From Around the Web: Confidence Woman

Sheryl Sandberg

Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg’s new book about women and work, Lean In, has already made a big splash. The thesis of the book is essentially this: Women do not occupy as many executive positions as we could because we hold ourselves back. According to Sandberg, we do not sit at the table, raise our hand, let our voices be heard and believe in ourselves nearly enough. In a recent article published in Time, Sandberg calls on women to “lean in” and embrace success.

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4 Responses to From Around the Web: Confidence Woman

  1. Daynette Blackwell says:

    Women often don’t believe in themselves. We doubt we are as capable as our male counterparts. And even when we know we are as skilled as they, we often don’t put ourselves out there for fear we won’t be taken seriously. We must become our greatest advocates. We must challenge ourselves! We must overcome fear of failure! And we must believe in ourselves!

    • Sonya says:

      The title of this post reminded me immediately of the best Career books I’ve read which is about how women in the workplace make fundamental mistakes in how they approach their work, their workplace attitudes and their interactions with male co-oworkers. Ofcourse not all women make all of the mistakes in this book but even the most self-assured confident woman amongst us will find something that resonates.

      The book is called “Why Nice Girls Dont Get the Corner Office ” by Lois Frankel. She offers 101 Mistakes that Women Make in her book. Here’s a little glimpse from her book:

      “We behave in ways consistent with the roles we were socialized to play, thereby never completely moving from girlhood to womanhood. As nurturers, supporters, or helpmates, we are more invested in seeing others get their needs met than we are in ensuring that ours are acknowledged. And there’s another catch. When we do try to break out of those roles and act in more mature, self-actualizing ways, we are often met with subtle-and not-so-subtle-resistance designed to keep us in a girl role. Comments like “You’re so cute when you’re angry,” “What’s the matter? Are you on the rag?” or “Why can’t you be satisfied with where you are?” are designed to keep us in the role of a girl.

      When others question our femininity or the validity of our feelings, our typical response is to back off rather than make waves. We question the veracity of our experience. If it’s fight or flight, we often flee. And every time we do, we take a step back into girlhood and question our self-worth. In this way we collude with others to remain girls rather than become women. And here is where we must begin to accept responsibility for not getting our needs met or never reaching our full potential. Eleanor Roosevelt was right when she said, “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” Stop consenting. Stop colluding. Quit bein’ a girl!”

  2. Linda says:

    I am reading “Lean In” and I like it.
    The “What Would You Do if You Weren’t Afraid” campaign from the Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, asks young women to answer the question and then take action.
    But I think this question is for all women. We have to believe in ourselves and don’t be afraid to take risks. Also it is very important what employers have to offer for the female workers. Mentoring is very important, how many companies offers that?
    I would like to see mentoring for women at Jabil, more opportunities given.
    Also flexible working hours. Another important factor as Sandberg is pointing out is 50/50 at home responsibilities. Do we have 50/50 at home? Husband’s/partners have to do the same chores at home and taking care the kids.
    I believe that women are smart and strong and with the help of employers and help at home they can be successful as men do.
    I was skeptical to write my opinion or not on comments section. I wish many women at Jabil can give their opinion. I know we can make difference in our workplace.
    -Linda (Jabil FL)

    • Lizet Tymon says:

      Hi Linda:

      I think you made the right decision on posting your comment, this is exactly what we all need to do, not be afraid of expressing our opinions and make sure we are heard.

      I highly recommend Sheryl Sandberg’s book to everyone, male of female. As a mom of a 2 year old, Sheryl’s advise came at a great time, life gets really busy and makes you doubt your choices, this helped me see you can pursue a career and be a great mom. I am very lucky to have a great partner who supports me, which is really helpful.

      The important thing is that women strive to achieve their full potential, whether at home or at the workplace, and get all the support to do so.

      Thanks for sharing!

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