A few weeks ago in Newsweek, they had short interviews with a number of women with successful careers. I thought they had a bit too many involved in the entertainment industry, but in general I think they did a good job with it. I would love to give you the link to read the whole thing on the Newsweek web site, but their site is not organized well and their search is shitty. I spent a lot of time looking and couldn’t find this article on their site anywhere.
However, some of the quotes were quite inspirational and I’d like to share some of them here:
Julie Hembrock Daum – Practice Leader, Spencer Stuart:
Even today, there are times when a woman might find herself the only woman in a room. In all situations, but particularly then, it is important to be present in the room and to make sure you are part of the conversation. Women have a tendency to hang back a bit in a group and think that they shouldn’t speak unless they have something that is either absolutely 100 percent correct or astonishingly brilliant. In fact, if you don’t speak up, if you’re waiting for that opportunity and it never comes, people just assume you had no ideas and will write you off. In a meeting or gathering, you should try to be one of the first handful of people to speak even if it is only to ask a question. If you don’t, it will become harder and harder to enter the conversation.
… but unfortunately, women have a tendency to speak with hesitation and, it appears without strength, in their conviction. They may be afraid of making a mistake – and you will make mistakes
And think this was my favorite of all the quotes – it certainly describes my behavior and is something I need to work on!
Carla Christofferson – Attorney and Co-owner, L.A. Sparks:
My advice is to be fearless. I failed at a lot of things it didn’t kill me. Sometimes it’s embarrassing, but I really got used to people saying no, and getting up, pretending it didn’t happen and trying something else.
When you’re looking at a big problem or task, break it down into small, manageable parts. Then if one or two things don’t work, its easy to try something else. Don’t let the overwhelming nature of the entire burden that you’re trying to carry or the entire improvement stop you from taking the first few steps. Even if you think there’s no way you’re going to get to the end it doesn’t matter. You have to take the first steps.
I need to work on that fearless part!
Lisa Dennison – Executive VP, Sotheby’s North American:
You have to project change and growth. And you have to be somewhat demanding and make sure that people recognize how you have grown so that you are given the opportunities you have earned. Women often don’t ask for what they deserve. They accept what comes their way and make the best of it.
How many of you think you do this?
Lauren Zalaznick – President, Women & Lifestyle Entertainment Networks, NBC Universal:
I think that people more likely to assign the word “emotional” as a negative trait to women leaders who have incredibly strong convictions. Instead of saying about a male business leader, ‘He has very strong convictions, he is so emotional,’ the perception stops after the comma and it’s only perceived as a positive.
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