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I read with great interest a Forbes.com article titled “6 Hidden Assumptions That Destroy Your Chances For Career Happiness.”
While I agreed with all of author Kathy Caprino’s points, it was Assumption 5 that really stuck in my mind:
Assumption 5: “Other people are more creative, talented, and innovative – I don’t have much to offer.”
It brought to mind a friend of mine – smart, attractive, quick, a hard worker, good at just about everything she tries, and yet, a person who insists she is not talented in any way. Do you know anyone like that? Perhaps, this may even describe you.
Here’s more of what Ms. Caprino said in her Forbes.com article:
“…I led a Find Your Passion and Impact the World With It workshop in New York City for a truly amazing group of teen girls ages 13- 18 for ThinkPeaceWorkshop, and we did an exercise where the girls were asked to address the question, What are your special talents?
We mourn the loss of legendary author and trailblazer, Maya Angelou, who died this week at age 86.
As the owner of a woman-run business — in a business that trains professionals to reach their dreams — I hear a lot about the glass ceiling for women, and women’s limitation … whether self-imposed or not.
Ms. Angelou never let anything hold her back.
I admired her not just for her incredible literary talent, but because she was a crusader, a woman who was not afraid to go where others had not yet gone.
I also admired her for living a courageous life, for overcoming the harshest of adversity, and for being an inspiration to millions.
Of course, we cannot all be legends. However, I do believe there is much to be learned from the life of this extraordinary woman.
Happy Cinco de Mayo!
This May 5th holiday originated with Mexican-American communities in the American West to commemorate the cause of freedom and democracy during the first years of the Civil War, but has morphed into a celebration of Mexican heritage and pride.
Luckily, we are not engaged in a civil war, and our freedom and democracy continues. This freedom extends to your career — you have the freedom to take it anywhere you want it to go! And although research still shows that the glass ceiling is still an issue for many women in the workplace, you do not have to be settle for gender-related — or any — limitations.
So, perhaps Cinco de Mayo is a good day to celebrate your freedom to build your career and professionalism.
Do more women have a seat at the table in corporate boardrooms across America?
Let me toss some sobering statistics at you:
1. In 2013, only 16.9% of Fortune 500 board seats were occupied by women. (This is only two percentage points higher than it was in 2006, indicating the percentage of women moving into such boards has pretty much stalled.)
2. Companies who kept a high percentage of women on their boards over time significantly outperformed companies with sustained low representation by:
• 84% on return on sales
• 60% on return on invested capital
• 46% on return on equity
Whether you are male or female, if you re-read numbers one and two above, I think you’ll agree that they paint rather a sad picture.
There’s a fascinating interview with Lois Frankel online at ForbesWoman, and I’d like to urge everyone to read it. The article is entitled Revisiting The Nice Girl Syndrome A Decade Later. For those of you who don’t know, Lois Frankel is the author of the 2004 bestseller, Nice Girls Don’t Get the Corner Office: Unconscious Mistakes Women Make that Sabotage Their Careers, recently revised to Nice Girls Still Don’t Get the Corner Office.
The book deals with the ways that women’s desire to be nice, to be liked, to be popular, and to fit in, are sabotaging their career aspirations. It explores the way our cultural upbringing contributes to or causes these issues.
Frankel was dumbfounded to realize that a whole new generation of women were making the same mistakes she’d hoped to alleviate with her first book, and that their mothers were still raising them to a double standard — the very same double standard that now inhibits them in the workplace.