We Hold Ourselves Back

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Nicholas Kristof of The New York Times  quotes Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg on women and leadership: "We hold ourselves back in ways both big and small, by lacking self-confidence, by not raising our hands, and by pulling back when we should be leaning in."

Plans, B, C and D

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Love this career insight from New York Times writer Caitlin Kelly: "Everyone, whatever age, needs a Plan B. And maybe a Plan C and a Plan D." So true!

Here are a few tips for anyone contemplating a career change:

Ask people who know you well for insights. If trusted friends and associates keep suggesting the same new career for you, start making a plan of action. Years ago, this strategy took me from a fashion career that I liked but didn't love to a new career in executive talent solutions.

Career Resolutions

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Welcome to 2013! It's the season for career resolutions, and here are three that are musts for anyone serious about reaching the next level:

1. Write down career goals. It's not enough to think of goals. Write them down to show yourself that you take your career seriously.

2. Energize your network. Take one step every day to build relationships with people within your organization and beyond. The better your network, the better your career.


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Welcome to the JBK Associates blog!

We envision this space as a place for news, conversation, opinion, information, interviews and insights on all things related to executive talent, and we hope you'll visit often.

On my mind today is the most valuable career asset anyone can have: a strong network. Networking is probably the single most critical tool for career development, yet many of us spend so much time doing our jobs that we neglect our networks. But the minutes you spend networking will advance your career faster than extra hours at your desk, and the holiday season is networking prime time.

Help Women Opt In

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More mothers want full-time employment, according to a new report from Pew Research Center.

These women represent a valuable and potentially vast talent pool.  In 2010, more than 10 million with children under 18 were not in the labor force, according to research reported by Catalyst.  Many are highly skilled with the potential to be a valuable asset to an organization.

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