am a Project Manager in the Construction industry – a traditionally male role in a very male dominated industry. When I attend a meeting, I am The Woman In The Room.
Over the years, I’ve had my ups and downs but one thing has been very consistent – I always outperform my male colleagues. Always! While I can attribute much of my success to professional skills, the real discriminating factor is that I know how to lead men in their own environment.
The truth is that it is easier for a woman to lead men to a higher level of performance than it is for a man.
The secret is, knowing how to leverage your real female traits to change their behavior and improve their performance.
What I am presenting is different from what you will see elsewhere. What I discuss comes from 30 years of real world experience in the male-dominated workplace. It is from this experience that I address issues openly and honestly.
When you start using this website please read my page Pink, Blue and Purple Zones first because it is the foundation for all that I write about. It is critical that as women we stop seeing ourselves through stereotypes. Instead, we need to understand our real traits and how they work in balance and unison with male traits. When we have this perspective we can stop doing what women have been advised to do for decades – act like men or become one of the boys.
We can empower ourselves as women. As The Woman In The Room, your job is to lead the men. If I have learned one thing in 30 years, it is – if you lead, they will follow.
I know most work environments are not as intensely male as the construction jobsite but I suspect things happen in your workplace that cause you to withdraw and subsequently hold you back. My articles will help you understand your work environment and give you the techniques you need to assert yourself as a leader.
I want this website to generate lots of discussion and lots of ideas. So please share your thoughts and experiences!