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Lean In by S.Sandberg (2013) key points presented by Dawn Slayton for discussion during Aug IAAP Austin Chapter meeting

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Lean In At IAAP Austin Chapter

  1. 1. Lean In (Sheryl Sandberg, 2013) Dawn V. Slayton, CAP-OM IAAP Austin Chapter August 27, 2013
  2. 2. Mentor What would you do if you weren’t afraid? Don’t leave before you leave Sit at the table Jungle gym, not a ladder Success and likeability Myth of Doing it all
  3. 3. Margaret Thatcher embodied the ‘lean in’ culture (Oct1925 – Apr 2013)
  4. 4. Fear limits us. What would you do if you weren’t afraid?
  5. 5. What would you do if you weren’t afraid  During the same years that our careers demanded maximum time investment, our biology demanded that we have children  Today girls are the first to know that all that opportunity does not necessarily translate into professional achievement  Girls watch their mothers try to do it all and then decide that something had to give - their careers  Raise your hand and speak when called on is a behavior rewarded in school but less valued in the workplace.  Career progression often depends upon taking risks an advocating for oneself; traits that girls are discouraged from exhibiting.  More men than women aspire to the senior jobs.  Recent survey of millennials found that women were just as likely to describe themselves as ambitious as men; less likely to characterize themselves as leaders, visionaries, self confident, and will to take risks  Fear is at the root of so many of the barriers that women face. Without fear women can pursue professional success and personal fulfillment.
  6. 6. Lack of confidence can become a self fulfilling prophecy Sit at the table
  7. 7. Sit at the table       Women have every right to be at the meeting but because of the their seating choice, they seemed like spectators rather than participants; they should sit at the table without an invitation. An internal barrier can alter women’s behavior; women face a battle from within. Insecurities draw women to the sidelines. Feel fraudulent for their accomplishments. Feel undeserved and guilty. Despite being high achievers, even experts in their fields, women cant shake the sense it is only a matter of time they are found out for who they are – imposters with limited skills or abilities. Phenomenon of capable people being plagued by self-doubt – the imposter syndrome. Women tend to experience it more intensely and be more limited by it; although both men and women are susceptible
  8. 8. Gender stereotyping Success & likeability
  9. 9. Success and Likeability  Correlation ◦ Positive for men ◦ Success liked by both men and women ◦ Negative for women ◦ Success people of both genders like her less    Shocking because no one would ever admit to gender stereotyping Surprising because clearly we do Downside for achievement is punishment for success ◦ Woman acts forcefully or competitively ◦ Pushes to get the job done ◦ Focuses on results rather than pleasing others  Self-doubt becomes a form of self-defense (Ken Auletta, Author The New Yorker)
  10. 10. Always improve by learning new skills It’s a jungle gym not a ladder
  11. 11. Jungle gym not a ladder   People usually focus on finding the right role for themselves with implication that their skills will help the company Most common metaphor for careers is a ladder but this concept no longer applies to most workers. ◦ Ladders are limiting: up / down; on / off ◦ Jungle gym is creative exploration; start careers; switch careers; getting blocked by external barriers; re-entering workforce after taking time off; ability to forge unique path  As of 2010 ◦ Average American had 11 jobs from 18 – 42y ◦ Joining organization / corporation staying climbing that ladder are gone. ◦ Careers are a jungle gym, not a ladder.  Two concurrent goals ◦ Long term dream     Reflect desire to work in particular field Travel throughout world Professional autonomy Amount of free time ◦ 18-month plan  Set more personal goals for learning new skills; always improve
  12. 12. Jungle gym not a ladder (cont.)      Professionals can miss out on great opportunities by focusing too much on career levels Women need to be more open to taking risks in their careers External pressures force women to play it safe and stay put Reason women avoid stretch assignments and new challenges si that they worry too much about whether they currently have skills they need for the new role HP report revealed ◦ 100% criteria requirements – women apply ◦ 60% criteria requirements – men apply    Women shift thinking from “I’m not ready” to “I want to do and I’ll learn by doing it” Important elements managing career requires: taking risks; choosing growth; challenging ourselves; asking for promotions People give up their power by thinking they don’t have any (Alice Walker, Author)
  13. 13. Sheryl Sandberg’s Career Jungle Gym
  14. 14. Trade offs Don’t leave before you leave
  15. 15. Don’t leave before you leave     Chose; trade offs Professional v Personal Goals; Marriage v Career Would never recommend that every woman lean in regardless of circumstances Personal choices are not always as personal as they seem. ◦ Influences: social conventions, peer pressure, familial expectations   Women hear inner voice. Struggle with decision. Keep a foot on the gas pedal until a decision must be made.
  16. 16. What really matters Myth of doing it all
  17. 17. Myth of doing it all  Having it all ◦ Intended to be inspirational but make us feel like we have fallen short  Can we have it all? Can we do it all? Answer: NO  Choices – adjustments – compromises – sacrifices ◦ Work / family ◦ Exercise / relax ◦ Time with others / time for ourselves  Necessity ◦ Focus on what really matters    Aim for the sky but keep in mind that we all have real limits Be paid for the quality of work not the hours (Colin Powell) Done is better than perfect (Facebook motto)
  18. 18. THE POWER OF HABIT Charles Duhigg, 2012  In The Power of Habit, award-winning New York Times business reporter Charles Duhigg takes us to the thrilling edge of scientific discoveries that explain why habits exist and how they can be changed. With penetrating intelligence and an ability to distill vast amounts of information into engrossing narratives, Duhigg brings to life a whole new understanding of human nature and its potential for transformation
  19. 19. QUIET Susan Cain, 2013  the Quiet Revolution At least one-third of the people we know are introverts. They are the ones who prefer listening to speaking; who innovate and create but dislike self-promotion; who favor working on their own over working in teams. It is to introverts—Rosa Parks, Chopin, Dr. Seuss, Steve Wozniak—that we owe many of the great contributions to society. In Quiet, Susan Cain argues that we dramatically undervalue introverts and shows how much we lose in doing so. She charts the rise of the Extrovert Ideal throughout the twentieth century and explores how deeply it has come to permeate our culture. She also introduces us to successful introverts—from a witty, high-octane public speaker who recharges in solitude after his talks, to a record-breaking salesman who quietly taps into the power of questions. Passionately argued, superbly researched, and filled with indelible stories of real people, Quiet has the power to permanently change how we see introverts and, equally important, how they see themselves.
  20. 20. MINDSET Carol Dweck, Ph.D.,  it’s not just our abilities and talent that bring us success–but whether we approach them with a fixed or growth mindset. She makes clear why praising intelligence and ability doesn’t foster self-esteem and lead to accomplishment, but may actually jeopardize success. With the right mindset, we can motivate our kids and help them to raise their grades, as well as reach our own goals–personal and professional. Dweck reveals what all great parents, teachers, CEOs, and athletes already know: how a simple idea about the brain can create a love of learning and a resilience that is the basis of great accomplishment in every area.
  21. 21. DECISIVE Chip Heath & Dan Heath, 2013  How can we stop the cycle of agonizing over our decisions? How can we make group decisions without destructive politics? And how can we ensure that we don’t overlook precious opportunities to change our course? Decisive is the Heath brothers’ most powerful—and important—book yet, offering fresh strategies and practical tools enabling us to make better choices. Because the right decision, at the right moment, can make all the difference.
  22. 22. Recommended Reading Material Mindset The Power of Habit Decisive Quiet
  23. 23. @dawnvslayton THANK YOU