A very happy Monday morning to you all my lovely lady friends! For those of you in Hurricane Sandy’s path, know that we are all holding you close in mind and heart as you endure your next 24 hours. For your mental nourishment, I have a challenge for you all. I am now deep in the throes of my winter book writing process and I need *your* help. I am currently collecting aha moments, quotes, anecdotes, lessons learned from leading ladies all over the country to include in this aforementioned writing project.
1st Question: Are you a Leading Lady?
A leading lady is highly ‘aspirational’ professionally, meaning corporate climbers or entrepreneurial types and are seeking greater joie de vivre both at work and in life.
2nd Question: Is this your Leading Lady Problem?
When leading ladies, of whom I consider myself one of, find ourselves mid-career, we can often be conflicted about how we want to spend the next 10-30 years of our professional lives, we consider the impact of what we want for our own family and then we are met with tinges of the glass ceiling or the impact of the incredible delusion that we ourselves can do it all. Compounding the societal and organizational limits that we find ourselves bumping up against, there also is a significant difference in our skill set and intuitive strengths that men simply are better practiced in and are not as conflicted about personally which allows them to outperform and outshine us professionally as a group.
3rd Question: Could this be a solution to your Leading Lady Problem?
The intention of this book is to support you in this tightrope walk by teaching you specific personal and professional development tools and lessons that are critical for your continued career success. Together, we are co-creating a relatively new paradigm for women *consistently* breaking through the glass ceiling so that one day there won’t have to be a “Women of Google/GE/Nike, etc” group or a “Conference for Women in Business”, rather these conversations will simply be part of the mainstream dialogue. Until then, we have our work cut out for us.
My Request to You: As I stated at the top of this blog, I am looking for quotes, commentary, anecdotes, examples of how *YOU* have overcome these golden lessons below or how you are currently managing them at your workplace today:
- Career clarity so that you can set you career planning sails accordingly
- Confidence to ask for what you need and go after what you want and deserve
- Embracing change and risk taking with a optimistic and innovative approach
- De-personalizing the art of business and business relationships, just enough
- Developing organizational and industry influence
- Effectively delegating and letting go of always being the ‘doer’
- Continually practicing visioning, strategic planning and executing
- Negotiating and/or by passing office politics
- Building your own specific network to support you and your career aspirations
Lastly, do not hesitate to reach out to me and ask me any questions that you have, I always love to hear from my leading ladies! My email is Katie@LegacyBuilderCoaching.com.
Keep on trucking my fine lady friends!