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work up the ladder Steal the Spotlight What does it take to get the boss' attention? Three local CEOs reveal which workplace skills impress them See work-life balance as a two-way street: "What impresses me is an employee's ability to juggle their personal and work life and still be an exceptional contributor to the company. I like to offer fl exibility and in return hope to gain committed team members. In our high-pressure business, a good balance keeps one's attitude healthy, positive and productive." Laura Douglass, president and CEO of Next Generation Clinical Research 34 BRAVA Magazine August 2012 Pay attention to the basics: "There are two things I always notice. First, loyalty—when an employee looks beyond his or her job, sees the big picture, and tries to help the company succeed. That's the employee I want in our boat in good times and bad! Second, a can-do attitude—someone who rises to the challenge when told something can't be done." Kelly Starr-King, CEO and partner of Drake and Company Staffi ng Specialists Have the right priorities: "Understand the big picture of the organization and your part in it, then focus your attention on those priorities. If you under-promise and over-deliver, you will get noticed for your results. I also notice those who display a strong character by helping their co-workers succeed, behaving maturely and communicating supportively." Leslie Howard, president and CEO of United Way of Dane County

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