Time to Toot Your Own Horn How much is healthy? How much is too much?
This week The Glass Hammer, an online community designed for women executives in business, law, and financial services, discusses the self-promotion skills of women in the workplace, a controversial issue in the business world.
Do you promote yourself at work? It could be critical to your career development.
Lauren Rikleen, Executive-in-Residence at the Center for Work and Family at Boston College, discusses the fine line that women walk in their careers. On the one hand, women are told to promote themselves better, but on the other they are sometimes seen in a negative light for promoting themselves too much. She goes on to say that we should view self-promotion as something positive. She recommends that women help each other out. Just as men send around the accomplishments of their male colleagues, women should be actively participating in networking and praising each others’ achievement.
Cynthia Zeltwanger, founder and CEO of C Zelt Enterprises, disagrees. She believes that women will not be successful if self-promotion is their only goal. "Women should focus on their accomplishments and skills and then think about how to promote those skills," Cynthia says.
Both agree that the bottom line is being proactive. Getting involved with new projects,volunteering, and putting yourself out there are the key to self-promotion and career advancement.
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