Women’s leadership expert Sally Helgesen and leadership coach Marshall Goldsmith join forces to address the common and specific roadblocks women face in their pursuit of professional success in the book How Women Rise. The very habits that may have helped women early in their careers may be hindering them as they progress in the workplace. Helgesen and Goldsmith tackle the top 12 habits that could be stopping your next promotion.
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Octane Results: WOMEN ENTREPRENEURS
While women have long contributed to and led businesses, it wasn’t until the 20th century that we saw women taking their place alongside men in the working world in greater numbers.
From wartime icon, Rosie the Riveter, to small screen working woman, Carol Brady of the Brady Bunch, women steadily became seen as a critical component of the workforce, today founding and leading many of the most important companies on earth.
And while there’s a long way to go in terms of workplace equality, women entrepreneurs are making their mark on their industries and communities now more than ever. These 20 women entrepreneurs are the ones who are leading the charge—and we think you’ll be inspired by their tremendous impact:
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Written by Jessica Nunez, founder and president of TruePoint Communications.
One of my favorite insights about scaling up organizations comes from Reid Hoffman, founder of LinkedIn.
As a guest host on Reid’s podcast, Masters of Scale, Tim Ferriss highlights his 10 Commandments of Startup Success, and shares an excerpt from Ten Thousand Hours with Reid Hoffman, written by Ben Casnocha, Reid’s former chief of staff.
Written for EO by Kirsten Quigley, the founder and CEO of LunchSkins, a company that manufactures dishwasher-safe reusable bags, and new recyclable and sealable paper bags for food on-the-go. Troubled by the ongoing reports of plastic waste ruining our environment, Kirsten transformed her passion into a business. She shares the twists and turns along her journey so far, how she reinvented her business, and why she’s feeling particularly positive about her future today.
Entrepreneurship is a contact sport. I’ve weathered plenty of ups and downs, lost key customers, survived production disasters, endured the rising cost of goods, and watched the market flood with competition—and that was just in my first six years! But recently, I’m feeling particularly strong and optimistic because I think we’re finally on a sustainable growth path with a winning set of products … and it feels so good.
Let’s rewind to just a few years ago: I had watched my consumer product company grow from a home-based startup to a multimillion-dollar brand in just three years.
Maybe it was because it was winter. Or maybe it was because we’d recently lost a valued employee due to our organization being a little boring. Regardless of the reason, I knew we needed a way to make our workplace fun. I understood that I was risking losing other employees and decreasing productivity if we didn’t inject some energy and camaraderie into the office. As Stuart Brown, the author of Play, puts it, “when employees have the opportunity to play, they actually increase their productivity, engagement and morale.”
That’s when I reached out to Kirsten Anderson, founder and CEO of Integrate Play Solutions.
Kirsten’s first assignment for me was to keep my eyes peeled for even the smallest opportunities to bring playfulness to work and assured me that the fun would follow. The holidays were coming up, so my team and I decided to have a Deck the Walls party. We brought in tons of decorations and, with hot chocolate in tow, everyone decked out their work spaces. It was incredible to see everyone’s creativity. We got into the holiday spirit, we laughed and we enjoyed ourselves. Fun? Check!