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Accelerate Your Impact – The Male Perspective

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I wrote Accelerate Your Impact as a guide to help women in tech advance in their careers. I’ve toured the country meeting with women in tech, hearing their stories, sharing my experiences and learning more about some of the challenges women face as they strive to have a voice in the industry.

Recently I received an email from the other side of the gender perspective. Tim Gunther, Chief Strategist/CEO, had read my book and offered his thoughts:

I like several points you make:

  • Risk Muscle- this is a great point that many people never exercise that muscle.  I am the youngest of 17 kids and my father always said “if someone asks you to do something and you are not sure you can get it done, ask them when they need it.  Then close your door and make it happen.”  I have used that throughout my career.
  • Social Channels– I think it is important how you mention having a social presence.  You should check out www.socialbluebook.com.
  • Bundling Your Value- This is so important and most people don’t realize what value they have brought to a company.  I often use the term “The Afters” .  When I started with XYZ company they had these issues, after I started working with them this is what happened.  I focus on this then how long I have been in business and by the time I get done they want to work with me.
  • Women in Leadership- I was fortunate to see Cheryl Sandberg in person when she came out with Lean In, I read it and was involved in a group to understand more about it.  It was amazing how many very smart women did not position themselves better when it came to opportunities.  I have been married for 26 years to an amazingly strong woman who has never had an issue getting into leadership roles.

His last comment is one we should take to heart:

It was amazing how many very smart women did not position themselves better when it came to opportunities.

For Tim, his personal experience is of a strong female life partner who has been successful at positioning herself as a leader. As a man, it never occurred to him that all women were not like that. Yet, as women in tech, we know how rare it is to find a woman strong in her ability to put herself forward.

So how can we overcome that road block?

Conundrum for Women in Tech

If men in tech assume that the strong women will be confident to seek advancement, then when they don’t see women step forward, they may be assuming the woman doesn’t feel qualified. The men won’t go and seek out women within the organization for advancement if they assume they aren’t interested.

There is a big gap in communication based on an untrue assumption.

It falls on our shoulders to step up. To flex that Risk Muscle and put ourselves in the path of opportunities – even when we don’t feel confident – even when we feel it might be bragging – even when we feel we only know 90% of the next level position and would prefer waiting until we knew 100%.

I love his father’s quote:

“If someone asks you to do something and you are not sure you can get it done, ask them when they need it.  Then close your door and make it happen.”

It is all within our grasp.

JJ DiGeronimo JJ DiGeronimo, a speaker, author and thought-leader for Women in Tech and Girls and STEM, empowers professional women and consults with senior executives on strategies to retain and attract Women in Technology to increase thought and leadership diversity within organizations.

Check out JJ’s new award winning book Accelerate Your Impact by downloading three free chapters.accelerate your impact

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