Too Shy to Be a Leader?

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One woman’s struggle with shyness prompts us to explore the seeming conflict between being shy and being a leader.

How Men Can Confront Other Men About Sexist Behavior

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What being a “good guy” really looks like.


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Dear HBR: answers your questions with the help of HBS professor Katie Coffman.

How Mothers WFH Are Negotiating What’s Normal

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Working from home because of the pandemic is changing norms within households.

Women’s Career Trajectories Can Be a Model for an Aging Workforce

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The two-phase career is taking on a new shape.

All the Help We Can Get

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When there’s way too much on your plate, here’s how to ask colleagues to lend you a hand.

Introducing Season 6

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Women at Work returns October 5 with candid conversations and practical advice that’ll help get you through the messiness of 2020. Plus, we have a new host!

Don’t Let the Pandemic Set Back Gender Equality

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What CEOs can do to reverse the trend.

Cultivate a Trans-Inclusive Workplace

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A conversation with researcher Katina Sawyer on how to create trans-inclusive organizations, even when many people are working remotely.

Are Your D&I Efforts Helping Employees Feel Like They Belong?

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Four ways managers can go deeper than “inclusion.”

Use Your Social Network as a Tool for Social Justice

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You have more influence than you think.

Frustrated Engineers

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Dear HBR: answers your questions with the help of CEO and author Richard Sheridan.

Research: Only 10% of Joint Venture Board Members Are Women

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JVs are subject to far less public exposure — and fewer quotas and disclosure requirements — than other businesses.

Expanding My Perspective

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I’ve become aware that my existing network creates and perpetuates systemic inequities. Rather than abandon my existing network, I’m investing time and energy in expanding my perspective and network through the various things I pay attention to and get involved in.

Today’s post covers two things I love to do: run and read. When I reflect on my running and fitness heroes, they are mostly men. If you asked me to name ten world-class marathoners, it would be mostly men. And when I think of people who I go running with, which is rare since I prefer to run alone, it’s men.

A year ago, I decided I needed to permanently change my diet and hired Katie Elliott as my nutritionist. She’s become a good friend and has been extraordinarily helpful with changing my diet and helping me permanently lose some weight. She’s also an outstanding athlete, so I’ve gotten bonus coaching from her.

Next week Katie is leading a day-long online symposium called Women.Thrive. Amy and I sponsored it, and I have ten free tickets, so if you want to attend, email me (the first ten get the tickets.) Or, if you wish to attend and don’t need a free ticket, please sign up as all proceeds go to Covid relief. I’ll be attending some of the sessions to learn and expand my perspective on women athletes and health. Plus – Martina Navratilova – one of my childhood tennis heroes – is speaking about motivation.

Next, I’ve been reading a bunch of stuff that is outside my normal reading zone. Each weekend I read at least one book from my now very large pile of books by Black authors about a wide variety of topics. Saturday night, I chose a memoir and read White People Really Love Salad by Nita Mosby Tyler, Ph.D.

I love memoirs. I separate this category from “autobiography” because I’m not that interested in autobiographies (I prefer biographies). Memoirs are more than just a person’s history. They interweave one’s history and experiences with personal philosophy, advice, reflection (both the author’s and mine), and inspiration.

Nita wrote about her experience growing up in Atlanta as a Black girl. Each chapter ended with her reflections about race, diversity, equity, and equality that related directly to the story she had just told. I read it from beginning to end, realizing that almost every experience was new to me.

Last night, I read Piloting Your Life by Terri Hanson Mead. Terri wrote about her experience shifting into, exploring, and getting used to midlife as a White, professional, happily married woman with a husband and two kids in the bay area. Oh, and she’s a helicopter pilot (so cool) so she uses a lot of flying metaphors to structure the book (hence the title). She includes stories and interviews with many other women going through the transition from “pre-midlife” to “midlife,” along with endless, direct, and compelling examples of the struggles relative to men going through a similar age transition.

I’m in my mid-50s (wow – when did that happen?) Many of my transitions are completely different from Terri’s. As I read the book, in addition to getting to know Terri better, I also ended up with a bunch of insights, from a woman’s perspective, about midlife.

Every time I finish a book like one of these I think “I should read more books like this.”

When people, who are roughly the same age as me (or at least the same generation) write about completely different life experiences and from an entirely different perspective, they give me a lot to think about and help me ponder my strengths, weaknesses, limitations, and biases. And, in this case, these books were different but beautiful complements to read one after the other.

I appreciate the energy that Nita and Terri have put into these books. Now that I’ve written a bunch of books, including one very personal one with Amy (Startup Life: Surviving and Thriving in a Relationship with an Entrepreneur), I understand how much work it is to write a book like this.

And, most of all, I appreciate their willingness to put their story out into the world, which helps me expand my perspective.

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Starting Your Career in a Pandemic

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Advice and encouragement for young women striving to establish themselves at work during this uncertain time.

Leaders, Stop Denying the Gender Inequity in Your Organization

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Your workplace is not a meritocracy.

Megan Rapinoe on Leading — On and Off the Field

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A conversation with U.S. women’s soccer forward Megan Rapinoe on staying strong, becoming a leader, and fighting for what she believes in.

Unpause Yourself

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Practical, proactive approaches for getting to where we want to be professionally.

3 Ways to Advance Gender Equity as We Return to the Office

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It’s an opportunity to set new expectations.

Sisterhood Is Critical to Racial Justice

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When white women learn about, listen to, and advocate for black women at work, we move closer as a society toward racial justice.