Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Women and Business #GirlPower

The New York Times recently published an article on how to be successful as a woman in the dog-eat-dog business world that has been dominated by men for so long.  (Don't worry, guys, this isn't a post full of man-bashing).

I was intrigued by the fact that I was recommended this article by my male boss.  It shows that there really are some high power male figures out there that believe women have just as much a place in the c-suite as guys do.

I wanted to share some great tips that the female executives in the article had to offer for all my fellow power-seeking women out there:

1. Be unafraid. Introduce people, compliment someone when it's deserved, stand up for something you really believe in. Don't just go with the flow.

2. Don't let your emotions get in the way. It's hard to stay composed sometimes, but it's better to wait and have a conversation when you're calm instead of getting emotional at work.

3. Practice being more vocal.  Go out of your way to strike up a conversation with people around the office to let them know that you have an intention of letting your voice be heard.

4. You have control. You have power. Don't be afraid to use it.

In my opinion, the situation has greatly improved for women in the business world over the past few decades.  Some may disagree, and obviously it would be much better to have a totally equal playing field with men.  Hopefully some of you ladies out there can take these tips and integrate them into your professional lives and start instilling even more girl power into the workforce.

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