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Select the best candidate by being aware of biases

Choose the Best Candidate, Not the Most Obvious One

When you make a decision about your own career, you want to consider the most important factors and make the best choice. If you are a hiring manager, you must also make decisions about other people’s careers. Taking on this level of responsibility requires you to understand and guard against your own biases. After all,…

Job Descriptions

Job Descriptions: 4 Tips for Attracting Diverse Candidates

Are you ready to expand your team or backfill an open position? If so, first take a moment to consider the importance of job descriptions and job postings in diversifying your company, team, and professional network. For many candidates, the first time they will learn of your organization is when they see a job description for…

Transparency: Storytelling for Leaders

Transparency, Authenticity, and Vulnerability: Storytelling for Leaders

Transparency, authenticity, and vulnerability are tools anyone can use to create stronger relationships. For leaders who seek to be more inclusive, authentic storytelling can accelerate trust and shape culture within your organization. Transparency derives from an attitude of servant leadership. Authenticity demands a great deal of self-awareness. And vulnerability requires incredible courage and self-confidence. If…

Inclusive Networking - You're Welcome

Inclusive Networking: 3 Ways to Say “You’re Welcome”

Identifying missing perspectives in your network is relatively easy. And finding people who can fill those gaps isn’t terribly difficult. But how do you attract people who differ from you? How do you make yourself the light in the room to which they are drawn? In this article, I propose three pillars of inclusive networking…

Surprising Path to Women's Empowerment

Go to the Conference That’s Not for You

When I travel, I use the opportunity to connect face-to-face with people from past work lives. This keeps me active and engaged with my CHAMP network, even when we don’t have an immediate overlap of interests. And I love hearing what my friends are learning through new jobs, challenges, and relationships.  During one such trip,…

My Book, My Business, and My Mission

I recently connected with Executive Coach Andre Boykin of Capital Idea. The first question he asked me was, “What are you creating in the world?” I loved the way he phrased the question. And I hope he doesn’t mind that I will be using it in the future. Later that day, I had an equally…

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Book: Network Beyond Bias

Make Diversity a Competitive Advantage for YOUR CareerOrder Your Copy Today! Is your professional network as diverse as the workforce and community around you? If not, you could be missing important opportunities for your career. We all face challenges in making meaningful connections, especially with people who differ from us in significant ways. Few of…

Mining for Gold: Discover Your Personal Brand

Mining for Gold: 4 Ways to Discover Your Personal Brand

Many articles on networking will advise you to start with your “elevator pitch.” Having a quick, canned, fluid introduction is certainly important. It is not, however, the beginning. First, you must understand very clearly who you are, what you want, and what you have to offer. There are a number of assessments you can take to…

Knowing yourself is the key to successful networking

Successful Networking Starts with Understanding Yourself

Author’s note: This article is adapted from my book, Network Beyond Bias. Knowing who you are and understanding yourself and your unique value is the foundation for successful networking. Are you your own worst critic, disproportionately attuned to your mistakes, shortcomings, and weaknesses? To network effectively, you must instead recognize all that you have to…

Can't take a compliment?

Can’t Take a Compliment? How You’re Punishing People Who Praise You

If You Can’t Take a Compliment, Expect to Stop Getting Them Many people can’t take a compliment gracefully. You may be one of them. Do you punish people when they pay you a compliment? Let’s find out! Imagine you just presented a proposal during a team meeting. Also, imagine your name is Joan. (I don’t…

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