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Five Things Women Do Wrong!

By: Dina Readinger, CEO- Diagnostic Leadership Systems

My recent research, which is still ongoing BTW, about what women do that creates career stalls for themselves has been very insightful. Thank you to all those who have participated! You know who you are!

Many authors, bloggers, and experts in Women Leadership talk about the external world for women who work and the career stalls, shared in a recent Forbes article.

What if you could take control of your life and career and get the result you deserve and want?

Thank you to everyone who supports my cause for creating solid and confident women leaders with my signature Diagnostic Leadership Systems. A special shout out to those like-minded for the advancement of women and creating change with D&I programs. My research reveals many great insights, and many more women around the globe, continue to share their journey. Thank you for your willingness to “be the difference”.

The Global World of the Working Woman

Depending on the culture of where a woman lives, she has a lens. The lens is their experiences from their childhood. These experiences and beliefs can either catapult career acceleration or, for many, the delirious feeling of being “stuck” or “stalled,” even feeling isolated, on an island of misfits. The metaphor of feeling like a “mouse on the wheel” is a standard narrative, and many feel stuck!

Here are a few findings:

1. Women- expect to compete!

They put on their boxing gloves and step into the ring. They are frustrated! Women are routinely overpromised and underserved while they overserve the masses; kids, teams, peers, your boss, and even themselves!

2. Own high performance! Be in a mindset of excellence (not perfection!), create your value, and monetarily define your RIGHT value; essentially, what impact can you make to an organization? If you don’t know – get a coach!

3. Women need to negotiate their day before accepting the job and at life changes. If you have a history of high performance, arrange what you need to balance life and work. Do NOT accept the status quo. The market has changed, be the change, and find other like-minded women who can create a cause for change.

4. Don’t expect leadership to figure this out. D&I programs are not working or not working well. Corporations need to hear from you. Don’t be silent and blame others for lack of sensitivities about the things you want.

5. Don’t leave money on the table!

Women should make as much money as men. Women leave from $650,000 to $1.5M on the table because they don’t know “how” to ask for what they want!

6. Carry a personal megaphone for the things that make you stand out.

Shout for yourself and the success of others. Share the light, be the light for others. Take affirmative action and be intentional. Men do it- why don’t you?

7. Personally, invest in yourself.

If your company does not invest in you – then YOU do it!

Personal growth does not take place during work hours. Women that are serious about their development make time, take time, and spend as much money on their story as they do clothes, shoes, coffee, outfits, and vacation wear. If you don't invest, why should your company?

If you want more from your career that has a direct impact on your life – let’s talk – don’t wait., 15 min could change your career and your life.

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