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january 3, 2011 Why Do Women Receive Less Promotions Than Men? ? Part Two Your Style’s 2010 Heat Check How to Keep Your Resolutions

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We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called “Opportunity” and its first chapter is New Year’s Day. - Edith Lovejoy Pierce

Editor’s Note Hi Readers, It is a new year, and you may have made your resolutions, but now it’s time to put the framework in place to make sure those resolutions are achieved. Just in case you are deterred along the way, we have a seven-step plan that will help to keep you on track. Also, Boss Lady concludes our feature on why women receive significantly less promotions than men, plus a lot more in this week’s edition of Your Style. At this time, we would like to wish all our valued readers a happy, blessed and prosperous New Year. We hope that you achieve all your heart’s desire and we encourage you to continue reading Your Style for all you need to know about female trends and happenings. Also, be on the lookout for even more exciting stories in our groundbreaking publication.

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Why Do Women Receive Less

Promotions Than Men? part two

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hile women, like men, admit to getting valuable career advice and guidance from their mentorship relationships, these are not leading to many promotions in the workplace for women compared to their male counterparts. Even the mentorship that both sexes receive varies when they share their stories.

Do men and women have the same kinds of mentors? NO In 2008

78% of men were actively mentored by a CEO or another senior executive, compared with 69% of women. More women than men had junior-level mentors:

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of women were mentored by a non-manager or a first-level manager, compared with 4% of men. Though both groups had more male than female mentors, on balance

36% of women had female mentors, whereas only 11% of men did.

Women explained that their mentoring relationships have helped them to “understand themselves”, “their preferred styles of operating” and things they may need to change as they move up the leadership ladder. Men on the other hand, spoke about how their mentors helped them to take charge in new roles, while planning their next move and “endorsing their authority publicly.” A male mentee recollects:

“My boss said, ‘You are ready for a general management job. You can do it. Now we need to find you a job: What are the tricks we need to figure out? You have to talk to this person and to that one and that one’. They are all executive committee members. My boss was a network type of a person…..Before he left, he put me in touch with the head of supply chain, which is how I managed to get this job.” Very few women who have mentors can relate to this sort of endorsement. That aside, they often share how they had to fight with their mentors to prove that they are ready to take the next step. Puzzlingly, when a woman proposes that she is ready to take a step for the highest level job and is more likely to need sponsorship, they are viewed as being “risky” for appointments to high level positions, particularly if it’s a male-dominated committee. Sponsorship That Works Many leading companies with a competitive edge are now rising to the occasion after being impatient with the pace at which high-potential women are reaching top level jobs, and are now ensuring that these women are being sponsored. Both mentoring and sponsoring with the same programme can be very challenging, since at times the best mentors ―those who provide compassionate and philanthropic advice along with counselling― are not necessarily the highfliers with the influence to pull others to the top. Employees sometimes feel dejected when they are expecting to get one kind of support, but in return they get another. Hence, for companies to prevent such a situation, they have to clearly define what they are hoping to achieve. For example, Deutsche Bank realized that not every female who seeks alternate employment are doing so because they aim to improve their work/life balance, but are actually motivated to seek work elsewhere because of the prospects of moving into top-level management positions. They responded by creating a programme that pairs a mentee with executive members, which would increase the female talent pool’s experience to the committee and ensure that women have influential advocates for promotions. Click here to follow Boss Lady on Twitter

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Your Style’sheat check 2010

010 signaled the start of the second decade of the new millennium and before we knew it, we were saying “au revoir” to a year that had its share of notable happenings and events. What do you think was hot, not or somewhere in the middle? Your Style made a quick flashback and we used our thermometer to give you a reading.

Make a Difference

Shaggy started off 2010 with a bang; he ‘dared’ Jamaicans to care and they responded to his call to make a difference. The Shaggy Make A Difference Foundation, held its second staging of Shaggy and Friends Concert to raise funds for the Bustamante Hospital for Children. It was a runaway success as it resulted in the handing over of a cheque valued at $30 million.

Oops... he did it again

The infamous Rodney Pryce, musically known as Bounty Killer, has been arrested several times for domestic disputes, but this one finally caught the nation’s attention when he was accused of allegedly using a hammer and mosquito zapper to assault his girlfriend. He is expected to return to court on January 11, 2011 after his accuser failed to turn up to court on November 9.

Inception

Were you one of those who were wondering if he was dreaming the entire time? Did it tap into your subconscious? Well maybe not, but this was quite a discussion topic that had most people talking about the “ifs” and the “what ifs” of this Christopher Nolan film. Despite how you felt about the movie, it was undeniably a huge talking point during the summer, while claiming top spot at the box office.

Fashion Night Out

Despite the cries about it being a recession year, folks took to the streets, not only in Kingston this time but Montego Bay, Ocho Rios, Spanish Town and Portmore, to enjoy significant discounts at their favourite stores. People were out in their numbers, whether they were shopping or just enjoying the adventure.

Yendi Phillipps

Without a doubt, Phillipps is one of the most intriguing personalities we have seen in a while and she’s quite successful at it too. From 1st Runner-Up in the Miss Universe Pageant to landing a spot in the highly publicized Toyota Camry Commercial, she is definitely on a roll.

Digicel Rising Stars

The Digicel Rising Stars Show somehow did not capture the audience this time around, as the pool of talent was a bit dull when compared to previous seasons. Despite all of this, fans still managed to tune in every Sunday night for a performance and to cast their votes.

Gone but not forgotten Mudfest of a Sumfest

Not counting the mud, Sumfest promoters left fans wanting for more. Our home-based artistes delivered as usual, but it was Chris Brown who left the teenagers screaming and Mr Usher Raymond who had the ladies eating out the palm of his hand.

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As the old adage says, “In the midst of life we are in death”. Last year we were all saddened by the passing of a number of persons, whether family, friends or prominent figures. To Oneil Edwards, Rex Nettleford, Barry Chevannes, Gregory Isaacs, John Maxwell and the many Jamaicans who lost their lives in 2010, you may be gone but certainly not forgotten. your style eZine


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How to keep

YourResolutions believe that it is achievable then indeed it is. So forget about those who say that you can’t lose 30 pounds over the course of this year and show them that you can.

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he cameras are now off and the New Year is on its way to not being so new anymore. By now you may have written your resolutions, but how many of us will forget about them by the time we hit February or just refuse to be bothered and decide to continue on the same path? Not to worry, we’ve got you covered with a few rules on how to stick to those resolutions.

Support can be a good thing, particularly if the resolution is challenging or tedious to achieve.

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Desire to change –The desire to change or to have a resolution has to first and foremost be what you want and not what your spouse, friends or family believe that you ought to change or should be doing. It has to come from within.

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Instant feedback – It depends on the goal that you are trying to achieve, which could include paying off that credit card debt. Your bankers will always be more than willing to let you know what progress you have made with the repayments of your loan. A time commitment –It takes time for new behaviours to become habit, and practice makes perfect, so sticking to your resolution and working at it will soon form a good habit. Reward yourself – Frequent small rewards are a good way of patting yourself on the back for your ‘stick-to-itiveness’. This is also a good way to encourage yourself to continue on the path, as opposed to waiting until the end of the year. Looking to reward yourself on the next achievement can give you that extra boost.

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Tools to change – “A workman never goes to work without his tools”, so to embark on your resolution you will definitely need the tools for changing. For example, if you decide that you are going to start a blog you will definitely need to have a computer. Having the right tools enable you to be efficient and effective.

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Supportive environment – Support can be a good thing, particularly if the resolution is challenging or tedious to achieve. Taking alcohol consumption into consideration, if you are trying to quit, it wouldn’t be wise to hang out with friends that are constantly at the bar. Also, if you are trying to control your spending habits, then hanging around your girlfriends who shop for shoes every weekend is not a good idea either. Find an environment that supports your resolutions.

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Self-confidence – Confidence in one’s self goes a far way, regardless of what the doubters say. If you

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