Mar 29

How Women Can Rise Higher

learn how you can leverage your inherent strengths as a woman and avoid self-sabotage

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We now live in the ‘new normal’ and in UNPRECEDENTED TIMES. I read and think a lot, and speak to knowledgeable people about this ‘new normal’ – to understand how to survive, recover and thrive. I’m an MIT graduate, 5-time entrepreneur, former F50 executive, and venture capitalist. I’ve interviewed 100s of successful people across the Americas, EU, and Asia. Join me as we explore the new normal – straight-talk and fluff-free! PRACTICAL INSIGHTS YOU CAN USE NOW!
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Are you a woman seeking greater business success? Listen to this podcast and learn how you can leverage your inherent strengths as a woman and avoid self-sabotage. 

Listen to a conversation with Sally Helgesen, author of the book, ‘How Women Rise’.

The business was largely conducted by one-half of the human population, men, for thousands of years. That is changing – RAPIDLY. Over the last few decades, women have become increasingly active in business and some have reached senior levels in businesses around the world. Some women complain that the reason they are unable to reach more senior levels is because of a glass ceiling.

The many experiences of women – as daughters, sisters, friends, and mothers – contribute to their leadership style. But, what serves them well in those roles is sometimes not in their own best interests in senior leadership positions in the business world.  That is the topic of the latest book by Sally Helgesen.  She teamed up with one of the leading business coaches, Marshall Goldsmith, and writes about how female professionals can change self-limiting behaviors which could help them become more successful. It is an extension of Marshall Goldsmith’s book, ‘What got you here won’t get you there’.

Sally Helgesen's work is widely regarded as the gold standard when it comes to women's leadership. Since the publication of her book, ‘The Female Advantage’ in 1990 (still in print), she has written six more books in the field and speaks to audiences all around the world about these issues.

How can women rise higher? We’ll find out from Sally. The interview is wide-ranging and is particularly useful to women, and to men who work with women. Some of the topics you will hear covered include:

  1. What are the strengths of women?

  2. What are the obstacles for women in business?

  3. Do women need to become like men in order to succeed in business?

  4. When are women’s qualities detrimental to their success in the corporate world?

  5. What are a woman’s strengths that paradoxically become weaknesses in a business setting?

  6. Why women should not just get women as coaches?

  7. What is the most important attribute of a leader – woman or man?

  8. Why is it important for women to recruit allies in their business?

  9. Why should women not be defensive about being a woman?

This discussion is not one about the superiority of either men or women. You don't have to be like a man to succeed or be like a woman to succeed. If you're a woman, you can become more successful by leveraging your own femininity and you can be a whole lot more successful if you build an inclusive web of women and men. Secondly, the importance of judgment and context – what is a strength in one situation could be a weakness in others. So, know your strengths, know your weaknesses and most importantly know your context so that you develop good judgment over time.

Hear Sally in conversation with Ram Iyer about how lawyers can be more successful in business at

P.S. I realized a rather obvious thing. Most of us read articles like this but never act on it. You can only learn and get better results from the insights when you L.P.T. – listen, practice and tell/teach others, whether they are colleagues, friends or family. I hope you L.P.T., whatever you glean from this.

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