It is clear that companies have never been more committed to gender equality than now. Having broken the glass ceiling as a woman myself back in 1987, I now work with women to build their confidence and leadership abilities through a unique gender lens. Whether you are a young executive, returning from time off or a leader in your industry, I can give you further insight and utilise my diverse business network to help you grow.
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I first met Flavia through The Allbright whose mission is to promote women in business.
With that perspective in mind, this all-women Club paired me up with Flavia.
Flavia is a highly successful Italian business woman working in the Financial Department of a UK-based Fintech, where she was respected and on the whole content.
The glitch was that it was only ‘on the whole’; she was effectively performing as Finance Director to the company as the person in charge of that role was concentrating on the absorption of a newly acquired company.
Over time, all enquiries relating to the company finances were directly addressed to her. In other words, she was doing the CFO’s job at her (more basic) salary.
Whilst confident in her performance, she realised she was:
As I have myself faced male opposition in the work place, I set out to share with Flavia some basic tools:
1. Women need to support each other:
When I was at the top of my corporate career in the 80s and early 90s, there was no support from female co-workers. In fact, there was much more of a competitive spirit between the few of us.
In an interview, I quipped that as a woman in the corporate world, you had to be armed with a Kevlar vest to protect yourself from the jibes both men and women would throw at you.
2. Declare your success/ Make yourself more visible:
Many women are still reluctant to announce their recent achievements, for fear of being labelled a ‘bragger’.
Men, in general, have no such inhibitions.
3. Ask for the job:
I was recently been interviewed and asked how, in the late 1980s, I had become Chief Executive of Maxwell Satellite Communications. My reply: ‘I asked for it’. The story is a perfect and literal example of the Elevator Pitch – a short but effective summary of a situation and what is required.
4. Fear of being perceived as rude:
In this context, I am reminded of Oliver (as in Oliver Twist) going up to the Master and declaring: “please sir I want some more”.
Mercifully, we no longer live in Victorian times.
5. The fear of being turned down:
So what? Can you not get yourself robust enough to ‘pick yourself up, dust yourself off and start all over again’ (Frank Sinatra).
6. Do these thoughts resonate with you? If you are interested in joining my 6- 12 week prog:
Typically, women are less likely to take on a new task. We ponder, evaluate and then decide, whereas our male counterparts are more likely to dive straight in and ask questions later. Or, as a delightful mentor of mine, Raimonda Jan puts it, men check their parachute on the way down.
Do these thoughts resonate with you? If you are interested in joining my 12 week program to gain confidence and the promotion you deserve.