The Evolution of Female Power Dressing
Female empowerment and advocacy for equality in every aspect have been causes of paramount significance for centuries, but it’s inevitable to notice that the voices of women have become louder and larger in numbers in the past year, and it was about time. We’ve all heard stories about certain men who have abused their position of power, and after decades of silence, we are finally here and it looks like we have no intention of ‘toning it down’ ever again. In the wake of the recent events that have transpired, discussing fashion and attempting to equalize its evolution to that of women’s roles in society may seem insubstantial and flimsy, but we beg to differ.
The evolution of power dressing almost goes hand in hand with the amount of power we’ve gained fighting the good fight, and this is as good time as any, if not the best, to take a trip down memory lane and see how our corporate attire has changed along with our role in the corporate world.
The Very Beginning
The suffragette movement was the creator of the first ensemble that remotely resembles that which is today known as a suit. The jacket, the blouse, and the ankle-length divided skirt that, unlike the restrictive hobble skirt, allowed the wearer to take long strides, marked the beginning of a new era, and era of long and bold strides both literally and figuratively.
Fake It ‘Till You Make It
Of course, we have Coco Chanel to thank for creating the first official female suit. Still, one can’t help but notice that the suit in question although innovative wasn’t inventive as the inspiration for its design was heavily drawn from men’s suits. Given the climate at the time, this proved to be a smart and calculated choice. She managed to create a look that would be acceptable, for both men and post-war women who were keen on keeping their newfound freedom.
The End Of An Era Indeed
With the increasing number of women joining the workforce in the ‘30s, the real pantsuit was created by no other than Marcel Rochas. While the very suit would seem frumpy now, being gray and woolly, with pants that matched the jacket with big shoulders, it was groundbreaking. It even caused quite a stir with Vogue. Even though these pieces looked very little like the amazingly stylish pants and jackets of today, they were still pants, which was enough to make the world go crazy.
Joining The Boy’s Club For Real
The end of the ‘70s marks the moment when women started to notably penetrate the corporate world and playing in the ‘big leagues’ otherwise known as the boys’ club. Understandably, when entering an unknown territory ruled by others, the goal was to blend in, not to stand out. Thus, under-the-knee pencil skirts with matching jackets, usually in a sullen grey shade paired up with inconspicuous pumps and a white shirt were the represented a kind of ‘unwritten’ dress code, a uniform of sorts.
The fashion guru of the era John T. Molloy went as far as to write a guidebook – The Woman’s Dress For Success Book in which he highlights that everything else is deemed unacceptable. Women were to remain inconspicuous and avoid such items as platform shoes, peasant dresses, floral patterns, and sweaters which convey nothing else than a loser-like quality. There are multiple ironies to note; on the one hand, women are fighting to enter the corporate world, yet they are told to dress in a way that makes them virtually invisible, and by a man, too.
Where Is The Sensuality?
Trying to mimic men, somewhere along the way business women forgot about the importance of embracing and emphasizing their femininity and sensuality, and Donna Karan was the first to take note of that. It’s understandable that women looked like all the same, like office drones. Mimicking men in the way we dress was probably seen as the only way to be taken seriously, so a bit of our innate femininity and parts of what makes us women were probably a bit lost along the way.
So, 1985 Karen created her own version of the power suit, consisting of soft-shouldered jackets, cashmere knits, skirts that wrapped like a ballerina’s, and stretchy bodysuits with her signature “cold shoulder” cutouts. It was her own way of making women’s busy lives easier and her response to the traditional suit.
It wasn’t however, until the grunge era when Helmut Lang and Jill Sander decided to mix feminine and masculine that the lines were blurred and the suit started to climb up the ‘cool’ ladder. Then came the queen – Phoebe Philo who with her cerebral, fierce designs embodied the attitude of smart, cultured women. It was a time of carelessly saggy pants and fur-lined Birkenstocks, and women loved it.
What Goes Around Comes Around
By now we’ve learned that nothing in fashion is ever completely new – it can be repackaged, improved, mixed and matched in ways it hadn’t been previously done, but every designer that ever was and all those that are yet to come will always look at the times passed for inspiration, and this year’s collections are proof of that. Philo is pushing fashion forward, but by looking back and rethinking the ’80s office-wear, only in an immensely more feminine manner. We have Marc Jacobs and his spring line full of oversized and slouchy suits that are highly reminiscent of the ‘90s suit. Stella McCartney was here with an incredible line of suits and tuxedo dresses that can make any woman instantly feel a mixture of sexiness and power.
However, one thing has changed – we no longer have to choose from the suit family in order to exude power, ooze power and be taken seriously. We are now in a position to march into an office wearing a red dress and Adidas originals, wear millennial pink and look fierce. We no longer have to neither hide or accentuate our curves in order to get ahead. Now we wear grey because we like monochromatic and not because a Molloy told us to. We wear read despite it being considered ‘provocative and ostentatious’. There is no guidebook – powerful clothes are the ones that you deem powerful, and as long as they are tasteful and put you in the powerful mindset, you are good to go.
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How To Stay Mindful In A Fast Paced World
It’s no secret that we live in a world that never shuts off. We’re constantly bombarded with various messages and typically glued to our devices on any given day. With the pace at which we’re living, it’s no wonder so many people suffer from illnesses and health issues. It’s difficult to stay mindful. The good news is that there are ways to slow down and get to a better place, both mentally and physically.
It’s time to stop letting the world control you and return to the driver’s seat of your own life. You’re putting your wellbeing at risk if you don’t begin to make changes soon. Think of how much happier and at peace you’ll be when you take time to stay mindful in a face paced world.
It’s as simple as taking breaks more often throughout your day. Walk away from your desk, fill your water bottle or look out the window for a few minutes. These small moments add up to a much more relaxed and mindful you. Your brain can only work at full capacity for so long before it needs a rest too. It’s all about knowing yourself and recognizing when you’re feeling tired and need to step away to re-energize. You’ll make fewer mistakes and be more alert. You won’t feel like you need to crash right when you get home from work.
Care for yourself
You can’t be mindful and in the present moment if you feel like crap. Eat well, exercise, laugh and get a good night’s sleep each day. Stay on top of your health like it’s your job because it’s what’s going to allow you to function at your best and have an abundance of natural energy. Use a calendar if you have to and enter in “me time” on a regular basis, whether that’s swimming laps or sitting on your patio. Put yourself ahead of your schedule and responsibilities for once. If you do, you’ll soon realize that you feel great and it all still gets done. No one else can do it for you; you have to put your foot down and refuse to let your daily tasks get the best of you.
Manage your Stress
Mindfulness is all about acknowledging your thoughts and then letting them pass. It’s in your control whether you let your mind take over and allow it to make you feel stressed. Manage your stress to stay mindful, regardless of the pace at which the world is happening around you. If you don’t get in front of it, you risk becoming caught up in the external universe and letting other people and situations upset you. Remember that it’s what you do in your downtime that matters most. This is because you’ll be able to remain mindful when faced with chaos in your environment.
Know how to Rest
Ask yourself, do you truly know how to rest and relax, or do you feel guilty each time you do? Stay mindful by grounding and centering yourself regularly. It’s not a practice you should pick up when you want for it to work. It has to become a part of who you are and how you live. Learn how to put your feet up, read a good book, drink tea and not care that your phone is going off nonstop. Your health suffers when you respond to others and work before giving yourself a break to breathe first. Consistently kick back and do whatever makes you happy and allows you to completely decompress.
Your first step is to surrender and admit you can’t do it all. Don’t be afraid to do this because there’s a tool called prioritizing that will help you get through this adjustment in your routine. Always make lists for all that’s on your mind and then prioritize the items. Focus on what needs to get done first and leave the other tasks to another day. This ranking and organizing truly works and it’s a lifesaver for someone who’s always on the go. This will keep your mind on what matters most and not ruminating about your entire year of to-dos. Remember to always keep some sort of wellness behavior near the top of your priority list each day.
Train your Brain
Unfortunately, you can’t wish, hope and want that you’re mindful. For the practice to work, you have to train your brain so that it is mindful. Do this by playing brain teasers, taking nature walks, reading books on mindfulness and practicing meditation and yoga. There’s no shortcut and you won’t master it overnight. Be patient with yourself and enjoy the experience of learning. Know that this way of thinking and slowing down is going to feel uncomfortable and strange at first, but don’t let that scare you away. Instead, take notice of how much better you feel and more enjoyable life becomes when you’re not always racing around and chasing.
Do more of what you Love
When you’re in a mindful state you’re free from others and society telling you what to do and how to think. It sounds cliché, but it’s true, mindfulness allows you to find who you are and the courage to explore your true desires. You’re your own person, moving along at the pace you wish to progress. Take time to do more of what you love and let your true self come to life. You’re simply more engaged and in tune with what’s in front of you when you’re following your passions and aren’t worried about judgments being passed. You’re living in the moment, with purpose and you’re happy. The craziness of what’s going on around you won’t seem so threatening to you and you’ll start to see your own judgments and criticism of others subside.
Always believe you can change and you will. Mindfulness is a practice and skill anyone can do if you put forth your best effort and stay patient with yourself. It’s a useful technique for anyone looking to not just to get by, but thrive in a fast paced and unpredictable world.
Katie Carlson is a seasoned professional with skills and experience in education, training, event planning, social media, blogging/writing, technology, marketing and customer service. She’s been published on websites such as SheKnows and Thought Catalog. In her free time she loves playing soccer, golfing, running, cooking, volunteering, reading, traveling, having dinner with friends, being creative, writing, engaging in stimulating conversation, going to the beach and blogging, of course.
She resides in Wisconsin with her loving husband, James. Katie created The Social Being721 in order to make sure she practices what she preaches and takes time each day to reflect and give thanks and gratitude for the very special moments in life. She thought she’d have some fun doing it and share content her readers can connect with and embrace. It doesn’t have to be complicated or a place to make judgments, it just IS. Inspiration, laughter and human connections keep Katie rounded and motivated. She’s always hungry to learn and grow!
6 Ways to Develop Leadership Skills Through Self-Awareness
People who are self-aware are able to identify their strengths and weaknesses. This allows them to continually work to improve their behaviors and become better leaders. Leaders are people whom we look up to and strive to emulate. By ignoring your weaknesses, you guarantee that you will struggle with them for the rest of your life. That’s where self-awareness and leadership development come into play.
Are You Self-Aware?
Be honest with yourself. Do you set a good example for your team? Would you want to work for someone like you? Do you set a bar for your colleagues? If the answer is no to any of these questions, you should ask yourself why. If you can’t come up with an answer immediately, you are not self-aware.
Self-awareness affects the functionality of the brain. To be self-aware, you must actively think about your every action. This can be difficult at first but it is important to solving problems that negatively impact your leadership skills.
1. Identify Strengths and Weaknesses
Use this exercise to practice self-awareness. As you go throughout your day, actively think about what you are doing. Ask yourself if you are performing a task correctly or if you need to improve. Mentally log, or better yet, write down the skills you need to improve upon as well as your strengths. At the end of your day, sit down and take an inventory of these items.
You should have two lists; strengths and weaknesses. Take a good look at your strengths. Your goal with your strengths is to maintain them. Your weaknesses are leadership behaviors to improve upon.
2. Admit to Your Weaknesses
First, it is important to admit to yourself that you need help with the items on your list of weaknesses. Once you know you need improvement, work on setting short-term and long-term goals that will help turn your weaknesses into strengths.
3. Set Short-term Goals
Your list of short-term goals should include any items that you can fix immediately or within the coming days or weeks. For example, if you don’t acknowledge the contributions of individual team members, saying “Thank you!” or “Great job!” will help you acknowledge team members immediately and will improve your team’s morale.
It’s not enough to simply change the behavior for one day. It needs to become second nature to you; A habit. Don’t check anything off your list of weaknesses until it is something you do naturally without thinking about it. You must be consistent before moving on.
4. Set Long-term Goals
Long-term goals are goals that will take a significant amount of time to improve upon. Expect to spend several months to years to complete these. There may also be several short-term goals that you have to accomplish before you tackle a long-term goal. Just focus on keeping your momentum.
An example of a long-term goal might be your ability to solve problems. This skill is more complex than taking a moment to say thank you. Solving problems takes improving several smaller skills in order to complete your goal. It also involves changing how your brain functions.
Set smaller, short-term goals within your larger goals. You could, for instance, try using a solving puzzle or game in order to improve your cognitive skills. Games and puzzles help you develop a strategy. Developing a strategy is an exercise that becomes easier with practice and will help you achieve your long-term goal.
5. Ask Others for Advice
If you are stuck or have no idea what you can do to improve a skill, ask for feedback and advice. If you have a role model in the workplace, ask he or she how they handle a problem you struggle with. More often than not, he or she will be more than willing to help you figure out a way you can fix the problem.
Don’t be afraid to ask your team members for their feedback as well. They may see weaknesses that you were not able to see on your own. Ask them for their suggestions. Once they realize that improving your leadership skills is beneficial to their success, they will provide you with constructive criticism to help you improve those unknown weaknesses.
6. Reassess Your Progress
Self-awareness is a skill that a person must work on actively every day. Doing so ensures that while you are improving your weaknesses, your strengths remain strong. Every week, sit down to assess your goals from the previous week, add new goals, and check off those that you have achieved.
Self-awareness is a worthwhile investment in your time that will hone your leadership skills. In no time, you will find that self-awareness helps you to excel in the workplace and will open up a world of opportunities.
Author Bio: Riya is an inspired writer, passionate about traveling, lifestyle and encouraging startups. As a freelancer, she understands the importance of productivity at work. Connect with Riya on twitter, @sanderriya.
How To Tackle Time Management And Procrastination
The famous quote by Michael Altshuler “The bad news is time flies; the good news is you’re the pilot”. What this phrase actually means is that even though time runs out pretty fast but managing the time efficiently is completely is in your hands. Being a pilot of your own time doesn’t really sound difficult but the harsh truth is that a lot of people take this as a huge challenge in their life.
Let’s talk about what time management actually means:
Time management simply means using the available time efficiently by allocating right amount of time to the right activity. Effective time management helps to assign sufficient time for important activities to complete or perform it. Deciding how much time should go to each activity is one of the crucial decisions that one must make for successful time management. There is no hard and fast rule for time management because every person has their own way of dealing with the time allocations. Lacking to follow the above statements leads to struggle in managing the time properly and effectively. Procrastination is the one of the direct result of poor time management.
Time management is definitely one of the major skills a managing student must have to take over various activities in his management career. When a student gets difficult papers to write under a schedule or a deadline, the student struggles with proper utilization of time available to him for completion. Some of the ways to mitigate such struggle can be proper planning, prioritizing of activities and delegating work to various assignments help services which can lead to a lot of effective time utilization. Proper time management is one of the key factors in achieving success in completion of Management Assignment under a deadline.
So, important question that arises here is that how to improve time management?? Let have a look to the points given below & get answer to above question
Setting time management objectives and goals: The main objective of time management is to change a person’s behavior towards utilization of time rather changing the time limits. One should start with this by reducing his time spend on unproductive activities. For example, one can decide to avoid any personal phone calls or text messages while doing important work.
Effective planning: Planning the day in advance will provide the planner with utmost results which are required for proper time management. You can make a “to do list” for the day’s activities which should be noted down according to their importance.
Setting deadlines: Set particular time limit for every task according to the requirements. You need to understand how much time will be required for a particular task to get completed. It is considered to be a success if the tasks are completed in the assigned time otherwise the purpose of achieving proper time management will not be achieved.
Delegation: “We accomplish all that we do through delegation either to time or to other people” Stephen R. covey. If you are working in a team, try delegating the work among the team members as it will save a lot of time. Main motive of time management is to save time as much as possible and use the time most efficiently. Management assignments which are done by students can be eased up with the help of internet as it provide information according to the requirement.
Prioritizing the tasks: You should keep the priority of tasks to be done in such a manner that most important tasks must come first than less priority tasks.
Time management is important when it comes to saving time because without managing the time, one cannot really handle every task which are suppose to be done. Poor time management will eventually lead to procrastination also.
So, what does procrastination mean?
In Simple terms, procrastination means delaying the work to be done due to various reasons needlessly. Reasons mainly are habitual carelessness or laziness. If a person is not able to manage the time which he has, it will lead to delay of work for future point of time. Many times procrastination is done by a person out of his/her habit. Based on a research by Joseph Ferrari, 20% of adults claim to be chronic procrastinators and rate is as high as 70% when it comes to college students. Procrastination occurs mainly due to poor self-care and poor self-management.
And to deal with this situation, here are some points which will help you to overcome this: Try to keep a positive attitude towards completing the work and feel the happiness of the completed work, it will definitely boost you up for work. Try doing the easy part of the work first which will set a momentum. In the end, we can say that Time management and Procrastination are two faces of a coin. Both of them can be dealt with easily if we remember all the points mentioned in the article. If you also faced this type of situation in your life, then share the ways you followed to manage this in comments section.
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The Entrepreneur’s Guide to Creating Your Brand
Women owned businesses are growing one and a half times more in the past 15 years than another small business. It’s no wonder as women start to break free of old conventional models. We have stepped into our strength and focus, yet maintained our feminine qualities. We were made to grow and carry the weight of another being, so we are certainly up to the task of growing and carrying the weight of a small business.
But, with so many of us heading into the business world, it’s easy to fall into the crowd of other small businesses by following what others are doing. As a fierce entrepreneur, you want to step away from the crowd and stand in your own fertile ground while you grow your business. You want to create your own special brand. Here are a few tips to help you do just that.
Create Your Own Space Online
The first step, if you haven’t already done it, is to get your own website. You will need to purchase a domain name and hosting package. Hosting packages range from free, like WordPress, to paid, like Squarespace. It all depends on your level of commitment and technical capability. The key is to do your research and get what’s best for you.
Your domain name should reflect your personality and your business’ passion. There are some fierce solopreneurs who just use their own name. The only other advice is to try to keep it relatively short and easy to remember. Using the domain name ilovetohaveeveryonebuymystuff.com isn’t one that would fit easily on a business card nor would it be easy to remember if your business is called FierceForce.
Know What Your Favorite Colors Are
There is a whole section of marketing and branding that shows how colors affect your customers idea of who you are. When you think of Target, the color red immediately comes to mind. The red color stimulates your physical body by raising your blood pressure and heart rate. It’s associated with movement, excitement and passion.
Take a half day to really see what your business is about and choose colors that will guide your customers to feel the same way.
Create Your Platform
This is something many fierce entrepreneurs do naturally because we already know what we want to give to the world, but there are a few things many of us forget to focus on. Is your platform consistent across all your social media accounts?
It takes time to build a consistent platform, but it’s well worth the effort. Ask yourself, “When my customer sees my Facebook page, do they see my business or my personal page?” If the answer is your personal page, then you should consider creating a business page. You want to have your website and social media accounts have the same base graphics, including your logo, colors, and images that help your customer know it’s you.
Consistently Connect with Your Customers
As a valuable asset to your customers, you want them to know you care about them and you want them to care about you. Sharing information, tidbits, empowering posts, and answering any questions your potential customer has on your social media shows those who would use your services or buy your products that you are there even when they don’t need you. You can use auto posting software like Hootsuite to schedule posts to automate some of your work, but don’t forget to check in regularly to see how those posts are doing and interact with others who show an interest in you.
You as a fierce feminine entrepreneur are specifically made to create, grow, and maintain a small business. Your strength, focus, and incredible tenacity will help you make your brand something everyone will remember. With these few tips to create your brand, you can solidify the memory of who you are and what you can do to help people.
Sarah Saker is a business coach and freelance writer that specializes in helping SMBs setup processes for customer support and predictable growth. When not writing or coaching, Sarah can be found on her (small but growing!) family farm. Connect with Sarah on about.me/ssaker for coaching or writing help.
Successful Millennial Women: What Do They Have in Common?
Currently, millennials make up the majority of the workforce in the USA, and 28% of them are managers. Two-thirds of millennials see themselves on management positions within the next decade. It’s a powerful generation.
Although the gender wage gap is still present, millennial women are surely working their way up to equality. They are outpacing men in higher education, and that’s surely going to take them to better wages.
What makes successful millennial women so special? Can we notice patterns that characterize this entire generation? The least we can do is try. These are the most notable character traits of a successful millennial woman:
Maybe this woman won’t be wearing an expensive suit. However, you’ll have the impression that she owns the world. She stands tall, with her head high and the shoulders back. She rules body language skills and she’s not afraid to make eye contact with the most powerful people in the room. She’ll even do it with a smile.
A successful millennial woman makes lasting impressions with her attitude.
This generation is not about hierarchies. It’s focused on working together towards achieving a goal that’s greater than personal career progress.
Roberta Travis, co-founder of Career Booster, explains: “Millennial women grew up in teams. We joined sports clubs, we played games, we went to camps, we joined sororities… all these things taught us how to be friends and supportive team members. Social media is part of this process, too. We know how to connect and we know how to remain effective even with remote teams.”
Aversion to Unnecessary Risks
Businessmen like to brag about being fearless. To prove how brave they are, they will take unnecessary risks that take them in foolish situations. A successful millennial woman doesn’t act that way. She will take risks only after she calculates the outcome well enough. She’ll take the risk only if she sees a way to rebound in the worst-case scenario.
It’s a highly positive trait that makes her a strong leader. People feel safe under her management.
A successful woman is never only about work or only about family. She manages to find balance between her goals related to career/wealth, family and friends, and personal growth. She will be successful at work, but she’ll never neglect her family for the sake of achieving career progress. No matter how hard she works, she’ll never ignore the needs of her body and spirit.
If you were wondering where that inner glow of successful women comes from, it’s from her well-balanced life.
A successful woman of this generation is not a hopeless optimist. She’s more of a realist, but she sticks to her positive mindset, as the fuel needed to get to the point of goal realization.
She will not undermine her own success with negative self-talk. She believes in herself enough to carry on through all challenges with amazing inner strength.
It’s a requirement for success. When a woman figures out what she wants to do with her life, she invests her entire energy into that goal. She may decide to help people, bring an organization to success, make an impact on women’s right, or whatever other cause she believes in.
She remains passionate for her choices and keeps going forward no matter what.
A successful millennial woman does not act according to the principles of consequentialism. She does not believe that the goal to be victorious justifies leaving victims on the way up. Personal integrity is the very core of her character. That’s why people trust and respect her.
A successful woman will be connected with her team and her target audience through various channels. She knows how to get the most out of social media and build her personal brand through it. She keeps exploring new tech tools and uses the most effective ones to simplify her life.
The most powerful woman is the one who never gives up. She’s not stubborn in the negative sense of the word. She is persistent. Even when her ideas are being ignored and doubted by others, she keeps following her passion.
The Millennial woman. She is a youthful trendsetter, who’s able to set goals and stay focused on them. She can overcome all challenges with a positive attitude. She is knowledgeable. Reliable. Competent. But most of all, she is fierce!
Eva Wislow is an entrepreneur and career coach from Pittsburgh, PA. Eva maintains a strong interest in bringing the digital revolution in human resources. Eva has a degree in Psychology and she is focusing on helping people discover their true calling. She writes for Business.com and other well-known resources. Follow Eva on Twitter.