Shared Leadership for the Future
Women in business ask me every day how to promote themselves so that job opportunities and other offers will come their way. I say start by looking in the mirror and being honest about exactly who you are and what you have to offer. In other words, you can't expect others to buy what you aren't selling?
First, it is important to make connections along the way in your career and in your life. You just never know how important or how powerful someone you meet will be later in your life. Stop looking at the people at the top as the only people who can help you. Everyone you meet you eventually turn out to be your champion.
Congratulations to the USA Women's Soccer team! What a tremendous success! Men and women around the country cheered them on to victory and are still celebrating their accomplishment....but, we all know that women in sports are paid for their work at the same, if not less than women in business are. These champion women were just paid 22% less than their male counterparts...and really much less than that as the advertising endorsements that will be offered will be at a discounted price also......where's the outrage? (pic from Bloomberg)
June 2015 will go down in history as a transformational time. As a woman in business, I believe that the issues that are dominating the news are indicators that equality for all is far from reality. There are always at least two sides to every issue, but at the heart of the current debates is equality. As a business coach, woman in business and entrepreneur, I believe the fight for woman's equality continues to exist. Let me tell you why?
A day doesn't go by that I don't hear from a woman in business who tells me that she feels as though she is going it alone. She senses that she is invisible at work and that her career reputation is undistinguished. Her question is: how can I make a name for myself at work and in my field? My answer is - learn to consistently plant seeds and then continue to feed them. Let me explain.
Attention all women entrepreneurs! I know how busy you are and how every minute counts when you are working to grow your business. But, take my advice and take time to reflect on exactly what it is you want out of life and make sure that what you are doing is taking you in that direction. It is true that when one door closes another door opens...the question is, where does that door lead?
Every generation of women in business believes that their generation is the one where gender will not matter in the workplace. "It's all about performance," I hear from those in the first five years after college in the workplace. Standing shoulder to shoulder with their male counterparts, they see the work world and believe that they are prepared to compete equally and advance fairly. So, what happens to change the outcome?
Women in business tell me they feel stuck! They feel stuck in a myriad of stuff that doesn't seem to make any difference to the company or to the bottom line, but they are asked to do it anyway. So what do women in business do to get unstuck?
Dear Blog Readers: So where have I been? Perhaps you thought I ran out of material for my blogs....never! Perhaps you thought I decided to pursue better paying gigs...never! Perhaps you thought women in business and women entrepreneurs were no longer my passion....oh, you of little faith...never. I have, unfortunately been stricken with a broken wing!
As a business coach, I work with my clients on exploring risk vs. reward with every decision. As much as I believe that a woman entrepreneur must be fearless in order to build a business: fearless does not mean unintelligent. There will always be risks in business, but a successful entrepreneur knows how to measure the risk vs. the reward. The most important part of the puzzle is that the reward must take you closer to your goal. If you don't have goals for your business than measuring risk vs. reward is just an exercise in futility. Let me explain why.
Now that I have your attention, I'm sure you want to know what Kevin Bacon can offer women in business? It was in 1994 that the Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon game was invented by three college students who after watching several Bacon movies speculated that he could be connected to just about everyone in Hollywood. Fast forward to 2015, women in business must think about this phenomenon and how it can be used successfully with LinkedIn.
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