As students everywhere head back to school, we thought it would be a good time to revisit our own professional development. Like many of you, we pride ourselves on our continuous learning mentality, while in practice we might not be quite as on top of things as we’d like!
Lucky for all of us, we have taken a few minutes to review and revisit many of the great resources we have used over the past year and want to share these with everyone.
In no particular order:
We recently discovered the NY Times Working Woman’s Handbook, a series of timely articles that resonated with us. Titles include: “What to do When You’re the Only Woman in the Room”, “How to Hustle without Burning Out”, “How to Do Less and Achieve More”, and many others. They are all short reads packed with practical advice, follow the link to check it out.
An old favorite, LeanIn.org is constantly updating and adding great new stuff. We really like the new “Challenge Gender Bias” resources on the website. And check out the “build your skills” section which contains articles, short videos and resources to facilitate conversations around a wide variety of topics. Originally devised to support Lean In circles, the information can be used individually or with a group to challenge your thinking and strengthen your skill set; need help Negotiating? Trying to create Work/Life Balance? Looking to hone your Leadership Skills? Find these topics and more at www.leanin.org/education
Do you spend a lot of time on the road? If so, we’ve got two great podcasts to pass the time. HBR Women at Work is in its third season. This free podcast series includes titles such as, “Couples that Work”, “When we Make All (or most) of the Money”, “Step into the Spotlight” and many more. Each podcast is approximately 45 minutes long and has the power of the Harvard Business Review behind it. Lean In has recently joined the podcast space with “Titled” including episodes on “Women who Changed the Game,” and “Expert Advice for Raising Confident Girls”! Both can be downloaded for free wherever you get your podcasts.
Looking for a quick daily update, our recent find is the “The Broadsheet” for and about the world’s most powerful women. Produced by Fortune, it is a morning briefing about news making women delivered directly to your inbox.
And finally, we enjoyed a few good books over the course of the last year. Abby Wambach’s “Wolfpack” is a powerful reminder of the importance of women supporting other women in every aspect of life. Brene Brown’s “Dare to Lead” speaks to the importance of building trust, being vulnerable, asking the right questions, and being the leader who shares knowledge and power, not the one who hoards it.
As John F. Kennedy said, “Learning and Leadership are indispensable to each other.” May you continue your learning journey every day.
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