The WATTTM Report

Welcome - June, 2010
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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: In February, more employees voluntarily left their jobs than were fired or discharged. That's the first month that has happened since 2008, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. And according to a December 2009 poll by Right Management, 60 percent of respondents said they intend to leave their jobs when the market improves. Read more in the Wall Street Journal.

Study: The perception that women are more sensitive, and less competent, than men may hinder women as they climb the corporate ladder. But once they get to the top, women are perceived as more effective leaders because of these traits, according to Duke University research published in the Journal of Applied Psychology.
Quote: "Research has shown that women, even professional women with good jobs and successful careers, tend to be less financially literate than men," according to Annamaria Lusardi, an economics professor at Dartmouth College in the New York Times. Recommended: and the Times' 31 Steps to a Financial Tuneup.
How to Stay Cool When You Get "Irked" at Work
Employees are being asked to do more with less, leading to more stress - and anger - in the workplace.
Conflict is not just emotionally draining to individuals; it's also costly to companies as a whole. Believe it or not, a study by the American Management Association found that employees spend about 25 percent of their time, or about two hours per day, participating in wasteful arguments with colleagues. 
Whether you're dealing with workplace jerks or your own irksome emotions, experts offer the following advice for keeping your cool, as reported in the Kansas City Star:
  • Don't pretend the problem will go away. Not surprisingly, 95 percent of us don't address workplace concerns, one poll found - but complaining and avoidance only allow problems to escalate.
  • Keep emotion out of it. Explain how a problem relates to the company's business strategies and goals.
  • Before a difficult conversation, identify your key points and practice the conversation in your head.
  • Offer positive outcomes and be open to other suggestions.
  • When needed, bring in a third party, such as another manager or an HR officer.
How do you manage conflicts in your workplace? What statements or strategies have helped you address issues with colleagues or staff? Please share your thoughts at The WATT(tm) Blog,
Summer Reading List
Forbes asked 21 women entrepreneurs to each name the business book that has been the most influential to them. Their favorites, which spanned the decades, included:
  • The 10 Laws of Enduring Success by Maria Bartiromo
  • A Whole New Mind by Daniel Pink
  • How We Lead Matters by Marilyn Carlson Nelson
  • Women Don't Ask by Linda Babcock and Sara Laschever
This Month
June 10 and June 20: WATT(tm) Group Coaching. Receive the benefits of one-on-one executive coaching at a fraction of the cost and learn from the experiences of others at the same time. Noon-1 p.m. Central. (Register to receive application and fee information. Founding Members may redeem their F*R*E*E Group Coaching Coupon.)
June 15: WATT(tm) Author Interview with Roshini Rajkumar who will talk about her latest book, Communicate That!  Noon-1 p.m. Central. Free. (Register)
June 24: WATT(tm) Dial Up Your Leadership Teleseminar: Networking for Success - How to Work a Room and Live to Talk About It!  Noon-1 p.m. Central. Free for members; $37 for non-members. (Register
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