Mary Foley | Increasing Career Confidence in Busy Women...like YOU!

This quiz is a hoot – and oh, so real!

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increasing career confidence in busy women....like you!Don’t you love quizzes?

I recently found one that in 10 quick questions not only gives you feedback on how well you handle office politics, but is also a ton of FUN!

I know!  Office politics and fun – hard to believe it, but it’s true!

In just 3.76 minutes up can find out how well you do in situations such as…

  • How to handle the office “pet”
  • What to do if you’ve sent a scathing rant about your boss to your coworkers
  • A new manager who rubs people the wrong way
  • Whether you can avoid office politics by keeping your head down and just working
  • A coworker who is always hogging information and deliberately leaving you off emails
  • The coworker who steals your “big idea”
  • And the office gossip who talks about everyone behind their backs

To take the quiz right now, go here.  Love to know how you scored!

If you scored less than an 8, here’s something I’ve put together for you to up your career-savvy in dealing with power plays.  It’s my new video on the 7 most common power plays every woman must know, how to respond, and more!

These are all practical ideas based on personal experience and research that you can use right away.

To get instant access to this video, click here now

5 Ways You May Be Unintentionally Holding Back Your Career

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By Mary Foley

woman feeling ughEver feel like you must have accidentally skipped that class on how to navigate and grow your career?  

You wonder who you really need to know that will either give you the right guidance, insights or referrals.  You want to be seen for your true capabilities, but can’t seem to figure out how.  You have at least one co-worker who is constantly critical and makes you tense.

Problem is, you didn’t skip any class.  It didn’t exist!  

So you forged through these challenges, making mistakes, missteps, and having downright painful experiences.  You’ve made some progress but you still don’t feel confident handling situations and how to truly put yourself in the driver’s seat of your career.

Ask yourself…

1.     Do you truly feel confident in your skills and abilities?  How about how to handle changing situations?

You KNOW where you work, what’s your work, or how you work won’t be exactly the same 12 months from now.  If you constantly dread making shifts you waste tremendous energy in “what was” rather than investing it in “what is and what will be.”

2.     Do you know which relationships you should develop for your career and how?

Everything related to your work and career is dependent upon relating to others.  If you can’t develop relationships well or with the right people, you will always be at the whim of those who can.

3.     Are you sure you can spot power plays and know how to respond so that you’re not played yourself?

All relationships have a power dynamic, be it constructive or destructive.  Imagine no longer being a victim of power plays and feeling authentically powerFULL each day of your career.  

4.     Are you comfortable talking about yourself and the value you already add?

Don’t assume others understand what you do and why it matters, even if you interact with them frequently.  You have to take the lead and let them know in a way that matters to them.

5.     Are you thinking and acting strategic enough to be taken seriously?

Being a heads-down, implementation worker bee is a sure way to always be in demand, but never fully appreciated for more you have to offer.  Focusing on “what” matters and “why” will begin to turn heads.

If you answer “yes” to all of these questions, then you get to pass go and collect $200!

But, chances are you’re like most women who answered “no” to one or more of these questions.  
It also means that YOU are unintentionally holding back your own career.  Not your employer, not your clients, you.  Sounds harsh, but that’s the reality.

Because it’s not up to any organization or anyone else to sharpen your career savvy.  It’s up to you.  Especially in these crazy, unpredictable times, a class on career-savvy would be more than handy.

Class is now in session!

Enrolling yourself in the new self-paced Keys to Being a Confident, Courageous, Career-Savvy Woman video program will enable you to say a confident “YES!” to all of these questions and more.

In just 15 minutes per “part” you will learn:

  • The types of people you should know to advance your career or business
  • What real confidence is – and isn’t – that will free you up and immediately instill new belief in yourself
  • Key ingredients to effectively talk about yourself and market your value
  • 6 powerLESS behaviors every women must avoid
  • What it truly means to think strategically and why most women don’t do enough of it
  • 3 specific ways to move through change successfully
  • And more

If you want to remain stuck, skip class.  But if you want to become a confident, courageous, career-savvy woman, go here now for all the details! 

What Is The Lack Of Career-Savvy Costing You?

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Biz woman holding head - 431000By Mary Foley

Have you ever considered what the lack of career-savvy is costing you and your family?

Economically, the cost can be huge! Though your particular situation may vary consider these alarming stats:

  •        The typical woman loses $431,000 in pay over a 40 year career compared to men. (Bureau of Labor Statistics)
  •        When women leave the workforce because of family their average annual earnings decline 30% after 2-3 years. (Institute for Women’s Policy Research)

$431,000! Did you catch that?

Plus, there’s the emotional cost which comes in the form of increased frustration, guilt, disrespect, stress, fear, and dissatisfaction.

In that personal state, it’s easy to become less productive, less valuable to your organization, and worse case, a “cancer” of negativity to the people you work with, and even your family! The more you feel stuck and unfulfilled in your career, the greater the emotional cost.

Chances are you and your family depend a ton on your well-being and income. According to Pew Research, women are now the leading or solo breadwinners in 40% of US households (in 1960 it was only 11%!).

You can’t afford to NOT increase your career-savvy and just hope for the best! There’s too much to lose for you and your family.

It’s not up to your employer, your client, or anyone else to sharpen your career-savvy. Though they may help, it’s up to you. Sounds harsh, but that’s the reality.  

 Good news is that there are a ton of ways and resources for youto increase your career-savvy, like these:

Read online articles
Read career advice books
Listen to audio books or interviews of savvy career women
Watch online videos
Participate in a webinar or teleseminar
Join a LinkedIn group with like-minded career women, association or profession
Create a women’s career group of your own in person or online
Ask advice over coffee to women you admire
Get a mentor
Attend a professional development conference or event

This list could go on and on, but already I feel your overwhelm. You've got a ton on your plate. But, you don’t have to do ALL of these things. You just have to do ONE thing. Then, perhaps, another. And maybe another.

The best way to get started is to choose something that’s not a ton of time, but is packed with essentials and doesn’t cost much. That’s exactly what I had in mind when I decided to create the Keys to Being a Confident, Courageous, Career-Savvy Woman video program.

In just 15 – 20 minutes per module you will significantly up your career-savvy ASAP in 7 key areas, including how to create key career relationships, how to navigate career change, how to talk about the value you’re already bringing each day, how to think and be strategic, how to deal with power plays, and more.

Can you find 15 minutes twice a week that will have this much impact on your career?

You decide, but one thing’s for sure. If you don’t do anything to increase your career-savvy, it’s costing you and your family. Way. Too. Much.