on — as we reflect on the mess that’s unfolded at Fox.

Think Before You Leap To Self-Employment

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Being your own boss may sound enticing, but self-employment brings with it certain financial challenges, U.S. News reports. If you’re thinking about leaving a full-time salaried position to work for yourself, think about these seven issues before you make the leap.

Do You Have the Drive for Sales? Can You Close the Deal?

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What is Your Salary History?

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Ever cringe when you’re asked for salary history as you’re applying for a new job?

Prospective employers want to know what you’ve earned, so they don’t overpay for your time and talent. Yet you’re looking for advancement and you don’t want to be limited by previous positions.

The city of Philadelphia and the commonwealth of Massachusetts have banned that question. Legislation is now pending in California and New York City.

Is this an idea whose time has come nationwide? Would you benefit financially while negotiating salary about your future instead of being dogged by your past?

Tell us about your experiences–and what you think employers should be entitled to–and banned from–asking.

Pivoting After a Job Loss

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In today’s workforce, it’s normal to skip around from job-to-job a great deal, either because you quit or are fired — six jobs before people are 30, by one estimate. But when it comes to dealing with a job loss, men and women handle it differently, says Wendy Sachs, author of Fearless and Free: How Smart Women Pivot — and Relaunch Their Careers “Men will apply for a job if they meet 60 percent of the qualifications, while women will only apply if they meet 100 percent. Fear and shaky self-confidence are the root of what holds women back from taking a chance in a new direction,” Sachs tells The New York Post. In this piece, Sachs lists seven ways to move forward after losing a job.

Three Ways to Outsmart The Smart Machine Age

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By Ed Hess

We are entering a new era, a so-called Smart Machine Age that will lead to technology and robots outperforming humans in many tasks. This is bad news on the job front, with one estimate that 47 percent of U.S. jobs will be automated over the next 15 years. You might think the solution is us to become more robot-like to fit into this brave new high-tech work world. But don’t channel your inner Mr. Spock just yet. The key to staying employable in the Smart Machine Age is to excel at what makes us unique as humans: our real, not artificial, emotional and social intelligence.

Here are three ways to do that:

1) Increase positivity: Generate positive emotions by not allowing negative emotions to control you. You can change the ratio of good and bad feelings in your head by shifting your focus. Take more time to notice the beauty of nature or the smiles of a young child. Reflect on something joyous in your life. Think more often about the people and pets you love, the times you felt good about your work, the times you felt appreciated by others. Practicing gratitude also increases positive emotions.

2) Manage negative emotions. Emotions such as anger, fear, anxiety, dread and cruelty usually last only 90 seconds — unless you let them overtake you. Let negative thoughts float through your mind without engaging them. Calm yourself by taking deep breaths and reflecting on something more positive in your life.

3) Embrace the power of otherness. Otherness is the ability to rise above our self-absorbed, ego-driven emotional defensiveness in order to connect to and emotionally relate with others. Take time to connect and relate with others to show that you care about them by making eye contact, smiling and not multi-tasking. Listen with an open, non-judgmental mind that is fully focused on trying to understand what they are saying. Really listening to another person says: I care about you and what you think and feel.

Smart technology may be smart indeed, but we should focus on being more emotionally and socially intelligent. Embrace positivity and excel at managing your emotions and otherness, because that’s what will help you thrive in the Smart Machine Age.

Ed Hess is co-author with Katherine Ludwig of Humility Is the New Smart: Rethinking Human Excellence in the Smart Machine Age