The Smart Woman’s Guide to Getting Things Done <ul><li>Seven Essential Skills to Cultivate for Career Happiness </li></ul>...
Agenda <ul><li>Negotiating Skills </li></ul><ul><li>Communication Skills </li></ul><ul><li>Boundary Setting Skills </li></...
Disclaimers <ul><li>Each of these topics could fill its own book. </li></ul><ul><li>These are our own opinions, not those ...
Negotiating Skills
Ask for What You Need Photo courtesy of Sarah Sharp. Used under a Creative Commons License.
Avoiding the Vale of Suck Relationship Interests Interests Highly Aligned Relationship Excellent Interests Highly Aligned ...
Communication Skills
Know Your Audience <ul><li>Communication styles you develop and employ in all male environments can be perceived as aggres...
Communicating Online <ul><li>“ Gentlemen, </li></ul><ul><li>cut it out.” </li></ul>http://www.flickr.com/photos/mshades/26...
Boundary Setting Skills
Managing Your Time <ul><li>Setting your priorities effectively is essential. </li></ul><ul><li>( Especially when in “campa...
Balancing a Persona http://www.flickr.com/photos/love_notes_from_home/
Setting Priorities <ul><li>Make sure your task list is always visible by your manager. </li></ul><ul><li>( Even when you’r...
Discovery Skills
Discovery Processes Vary by Context <ul><li>Gathering Information by Walking Around </li></ul><ul><li>Observing Body Langu...
Navigating Organizational Structures
Relationships Are Key To  Getting Things Done <ul><li>Recognize Key Players in Written Communications </li></ul><ul><li>Lo...
Networking Skills
Group Dynamics  <ul><li>Treat your social networks like investments. </li></ul><ul><li>Know when to walk away. </li></ul>h...
Cultivating Your Public Persona <ul><li>Remember, everything you say online is public.  </li></ul><ul><li>For better and f...
Unproductivity Skills
Sometimes, You Can’t  Get It Together <ul><li>This is perfectly ok. </li></ul><ul><li>Take a walk, get some exercise and i...
The Three Day Limit http://www.flickr.com/photos/patrick_nouhailler/6216375073/
Thank You! <ul><li>Questions? </li></ul>@msamye  @lhawthorn
This presentation is licensed Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commerical 3.0 Unported http://creativecommons.org/licenses...
Recommended Reading <ul><li>Women Don’t Ask </li></ul><ul><li>Getting to Yes: Negotiating Agreement Without Giving In </li...
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The Smart Woman's Guide to Getting Things Done: 7 Essential Skills to Cultivate for Career Happiness

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Workplace success requires more than expertise and diligent work. Achieving career success requires balancing many needs: those of your organization, team, management and your own satisfaction. In this talk, Amye Scavarda and Leslie Hawthorn will explore seven essential skills that ensure that you can balance those needs effectively while continuing to excel in your technical career: negotiation, communication, setting boundaries, networking, information discovery, navigating social structures & using unproductive times to your advantage.

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  • Title slide: Intro selves - Amye then Leslie Go over current roles. What we are doing now and what we have done background-wise.
  • Agenda: 7 Essential Skills for Career Happiness Anecdotes from personal and professional lives. Broad Overview assuming audience of undergrads entering workforce How many are beginning / mid career / etc.? This is what you listen for to improve skills vs. teaching mentees - Amye has year ranges If show of hands shows no, retool to &amp;quot;teach this to your mentees&amp;quot; Interrupt with Questions
  • Disclaimers: Could fill books - we have a reading list included at the end of this deck Explore topics in depth with your mentors, peers, colleagues and managers These are the standard disclaimers you should have in your talks; hint for later. - LH takes
  • Ask for What You Need: Sarah and needing more memory - LH Bring up Women Don&apos;t Ask - LH Quarterly review to do self-assessment and make sure you are asking for and getting what you need - Amye
  • Vale of Suck: all LH - quick recap of David Eaves&apos; workshop
  • Know Your Audience: LH - ConvergeUS event and realizing I was perceived as aggressive Amye will give awesome example of just how you dial it back Take the steel out of your voice
  • “ e on the end of my name”
  • Manage Time: LH - need to be able to effectively set your priorities Amye - campaign mode
  • The pitcher plant here is to remind of ‘pretty but has a purpose too.’ - Friendly, helpful, useful, knowledgable but balance with being able to limit your availability. You will be asked to do more than you know how to or can do. Pushback.
  • Setting Priorities: LH - Whiteboard principle Amye - how this works when your manager is 3 time zones away LH - quarterly review for major look but need to do this weekly at minimum Amye - Getting Things Done as a framework, mention limitations
  • Discovery Processes Vary by Context: Amye - Gathering Information by Walking Around; always getting more info than you knew before LH - Body Language: crossing arms and avoiding eye contact geeks vs. non-geek (know your audience!) Amye - Con calls &amp; question that makes all hell breaks loose: what happens when only voice and awkward pauses
  • Relationships Are Key to Getting Things Done: LH - Key Players in Written Communication - if Google searches fail you, learn intuit power structures from responses on mailing lists or to written reports Amye - love your admin - admin is the one who has the keys to the throne - control your boss&apos; schedule LH - understand colleague needs - accounting dept at Google and Summer of Code
  • Group Dynamics: Amye - social networks, user groups, online communities; at some point you may need to decide if it is worth it for you; this is totally ok, you can decide to go away, valid decision to make; you don&apos;t have to do everything
  • Cultivating Your Public Persona: LH - Everything you say online is public - screen capture, etc Steve Yegge Platform post example Amye - positive things to do to build your public persona - make sure your profiles are matched up to who you want to be; make sure tagline on email matches blog; on flip side creating authentic public persona make sure people know you are who are before they meet you - Twitter avatar, etc. should look like you
  • Sometimes, You Can&apos;t Get It Together: LH - The Three, three, three thing - do the first three easy thing then the next then the next; if nothing else you got 9 things off your plate and may rekickstart you into high gear. Give yourself time to be human. If someone close to you passes away, is getting married, breakups, housing changes, etc., you will be unproductive to some degree. Recognize it. Plan for it. Try not to put major projects in at the same time. Feel free to ask for help from your management in reallocating tasks if you need to during stressful times. Amye - Make sure you have good judgement about what is a stressful time. Getting a cold is not a stressful time. Chronic illness is a stressor. Long term unproductive times are something we apply the three day rule to….
  • The Three Day Limit: Amye - fantastic quote from Steve Jobs - three days in a row and last day of your life and yes, if three days saying no then I need to make strong decisions about what I need to do to make this stop; if we spend 3 days in unproductivity mode then things suffer, namely our own happiness
  • The Smart Woman's Guide to Getting Things Done: 7 Essential Skills to Cultivate for Career Happiness

    1. 1. The Smart Woman’s Guide to Getting Things Done <ul><li>Seven Essential Skills to Cultivate for Career Happiness </li></ul>Amye Scavarda Leslie Hawthorn Grace Hopper Conference November 10, 2011
    2. 2. Agenda <ul><li>Negotiating Skills </li></ul><ul><li>Communication Skills </li></ul><ul><li>Boundary Setting Skills </li></ul><ul><li>Discovery Skills </li></ul><ul><li>Navigating Organizational Structures </li></ul><ul><li>Networking Skills </li></ul><ul><li>Unproductivity Skills </li></ul>
    3. 3. Disclaimers <ul><li>Each of these topics could fill its own book. </li></ul><ul><li>These are our own opinions, not those of any employer. </li></ul><ul><li>Your mileage may vary. </li></ul>http://www.flickr.com/photos/adulau/4042279241/
    4. 4. Negotiating Skills
    5. 5. Ask for What You Need Photo courtesy of Sarah Sharp. Used under a Creative Commons License.
    6. 6. Avoiding the Vale of Suck Relationship Interests Interests Highly Aligned Relationship Excellent Interests Highly Aligned Relationship Poor Interests Poorly Aligned Relationship Poor Interests Poorly Aligned Relationship Good More at http://bit.ly/ValeofSuck
    7. 7. Communication Skills
    8. 8. Know Your Audience <ul><li>Communication styles you develop and employ in all male environments can be perceived as aggressive or angry. </li></ul>http://www.flickr.com/photos/ilamont/5538511847/
    9. 9. Communicating Online <ul><li>“ Gentlemen, </li></ul><ul><li>cut it out.” </li></ul>http://www.flickr.com/photos/mshades/2649113959/
    10. 10. Boundary Setting Skills
    11. 11. Managing Your Time <ul><li>Setting your priorities effectively is essential. </li></ul><ul><li>( Especially when in “campaign mode”) </li></ul>http://www.flickr.com/photos/41222254@N07/6008276483/
    12. 12. Balancing a Persona http://www.flickr.com/photos/love_notes_from_home/
    13. 13. Setting Priorities <ul><li>Make sure your task list is always visible by your manager. </li></ul><ul><li>( Even when you’re distributed) </li></ul><ul><li>Use it to negotiate! </li></ul>http://www.flickr.com/photos/standardpixel/5793771679/
    14. 14. Discovery Skills
    15. 15. Discovery Processes Vary by Context <ul><li>Gathering Information by Walking Around </li></ul><ul><li>Observing Body Language </li></ul><ul><li>Managing Conference Calls </li></ul><ul><li>Asking the Question that Makes All Hell Break Loose </li></ul>http://www.flickr.com/photos/bionicteaching/5916503270/
    16. 16. Navigating Organizational Structures
    17. 17. Relationships Are Key To Getting Things Done <ul><li>Recognize Key Players in Written Communications </li></ul><ul><li>Love Your Administrative Professional </li></ul><ul><li>Understand Your Colleagues’ Needs </li></ul>http://www.flickr.com/photos/unlistedsightings/5771960109/
    18. 18. Networking Skills
    19. 19. Group Dynamics <ul><li>Treat your social networks like investments. </li></ul><ul><li>Know when to walk away. </li></ul>http://www.flickr.com/photos/97172203@N00/421942497/
    20. 20. Cultivating Your Public Persona <ul><li>Remember, everything you say online is public. </li></ul><ul><li>For better and for worse. </li></ul>http://www.flickr.com/photos/cambodia4kidsorg/4444921026/
    21. 21. Unproductivity Skills
    22. 22. Sometimes, You Can’t Get It Together <ul><li>This is perfectly ok. </li></ul><ul><li>Take a walk, get some exercise and if you need to, take the afternoon off. </li></ul>http://www.flickr.com/photos/n-o-n-o/3300440305/
    23. 23. The Three Day Limit http://www.flickr.com/photos/patrick_nouhailler/6216375073/
    24. 24. Thank You! <ul><li>Questions? </li></ul>@msamye @lhawthorn
    25. 25. This presentation is licensed Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commerical 3.0 Unported http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/ Please use, remix and share widely.
    26. 26. Recommended Reading <ul><li>Women Don’t Ask </li></ul><ul><li>Getting to Yes: Negotiating Agreement Without Giving In </li></ul><ul><li>Expect To Win </li></ul><ul><li>Ambition is Not A Dirty Word </li></ul><ul><li>Post: http://bit.ly/ValeofSuck </li></ul>

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