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Much ado is made about Black hair. Black women are known to be audacious when it comes to our manes. A billion dollar business has been spawned from our need to color, straighten, curl, braid, and coif. Hair means a lot to Black women, but it can mean even more to our career.
Your appearance does not affect your ability to do a job, but it does impact your success. Keeping it cute can influence your salary as much as your work experience. Research shows that attractive people earn an average of 3% to 4% more than a person with below average looks – that comes out to about $230,000 over a lifetime. Even an average-looking worker is likely to make $140,000 more over a lifetime than an ugly worker.
Hair goes beyond aesthetics. It is personal and public: visible to everyone while also being an intrinsic part of our body. Black women carry a great deal of culture in their hair. Since that culture is not a mainstream one, appropriating hair to the workplace can be a tricky process.
For some time, many – including Black women – considered anything outside of straightened hair to be unprofessional. However, as more women go natural, that notion is changing. Professional hair isn’t about texture. For most employers, particularly conservative ones, a professional hairstyle is considered neat, clean, and out of the face. Texture alone is not a deciding factor.
Getting ahead in the business world requires both the skills needed to do your job, and the ability to navigate the social environment. The latter part of the equation is what most intelligent people have trouble with, as the capacity to work hard and smart often fails to bring the expected rewards. The prevalence of this phenomenon has launched a huge industryof books that decipher the unspoken rules for rising high in the corporate jungle. Unlike popular tomes like “The Art of War,” a restrained text re-purposed for inspiration by ambitious execs, the literature on the list below gives a raw take on corporate America. Each of the 10 Business Books Your Boss Doesn’t Want You to Read outlines the cruel rules of the game, with tips to recognize them before they are used against you. Don’t be afraid of the boss — maneuver into the boss’ role with these little-known guides, which are recommended by Business Insider:
1. 21 Dirty Tricks at Work
This text will prevent bosses and co-workers for taking credit for your hard work. It has been called “simply the best book ever written about office politics.”
2. The Peter Principle
Based on observations made in nuclear power plants, “The Peter Principle” outlines the theory that most bosses are promoted from doing something they are good at into a position in which they lack competency. Once you realize your boss is not the god of his profession, but a struggling human being who is likely overwhelmed, you can relate in a more equitable manner that advances your position.
3. How to Lie With Statistics
Numbers don’t lie, people often say — but they can be manipulated to tell your preferred story. Your boss might not want you to read this, because some of the excuses given about why you have not received a raise might seem shady once you are better able to parse data.
(Black Enterprise) — As part of our Job Seeker’s Readiness Guide (July 2010 issue), we look at how you can improve your career opportunities through your résumé, your network, your skill set, your profile, and your flexibility (see the July issue of Black Enterprise). Here, we give you five tips for raising your visibility at work…
(Black Enterprise) — Call it a dream to work from home in your PJs, choose your income, your hours, and plan working vacations. But the reality is roughly 27 million professionals in North America are working freelancers. With job satisfaction at a 22-year low, freelance work–including writing, blogging, consulting, graphic designing, etc. — has increasingly been pursued by a variety of professionals. Some freelancers have lost their jobs due to the recession and are redirecting their careers while others planned their escape to seek a greater work-life balance, more independence, and flexibility.
(BusinessWeek.com) – High unemployment, rising poverty, and the public’s dismay over corporate greed continue to challenge the market system and the legitimacy of business itself. Feeling the heat even amid talk of recovery, many large organizations are increasing their focus on corporate social responsibility. The problem is that their efforts have not made much of a dent in the challenges they were meant to address—or in the negative perception of big business. Business must find a way to engage positively in society, but this will not happen as long as it sees its social agenda as separate from its core business agenda. Instead of pushing through further CSR initiatives, business leaders must create shared value at the local level. By this, I mean competing in ways that enhance competitiveness while simultaneously advancing economic and social conditions in the communities where companies operate. It’s time to take advantage of the intersecting needs of business and the community while minimizing the differences.
(Economist.com) — IN THESE times, the overpaid fat-cat in the corner office makes a barn door of a target. Particularly in the financial services sector, where even at those companies bailed out by the taxpayer, senior executives have been quick to return to obscene bonuses, often coupled with poor performance. To add insult, such behaviour is justified by the alleged need to “let the markets decide” or to ensure that talent is “justly rewarded”.