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In addition to getting out of your comfort
zone, what other advice do you offer to
female executives?

a sponsor, your name does not even get on the list for

I see women who work very hard and are smart and

their boss to do that for them. As women we are often

talented, but they don't understand that once you get

programmed early in life to wait to be asked instead of

into middle management, everybody's competent and

seeking opportunities ourselves. Several recent studies

everybody can execute. What gets you promoted beyond

of Fortune 500 companies have found that women don't

that is much more political. It's about making sure that

aggressively pursue jobs for which they feel less than

the work that's being done is the work that needs to be

100 percent qualified. Men, on the other hand, are much

done. At the most senior level, you have to set priorities

more willing to seek a job for which they are not fully

and the direction. You need a very different skill set

prepared. This is critical, because if you wait until you

in the C-suite than you need in middle management.

are 100 percent prepared you've lost valuable time. It's

You have to be able to leverage yourself through other

that on-the-job training that helps you grow into the job

people. That means you have to be good at building a

and get ready for the next one up.

trusting team.
You also need a sponsor, which is very different from
a mentor. A sponsor is someone who has a seat at the
top table and is willing to advocate for you. Without

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senior jobs.
I often coach women to make sure they are taking the
initiative in managing their careers and not expecting

The other key piece of advice I have is to pay it
forward. No one reaches senior jobs without the support
of many other people.



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