Finding Work-Life Balance by Choosing What’s Important (AMA Blog)

A balanced life, with quality time spent on work, family, creative projects, exercise, and anything else that’s important to us, isn’t easily achieved. We’re working too much, but want to spend more time with our family. We’re on social media, but want to read more books.

The health and emotional problems related to this imbalance—such as stress, lack of sleep and exercise, and drinking or eating too much—are real reasons to make the effort to find more balance.

“Everyone says they don’t have enough time,” says Pauline Larkin, an AMA faculty member who frequently teaches on time management and organization. “But you have to take more time.”

 

A Commanding Presence: How Women Can Improve Their Professional Image (AMA Blog)

 How do you radiate executive presence when you walk into a room? How do you eliminate unprofessional habits that may be undermining your image?

Those attending the Women’s Leadership Center’s (WLC) 1-Day Connect, Learn & Thrive Professional Women’s Event on Wednesday—a sold-out event—heard advice on improving their image and honing an executive presence.

Questions and Answers About Embracing Healthy Conflict (AMA Blog)

Conflict is all around us, and it’s how we handle most of our decisions, Susan A. Mason, principal of Vital Visions Consultants and a member of AMA’s faculty, says in the new AMA webinar “Women as Assertive Leaders of Healthy Conflict.”

As more women move into leadership roles, they’ll face more conflict and will need to learn healthy ways to resolve it, she says. Mason teaches an assertive, collaborative approachto handling conflict that works better than a passive or aggressive approach.

In a Q&A session, Mason answered webinar attendees’ questions and offered some specific advice on how to be more assertive on the job:

 

Strategies for Handling Ageism in the Workplace (AMA Blog)

Ageism and age discrimination shouldn’thappen in the workplace—but they are a fact of life for older workers. Many employees at traditional retirement age or older are fit, healthy, and perfectly capable of continuing to work. Many have years of expertise and knowledge. But persistent opinions and misconceptions about aging lead to discrimination by younger bosses or co-workers.

Ageism can be annoying but benign, such as a joke about a slow older driver. Or it could happen in more serious ways, such as a layoff from a long-term job a few years before an employee wanted or expected to retire.

 

To Handle Conflict at Work, Use an Assertive, Collaborative Approach (AMA Blog)

How does a woman leader deal with conflict without being labeled “aggressive,” “overly emotional,” or “too nice”? And how do you make conflict healthy?

The way men and women typically approach conflict is affected by societal norms and is not always healthy, says Susan A. Mason. Mason believes that being assertive is the most effective approach to resolving conflict. An assertive, collaborative approach allows for healthy conflict, which in turn allows teams to get more work done, be more creative, and achieve more goals.

How to Handle Unconscious Bias in the Workplace (AMA Blog)

More and more women are speaking up against sexual harassment in the wake of high-profile cases. In workplace environments that might not have taken complaints seriously in the past, more women are feeling secure enough to report them.

But an unconscious bias against women, and subtle displays of sexism, are still pervasive in many companies. And this hurts women’s chances of receiving a fair salary, being promoted, and achieving success in their field.

 

The Do’s and Don’ts for Reconnecting—When It’s Been a While

If building your network is one of your business goals, then getting back in touch with former colleagues or supervisors might be part of that strategy. Often a previous co-worker can help with finding work, or an old boss can provide a good reference.

But when the working-together period was a long time ago, you may hesitate to reach out. In an environment where people make frequent job changes, it’s easy to lose touch. But that doesn’t mean you should write people off,

5 Ways Women Can Elevate Their Exposure on LinkedIn

When it comes to social media, women outnumber men on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. But more men than women use LinkedIn—and they use it differently. Women tend to promote themselves less than men, among other differences. With over 500 million people using LinkedIn, including 92% of recruiters, isn’t it time to start really utilizing this tool? connection tool?