Guest Post: Successfully Managing Men at Work

Successfully Managing Men | CorporetteShould you manage men differently than women? We’ve talked about becoming a boss, delegating work, motivating a lazy secretary, and whether you should be friends with staffers — but not this particular topic. I’m honored to welcome Anna Runyan of Classy Career Girl to the blog — a new mama herself (congrats!), Anna is a leadership coach for ambitious women, and the author of the new book,  The Professional Woman’s Guide to Managing Men. Welcome, Anna! – Kat. (Pictured: World’s Best Boss, originally uploaded to Flickr by Kumar Appaiah.)

As an overachieving chick, you are bound to have the challenge of managing men at work. You might be worried about coming across as too strong, aggressive, or bitchy. You might not be confident in yourself because you don’t really understand men. You might be uncomfortable around the men you work with. I know I was.

For eight years I worked in a male-dominated work environment and I quickly found out that understanding men was the key to getting promoted. Once I learned how to manage both genders successfully, I finally started getting ahead.

Here are the keys I found to successfully manage men at work:

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Deal Alert: Sole Society Sale (Going Fast!)

sole society sale 175Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Sole Society, but written by your regular friendly blogger Kat Griffin.

If you’re looking for some fun shoes to perk up your summer work wardrobe, there’s a great sale going on at Sole Society right now (mostly final sales, alas).  There are a ton of of classic styles in numerous colors, with many enthusiastic, glowing reviews.  We actually have another sponsored post from the brand coming up next week, but because the crazy sale going on right now only goes through Tuesday, I wanted to post something now!  I’m MOST in love with the shoes pictured at left (they’re even bigger below the jump), but there are so many choices just from the sale section it’s hard to narrow it down.  The beige pump at top (Yasmin) comes in three other colors and is currently marked to $15 from $50, the black polka dot flat (Kirby) comes in EIGHT other colors, has 59 positive reviews and is marked to $18 from $60, and the cobalt blue pump (Alexandra) also comes in black and lavender, and is marked to $28, down from $70 (and is sadly out of my size — I think I’m going to cry).  Bigger pictures and more picks from the sale below (the sale prices are not reflecting on hover for some reason — but most of the prices come down to $20-$30).  I’m mostly in love with the shoes but they have jewelry, bags, hats, scarves, and more.

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Guest Post: Tips for Traveling Solo

How to Travel Solo | CorporetteSolo travel – have you ever done it? We’ve talked about how to plan a vacation and how to take vacation time without making yourself crazy, but we haven’t really discussed traveling alone as a woman. Particularly considering some folks may be in the midst of planning bar trips right now, I thought we’d discuss. Today’s solo-travel tips come  from one of my best friends since college, who we’ve called Auntie M when she’s guest posted in the past (taking a week of TPS reports in 2011 and another earlier this year, as well as sharing her experiences with freezing her eggs). Welcome back, Auntie M! – Kat

Hi there. I’m writing this from Madagascar, where I’m working on a documentary on a traveling French brass band.  Since I’ve started traveling, it’s really been a trip – I’ve lost my luggage for five days, found weird (huge!) bugs in my clothing, and gotten super sick from eating who knows what. My point is, when you travel, things will happen that will surprise you, even when you’ve passed the point where you think you can still be surprised. And your ability to cope with these things will also surprise you. And travel — yes, even solo travel — can be fun. Like, a lot of fun. With some good preparation, a friendly attitude, a commitment to let go of some of your neuroses (seriously, leave that sleep-sheet behind, princess) and to never, ever panic, you can be ready to take on the world. Below are some tips and tricks. Safe travels, everyone!

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Guest Post: 7 Stores to Shop for Summer Workwear

Summer Workwear | CorporetteWhich are the best stores for summer workwear? Everyone has their own list, it seems, but today’s comes from the online shopping experts at SHEfinds, a blog I’ve been reading since before I started Corporette. Welcome! – Kat. 

Whether you live in the city or the country, drive to work or commute, every woman knows the perils of dressing for work during summer. It’s hot when you’re outside, cold in the car or on the train, hot on your walk to the office, and then cool again in your office. How the heck are you supposed to dress for this?

One word: layers. Yes, it may seem like a bother to carry something extra when it’s 80+ degrees out, but not only will a good blazer, cardigan, or jacket keep you warm in A.C., but it will also pull together a professional outfit like nobody’s business.

So as we embark on sweltering summer months, we rounded up seven stores every woman should hit up for workwear to survive the season. Whether you’re looking for business attire or something more casual, these spots won’t fail you. (Pictured: Notch Neck Shift, $67-$134 at Boden, marked down from $168.)

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Professional Image, Outfit “Compliments,” and Confidence at Any Size

Self-Confidence | CorporetteWhen you get an unexpected comment on an outfit, does it make you question bigger things, like your judgment? Do plus-sized women need to be particularly wary of such office outfit comments? We’ve talked about when you can tell interns their outfits are inappropriate, and how to react when your male boss tells you you “dress too well,” but we haven’t really talked about a casual comment from a friendly coworker. A big welcome back to today’s guest poster, my old friend Kathryn Rubino, who’s written previously about the perfect plus-sized blazer and DIY options for gaping blouses. – Kat. (And I’m sure she looked FABULOUS in the blouse she’s talking about.)

“What a great top — I mean, I could never wear it, but it looks great on you!”

I heard those words and my blood ran cold, and I stuck a smile on my face and mumbled my thanks. Was this a genuine compliment or was I the victim of workplace shade?  Disturbing though it may be, most professional women have dealt with this sort of thing (Kat has even written about the back-handed compliment phenomenon before). But it is such a ubiquitous problem that for my guest post I wanted to discuss that moment that has you questioning every fashion decision you’ve ever made.

First, a little background  this is a workplace where jeans are appropriate on more than just Fridays. The general guidance is that you shouldn’t look “sloppy” but there is quite a range that is considered perfectly acceptable office wear.

Second, I felt great in the outfit. You know how some looks just put a little bounce in your step? That was this outfit. Yes, the shirt was a bold pattern (shades of taupe mixed with a bright yellow and pink), but I had it paired with a dark rinse jean, a reliable black stretch blazer, and nude wedges. So there wasn’t a lot of the pattern showing, just enough to make me feel like spring had really sprung after this interminable winter.

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Sponsored: The Scoop on the Nordstrom Rewards Card

The Scoop on the Nordstrom Rewards Card | CorporetteN.B. This post is sponsored by Nordstrom, but written by your usual friendly blogger, Kat Griffin.

So here’s my dirty little secret: I’ve never had a Nordstrom card, despite the fact that for YEARS now I’ve been hearing about how you get early access to the Anniversary Sale and other perks. My main reason for holding out? I usually wait to get a store card until I’m about to make a huge purchase (a fancy bag, a particularly large order, etc) because most store cards give you a special discount ONLY on the day you sign up.  After looking at the Nordstrom Rewards card a bit more closely, though:

  • Card members earn 2 points per net dollar spent at Nordstrom on your Nordstrom credit or debit card.
  • Every 2,000 points earns you a $20 Nordstrom Note to spend on anything at Nordstrom. Card holders get early access to Anniversary Sale so they can shop online and in stores before every else.
  • Get a $20 bonus Note when you spend $100 at Nordstrom with your Nordstrom card the day you apply. (Nudge nudge!)
  • You can get reimbursed for some or all alterations on Nordstrom purchases with a Nordstrom Note in the exact dollar value of the charge.  (There are different levels of Rewards, and members at higher levels can get more alterations reimbursed.)

And then, once a year, you can also pick a day to earn TRIPLE points — so if you want to use it for the day you shop the Anniversary Sale, you get even more points than usual.  (You can just click a box during checkout to choose to use your Triple points that day, or you can call the store to set up a day to use them in person. The customer service rep I spoke with noted that it’s really easy to set up your triple points day — it isn’t a problem to schedule it; just let them know the day of.  Triple points can apply to both in-store and online purchases if they’re made the same day.) (As you move “up” the levels of membership, you can earn more triple point days.)

I went through the signup process in less than 10 minutes (it would have been faster if I’d had my driver’s license at the computer with me), and because I applied through my Nordstrom.com account, the info is already saved in my account and I can already begin earning points (and have access to the sale).  (The card will come in the mail in 7-10 days.)  Sweet!

Readers, are you excited for the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale? Cardholders, what purchases are you hoping to make?