The WATTTM Report

Welcome - September, 2010
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 from September through June.

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: Family-friendly work benefits are declining during the recession, the Wall Street Journal reported. Fewer employers are offering flex time, according to the Society for Human Resources Management, and some plan to eliminate graduate educational assistance, non-executive incentive bonus plans, and paid maternity leave. Read more.
Fact: The recently enacted financial reform legislation requires each of the 30 federal financial agencies and departments, including the Securities and Exchange Commission and all 12 Federal Reserve banks, to establish an Office of Minority and Women Inclusion. Each office has the aim of increasing diversity at their agencies and the companies they regulate, as well as to increase federal contract opportunities for minority- and women-owned businesses. See the Los Angeles Times article.

Study: When asked to rank employee attributes in order of importance, corporate hiring managers placed experience first, confidence second, and looks third – above where a candidate went to school – according to a Newsweek poll. What’s more, a good-looking man will make $250,000 more than a less-attractive guy, according to economist Daniel Hamermesh. Read “The Beauty Advantage.”

Quote: “Having a few females at the top is wonderful, but until we have at least 30 percent of senior women in leadership, we will be ignoring a strong dynamic that is working well elsewhere.” – Linda Tarr-Whelan and Jacki Zehner, in a column on Women’s Equality Day on 

Manners Still Matter at Work 

An accelerated pace in the office can make us lose touch with simple social graces like greeting others with a “Good morning,” according to psychiatrist Edward M. Hallowell, M.D.

In order to cope with the constant stream of information via email, text and instant messaging, we tune things out – like the people around us, Hallowell says in a story on (Test yourself with the quiz How Rude Are You at Work?)

His solution? Create boundaries, like turning off email when possible, closing the office door, and making time to think and work uninterrupted. Another expert says that companies can help their employees avoid overload by discouraging overtime and offering in-house perks like exercise facilities.

Is this an issue you’ve noticed in yourself or your staff? How do you deal with rude behavior you encounter on the job? Please share your thoughts at The WATT™ Blog,
What Your Voicemail Says About You
“In our busy lives, we may spend more time listening to electronic recordings of voices rather than the voices themselves,” according to Janine Driver on

Pay close attention to the message that callers hear when they try to reach you – after all, it creates a first impression, says Driver, author of You Say More Than You Think: A 7-Day Plan for Using the New Body Language to Get What You Want.

In her own voicemail greeting, Driver recommends:

  • Enunciating both first and last name, leaving a slight pause in between, to convey importance.
  • Emphasizing the information needed from the caller to focus on him or her: “Please leave your name, phone number, and a detailed message so I can get back to you and give you my undivided attention.” 
  • Not apologizing for being busy or unavailable.

In a voicemail message, experts recommend:

  • Keeping messages under one minute in length.
  • Stating a reason to return the call.
  • Leaving your number immediately after your name.

For some, it doesn’t matter how clear the voicemail greeting or message is – it’s the medium that poses a problem. People under 30 are four times more likely to respond

This Month

Dial up Your Leadership with these programs and events.

September 8 and 16: Laser Coaching. Spend 30 minutes one-on-one with executive coach and WATT™ founder Regina Barr. First come, first served. 2 p.m. or 3 p.m. Central. No charge; members only. (Register)

September 9 and 21: Group Coaching. Get personalized expertise at an affordable rate. Group convenes twice a month for 60 minutes with Regina Barr. Noon Central. Individual session and package pricing available; members only. (Register)

September 16: Political Savvy: Getting It, Keeping It and Using It Ethically. Learn how to work organizational politics ethically. Through an enjoyable, interactive quiz, participants will cover the basics of power, politics and ethics and how to employ them to lead organizational change in a call led by Kathy Curran, PhD. Noon-1 p.m. Central. $29 member/$39 non-member. (Register)

September 22: Stand Tall and Have It All: 7 Surefire Strategies to Skyrocket Your Success - Right Now! Gain confidence with seven bold strategies that will help you be more successful in your career and your life in a call facilitated by WATT™ Network founder Regina Barr. Noon-1 p.m. Central. No charge for members. (Register)

September 29: Failure to Launch: 5 Common Pitfalls that Could Ground Your Career - or Worse! Avoid the issues that are stalling your career and learn two new strategies guaranteed to rocket-boost your career. WATT™ Network founder Regina Barr will offer “hot-seat coaching” for a few brave souls as well as other bonuses. Noon-1 p.m. Central. $79 member/ $99 non-member. (Register)

October 6: Skyrocket Your Career – From Countdown to Launch in 7 Weeks! Join other WATT Network members in a program that guides women step-by-step through creating a blueprint for career success. Develop actionable strategies to begin implementing right away, complemented by a one-on-one strategy session, an EQ assessment, bonuses and more. Noon-1:30 p.m. Central. (Learn more)
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