This June, Columbia Business School and Barnard College are teaming up to create an Executive Education program aimed at women: "Women in Leadership: Expanding Influence and Leading Change." According to the website, the program is designed to "help elevate the impact of women leaders—enabling them to navigate the business landscape, develop and leverage their talents, and step into roles of greater influence."
This program builds on a conversation that was already prevalent, but has reached a new level of exposure over the past 6 years or so. It could (and has been) argued that this increase in attention is due, in large part, to Sheryl Sandberg. As the COO of Facebook, Sandberg was well positioned to publicly pose a question that no one seemed to be asking: "why do we have so few women leaders?" This question became the basis for her TED talk in 2010, her Barnard commencement speech in 2011, and her bestselling book, Lean In, in 2013. The question sparked a national conversation about women and their roles in the workplace.
To discuss this question (and many others) we sat down with the women running this new Executive Education program: Rochelle Cooper ('84BC, '88TC, '89TC), Rita McGrath ('81BC, '82SIPA), and Elana Weinstein (Barnard Athena Center for Leadership).Read more
By Melody J. Wilding '11SW of the Columbia Career Coaches Network
Originally published on melodywilding.com
Networking can be, at times, awkward and even produce anxiety. The thought of reaching out to people you don't know to build potential business relationships can seem daunting. How do those "super connector" social butterflies carry themselves with such confidence while others stammer and stutter?
As it turns out, there's a psychology to relationship building that will not only help you feel more secure when meeting new people, but will also transform your stack of business cards into meaningful connections that may advance your career.
Remember, confidence and relationship building are not skills we're born with.
Here are four ways to leverage what we know about human behavior and the brain to become a better networker and to create relationships that last:Read more
By Julia Harris Wexler '83TC, '14BUS, Columbia University Certified Executive Career Coach
Mid-career shifting is perhaps one of the most common, yet least researched challenges faced by our generation. Let's look at the dynamics:
1) Most professionals begin their careers after graduating college or graduate school in their mid to late 20s. Their work life will last until their early 60s to late 70s on average.
2) This 40+ year span will most likely NOT be spent dedicated to only one field/industry or career.
Since it's logical that most professionals will need to reinvent themselves in order to leverage their prior skills in preparation for taking their places in their next careers, why is this topic still such a mystery?
That's why I specialize my coaching on this exact challenge: Mid-Career Shifts.
Mid-career shifting is perhaps one of the most common, yet least researched challenges faced by our generation.
Here is the method I use when coaching clients in tackling this issue:Read more
Transitioning to a new career requires a mixture of faith, courage, inspiration, and support. The end results are exciting and often unpredictable.
Here are nine takeaway tips you need for a career transition from Eric Horwitz '90CC, the head of the Columbia Alumni Career Coaches Network and a full-time executive career coach and life coach.Read more
By Lynn Berger '84TC, '90TC of the Columbia Career Coaches Network
From time to time, all of us experience a career slump; however, it can be a meaningful experience. It allows us to identify the gaps in our work and career. Let's explore how you can identify your interests, motivated skills, personality style, and values to allow you to achieve greater career satisfaction.
So, the question is posed—“How can you overcome a career slump?” The best way to answer this question is to imagine you are creating and putting together the pieces of an intriguing, challenging, and rewarding puzzle. Each piece needs to be closely examined, shifted, and viewed from a variety of perspectives. Once you are able to fit the pieces of your puzzle together, you will have created the complete image, which in effect, will become your fulfilling career.
By Debra Feldman '74PH of the Columbia Career Coaches Network
You got where you are today by virtue of hard work and producing results. If you don’t get the strategy right and execute it correctly, a project fails. This success principle applies to your personal career: you need the right job search strategy to support an effective campaign effort. If either your job search strategy (focus or target) is wrong or your job search execution (tasks and activities) is inadequate, your job search can’t succeed. In other words, if you don’t know where you are going, then you are not going to get anywhere.Read more
Each year, global leaders convene at the World Economic Forum's annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland, to address topics at the forefront of the world agenda. Among those in attendance are prominent Columbia alumni and faculty.
This year's conference took place on January 20-23.
Hear directly from some of these Columbians, who provide insight on its significance and why you should pay attention.Read more
This is part 3 in a 3-part series on career transitions. Click here to listen to part 1.
A major career change can happen by either being "pushed" by problems with a current situation or "pulled" by the promise of greater opportunities. Either way, this choice is never an easy decision and is often accompanied by fear and stress. To better understand how decision making can impact a career, hear a psychological explanation from Professor Elke Weber (Columbia Business School), expert on behavioral and neural models of judgment and choice under uncertainty and time delays. Understand how to differentiate between different decision modes to help resolve your own internal conflicts as you continue on down your own career path.
This is part 2 in a 3-part series on career transitions. Click here to listen to part 3.
A change can only happen when you decide to take a chance. Career coach Eric Horwitz '90 CC will share stories about his several career shifts and provide ten takeaway tips on the necessary steps you need to really embrace a career transition. Transitioning to a new career requires a mixture of faith, courage, inspiration and support. The end results are exciting and unpredictable. And like the quote from the The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, "Everything will be alright in the end if it isn't alright it's not the end."
This is part 1 in a 3-part series on career transitions. Click here to listen to part 2.
The opportunity to switch a career path might happen when you least expect it. If you are on the cusp of making a transition, get inspired by hearing a personal story about an alumnus who shifted from being a Wall Street finance professional to an emerging entrepreneur in the automotive industry. In this episode, Bill Haney '81 SEAS (Chief Risk Officer of FlexPath Capital Inc) shares what it was like to make a change out of necessity and shed light on the reality of being a self-starter.