Reflections in the Glass CeilingWritten by John M McKee
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success in workplace. While it still showed up on results, traditional 'boys club' was not considered their biggest impediment to upward mobility. The survey results showed that women now recognize that they are their own worst enemy. These professionals identified barriers affecting them to be: 37.9% - a lack of self-promotion, 19.4% - having children, 18.8% - outside work commitments, 18.6% - gender discrimination, 5.4% - other women. Based on feedback I get directly when asking similar questions to clients, I believe this study is applicable on this side of Pacific. Let's Consider #1 Reason - Over many years as a senior executive in United States and Canada, it became clear to me that women often wait to be noticed. It seems they get so caught up in day-to-day challenges of their work that 'promoting' themselves and what they accomplish is left at bottom of pile. Men understand importance of self promotion in general. And they use it better. While women often engage solely on work at hand, and believe that a good result will speak for itself; some of their men colleagues will take advantage of whatever opportunity arises to make their case and get some 'face time' with boss. I've seen talented and accomplished women passed over for advancement because of this lack of awareness and action. Think things aren't really like this? Consider following two examples and reflect on how immediately they are familiar: Situation A - Emily and Brian are two executives working in commercial real estate; each one just had a good month, closing deals worth $2 million. At regular month-end meeting, boss cites each of them for great results. Emily is pleased & credits her success to great teamwork. Brian accepts praise from his boss and states his plans to close another great deal this month. What's boss' likely impression? "Emily is a great team player - but Brian is a real go-getter." Situation B - Quarterly earnings are down 50%. The boss calls a meeting to consider new ideas to push results ahead. Rose, who has a quiet voice, suggests almost tentatively an idea that could be a winner. The management group discusses it around table and one of them, Josh, really supports idea. He's assertive in his dialog and passionately defends it. Rose's idea is adopted, but Josh gets credit for idea. The boss even refers to it as "Josh's project." While Rose's contribution will be remembered by those who care for her, Josh leaves this meeting viewed as a great idea man. So, in summary: You cannot afford to sit back and hope someone will notice your contributions in today's environment. And secondly, develop skill & learn to talk about your achievements in workplace. Talk about your work to right people. This does not mean lowering your standards. It's just recognizing reality of environment you've chosen.
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