March 8, 2011
“Women are being overlooked for CEO positions because men have better social commitments and wilier political instincts,” said University of Toronto professor Beatrix Dart, in a recent Globe and Mail article.
I agree, which is one of the reasons that I have focused so many of my recent blogs on the importance of establishing a network. Men are good at this. While it is true that they have built-in opportunities such as golf and tennis tournaments, they still take the time to cement the contacts.
Women tend to think that if they do the work and do it well, that they will be recognized, but it isn’t enough. I was guilty of this myself. I remember watching with impatience as the guys in my office set up sports pools and made crazy bets, which resulted in time-consuming payoffs.
It was frustrating when I thought we had far more important things to do but in retrospect, they established important relationships. The memories of the dollar payoff made in pennies, in a jar of honey, lasted long after the game (and the work project) was over.
Part of the issue is that it is easier to network when you are sharing something that you enjoy and guys LOVE games. So, it is a priority for them to not only play the game, but to make a further game out of the one that they are playing. It is all in fun and they benefit from sharing this fun with one another.
Women can do this too but we have to heighten our political instincts. A friend of mine just sent an email inviting a number of women to a walking group – what a great idea for networking with others while getting her exercise!
I like to go to the spa so I have decided that, from now on, I’ll organize networking sessions by inviting women to group manicures and pedicures. I can’t think of a better way to get to know someone – can you?