Matching my circle of concern with my circle of influence enabled me to be far more effective. It’s an idea I picked up from my late great colleague Steven Covey.
Lying next to my mentor Frances Hesselbein on a yoga mat almost a dozen years ago led me to examine the links between self-acceptance, inclusion and solidarity.
In my first newsletter, I share how my decades of working with women leaders has led to the book I’m working on now, Rising Together.
Strategy+Business offered me the opportunity to write a major article, reflecting on what I’ve witnessed and learned in 30 years observing and working with women leaders and what I see going forward.
You’re welcome to use this free discussion guide for How Women Rise in your organization or book group. Which habits or behaviors described in the book do you believe apply to you? How did reading about them strengthen your awareness of how they affect you? What experiences in your life or work may have shaped … Read more
Female professionals looking to their next promotion or job should identify the self-limiting behaviors that may stand in the way.
In the fall of 2017, twenty senior women gathered for a weekend retreat in Manhattan to discuss their upcoming career transitions. Several had worked for the government, others were from the private sector. All had just retired or were planning to do so. Eager to put their lifetime of skills to work, they had come together for a program called Mission: Getting to Next (MGTN).
Are women hindered in advancing up the career ladder because they don’t articulate their desire and expectations for promotion? “There are guys here who have been saying ‘I’m awesome’ ever since they got here, so people start believing it’s true.”
Role models are particularly important to women. For those who aspire to leadership positions, role models demonstrate that such aspirations are possible. Yet when women are routinely criticized for poor work-life balance decisions, this can compound the guilt they are already likely to feel.
As CEO of The Girl Scouts, Frances Hesselbein transformed the organization from a venerable but relatively staid institution promoting civic and homemaking skills into a vibrant, diverse one that emphasizes leadership, science, technology, and math. Who does she credit with her inspiration? Peter Drucker.