Years ago, Howard Stern quipped, “What is the best thing about having a woman boss?”
His answer: “You make more money than she does.”
Too often, we work valiantly trying to sell an idea internally with no success. Over-focusing on our tasks or intended outcomes without engaging coworkers’ hearts and minds is often the biggest culprit. Next time you have an initiative to sell internally, consider engaging your network first.
Of all the competencies emphasized in leadership programs, risk-taking is by far the hardest to teach. Perhaps that's because many of us need to experience risk ourselves--followed by ceremonially screwing up, prospering or something in between. What's more, women may have a bigger mountain to climb when taking chances compared to their male counterparts.
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