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February 15, 2007

Insider Secrets: How To Get Ahead

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MC: You talk about living a 360-degree life and enjoying time off.
CB: You've got to keep stoking it. It's how we continue to be creative. How can you come to work with ideas if you haven't been to the movies, or if you haven't read a book, or you haven't had friends over, or taken a trip? Those things are critical.

MC: You also talk about women crying in the workplace - something you never do . . .
CB: Never. I can't remember the last time I cried. I would urge any woman, if she feels that coming on, to turn around and go to the bathroom. You don't go into somebody's office and fall apart. It's what men fear, and I think women have used crying as a tool.

MC: What are the top three career mistakes women make?
CB: One, wanting to be liked rather than respected. It's really tough to be both boss and pal. Two, not setting your goals high enough. And three, dwelling too long on mistakes rather than just moving forward.

Click here to purchase Basic Black: The Essential Guide for Getting Ahead at Work (and in Life), by Cathie Black.

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