Women at the top don’t work longer or harder. They’re just better at managing their time.
They’re also more strategic, assertive, are great delegators and negotiators and know how to say ‘no’.
Life is long. We can have it all, just not all at once.
If you want to be the CEO, claim the spot. If you want to have kids along the way, factor them in.
Then develop a plan that includes:
a. Time frames: for each of your life and work goals.
b. Research: talk to people. Ask what it takes to get ahead in your industry. Learn what skills, experience and knowledge are critical for career advancement.
c. Your boss: Tell your boss your career goals and ask for the development, experience and opportunities you need to achieve them.
d. Negotiating: when you’re asked to take on more work, ask for the resources, time and budget to do it.
e. Networks and visibility: hang out with the key influencers. Where will you find champions, referees and executives?
f. Self-promotion: provide regular updates on your progress, achievements and results to people who need to know you’re capable, credible and worthy of the next career step.
g. Nipping assumptions in the bud: if you have kids, be explicit about your commitment to your career. If you return to work on a part time basis, be explicit about your commitment to your career!
Now, get on with it! We need you!