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Ridiculous question #434 - Do women even want the top jobs?

This is one of the most commonly questions I get when speaking about gender equality- most often by men, but normally by people who assume that women who ‘want top jobs’ behave the same way as men who want top jobs. But for most women I know, the politicking, the self-promotion, the ‘mine is bigger than yours’ mentality doesn’t fit. How do we know women want top jobs? Because they spend their time focused on getting their jobs done often to the detriment of the politicking etc. Plus research by Boston Consulting Group shows women have ambition that equals men, but how that gets fostered depends on company culture. Similarly, other research from Centre for Talent Innovation has found ethnic minority women are actually...

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How to approach a mentor if you're a woman working with men

In most workplaces, men usually hold more positions of power. So approaching a MAN to be a mentor is a really good idea if you work in a male-dominated field. So I’ve got three tips for ‘how to approach a mentor’ if he happens to be a man. This is exactly what I’ve been sharing with clients for 15 years, and I could happily tell you about a dozens of women whose male mentors have gone on to help them to advance their careers. 1.  Point out the similarities between you: Let’s be clear, you’re not picking any old Tom, Dick or Harry to mentor you, you must have commonalities. These may be personal, like being from the same country of origin or the...

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Quiet Confidence is what we need in 2020

If you don’t have an uber confident style, and you don’t want to have to develop one just to get ahead, this is the video for you. By the end you’ll know how to OWN your quiet confidence.​So here’s two tips on how to make the most of your quiet confidence and how to capitalise on them in the workplace today.1. In new situations, overprepare.You need to let your expertise do the talking, and often, that means overpreparing. If you are anything like me, you may have noticed that the ‘smartest person in the room’ is not the smartest ‒ they’re just the best prepared. They’ve likely thought through at least two things: First: what they want to get out of the...

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How to be a Confident Woman on your CV

How to show you are Confident Woman on your CV comes down to clarifying your monetary value to your next boss. If you read to the end I’ll also share how even if you are on the charmingly called ‘cost-centre’ side of a business, this too can work for you. Today we’re talking LESS about confidence that looks like show pony antics like claiming ALL the credit for group projects. Instead we’re talking about confidence related to your COMPETENCE.Tip 1 Identify the type, number and monetary value of the tangible projects you delivered.So this tip is about how to talk about your numbers. We normally spend so much time perfecting the words on our CV or resume, we forget that it’s the numbers most employers will...

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