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Feeling like ‘Other’

Christine Jacobs

One of my favorite passages in Jane Austen’s, Persuasion, comes late in the book as Anne Elliot is debating the strength of men’s and women’s feeling with Captain Harville.  He states: “I do not think I ever opened a book in my life which had not something to say upon woman’s inconstancy.  Songs and proverb all talk of women’s fickleness.  … Continue reading

Why Didn’t I Think of That?

Christine Jacobs

It has happened to most of the women I know in business.  You are in a meeting and you toss out a fabulous idea.  And you are ignored.  The conversation proceeds for a while; then a male colleague suggests the same or almost the same concept.  The room erupts with “Great idea, Tom!” You stew.  “Did they not hear me?  … Continue reading

Waiting for Joe to Speak…

Christine Jacobs

Many years ago I worked for a small company at the director level.  I had met Joe, the company president, but had not had any extensive conversations with him.  Once, I walked past him while he was waiting to go into a meeting.  He caught my eye and I waited for him to speak first, since he was the big … Continue reading

Know Your Fans

Christine Jacobs

It is often easier to internalize negative things said to you or general negative treatment than accept positive thoughts.  I have had several positions over my long career with peers or rivals whose insults went right to my core.  And, they made me doubt myself.  It was then tough to dig out from the emotional lows that this brought about. … Continue reading

A Promotion

Christine Jacobs

…from “OLD FEMINIST” to “BAD ASS“ Several years ago I had an unnerving conversation with my then college aged daughter and several of her contemporaries.  They had heard a recent campus speaker define old feminists as those of my age bracket who wanted to talk about the advancement of gender equality in our lifetime.  Sure enough, I had recently heard … Continue reading

Learn from the Worst

Christine Jacobs

It is wonderful to have great role models at every stage of your life. Think of perfection: Supportive, doting parents Engaging challenging, yet loving teachers Helpful, constructive troop leaders, religious fellows and other professionals Mentoring, coaching, sponsoring bosses. Yes, all of these things would make for a marvelous life and provide positive examples at all phases of your development.  However, … Continue reading

Lopsided or In Balance

Christine Jacobs

          … depends on the timing Maintaining balance between all of your roles seems to be the great nirvana.: work, family, friends, health, love, hobbies and on and on.  We want them all and beat ourselves up if we are not working in all spheres at the same time. We want it all. But what if that just is not … Continue reading

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Ducks Pick Ducks

Christine Jacobs

… Promotion Mystery Solved Over the course of my long career I have seen many women hit the glass ceiling and they are always surprised.  They have been promoted, treated well and told that they were on the fast track.  And then, somehow and for some reason, they do not break through to the next level. Why Women aren’t Moving … Continue reading

Politics

Christine Jacobs

 Why you should care Voting is a very personal thing.  Individually we have issues we do not know enough about to care and those which are our personal litmus tests.  For example, when debating between two candidates who seem to each have pluses and minuses, I have a friend who uses taxes as the tie breaker.  Who will cost her … Continue reading

Finding Fault With Ourselves

Christine Jacobs

“Women, even at the highest levels of professional accomplishment, are significantly less likely than men to demonstrate ambition to run for elective office. –Women are less likely than men to be recruited to run for office. –Women are less likely than men to consider themselves “qualified” to run for office. –Women are less likely than men to express a willingness … Continue reading