How to Get Your 2018 Goals Back on Track

Sally Schott

A raise of hands, please. How many of us have already abandoned our 2018 goals? Wait. What?? We’re only 2 months into the new year! Gut check. Research suggests that only 9% of us will successfully meet our New Year’s resolutions.   You’re not alone. I have failed to meet my New Year’s goals many times… Read more »

Consciously ‘Unconscious’ Biased: Part 2

Sally Schott

In my last blog post, I wrote about how we all have unconscious biases. Left unchecked, unconscious biases will limit diversity in our workplaces and, can greatly erode the confidence of our employees over time. Unfortunately, awareness of unconscious biases is not enough to reduce the impact of bias in the workplace. Individually we should… Read more »

Why We Need to Still Honor Women

Sally Schott

On March 8 we celebrate. We celebrate International Women’s Day around the world, to tell and retell the incredible stories of the women before us who paved the way through their achievements and sacrifices. Why is this storytelling so important? Because, ladies, it hasn’t always been this way. Honestly, my generation hasn’t done a very… Read more »

Consciously ‘Unconscious’ Bias: Part 1

Sally Schott

Recently, a woman in one of our SOAR programs asked for my help with feedback she had received from her team. Several people on her team felt like she was biased against them and had begun complaining to her boss. This was her first time in a significant management role. She thought she was an inclusive manager and… Read more »

3 Ways to Make Networking Work for You

Sally Schott

When I start talking about ‘networking’ with the high-potential women I work with, many scrunch their noses in disgust. For these women, the term ‘networking’ brings to mind events with bad wine and cheesy icebreakers. They say that networking takes too much time, feels disingenuous, and yields too little result. As a result, many of these women… Read more »

3 Ways to Develop Decisiveness

Sally Schott

A common development area for many emerging leaders, especially women, is decisiveness. At the beginning of starting a SOAR leadership development program, participants undergo a set of assessments to help them identify their leadership strengths and development areas. Decisiveness, defined as “choosing a course of action with speed and ease,” frequently stands out as a… Read more »

How Women Leaders Can Manage Stress

Sally Schott

Last month, SOAR hosted close to 100 high-potential women in a series of “Power Hour” workshops to discuss tactics for managing workplace stress and building resilience. Perhaps unsurprisingly, 70% of the women who attended reported feeling an increase in workplace stress over the last year. “I am a working mother, raising two children (9 and 2.5 years old). I… Read more »

4 Ways to Meaningfully Engage Leaders in Their Career Planning

Sally Schott

Last month SOAR convened almost 200 high potential women and minorities from more than a dozen blue-chip companies to discuss career planning. More than 40% of our participants told us that they are not satisfied with the professional growth and career development opportunities at their current organizations. Our goal was to help them develop meaningful career plans that help them… Read more »