Diversity Woman Magazine

FALL 2016

Leadership and Executive Development for women of all races, cultures and backgrounds

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d i v e r s i t y w o m a n . c o m Fa l l 2 0 1 6 D I V E R S I T Y W O M A N 27 her goals. Today, employees can't assume that if they just work hard, their efforts will be rewarded and they'll rise through the ranks as a matter of course. One prerequisite to getting ahead, ac- cording to two workplace experts, is to learn the culture of the organization you join, because it will affect everything on your road to success. Connie Glaser, a motivational speaker who presents seminars to Fortune 500 companies on workplace diversity and women and leadership, says, "Find out what is valued in your corporate culture. Is it good work? e ability to schmooze with the department head? Going out for lunch or a drink with the group? You may not want to socialize like this, but if it's important to the group, you need to get on people's radar. Remember, too, By Pat Olsen I n 2014, when Tania Moya, 28, land- ed her dream job with IBM, in Dallas, she was thrilled. Moya, who emigrated from Mexico when she was six, was the first in her family to graduate from col- lege. Hired as a sales representative spe- cializing in big data and analytics, she sold IBM software solutions to small and medium-sized companies. Less than two years later, she was promoted to busi- ness development manager, analytics, responsible for larger retail accounts. THINKSTOCKPHOTOS Moya had acquired sales experience working for a small business services company while putting herself through college at night, which helped her get hired. But she was promoted in what some people would say is record time. How did she do it? She worked hard, it's true. But her success went beyond that. She also did her due diligence and studied what she needed to do to get ahead in her particu- lar field, and then took action to achieve Accelerate We Mean Business > Five Tips for Getting Ahead in the Workplace The old rules don't apply

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