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Just In! Women Rock – So Shatter the Glass Ceiling!

January 25th, 2018

What’s hot?

Fortune 1000 companies headed by woman outperformed the S&P 500 by 226% between 2002 and 2004 according to research by Quantopian.







So what?

As of earlier this year, only 20 women were at the helm of S&P 500 companies.

Granted, there is a lot that corporations can do to facilitate the rise of competent women into high level positions.  Women, too, can have a positive impact on their upward mobility.  One of the most significant things a woman who aspires to a role at the top can do is to abandon the career-limiting belief: All I have to do is work hard and I will eventually get there.

What to do?

  1. Work hard and produce kick-ass results!
  2. Work hard and know where you are headed. Get clear on the role you are striving to achieve.  When you have a clear, detailed mental picture of your desired future state, your brain is more likely to recognize signals, clues and cues leading to opportunities.
  3. Work hard and sign up for the dark and dirty work. Don’t hesitate to take on the work unit that is floundering, the territory that has lost it’s luster, the project that others fear.  Once, early in my career, I signed on to head a crew doing sewer inspections for an environmental engineering firm and ended up a few years later as the only female VP.
  4. Work hard and dress and act as if you are already in the role to which you aspire. What you wear and how you behave creates an image of a competent, capable, executive-type person.
  5. Work hard and never miss an opportunity to support/promote/coach or mentor other hard-working, capable women.
  6. Work hard and play golf, or baseball, or run races, or do whatever the top level people do for recreation when they get together outside of work.
  7. Work hard and walk away! If you are not seriously considered for promotions as they occur, only stay long enough to promote yourself into another organization.

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