AN OPEN LETTER TO HIGH POTENTIAL, UNDERACHIEVING WOMEN

Jan05
Dear High Potential, Underachieving Friend, I’ve been wanting to have this conversation with you for quite some time but, I confess, I’ve been a wimp. I know, I know…. You see me as a powerful woman who never holds back, so I betrayed both of us, didn’t I? Please know that this letter is tinged with the embarrassment that comes with not having had the courage to confront you sooner. But wimp no more! What I’ve been wanti...
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THE UNHEARD THIRD™: How to Identify, Grow and Retain Latent Leaders

Aug26
Leaders lead. Followers follow. And then there’s The Unheard Third™: The people in the middle who, for one reason or another, fall through the leadership cracks when they’re passed through or passed over. These latent leaders are the next generation achievers whose potential has yet to, or may never be, turned into performance: Failing to distinguish themselves from the rest of the pack, they just blend into the background. They’re l...
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The Ultimate Guide on How to Advance Women Now!

Aug05
She told me she felt dismissed, irrelevant, invisible. She told me she didn’t feel as though she mattered; she couldn’t recall the last time she’d been validated. She wondered what was wrong with her; what she could have done differently and what she should now do over. “She” is a leader-- a high potential senior manager who has worked for the same tech firm for the past decade. She loves her company, but she doesn’t thi...
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5 Things Smart, High Potential Women Never Do!

Jul28
  It’s one thing to have high potential, and quite another to use it! There are zillions of women with the smarts, the skills and the talent to “turn their potential into performance”™; to create a positive impact that is personally meaningful, doing what matters most to them in their work and in their lives. BUT…. (and it’s a huge one) they don’t advance. They lack the Growth Mindset, the temperament, the confi...
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Don’t Call Me MS. BOSSY PANTS!

Jul07
A while ago I sent a business associate an email following up on an introduction she'd made for me. She responded with "I do appreciate your enthusiasm but it can feel a bit overbearing, to be honest." What?! First, I was flabbergasted! Then, I searched the online dictionary for the word 'overbearing'. After that, I was hurt. In case you're curious, the synonyms for overbearing are: bossy overly authoritative domineering au...
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Your Mindset Might Be Killing You

Mar02
mindset Well maybe not you, exactly; but your mindset could certainly be killing your ideas, creativity, career, business, relationships, finances, and health, amongst many other things. This is a short story about Sally who learned, the hard way, just how vital mindset is to success. Sally came to me for coaching because she hated her job. Or so she thought. She wasn’t challenged enough on some days and, on others, she thought they expected her to p...
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What FAST COMPANY Needs to Learn About Marketing to Women

Aug28
This post is in response to an article on how to market to women, published by Fast Company Magazine. The article was excellent (Thank you Rachel Gillett!) but the accompanying image was anything but! Tell me it isn't so! Tell me that you didn't intentionally diminish the value of this timely and relevant article by EXCLUDING women of color from the image you selected to accompany it? Okay... so there is one woman of color represented. (We ca...
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Are You Competent OR Are You Liked?

Jun05
Yes, you read that correctly. In 2003 Harvard Business School conducted what is commonly known as the Heidi/ Howard Study on gender differences. Subsequently there has been significant research supporting the study’s conclusion, which is that women are perceived as either being competent OR likable, but rarely both. This double bind for women in large part stems from 'role congruity'—our expectations of how women and men are 'supposed' to b...
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Welcome to the World of Permission 2.0

Mar20
Prefer to listen? An MP3 download and Transcription are available at the end of this post. When I first coined the term Permission 2.0 in 2004, I was looked at rather oddly, and I was frequently asked to repeat myself (neither of which is actually rare). Reminiscent of the 1950’s, the notion of permission still carried with it the stigma of political incorrectness. I found that people either denied its role in their succe...
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