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Gutsy Girl Quote of the Month: January ’18

By | 2018-01-12T15:54:40+00:00 January 10th, 2018|Kate White's Blog|

Gutsy Girl Quote of the Month "Keep the mysteries intact and one's talents in dignified service."  - Tina Brown This is a quote from the new bestseller The Vanity Fair Diaries: 1983 to 1992 by Tina Brown, the brilliant editor who ran Vanity Fair for almost a decade. The book is incredibly entertaining for anyone interested in the [...]

10 Things You Shouldn’t Apologize for

By | 2017-12-05T18:52:23+00:00 December 5th, 2017|Kate White's Blog|

Have you ever thrown out an idea at a work meeting and then apologized for interrupting? Or apologized for asking your boss for something that might possibly be considered “too much.” Women sometimes fall into the habit of apologizing for things that need no apology whatsoever. A recruiter friend of mine who works in the [...]

How to make sure you’re really heard at meetings

By | 2017-09-12T13:17:11+00:00 September 12th, 2017|Kate White's Blog|

After Taylor Swift won her sexual assault trial in August, people were buzzing not only about how great the win was for women overall, but also how well Swift came across on the witness stand. When she described what the former radio host had done to her, she was confident, blunt (“he grabbed my naked [...]

How to see change coming–and react brilliantly

By | 2017-12-29T18:08:26+00:00 September 12th, 2017|Kate White's Blog|

Things change so fast these days. I watched with a lump in my throat as the print magazine business began to totally unravel in a few short years, and it was part of the reason I decided to leave and work on my own. It’s been a decision I'm thankful for every day. Sometimes a [...]

The Surprising Thing Gutsy Leaders Do

By | 2017-09-12T13:15:18+00:00 June 27th, 2017|Kate White's Blog|

I don’t usually think of Kim Kardashian as someone to turn to for work and career advice, but she said something this month at a conference I attended--the Forbes Women’s Summit—that I thought was very helpful. During a Q and A session, she was asked what had enabled her to become a super star on social [...]

The Gutsiest Thing You Can Tell People

By | 2017-05-17T21:19:49+00:00 May 17th, 2017|Kate White's Blog|

I fly a lot for business, and overall I love it. For me, long flights have often been a chance to read, think, plan for the future, and work on plots for the mystery novels I write (the latest is The Secrets You Keep). But oy, being on airplanes these days is so often NOT relaxing [...]

How Not to Blow a Promotion

By | 2017-02-06T17:33:48+00:00 February 6th, 2017|Kate White's Blog|

During my years in the magazine business, I promoted hundreds of people, and it was thrilling to see most of them thrive in their new positions and continue to excel from there. But every once in a while, a promotion would be a bust. The person would either become paralyzed in his or her new [...]

Just Maybe, the Best Work Advice I Ever Got

By | 2017-01-15T13:13:21+00:00 January 15th, 2017|Kate White's Blog|

Back in my late thirties I had the opportunity to run a fabulous business magazine for women called Working Woman (now sadly defunct). One of the bonuses attached to the job was that I was constantly exposed to fresh and terrific advice on work, leadership, and success from some of the best executives and experts in the [...]

Emails You Should Never Send (Even Though You Want To)

By | 2016-12-30T13:42:15+00:00 December 29th, 2016|Kate White's Blog|

I’m sure you followed the news a while back about the horrible cyber attack on Sony pictures. Tons of confidential information was hacked and released, including stuff like executive salaries, medical records, and film scripts. Also leaked were emails—including some mean, nasty, and utterly embarrassing ones between colleagues. I’m not condoning any of the content, but this [...]

The Secret Weapon That Guarantees Your Success

By | 2016-12-26T17:23:07+00:00 December 14th, 2016|Kate White's Blog|

When I landed the job of editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan eighteen years ago, I did it, crazily enough, without actually having to apply for the position. I was working then as the editor of Redbook, in the same company, and one Sunday morning my boss phoned me at home, requesting that I come into her office that day. Yikes, what had [...]