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What Do You Believe You Can Do?

October 24th, 2016 Posted by featured, Uncategorized, writings 0 comments on “What Do You Believe You Can Do?”

A TV show years ago literally changed my life.  The show was a wake up call. I had to face the fact I was in a job, which I didn’t much enjoy, and I had no particular vision of a different future.  The show, “MAUDE” made me aware that I had to change my life.  And I did, the very next morning.

PreOrderTexasTenacityBecause of how my parents raised me, it never occurred to me that I wouldn’t be able to change my life levitra prices.  I was raised in a family where hard work was accompanied by determination.  Those two things are a powerful ally for a life changing decision.

Over the years, I have faced obstacles in doing things.  Some of my goals were strictly my own, some guided by friends or external events, but in no case did I ever believe that because I was a woman, I wouldn’t be able to achieve them-one way or the other.

The words “one way or the other” are important.  Because you have to realize that sometimes a particular path toward your goal isn’t easy, but you can find another path just around the corner or over the hill, and it may be filled with rocks and boulders too, but at least you can see a way forward.  I wrote about this in the first chapter of my book ”Texas Tenacity.”

What is really wonderful is seeing women today in professions they might not have been in decades ago.  For example in the article below, the folks at LinkedIn have decided to work to get more women in tech careers, and two women leaders are spending about 20% of their time on it.  A phrase in the article struck me – “taking intelligent risks” is the advice the LinkedIn women leaders give to women.

http://siliconangle.com/blog/2016/10/19/linkedins-women-in-tech-initiative-advises-young-engineers-ghc16/

So one way or another, women can enter tech, change careers or achieve their dreams through taking intelligent risks, and we women need to help each other.  Let’s all plan on paying things forward. It will empower future generations of women reach their goals.

Are Companies Different When More Women Are in Power? In a Word…YES

October 18th, 2016 Posted by featured, Uncategorized, writings 0 comments on “Are Companies Different When More Women Are in Power? In a Word…YES”

PreOrderTexasTenacityThe Wall Street Journal had a series of stories a few weeks ago looking at a broad array of issues about women in the workplace.  This one was more of a qualitative analysis about the impact women at the top have on other women in the organization.

A quote really stood out for me:  “The more women who are in positions of power visibly, the better it is for women lower in the organization.”  This is a quote from a professor at the Harvard Business School.

I absolutely believe that.  You can’t model what you can’t see, and when you see women at the top, you see someone to model, someone to emulate, and you see an actual path upward.  And that helps spur you forward and fires up your urge to excel.

Just last weekend I was at a great conference in Salt Lake City put on by Women’s Leadership Live.  There was a panel with women from various companies across the country, with a very important commonality.  Each one felt it was important to pay attention to how the employees were treated.  They understood how that principle has a direct, important and positive effect on the business success of the company.

I heard this from Valerie Richardson at the Container Store.  She called it a ‘virtuous circle.”  She told the audience that in order to grow their business selling plastic boxes, they had to stand out from a crowded field.  They achieved success because their employees were so valued, and gave more energy and enthusiasm to their jobs.

Dee Lincoln who was a co-founder of the Del Frisco chain of steakhouses referred to her employees as “internal clients’ – meaning she viewed them as clients she needed to respect and please in restaurants.  She treated them as important customers in the restaurant.  She recounted a story when she and her daughter went back to a restaurant where she had been enormously successful and she said she was hugged by her former employees and some even had tears in their eyes.  That meant a great deal to her.  It also was very moving for us in the audience.  Modeling good behavior is good for business read review. That reaction was genuine, heartfelt, and powerful.

I suspect that when we as individuals analyze what makes us want to stay in a company or a work environment, a lot of value is placed on how we are treated…and if someone actually wants us to move ahead and succeed.

But the bottom line in both the article and what I heard was that women leading organizations produce real positive results to the bottom line…and to the lives of their coworkers.  That is something we all need to think about.  And do more to achieve.  Let me know if you have any ideas on this topic.

Time to Change the Tone for Women

October 10th, 2016 Posted by featured, Uncategorized, writings 0 comments on “Time to Change the Tone for Women”

Sheryl Sandburg has written a recent article in the Wall Street Journal where she discusses the uncomfortable fact that when women ‘lean in’ as her book urges them to do for their careers, they get leaned on.

In fact one of the most striking quotes was, “Last year’s report concluded that we were 100 years away from gender equality in the C-suite.”  She then goes on to give facts and figures supporting this, but a couple of things struck me.

First, there is good data that makes the case that having women in these corporations is really good for the bottom line.  They actually do better financially. Why aren’t more women at the top?  Great question.  See answer below.

Because, when women ask for recognition and break through the stereotypes about women, they are nearly 2/3 more likely to be seen as ‘intimidating’.  I loved the book title “Bossypants” by Tina Fey and that word fits this situation perfectly. It really brings up images…we’re bossy, bitchy, pushy, in other words, just too doggone aggressive.  I even pulled the punch here by not using stronger language to make the point.

The Catch-22 is pretty obvious.  We often don’t get raises unless we ask for them, and when we do, we are viewed through a much more negative lens than our male counterparts.

And yet I honestly think the overwhelming majority of both men and women in their minds think women can and should be encouraged to achieve.  The problem is that once we (the women) start on that path, the negativity rises perceptibly.

Here is my suggestion.  Imagine you have a niece, daughter, mother, whomever…a female you like a lot…and ask yourself how would you feel if she were treated harshly solely because she is female.  It would probably make you step back and say, “that’s not fair.”  No, it isn’t.  So it’s up to all of us to change the tone, modify perceptions and perspective, and truly bring us into the 21st century.  I’m starting right now working on my 15 month old granddaughter.  And I plan to be standing right beside her kicking a few doors both down and in.