The Power of Women
This is the last day of the 30 days of April and both Sherry and I have shared much with you and we hope you have enjoyed this journey. Today’s article is about the power of women and I hope you enjoy it and the action step at the end.
There was a time when women were taught to stay home, keep house, raise the children and cater to their husband. We have come a long way since those days and slowly women started getting out in the workplace and even more. Read on…
A woman alone has power; collectively we have impact. Traditionally we have been taught to be competitive with one another, to beat each other out for the top jobs. Clearly that strategy does not work. The truth is that raising each other up and channeling the power of collaboration is truly how we will do it and have a lot more fun along the way. I have often talked about the power of collaboration over the years and enjoyed collaborating with many who do what I do and see that together we thrive; we make a difference. There is power in the pack!
Over the last few years more women’s networking groups have found traction amongst many female entrepreneurs and while we have realized our strengths make us all better, we still welcome men and make them comfortable. Many men are finding “the old boy’s club” somewhat lacking and respect and appreciate what we as women offer.
We are also reversing the stereotype that women do not support other women. There is research that shows women benefit from collaboration over competition and it is one I can heartedly speak to. Study after study shows women who support women are more successful in business.
Who are these women? Women who are connected, who share and mentor others to become the best version of themselves they can, and we will find them networking. You will recognize one when you see her. She is openly friendly and helpful to everyone from the person who just stepped in the room to the ones who have been networking for years.
The reason? Women trying to rise into leadership face cultural and systemic hurdles that make it harder for them to advance, such as unconscious bias. The study suggests that a way to overcome some of these hurdles is to form close connections with other women, who can share experiences from women who have been there, done that—from how to ask for what you’re worth to bringing your unique talents to leadership.
We are finding our voice. We’re also building circles of trust with one another because we may be experiencing similar hurdles and have each other’s backs.”
Take the word “work” out of networking. There is power in relationships that extends beyond a generic introduction. When you create connections based on shared interests and goals, you will be more successful at your job, because people want to work with people they know and like and trust.
Prioritize relationship building. You do not do business with a company; you do business with people you like and trust. Schedule time to build those relationships.
Know that connection building is not one and done. Networking is one and done: It is where you shake someone’s hand and give them a business card. Where does that leave you? With a stack of business cards on your desk. A relationship, on the other hand, touches your heart and creates an everlasting partnership. To keep connections alive, they must be nurtured.
When you help another woman rise, we all shine. Build other women up! If you see someone doing a great job, give them credit. You are not taking attention away from yourself, but you are showing that you are a supportive team player as well as an inspiring leader—and secure enough in yourself to praise others.
Find your squad—and tap into them. Who would be your go-to group of girls if you had an emergency, needed honest advice, or wanted a key business introduction? When it comes to building relationships, you often get what you give.
We are better together!
Who do you network with now, or who do you “hang out” with, do they nurture you and your business? Do they have your back? Make a list of everyone you turn to for advice, a shoulder, an ear to bounce an idea off, for help when you feel overwhelmed or lost. These people are your squad, some will be purely personal friends and others business, some will be both. Send a note or make a call today to thank them for being in your squad.
This article is the final day in a month-long journey called “Reflecting, Focusing and Improving You and Your Business!” brought to you by Sherry Simoes and Janet Benedict, two coaches who have been mentoring entrepreneurs for over 50 years combined and run an online coaching business called Rockin’ Your Business. To access the 30 Days visit https://rockinmybusiness.com/reflect-re-focus-and-rock-your-business/
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