One of the best feelings for me is when I host girl chats. Women speaking their truths about work and life, brings transformation to the spirit. Recently, I hosted a chat and to my surprise, a common topic thread surfaced. How to survive and work within cultures were mean girls exist?
After a lengthy conversation it was apparent that women are still operating in a culture that perpetuates feeling insecure. Playing Grade school games, not realistic and skilled to understand that competition is healthy until it is not. Why was it that women couldn’t support one another and understand that the need to stick together is important? The “Me to Movement” should teach us something. Apparently, some women are still operating on skills they learnt in grade school. Creating a community of support for women is vital to the career paths of young women entering the workforce. AS women we continue to battle what is known as stereo typical behavior, mood swings, cat fights etc. So, lets start calling the mean girls out, like the “Me to Movement”. So, what if I wear Poke A Dots with Plaid. Check out this Forbes article, A Missing Factor in Women’s Leadership: Leave the Mean Girl Behind. Follow this link: https://www.forbes.com/sites/cateluzio/2019/07/24/a-missing-factor-in-womens-leader-leave-the-mean-girl-behind/#7307173ed279
Another topic surfaced. “Playing with the Big Boys” I used references from a book, Nice Girls Don't Get the Corner Office: 101 Unconscious Mistakes Women Make That Sabotage Their Careers, by Lois P. Frankel. She teaches you how to eliminate these unconscious mistakes that could be holding you back and offers invaluable coaching tips that can easily be incorporated into your social and business skills. Stop making "nice girl" errors that can become career pitfalls, such as:
Mistake #13: Avoiding office politics. If you don't play the game, you can't possibly win.
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‘THE SUCCESS OF EVERY WOMAN SHOULD BE THE INSPIRATION TO ANOTHER. WE SHOULD RAISE EACH OTHER UP. MAKE SURE YOU’RE VERY COURAGEOUS: BE STRONG, BE EXTREMELY KIND, AND ABOVE ALL, BE HUMBLE’ – SERENA WILLIAMS