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Being unemployed at the C-level can be the kiss of death. Of course, I have been accused of exaggeration and hyperbole, but not in this case nor by executives in that situation. They tend to confirm that finding a new similar position can be seemingly an insurmountable challenge.

I am not referring to the nose-bleed section of CEOs that collect a king's ransom in severance after they are let go such as the CEOs of HP, Burger King and New York's Bank Mellon. They can afford to retire or buy their own company. The early (50-something or younger) CEO or C-level executive is usually not in that position. The serial CEO, CIO, CMO needs the next opportunity as much as he or she wants it.  

As 2012 approaches, chances are you are reflecting on the past year and prioritizing your goals for the new one. Maybe you are considering your exercise regimen, planning a relaxing vacation somewhere you've never been, or reevaluating your financial investments after a tricky year. Bank accounts and portfolios inevitably enter everyone's consciousness more distinctly at the beginning of a new year. Who doesn't want to begin the year healthy--both physically and economically.

If you’re not a Marketing Executive, chances are you might not see any correlation between the creative discipline and your career. But taking some time to reflect on the concepts you learned in Marketing 101 in Business School might not be a bad idea. So much of executive career management comes down to marketing, only the product you’re trying to sell is yourself. Whether you’re in an active job hunt or trying to advance your career within your current company, you need to have a distinct brand and a unique value proposition, and you should be able to communicate those clearly and concisely to your boss, during an interview, or even in your 2-minute pitch at a networking event.

Leading healthcare executive search consultants J. Larry Tyler (Chairman and CEO of Tyler & Company) and Dennis J. Kain (President of Tyler & Company) offered valuable insight on managing careers in the healthcare industry during an AESC/BlueSteps seminar. Tyler and Cain discussed industry trends, cross-functional experience, retained search, and career management. The panel was moderated by Peter M. Felix (President of the AESC).

What are the current trends in the healthcare industry affecting executive leadership and hiring and where do you see opportunities emerging?

Middle Eastern Women: The stereotype image that emerges with these words is that of an illiterate, suppressed, veiled subservient person controlled by her patriarchs with no freedom to speak, to have opinions, or to work. Yet we all have read about Middle Eastern Icons such as Zenobia the Syrian Queen, Elissa or Alissar the Lebanese Queen, Shirin the Queen of Persia, and Khadijah prophet Mohammad’s (pbuh) wife, among many other powerful women in Middle Eastern history both ancient and modern.

Creating a healthy Work/life balance has become an increasingly difficult challenge for executives, and a key issue for HR policy. Now, more than ever, the line between work and personal life has become blurred beyond recognition, to the point that receiving emails from mobile phones and personal computers late at night, at weekends and during vacation time is not only common, but often encouraged.

Even without encouragement from the top, there is a unspoken pressure to remain connected well beyond office hours. The Times of india also shared an interest in this topic, resulting in the below interview with Peter Felix, AESC and BlueSteps President:

Does A Female Who Desires To Move Up Into The Executive Ranks Of A Male-Dominated Organization Have To “Play The [Man’s] Game” In Order To Advance Her Career?

This question was posed to a group of women partners at a PricewaterhouseCoopers Women’s Conference in the early 1990’s. I was one of those women partners and this question forced me to reflect upon my own career track to partner. At that time, women comprised less than 10% of the pwc partners – the senior executive rank of this organization was clearly male-dominated.

The AESC and BlueSteps will be honoring female executives throughout the month of September with a new Executive Women in Business section on our websites including personal stories and expert advice on the specific challenges female executives face in their career management.

We are running two great promotions which you should feel free to share. We're offering a special 30% discount on BlueSteps membership for female executives. To take advantage of that discount, visit
http://www.BlueSteps.com and use the promo code 'FemaleExecutive30'.

In honor of the official American Business Women's Day on September 22nd, and the invaluable contributions female executives have made to global business, BlueSteps have launched an 'Executive Women in Business' Initiative for the month of September. We will be featuring content focused on the personal experiences of top female executives and the lessons learned along the way.

Take a look below at the second of five BlueSteps members who won a competition to submit their stories of progression as women in business:

Successes and Challenges as a Female Executive
by Anjana Harve