Saturday Morning Rounds
What we're reading
This just might be the best article we've ever read about how to navigate gender bias in the workplace. Seriously. The piece revolves around a central tension - the fact that
Given that change has been slow to come, the author spends most of her time highlighting the ways that successful women (she's interviewed over 200 of them herself and done an extensive lit review) have mastered what she calls
She gives some great examples that we can all apply to different professional contexts - from day-to-day interactions to career-determining negotiations. She also calls out the fact that this shouldn't be the norm, and gives readers an opportunity to decide what balance they themselves want to strike with nuanced passages like:
The writing is clear, compelling, economical, and most of all honest. She packs more substance and actionable advice into ~1,000 words (<5min to read - time you should definitely invest as our summary can't do the piece justice) than what many are able to put into a book. Bravo.
Who we're following
MJ Hegar (@mjhegar) is a veteran combat helicopter pilot, a working mom, and a candidate for a seat the US Senate.
In the article we mentioned above, the author highlights her by saying
We watched the video, AND IT IS AWESOME!!! Regardless of which side of the political aisle you claim, her ad is a masterclass in communication, storytelling, and how to be both assertive and compassionate at the same time.
BBMD tip of the week
How can you be effective in negotiations while still maintaining a positive relationship with your counterpart? The above advice is a great place to start, and we have some thoughts on where to go from there.
In our negotiations curriculum, we encourage you to focus on getting the other person to talk more, which will give you both an informational advantage and maximize your emotional resonance with your counterpart - 2 surefire ways to get the best deal possible.
How can you actually do that? You only have to learn 3 skills:
String those together, and you'll find that the rest often takes care of itself!
Quote we're contemplating
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