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“How do I break into the good ol’ boys club?”

Thursday, July 18, 2013   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Barbara Francella
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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 leader.

Trudy Bourgeois is happy to answer your career questions. Please email them to NEW Communications Manager Barbara Grondin Francella.

Trudy Bourgeois is founder and CEO of The Center for Workforce Excellence and NEW Executive Leaders Forum conference designer.

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