Is your 'internal glass ceiling' holding you back?
Monday, March 14, 2016
Posted by: Rufino Cabang
Women who want to advance
at work have to overcome both the traditional glass ceiling and an "internal
glass ceiling” that may be holding them back, author and executive coach Dr.
Shelley Reciniello told NEW members during "The Conscious Leader: Breaking
the Glass Ceiling Within," the second webinar in the NEW Summit Speakers
Series, March 9, 2016.
"There are lots of
things we do on an unconscious level that contribute to holding ourselves
back," Reciniello explained. "Human beings are not rational and every
day their Illogical, unconscious minds are walking into offices with hidden
"Sometimes what's happening underneath the surface is more of what's
caused the problem than anything else."
Women must have a
courageous conversation with themselves to reveal blind spots that could be preventing
them from achieving their career goals, she said.
To unlock potential,
Reciniello recommends taking these steps toward conscious leadership:
- Take care of mental hygiene. Apart from meditating, do some organizing in your head. A
self-talk of three to five minutes can prepare you for your day.
- Know that people regress in groups. Groups get away with things individuals wouldn't get
away with — bring civil behavior to work.
- Remember, "everyone can't be like me." Listen to others to learn who they
- Talk to each other. "[Women] can do that in the
workplace. There's opportunity there."
"If unconscious, you
will be living in the past, reacting," Reciniello said. "If
conscious, you will respond to life — and bring your best self to work."
NEW members may register free
online for the next NEW Summit Speakers Series webinar "The Power of Your
Ideas: Become a Recognized Expert" with author and marketing consultant
Dorie Clark, April 20 at 1 p.m. ET. Members may view previous webinars in the NEW Study Hall.