Monday, 9 December 2013
GENDER VS SUCCESS
Does gender determine success?
If we are to take a poll from women, I bet the answer will be Gender.
According to Angela Braly, CEO, WellPoint she said, “The most important factor in determining whether you will succeed isn't your gender, it's you. Take risks”.
There are so many myths that many women still carry around that makes them not to believe in themselves as an individual, that needs to succeed no matter what.
The biggest myth that I would like to set to rest is that women cannot have a family and a successful career.
The skills that make a good business leader—organization, drive, trust, delegation and compassion—also go a long way to balance the responsibilities of work and family life. How you prioritize your life and career is your choice. Once you make a decision, stick to it; do not always second-guess yourself.
You can have a balanced life at all times. Women do it naturally and it shows in their everyday life. Women are better at multitasking than men. We do it naturally. Men seem to be more “asynchronous”—a tech term that means, among other things, starting a new operation only after finishing the last one.
Be open to opportunity and take risks. In fact, take the worst, the messiest, and the most challenging assignment you can find, and then take control.
Ursula Burns, the CEO of Xerox says it is wise for aspiring leaders to cultivate risk-taking.
Pursue new skills relentlessly. Change jobs after you have mastered the current one. Be willing to tack sideways on the career track, or even backward, to pick up key expertise or command a business unit.
Developed a strategic process your business or career, identify destination, developed the career track, identified skills to build, take line positions to gain experience, and seek leadership and management training on the job, through special assignments, coaching and networking.
Also be comfortable in what you do, passion fuels many things for you, it makes you more eager to do the job and do it very well. When you are comfortable, you are confident.
Look for opportunities to stand out from the crowd and ask for what you want. In addition, when you hit a goal, speak up and toot your horn. Do not wait to get noticed. For many women, they think the myth is true, that if they just do a good job and work hard, they will be recognized.
Accountability, Performance and external benchmarking are all strong indicators to help you to be successful.
Develop a strong work ethic, be willing to do whatever it takes to get the job done, there is simply no substitute for hard work when it comes to achieving success.
Most of all be P. I. N. K. (PURPOSEFUL, INSPIRED, NEW, KNOWLEDGEABLE)
Remember: Believe... Knowledge...Opportunities (Pink Ambition)