“How do I break into the good ol’ boys club?”
Thursday, July 18, 2013
Posted by: Barbara Francella
By Trudy Bourgeois
I can't seem to break into the good ol’ boys club at my company.
Any advice for breaking through and establishing my value?
The first thing to recognize is, as a woman, you don't want to do
things for the wrong reasons. Honestly, I don't know if I would advise anyone
to break into the good ol' boys network. My advice always is tocreate
your own network.
Many of those good ol' boys are not open to letting you in their
"club," so find people who share similar values and beliefs about
excellence, leadership, results and performance. Build your network there. Take
the road less traveled and establish yourself as a value-added leader. This
will cause members of the good ol' boys to notice you — and respect you.
Your success will not be measured by whether you "get
in," but by whether or not you areviewed as an authentic and capable
Bourgeois is happy to answer your career questions. Please email them to NEW
Communications Manager Barbara Grondin Francella.
Bourgeois is founder and CEO of The Center for Workforce
Excellence and NEW Executive Leaders Forum conference
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