Dealing with workplace discrimination and harassment means getting personal. Join our anonymous forums to share your story and support others. ~ InPower Editors If you’re a woman in leadership, chances are you’ve experienced workplace discrimination due to your gender, even if you’re not aware of it. More likely, you were aware of it (especially if you’ve experienced sexual harassment) and were trying to ignore it so it doesn’t get in the way of your ability to keep your job and/or be taken … [Read more...]
BLOG: InPower Women
At InPower Women we are dedicated to reshaping the narrative about women and power because when we speak about ourselves without shame or apology, others treat us with more credibility and respect. It all starts with us.
Below are the InPower Women Blogs, awarded the Forbes top 100 Blogs for Women in 2013. Subscribe to these posts here.
Having a well-placed, successful mentor can be the difference between success and failure on the leadership track – but it is definitely more an art than a science for the mentor and the mentee. I recently started hosting a radio show interviewing CEOs of small-to-mid-sized companies. One question that male leaders love to answer is “tell us about your mentors?” It turns out that very few men make it to the top without mentors. For women, this experience is less consistent. I believe it’s … [Read more...]
There’s a lot of confusion and anxiety running around the Internet these days, and it feels relentless, like we’re drowning in the next big thing every time a text alert comes in. When I started writing this, I was thinking of the Women’s March on Washington (and every other city center) that turned out 3 million marchers worldwide to stand up for women’s rights, but by the time I edited it a week later, pussy hats had fallen below the fold and Trump’s Immigration Ban was sucking the air out of … [Read more...]
How well do you handle your emotions at work? Too many women and men read that question as a damnation of women who can’t control their emotions in the office. In fact, it’s more important that you learn to use your emotions intentionally at work, than merely control them. And in the ability to use their emotions, both women and men have a potential advantage. We might even start with, “Do your emotions help you do your job better?” They do! Emotional Intelligence is one of the most … [Read more...]
I’m a positive person and the recent election in the U.S. has dealt my positivity a serious blow. But I will do my best to turn it into a lesson we can all learn from. A week ago the world watched as a highly qualified Wellesley and Yale educated public servant, with decades of experience for exactly the job she applied for, was rejected in favor of a bully and braggart with absolutely no experience for the job he now holds. Many of us played a part in this process and regardless of which … [Read more...]
“I know what I want to say, but HOW do I say it without getting ignored or killed?” In my experience as an executive coach, this question stymies women leaders as much as any other issue. Why? Because organizations often require women to operate within a painfully narrow stylistic range: nice, but not TOO nice; strong, but not TOO strong. The metaphor of dancing on the head of a pin comes to mind. How on earth do you navigate this? Here’s what doesn’t work. It doesn’t work to dilute your … [Read more...]
Study: Do Women Negotiate Salary? (National Bureau of Economic Research, 2012, Liebbrandt & List) Finding: Women become more aggressive in negotiating wages when the advertisement explicitly states that wages are negotiable; this erases and even reverses the gender differences. InPower Insight: To help reduce the pay gap naturally in your organization, let women know that salary is negotiable. Summary: The pay gap is real and it's long been known that men tend to negotiate-up … [Read more...]
By: Vreneli Stadelmaier Do you ever feel as if you are pretending to be bigger or better than you are in reality? That everyone has expectations of you that you may not be able to live up to? That you are afraid of being found out, while you do know that, actually, that is not correct? Or perhaps there is nothing wrong at all with your self-confidence, and you really know what you are capable of. You exude confidence as well. And yet, sometimes there is that little voice that makes you doubt. … [Read more...]
Study: Women in the Workplace (McKinsey & Lean In, 2016) Finding: Women face an uneven playing field in the workplace. Women get less access to the people and opportunities that advance careers and are disadvantaged in many of their daily interactions. (Also see 2011 Report: Unlocking the Full Potential of Women in the Workplace) InPower Insight: Yes, in some ways the cards are stacked against you. However, some women still get ahead. Be one of them! Summary: In a study of 4.6 … [Read more...]
One of the joys of my career has always been helping individuals and groups develop compelling, meaningful and guiding visions – the kind of visions that pull them excitedly into their future success. Most of the corporate visioning work I’ve done with executive teams has not included many women. No big surprise there, given that women are still struggling to penetrate the executive ranks in larger numbers. As a result, it wasn’t until recently, working with women-owned businesses and senior … [Read more...]