Una carriera da Leader: Come pianificare una crescita manageriale
Milan, 12-13 Dec. 2014
This 2-day seminar, a stand-alone module within the Master’s program “Leadership & Empowerment”, focuses on personal branding, raising self-awareness of strengths and differentiating factors, effective self-marketing, and in general, consciously planning your professional growth in order to reach your career aspirations.
For more details, download the brochure Master Leadership & Empowerment Il Sole 24 Ore (pdf).
12 & 13 December 2014
Il Sole 24 Ore Business School, Milan
Milan, 20-22 Nov. 2014
Managerial Development is the first of five modules in the Master’s program “Finance for Executives: Corporate Finance & Banking”. The main themes covered in the initial seminar include teamwork, coaching, time management, leadership and communication. This intense program – 24 days over 8 months – is tailored to executives, managers, consultants and entrepreneurs who are determined to significantly expand their expertise in financial techniques and strategy.
For more details, download the brochure Finance for Executives: Corporate Finance & Banking (pdf).
20-22 November 2014
Il Sole 24 Ore Business School, Milan
COMUNICAZIONE ASSERTIVA Ossia: Dì la tua mantenendo buoni rapporti
Assertiveness is the ability to express one’s emotions and opinions clearly and effectively, while maintaining good relationships with others. Assertive people express themselves authentically, listen actively, and ask for clarification without being either passive or aggressive, respecting themselves and others. This experiential course is designed to increase participants’ level of self-affirmation through the theory and practice of a variety of assertive communication techniques.
1 Oct. 2014
CIS Valmadrera (LC)
€155 + IVA (with lunch). Held in Italian.
Download the brochure here (pdf) for more information.
A Man’s Advice for Women in Management
I read an interesting article not too long ago, interesting in that it gave a male view of what women managers should or should not do to further succeed in their career. Here are some choice pieces of proffered advice from a respected sales and ex-HR director of well-known multinationals:
– “When women make it to certain level they don’t necessarily need to demonstrate that they deserve it –- a little more self-confidence would serve them well.”
– “Women need to realize that if roles and positions have been attributed to them, trying too hard to copy male characteristics, such as authoritativeness, is not only unnecessary, but it can also be counterproductive. If women occupy a certain position, it’s because they possess the appropriate qualities for that specific position.”
– “Men don’t worry too much about why they hold a certain position, which gives them more energy to understand their surroundings and develop relationships. On the other hand, women are strongly focused on themselves once they get to a certain level, as if they constantly need to convince themselves of their role.”
Alas, I too have experienced a number of women like the ones that this man is referring to, akin to Miranda Priestly in “The Devil Wears Prada”. Fortunately, not all successful women in management try to emulate men, are overly demonstrative of their capabilities, and are too self-centered.
What do those other women do differently? They frequently adopt a coach approach to management, where their oft-innate skills of listening, encouragement and showing empathy, for example, are expressed and appreciated. In short, women allow themselves to be more natural without necessarily trying to fit into a male mold.
Try it, it works.
To sharpen your management skills in coaching and avoid Miranda’s fate, see the News & Events section for upcoming courses on this subject: “Nuove competenze al femminile: Affiancare e sviluppare i propri collaboratori” and “Coaching e strumenti di sviluppo manageriale” within Il Sole 24 Ore’s Master’s program, Management della Formazione.
As a parent, I am always happy – relieved, even – when September rolls around and it’s time for the kids to return to school. As a professional, why hasn’t a similar annual reminder to think about my education been firmly ingrained into my brain? Now is the time for that to happen: taking learning and development into your own hands has become crucial to continued professional success in today’s economy.
LinkedIn cofounder and executive chairman Reid Hoffman, spurred by the recent publication of his book “The Start-up of You”(Crown Business), states in a March 2012 interview by Reader’s Digest: “It’s no longer: I do my job, and The Man promotes me. You must develop your own capabilities, your own assets, your own opportunities.…The real question is how you invest in yourself every week and every month, just like businesses do–because businesses that don’t invest in themselves are terminal businesses.”
Developing your skills and knowledge is one of the primary aspects of investing in yourself. What is your next self-development move?
For further advice on proactively managing your professional success, see “Working Women and Self-Managing Your Career”, where life-long learning is one of the top 5 proactive moves implemented by real-life women of Milan.
Autorevolezza e assertività al femminile: Affermare la propria leadership
Designed to empower women to assert themselves as leaders both professionally and personally, this program is comprised of three interactive half-day modules and an individual coaching session. Participants will develop assertive communication and self-management skills, increase self-assurance, and become more aware of what it means to personally be a leader.
28 Oct., 12 & 26 Nov. 2013
CIS Valmadrera (LC)
€390 + IVA (incl. coaching session and lunches). Held in Italian. Visit here for more information.
Throughout this excruciating process of creating a new web site focusing on women’s career development and leadership, I have been asked repeatedly: Why? Don’t you like working with men?
Well, I do. That’s not it at all. It’s just that after facing the challenges firsthand that so many women meet as we try to lead fulfilling professional lives and at the same time have decent private lives, I realize that this experience can be especially helpful to other women. Whether it’s the external challenges, such as working long hours and foregoing friends and family or not understanding the importance of networking and company politics until it’s almost too late, or the internal conflicts, including being uncomfortable with self-promotion or battling to overcome those insidious inner voices on subjects such as inadequacy, rejection, and guilt, I have faced my share and then some. It’s this understanding and empathy that has led me to focus on women and diversity issues.
I have also been asked on numerous other occasions: When? When are you finally going to publish your new site? And, considering that I could have had another child in the time it took me to finish this project (hence the word “excruciating” above), I’ll leave that question for another time.