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Monday, October 21, 2013

Article Worth Reading - Four Executives on Succeeding in Business as a Woman

I came along this article last week on the The New York Times and found it very inspirational. Four female executives tell their stories about becoming a leader and their experience as a woman in the office.

A few tips I found very useful:

Don’t cry in the office: from Lisa Price
"However, when you’re speaking to your boss or your manager about an issue, and you’re feeling overwhelmed, crying is not a good thing to do, because you don’t necessarily know how it’s being perceived by the person to whom you’re speaking. I know from personal experience that the stigma never goes away. And you are enforcing a stereotype, unfortunately, that women are weak, and they’re not as tough as men."

What to do when you’re not introduced: from Marjorie Kaplan
"First of all, if it happens to you, remember it, because you will have the opportunity to make sure it doesn’t happen to somebody else. The other is to arm yourself before it happens, so that you’re ready to walk into that room and insist on the introduction. When it happened to me, I was floored, because I did not grow up in a world like that. Knowing that it could happen, be ready for it. Make sure you’re introduced. Do what a guy would do automatically. The third thing is to address it after the fact. It’s O.K. to go to the person who should have introduced you and say: “I did not feel comfortable about this. I’d like to make sure this doesn’t happen again.”"

How do you handle it when you pick up bad signals: from Doreen Lorenzo
"Some people will start picking up their phones and not paying attention to you. That’s very common. What you have to do is just engage with the person at the top immediately. If you look somebody in the eye, it’s really hard for them to dart side-to-side. So I’ll use an icebreaker — about their family, what they like to do outside of work — and I’ll engage them on that level. It’s not catching them off-guard; it’s engaging them at a human level as opposed to the bravado side that often comes with work."

Have your voice heard: from Doreen Lorenzo
"There’s a lot of talking about being able to have their voices heard in a room where there are a lot of strong males. If you’re treated like a secretary, what can you do? What are the steps you can take? Part of it is saying: “We’re going to end the conversation now until you listen to me. If you can’t listen to different opinions, we shouldn’t be having this meeting.”"

Read the full article here.

Article by Adam Bryant from the Corner Office


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