What about women who are already in the middle, who aspire to senior positions and believe they are doing all it takes to get there? The advice to "lean in" has limited value to them, but these 4 interventions will enable them to create a career that soars
“Of all the forces that hold women back, none are as powerful as entrenched beliefs.
While companies have worked hard to eliminate overt discrimination, women still face the pernicious force of mindsets that limit opportunity…”
"Traditional advice lays a strong foundation for career success, but it will only take women so far. Take a look and you'll notice that most traditional advice is focused on helping women move from career-start to middle management.Women who are already "leaning in" need more advice about how to move from the middle into senior positions and what they have received has been woefully inadequate. (For more on what this advice looks like, email us.)
CAREER TRANSITIONCONVENTIONAL ADVICE TO WOMEN Career-Start to Middle Middle to Senior/Exec Learn to self-promote X Learn to speak up, be more assertive X Become more confident X Set ambitious goals, don’t leave before you leave X Get a mentor X Learn to network X Enhance your personal brand X Develop executive presence X Ask!, and negotiate more effectively X Have an elevator pitch X RECENT ADVICE TO WOMEN You need a sponsor X
So, Sheryl we wish you all the best with your "Lean-In Circles" - they will play an important role in keeping the pipeline of talent full of women. At the same time, we hope that organizations that truly care about women's advancement make them only one part of a more comprehensive strategy to ensure that top talent is developed!
Susan Colantuono, CEO and Founder Leading Women
Author of No Ceiling, No Walls and Make the Most of Mentoring. Underway is her new book, Network! What corporate women need to know about strategic relationships and success
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