Day: April 12, 2019

5 Behaviors Women in the Workplace Need to Jettison

April 12, 2019

Co-authored by Beverly Wallace, the vice president of executive development, talent and capability at Prudential.

The advancement of female talent is a multi-faceted, many-phased journey. While much attention is rightfully placed on changing corporate culture, attacking unconscious bias and moving away from the “old boy network” paradigm, there’s comparatively little focus on the needed shifts in attitudes and behavior by women themselves.

In our decades of working with major corporations in developing their female talent, we have pinpointed five career-thwarting behaviors women need to jettison. While women themselves must choose to shed these behaviors, success depends on the help and support of their managers, mentors and organizational leaders. Women have to do it themselves, but they can’t do it alone.

1. Perfectionism

Perfectionism is a career derailer that starts early and stays late, especially for achievement-oriented women. It sabotages success by keeping women turned inward, rather than expanding their horizons to focus on customer and organizational needs. Perfectionism also stops women from seeking roles and assignments for which they have many, but not all, qualifications. Here are some ways women can turn away from perfectionism.

  • Leverage your networks to better understand customer and organizational needs. Then meet those needs with excellence.
  • Reach out to key leaders and decision makers to increase your understanding of business objectives and prioritize accordingly.
  • Broaden your perspectives by asking for advice from peers and superiors.
  • When reviewing new opportunities, consider how to create impact, rather than focusing on having all the requirements.

2. Likeability

In general, women have different organizational expectations than men. They tend to be the nurturers and the peacemakers. As a result, they can be reticent to “tell it like it is” for fear of not being liked or being viewed as too hard-nosed. There is certainly …

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Business Owners Want More Convenient Banking Services

April 12, 2019

For small business owners, choosing the right banking partner is paramount to making sure orders get filled, employees get paid and operating costs are managed in a timely manner.

A recent survey of 600 business owners with annual sales revenue figures of $20 million or less conducted by nonprofit financial consulting firm BAI investigated how businesses bank in 2019. Its research highlighted some of the challenges of business banking, as well as the types of financial services that entrepreneurs want and need.

“Businesses need their financial services provider to make their banking experience easy, so they can focus on running their business,” said Karl Dahlgren, managing director of research for BAI.

Business owners want customized banking services

Finding the right business banking solution is an important step in maintaining a company’s cash flow. When asked what they wanted in a financial services provider, business owners participating in the BAI survey consistently said they sought out ease of use and business-friendly policies when choosing a partner. [Related: Business Bank Account Mistakes to Avoid]

According to the survey, the top three reasons a business owner would choose a new financial services provider are “lowest fees, best rates and understanding their business needs.”

In the same vein, respondents listed the top four improvements they would like to see in the current business financial services space:

  1. Improve the “omnichannel experience.”
  2. Create a better in-person environment at physical branches to better realize a business’s goals.
  3. Offer customizable solutions and provide better tools to handle a business’s financial needs.
  4. Offer actionable, “real-time content” to help handle everyday banking.

“One of the most important priorities we uncovered is that business owners expect a smooth omnichannel experience, which they are not receiving today,” Dahlgren said. “By listening to and understanding the voice of the customer, financial services …

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Best IT Governance Certifications 2018

April 12, 2019

Today’s organizations must keep a careful eye on regulations that address financial accountability, data security and protection, confidentiality, and customer privacy. Add to that the need to minimize risk, maintain profitability, ensure efficiency and meet strategic goals, and there’s a lot on the plate.

Because IT plays such a major role in all these areas, organizational governance extends to IT as well. In turn, this prompts a need for serious-minded people who understand these worlds, can meet overarching business goals and will realize mission statements.

IT governance adds structure to the process of aligning IT with business strategies. It seeks to produce measurable results, to meet regulatory and legal obligations, and to ensure that investments produce positive gains. Several governance frameworks are available to help reach these goals – COBIT, ISO/IEC 38500 and ITIL, to name just a few.

In this article, we look at five IT governance certifications that are well known and well regarded across a variety of industries and fields. We conducted a search of several popular job boards for the certifications featured here. We found no shortage of requests from employers seeking candidates holding these best-of-the-best credentials.

We limited our search to the U.S. (With its roots in Great Britain and Europe, ITIL is bound to be in higher demand across the pond.) Most of these certifications have hefty work experience requirements. Thus, it’s safe to speculate that these certifications aim at experts who are leaders in their organizations.

Job board search results (in alphabetical order, by certification)


Simply Hired


LinkedIn Jobs



ITIL Expert (Axelos)












CGRC (The GRC Group)



















As far …

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5 Tips to Protect Your WordPress Website From Hackers in 2019

April 12, 2019

The rapid growth of technology over the past decade is without a doubt one of the best tools for business owners today. Despite all the fantastic advances, there is one area that leaves many people fearful – especially those who own businesses. We are, of course, talking about cybercrime, and more specifically, hacking.

If the wrong person makes it past your security barriers and gains access to your website, you could have countless hours of work ahead of you to get your site back. The worst possible outcome during a data breach is that your customers’ sensitive information, such as credit card data, becomes fair game to the hacker.

According to Norton, the average cost of a data breach in 2018 for a company in the United States is about $7.9 million. That’s some serious cash.

Luckily, there are steps you can take to protect your WordPress website. Here are five ways you can protect your site and your customers’ data from malicious cyberattacks.

Backup your website

Creating a backup version of your website is the first thing you should do when you want to protect your site. There are numerous WordPress plugins available that can help you store a copy of your websites’ data on a secure server.

Backing up your website means that you’ll be able to bring your website back up and restore it to its original state following a cyberattack. Some hackers take down sites just for the sake of ruining someone’s day. The ability to recall your website from a backup program gives you peace of mind and takes off some of the pressure if hackers make it through your line of defense.

Only download trusted plugins

WordPress has over 55,000 plugins to date. While many of these plugins can prove useful to new …

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10 Business Ideas for Entrepreneurial College Grads

April 12, 2019

Traditional 9-to-5 jobs are no longer a strict norm, especially for young people just entering the workforce. Side hustles, freelance work and self-run enterprises are increasingly popular and offer a plethora of ways to make a living from outside the confines of a cubicle.

Many recent grads are choosing to forge their own paths by starting their own businesses across a wide variety of industries. Here are 10 low-cost business ideas you can start as a new graduate.

Clothing company

Did you dream of working in the fashion world, but couldn’t find more than a few low-level opportunities in the field? If you have a great eye for design, you can strike out on your own and start an independent clothing company. Knowing how to sew or silk-screen will help you get off the ground, but you’ll eventually need to find a good manufacturer to reach the next stage of growth. As with any business, high-quality products combined with great marketing skills are the keys to success. 

Content creation

Thanks to social media and the 24-hour news cycle, creative individuals like writers and graphic designers can use their talents to produce high-quality, shareable content for businesses and media outlets. A growing gig economy of freelance and contract workers makes it easier than ever to market yourself as a professional freelance content creator. This can also be a great way to build up your skills should you choose to seek a full-time job later on. To help yourself stand out, make sure you have an idea of your brand, how you want to market yourself and how you want your skills to be used.

Electronic repair

In today’s tech-obsessed world, most people use smartphones, tablets and laptops daily. With this constant usage, there’s a good chance that at least one …

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