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Welcome - January, 2011

Welcome to The WATT® Report, your resource for news and advice to help you get ahead. As a member of the Women at the Top® Network, you'll receive this monthly e-newsletter the first Wednesday of every month.
 
In Case You Missed It 

Each month we'll round up a few of the most interesting reads we've found to help you stay informed. This month's picks are: 
 
Fact: Companies with more senior-level women boast higher profits. According to its Women Matter study, McKinsey & Company determined that gender diversity is a key corporate performance drive. Companies with three or more women in senior management score more highly on nine criteria of organizational excellence than companies with no women at the top. Performance increased significantly once a critical mass was attained - at least three women on management committees. (Read More)
 
Study: CareerBuilder.com found that 41 percent of 2,765 U.S. employers it surveyed said workers who dress well or professionally tend to be promoted more often than others at their organizations. In the financial services industry, for example, 55 percent of employers in that sector said employees who dress professionally tend to be promoted more often than others.

"Even though we are seeing a trend of more relaxed dress codes in the office, especially in summer, it doesn't mean that professionalism should go out the window," said Rosemary Haefner, vice president of HR for CareerBuilder.com, in a press release. 
 
Quote: "Give us a chance. Let us fail. Let us succeed. Let us be Women first. Golda Meir, Israel's first woman Prime Minister said it best, 'Whether women are better than men I cannot say - but I can say they are certainly no worse.'" - Kathy Scott, founder Me and My 1000 Girlfriends, That's Who
 
 
Polish Your Executive Presence
 
Executive presence is your ability to inspire others through the combination of your physical appearance, communication ability and authentic connection.  It impacts your ability to be successful in your career, be influential in your company, and achieve your full potential as a leader.
 
How do you know if you have executive presence, and how do you get it if you don't? When asked, most HR professionals say they know it when they see it and you likely do to.  Here are some key questions to ask yourself:
  1. Are your ideas and input overlooked? 
  2. Are you frequently out of the loop when it comes to corporate politics? 
  3. Do you lack visibility within your organization? 
  4. Are you overlooked when it comes to key projects and promotions? 
  5. Do you lack senior level advocates willing to champion you and your ideas up the chain of command?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, than your executive presence may need some work.  Not to worry, here are some things that you can do:
  1. Assess yourself. Have someone videotape you making a presentation.  Take notes on the areas in which you need improvement. 
  2. Get input from others. Ask a trusted colleague, mentor or coach for candid feedback.  Consider having a third party facilitate a feedback assessment or stakeholder interviews. Gather anecdotal information from emails, correspondence or performance reviews.  
  3. Observe other respected professionals for best practices. Note what they do exceptionally well. Look for ideas on things you'd like to put into practice.    
  4. Develop an action plan. Identify areas for improvement and actionable tactics you can implement like joining a professional association, taking a class, reading a book or hiring a coach. 
  5. Practice new behaviors.  Test out what you have learned and see what impact it has on your presence. 
The key to executive presence is authenticity. So, while you're working at making improvements don't lose sight of your true self. After all, your presence is what makes you unique.
 
Have a tip that helped you be more successful as a leader? Please share your ideas with us at or visit the WATT® Blog, www.theWATTblog.com
 
 
This Month
 
Dial up Your LeadershipTM with these WATT® programs and events.
 
January 20: The Power of Thinking Big: Five Steps to Make Your Mark in 2011!
12 noon CDT (Mbrs Free/ $29 NonMbr) Enter member code: THINKBIG. (Learn More)
 
January 26: Author Interview with Dia Satori. This 45 minute call will feature an interview with Dia Satori, author of C-Sweets: Desserts from the Executive Suite. (Learn More)
 
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