I recently attended a women’s leadership dinner and heard a young woman ask the speaker—a corporate woman executive—her best strategy for promoting her accomplishments. Coolly, the executive responded, “Have others do it for you.”
Ever since, I’ve been turning this advice over uncomfortably in my head.
Ask a woman to name her signature strengths and she’ll often squirm in her chair, look away or hesitate. Try asking her what she’s an expert in, and she may just leave the room! On a daily basis, women juggle important demands…yet talking about our talents can be downright unnerving.
One of the coolest jobs in my early career was consulting at Great Place to Work Institute, the firm that ranks the 100 Best Companies to Work for in America for Fortune. As a member of the consulting team, I worked with great companies looking to become better and occasionally, broken companies hoping to fix their morale problems. The learning was huge as I advised “people managers” and helped assess and shape stronger work environments—where employees could actually have a voice.
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