Office politics. Glass ceiling. Layers of management and indecision. Pick a feature of corporate America, and you'll find a woman who's left it behind to start her own venture. Certainly, there are known tangible and intangible benefits of running your own company. The opportunity to increase wealth, capitalize on an idea, work on your own terms, and enjoy less rigidity in terms of lifestyle are just a few. But when it comes to women, are corporate expats-turned-entrepreneurs repelled by their experiences in big business or simply drawn to launching their own enterprises?
Is there a risk that you've been talking yourself out of? That's a question I often ask in my leadership workshops and one that creates quite a buzz in the room. Participants will call to mind those deep down goals they've been sidestepping and chatter follows about the baby steps they could take to make their goal happen. While the excitement is clear, there are inevitably lots of questions about what happens if a risk flops.
When the topic of office politics comes up, I'm accustomed to hearing moans and groans from leadership workshop participants. I want to stay above the politics many of them remark. Others ask with exasperation, Why sully my own reputation by promoting everyday pettiness or agendas?
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