Update: We still stand by this advice on how to become a better manager (and links have been updated below), but you may also want to check out our latest discussion on online women’s management training. How do you become a boss and a more effective leader — whether you’re new to management or you’ve supervised people for a while and want to … Read More about Becoming a Better Manager: Books and Online Resources
Advice on Being a Boss
Getting to the C-suite isn't always as easy as it seems -- being a boss can be trying in new and challenging ways. Whether you need some help getting to be a boss, or now you're a boss and need advice on things like delegating and managing subordinates -- we've got you covered.
2017 Update: We still stand by this advice on buying a wedding gift for your assistant, even if you’re not invited— links have also been updated below. If one of your coworkers is getting married and you’re not invited to the wedding, should you give her a gift? What if it’s someone really important — for … Read More about Should You Buy a Wedding Gift for Your Assistant if You’re Not Invited?
In the past, we’ve taken polls on administrative professionals day gifts before, talked about how and what to delegate to your assistant, and swapped stories of amazing assistants — our roundup of gifts for your assistant may also be of help to you. Comments on our thread last year had some great ideas for what to get male assistants. … Read More about PSA: Administrative Assistant’s Day is Wednesday!
Do you feel like you have to be a “bitch in business” to get ahead? How do you reconcile as a woman leader wanting to be liked — versus wanting to be respected?
Should you friend your boss on Facebook or other social media sites? What about colleagues? What do you do when your superior sends you a request? We haven’t talked about Facebook and bosses for a long time, so I thought we’d revisit. While there are still a ton of amusing stories of people getting fired … Read More about Should You Friend Your Boss On Facebook?
Here’s a fun question for you: are you the office mom*? I’ve read that being the office mom tends to hurt your career because people see you as, well, the MOM instead of the professional you are. So here’s the Q: do you agree that being the “office mom” is a bad thing — or … Read More about Are You an Office Mom?
2018 Update: We still stand by these tips on expanding your suiting collection, but you may want to check out our recently updated Guide to Suits, as well as some of our more recent Suit of the Week picks! We also had a fun discussion about whether you can wear interesting suits to court. How … Read More about Expanding a Suiting Collection
Should 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 … Read More about Guest Post: Successfully Managing Men at Work
Although Wednesday is officially Administrative Professionals Day, it’s been spreading into a weeklong affair for a few years now. Readers, what are you getting your administrative professionals to celebrate? Some past reading for you: we’ve taken polls on administrative professionals day gifts before, talked about how and what to delegate to your assistant, and swapped … Read More about Happy Administrative Professionals Week!
What are the best practices for business development? How do you build a book of business? Are there any especially great business development tips for women? Reader S, a new partner, wonders: I am starting at a new firm as a partner where there is a great deal of emphasis on client development. Its a … Read More about How to Build a Book of Business: Business Development Tips for Women
What do you wear when you want to show authority without wearing a suit? We’ve talked about what to wear when a suit doesn’t feel right, but Reader R is looking for authoritative clothes that aren’t intimidating and travel well… I recently started a new job as in-house counsel. As part of my responsibilities, I … Read More about I Can’t Wear a Suit — But Want to Show Authority
2017 Update: We still stand by this advice on holiday tips, but you may also want to check out all of our posts on holiday business etiquette. We’ve talked about what to tip your secretary for the holidays before, but we haven’t talked about the bigger question of other tips and year-end gifts — I’ve been getting … Read More about Holiday Tipping