Shared Leadership for the Future
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.
What do the most powerful women in business have that you don't? Why do some women you work with rise to the top while you struggle to make an impression where you are? And, what does it mean to be a powerful woman anyway?
Women in the United States continue to decide on entrepreneurship over working in corporate America. According to a recent PayPal survey , 55% of "aspiring women entrepreneurs say the single biggest motivator for them is a better work-life balance. As a woman entrepreneur and business coach I say, stop fooling yourself! I promise you that becoming a successful entrepreneur will not give you time to put your feet up on your desk.
Are you one of those women in business who while scrolling through Facebook stops to take a Quizony test because you have questions about who you really are? OK, I'll admit it. I am one of those women, but it isn't because I don't know my brand. It's because I do!
Women in business; listen up, this applies to men in business as well, all that baggage (negative thoughts) you are carrying around is keeping you from being all you can be. So, here's what you can do about it....but promise me now you will pay attention and do it.
There is an old expression that goes, "We may have won the battle, but we haven't won the war." Women in business need to realize that although we have made many strides over the past 50 years toward full equality, we have a long road ahead. Young women, particularly, must prepare themselves as they will be blind-sided by our societal injustices.
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