It's not just about the thing
In coaching, I often meet young female executives who tell me, "I'm also one of those who believed for years that I could make a name for myself. How could I be so wrong? "They come into coaching, so I" umcoache "them.
I often have to make them painfully clear: The job is not just about the job. Of course, it's also about power and self-expression. I consider that morally unacceptable.
Play for the sake of the matter?
But who loves his job and really wants to do something good in the matter, must either be self-employed, one's own Company create - or strategically manage schizophrenic according to the motto:
I play the embarrassing game of power and self-expression - but only to do good in the end.
You have to decide
But if you decide to do so, you have to be hell-bent on not losing yourself, as is the case with the many board members that I then meet in my coaching practice.
But what does not matter at all: frustrate the retreat, instead of consciously deciding. Because mails and word messages from wives or partners of board members and managing directors always come back to me.
Better to become active yourself
And then listen to and read such sentences: "I have my hands full to keep my husband on the floor as a board member of an international company!", "I myself was a department manager and at some point found that my dear colleagues only for their own progress, not about content. "
It's better to become active yourself!
What do you want?
No question: A system in which above all those who can better market, is questionable. I do not deny that. That does not even deny board members. But that's not the point.
It's about: What do you want? "I thought I could make a difference." Anyone who says that wants two things: to move things forward and make a name for themselves. Think about it: what do I want more?
For the cause, against the career!
I know a lot of women who have decided with full conviction for the cause since 20 years at clerk level throw the whole store - and thus get no recognition and career from the Old Boys, but who are very happy and successful with it.
The reason for this is simply that these women have deliberately opted for the cause and the career.
Play the power game
On the other hand, there are also many women who have made a conscious decision: "If I can not get on with my expertise, then I'll just hit the system with his own weapons and get myself a senior position."
And this upscale position then uses woman to do much good. Like the young entrepreneur, who inherited the construction company from her father and was soon awarded an entrepreneurial prize because she now builds ecologically and socially sustainable. For example, she says, "Why should not two mothers share a job?"
Frustration does not continue!
Ergo: It is possible to do good things and not be interested in careers. It is also possible to use the ailing system itself to do even more good from a higher position.
On the other hand, what does not matter at all: to scold the system, to condemn its injustices and senseless power struggles
Conclusion: conscious decision!
Until so many women are in the system to make a complete change, each one of us should go through one of two attitudes that will both achieve success and satisfaction: I do good things - I do not care about my position. Or: I'm doing good things - and get me an upscale position.
Two equal paths to happiness. Which is yours?
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