1:30 pm, May 16th | by Beth Devin, Manilla.com
At a recent “Lean In” book club at our Manilla offices, we couldn’t help but bring up the topic of negotiating and asking for a raise. Clearly, it’s an issue where there are a lot more questions than answers. Many women I know work under the assumption that if you work hard and follow the rules, rewards will automatically follow. That was my mantra early in my career. On the other hand, men are known to work hard and aggressively pursue increased responsibilities, promotions and pay increases. Much has been written about why women shy away from negotiating and asking for what they deserve. In this article, I break down that penultimate challenge into a series of steps that lay the groundwork and hopefully more than prepares you to make “the ask.”
9:45 am, May 2nd | by Beth Devin, Manilla.com
Sheryl Sandberg’s book, Lean In, reinvigorated the discussion regarding gender diversity in the workplace. I have a personal interest in increasing the number of women in technology-related careers. That said, it’s important to look at diversity holistically — it’s not just about men and women. When I recently took a Bikram ( hot) yoga class, I looked around the room of 50 or so people and thought, there is a lot we can learn about diversity right here. Stay with me as I draw from this experience to illustrate what we should aim for when we pursue diversity in the workplace.
12:15 pm, April 18th | by Beth Devin, Manilla.com
A major milestone in my career was the transition from being a high-performing individual contributor to my first management role. I waited longer than many of my peers to make this change. It felt so good and safe to be only in charge of me and tackle each assignment with gusto. It was a daunting proposition to step away from the hands on work and trust others to get the job done.
2:45 pm, April 4th | by Beth Devin, Manilla.com
I learned last week that a former colleague and manager had passed away at the young age of 67. Geoff and I worked together at the Charles Schwab Corporation for more than six years. Over the last several years, we kept in touch through email and holiday cards. In his honor, here are six leadership tips I learned from Geoff.
12:45 pm, March 21st | by Beth Devin, Manilla.com
With the heightened attention on women in technology and Sheryl Sandberg’s new book “Lean In,” I decided to take a different approach and ask men in technology for their perspective. This topic is a personal interest of mine, but I find that it is discussed more among women and less so in mixed company or with men directly.
11:30 am, March 7th | by Beth Devin, Manilla.com
While I am the consummate list maker, I have never had a five-year career plan. However, I always try to look ahead and make conscious choices with regard to my professional development. There are a wide range of examples from big decisions, such as deciding to change jobs, relocate, or switch industries, to smaller decisions, such as learning a new skill, attending a conference, or wearing the blue pants or black skirt to the meeting. When I reflect on the twists and turns that are my career journey, I have few regrets. It’s been the right mix of intention and opportunity. When Generation Y’ers ask my advice on how best to pilot their career, I typically share these tips.
1:45 pm, February 21st | by Beth Devin, Manilla.com
We all experience stress, and there’s no cure to make it go away completely. After all, not all stress is bad stress. But when it gets to be a real problem — keeping us up at night, making it hard to focus on anything else, preventing us from being happy — there are ways to reduce it. I’ve experimented with a number of stress-management techniques, and they may be able to help you, too.
12:30 pm, February 7th | by Beth Devin, Manilla
Life balance has been on my mind lately. Currently, I am exploring joining a non-profit board and thinking about the time required — how will I fit this important commitment into my already busy life? At work, I am surrounded by women and men who are building their careers, getting married, and raising young children. At home, my stepdaughter is exceling at a new job but constantly running on empty as a single parent of three boys. It’s tough when you are trying to do it all — after all, there are only 24 hours in the day. Here are six tips I share when people ask me what my solution is to achieving life balance.
4:00 pm, January 24th | by Beth Devin, Manilla.com
Why do women struggle with professional networking? “Women are consummate relationship builders, but we don’t use our contacts to get ourselves promoted,” according to a recent Harvard Business Review post, Six Paradoxes Women Leaders Face in 2013. But why is this? Probably because it takes time, it takes practice, and it requires you to get [...]
3:30 pm, January 10th | by Beth Devin, Manilla.com
Although 57 percent of the professional workforce is made up of women, only 25 percent of technology professionals are women. How do we close the gap?