What We’re Reading – Women in Business

Standing Partnership is an office of 25 intelligent, driven professionals, many of which are women. In this week’s What We’re Reading, we take a look at what makes women successful in the current business climate.

This week on the  Harvard Business Review blog, experts on women’s leadership Jill Flynn, Kathryn Heath, and Mary Davis Holt of Flynn Heath Holt Leadership (FHHL) provide an abridged summary of their book, Break Your Own Rules: How to Change the Patterns of Thinking that Block Women’s Paths to Power. These authors believe confidence is the key to being a successful women leader in today’s business environment. They provide four DO’s and DON’T's for women on the path to leadership:

  • DON’T: be overly modest. DO: take credit for your successes.
  • DON’T: Avoid asking for a promotion. DO: step up and apply for that open manager position.
  • DON’T: blend in. DO: take a stand and sell your ideas.
  • DON’T: remain silent. DO: express your point of view.

And while we’re reading the HBV blog, let me remind you of the semi-recent post on how best to interview and hire the surge of millennials released into the working world this past May. While some professionals urged caution or avoidance, HBV gave a detailed breakdown on best practices for adding this new demographic into the already established hierarchy of corporate America.

One millennial in particular (also a woman) deserves accolades this week. Lindsay Blackwell wants to be the head of Digital Marketing at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Instead of submitting a resume like everyone else, she created a website entitled, Dear Lisa Rudgers, addressed to Michigan’s current VP of global communication. An introductory video visually details her resume as well as her desire for that job opportunity. The website links to her extensive social media portfolio including a separate Twitter handle – @dearlisarudgers – for her employment campaign. According to follower @OCLizi, this is “Resume writing for 2011!” Best part? Lindsay already landed an interview.

Also this week, 30SecondMBA.com explores the question What can big companies learn from start-up? Be more agile! says Hannah Choi Granada, president of Advantix Systems. “The infrastructure and processes in place at larger corporations can sometimes choke their ability to move at the speed of the market,” remarks Granade. “Or it prevents them from trying anything new.”  Visit the site to watch innovative professionals answer a business-related question-of-the-day in just 30 seconds.

Standing Partnership has much to celebrate this October (even more than the Cardinals going to the World Series #GoCards!). It is our 20th anniversary. This post is dedicated to the founders of Standing Partnership, and our fearless leadership team, all women. Take a moment to recognize the women in leadership around you. Tell us what inspires you as you read this week.

(It’s ok if it’s baseball related too!)

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