When you think of a military assault course, you think about multiple hurdles and challenges. They are used to evaluate the weaknesses and progress of the team. Women also face an assault course in their careers. There are many challenges that prevent women from succeeding in the corporate world. Some of them are external while others are internal battles that every woman has to grapple with.
Today, we will look into the different aspects of the female career assault course and share tips on how to navigate them.
The Prejudice Obstacle
When women enter the boardroom, they are immediately graded based on how they look, walk, speak, and dress. The truth is, they often come in with a negative score already. But that doesn’t mean that this obstacle cannot be overcome. In fact, most women use this as motivation to work harder to disprove these prejudices. First impressions don’t have to last. You can change them.
The Predecessor Power
Every woman executive has defeated the female career assault course. They’ve overcome one hurdle after another. It is these women that you need to know more and read about. Before they reached that position, they must’ve shed blood, sweat, and tears. Knowing their plight will help you press on to continue pursuing your career goals.
The Sisterhood Secret
Build a sisterhood for the right reasons. Empower fellow female colleagues. Don’t tear each other down. Sometimes competitiveness gets in the way of empowerment. Because we want to get ahead, we unfortunately tend to bring down other women. A sisterhood in the workplace is powerful when used for the right reasons. Leverage your tribe and propel each other to success.
The Confidence Key
The new superpower is being a woman. You don’t have to hide anymore. You can speak up and be confident in your own skin. Many years ago, women will put their power pants on just to project the image of toughness and authority. Now, you don’t need to do that anymore. You can come as you are, armed with your knowledge and competencies—and conquer the corporate ladder!
The Worthy Winner
In overcoming the female career assault course, you need to know your worth. Women generally have the tendency to devalue themselves. You know your skillset, strengths, expertise, and experience. Ask for a salary or raise that is commensurate to what you can offer. Do not lower your value because you fear what other people will say. You will win the female career assault course when you consider yourself a worthy winner.
Women may have a lot of hurdles to overcome in their careers but they are all conquerable. You have more opportunities to stand out and succeed now. So seize them!
Learn more how you can apply these tips in the full episode of our podcast!
Starting your own business, big or small, can be challenging. Putting it up and managing it demands a lot of work. According to Ben Horowitz, author of The Hard Thing About Hard Things, the two hardest things about being an entrepreneur are managing your own psychology and knowing what to do next.
Female entrepreneurs want to prove that they can hang in there along with men, but what do they need to push them? Knowing where to start and what you signed up for is a must.
During the process of starting your own startup or passion project, our internal chatter and psychology can be our greatest barriers. We need to remember that it’s very normal not to know what is next and it is very normal to feel like it's just some time’s a little hard!
Marc Orchard, Director of Startup for BDO Australia, joined our recent podcast. He discussed how women can grow and succeed as entrepreneurs. Here are some of the things he shared.
According to Marc, female entrepreneurs struggle in advocating for their own business. That’s why they need the people in their inner circle to advocate for them. They also need to hear from the people around them what they’re doing right as well as what they’re doing wrong. An honest opinion from a trusted tribe supporter, friend or a relative helps a lot.
When females start businesses, we know they are passionate for the cause. Female founders have personal reasons why they start their business. Some are passionate about the products that they sell. They want to share their experience with their target market. Others are driven by a purpose, these are women who started a business to support a cause. It could be to help fund a loved one’s medication, promote awareness, support a social movement, etc.
Being treated as a legitimate entrepreneur is very important. It boosts the self-esteem of female founders. Plus, it validates all the hard work they did to put up a business. Raising questions for self-assessment without feeling vulnerable is important too. Validation should come from themselves and people they care about.
Female entrepreneurs tend to be critical of themselves. Listening to believers and acknowledging opportunities helps. Also, maintaining a work-life balance is useful to boost confidence. It gives them the assurance that they can do good both as entrepreneurs and matriarchs.
Tips for women who are thinking of putting up their own business:
Taking a risk is easier said than done. But you have to trust your gut and have faith in your skill set. Get the support system you need to muster up the courage as well. Possessing a positive mindset also helps you to move forward.
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