PUNT IT TO THE PENTHOUSE
WOMEN CONTINUE TO TRAVEL THROUGH THE SAME 10 FLOORS... OVER AND OVER AND OVER.
As ambitious women, we cycle from the ground floor up to the 10th on infinite repeat. Ground floor to 10th. Repeat. Repeat. Repeat.
Programs, coaching, and books for women continue to play into this cycle of the same 10 floors. And when we reach the 10th, bash our heads on the glass ceiling searching for more answers - we are simply led through the endless cycle all over again.
The overall participation of women in the labor force continues to grow.*
• Women made up 47.3% of the total labor force in 2016 compared to 37.1% in 1976.
• Between 1976 and 2007, employment for mothers with children under six years old more than doubled from 31.5% to 68.1%.
However, women's progress in reaching senior management positions has stalled.
More women are being attracted to leadership, yet the challenge remains that the top decision-making roles are not being filled by them. Men are two to three times more likely to be in senior management positions than women who hold only 34.8% of all management positions and 37.1% of all senior management positions.
SAME 10 FLOORS.
There's an under-representation in the Penthouse that we need to change.
PUNT IT TO THE PENTHOUSE, our Powher house interactive media initiative is designed to encourage a dialogue amongst Canadian women regarding the importance and timing of doing things differently. We're dedicated to catapulting ourselves and our potential up and over that glass ceiling as we Punt Our Way to The Penthouse.
My beef with the same 10 floors is a deeply held belief by most women that we are somehow inadequate and in need of further ‘learning, developing, coaching, mentoring, help' before we are ready to move up and forward with strategic ACTION. It is this very belief that is holding us back.
Here's the thing: We do our best learning when we reach, stretch, and grow into all of who we are becoming. We're never ‘there', and we never get ‘there'. The entire step-by-step process of owning who we are as leaders involves stepping outside of our comfort zone, growing as a result and preparing to take the next step.
REPEAT AFTER ME: “I am a woman who is up to EPIC SH*T in the world. I am a leader. I have a huge impact to make. I am talented, capable, and worthy. I am ready to be great!”
Decide where you are operating currently, where you want to be operating optimally, and what you need to ASK for in order to get from here to there. If you get stuck, ask an honest friend who has no problems calling you on your cr*p to give you some perspective.
We have a Powherhouse saying, “Dig deep to differentiate.” Put the time and effort in to get superclear on who you are, what brought you to this point (your story), what sets your apart, and how it all threads into what you are here to do and offer in service as a leader in this world, i.e. your IMPACT.
Know what you are ready for. Commit to a strategy, break it into doable steps, and set those steps into action with a simple, consistent daily practice. Persistence, perseverance, and patience are your running-mates. Surround yourself with whatever and whoever you need to stay focused, inspired, committed and on task.
All of this takes incredible courage. It is far easier to stay small and comfortable and continue to circulate through the same 10 floors. But I believe you were put on this Earth for much more and I represent a collective of Powherful women who agree. We don't have it all figured out – none of us do, but we continue reaching and growing into the leaders we are becoming. We are Finding Our Voice and Taking Our Lead. Are you in?
At Powherhouse, we are PUNTING IT TO THE PENTHOUSE and would love for you to join us! Read the extended version of this article, learn more about our work and our powherful women's media collective, Women WE Celebrate, online at powherhouse.com.