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Finding Your Voice

Janet Walkow

As a leadership coach, I have worked with numerous women and men at transition points, as they take on new responsibilities or when they hit a leadership bump along the way. While most coaching occurs in a one on one setting, it can be especially helpful to provide feedback and guidance real time. Leadership Bumps A few years ago I … 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

Social Loafing

Janet Walkow

…does it lead to personal loafing? The other day I received an email that was addressed to 3 other family members, asking for an opinion on which of 4 places we should stay when on our next vacation. I typically take the lead in planning vacations, but decided a few months ago that I would leave all the major decisions … Continue reading

‘Major’ Decisions

Janet Walkow

College is an exciting time when a person can explore particular interests and discover personal passions. At least this is what I recall from my undergraduate liberal arts education. While I focused on science, my program encouraged taking classes and seminars in all areas ranging from art history and philosophy to social sciences and nutrition. I was encouraged to go … 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

Self Confidence and Women

Janet Walkow

When my daughters were young, parents were inundated with the notion that we needed to build our children’s self-esteem at every opportunity. This spilled over to youth sports, where it became the norm to distribute trophies to every child on every team at the end of the season. At last count, we still have over 3 dozen trophies stored in … Continue reading

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

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

(Re)Model Behavior

Janet Walkow

In an earlier post, Tolerating Bad Behavior, LWP Chris describes how men in powerful positions have the ability to control and manipulate women and get away with it. The lingering question is: how can women address this sort of behavior and maintain/regain control of themselves and their environment? Time to Model Good Behavior I’ve been enjoying this year’s selection of … Continue reading

Flip the Scipt

Christine Jacobs

At The Leading Women Project, we like to think of each life as following a script.  Not a script written for you in which you are merely acting a part, but a script that you can write and rewrite to suit who you are as an individual and what role you want to play.  You get to choose the cast … Continue reading