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NEW members take charge of their careers in Charlotte

Sunday, July 20, 2014  
Posted by: Barbara Francella
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Network of Executive Women members learned to be stronger leaders and boost their professional profiles at the NEW Carolinas lunch-and-learn event, July 18, 2014 at Red Rocks Café in Charlotte, N.C.

Harvey J. Smith, president of Carolinas Business Coach, shared tactics to develop and highlight leadership qualities with 65 NEW members.

Workplace relationships, he advised, benefit from strong communication skills. "Words are powerful to ourselves and others,” Smith, said. "When you change your words, you change your world.”

Don’t take things personally, he added. Taking time to understand others can avoid unnecessary friction. "Ask, is that their style of communicating or are they singling me out?”

Don’t make assumptions, either. "Find the courage to ask questions,” Smith urged.

Women looking to advance their careers should identify what an exception year would look like and ask themselves: What does success look like? What attitudes will empower you to achieve the goal? What activities do you need to do to achieve success?

"You are the CEO of your life and career,” Smith said.

Companies sending delegations to the event include The Coca-Cola Company, Family Dollar Stores, Freshpoint Produce, Harris Teeter and The Hershey Company.

Kathy Kozminski of Catalina joined featured speaker Harvey Smith
at the NEW Carolinas lunch and learn event.

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