How to Break the Power of the Top-Down System

Beginning in childhood we are taught that we can’t act on our own. We have to wait for permission from our parents and other adults of authority.  We are also taught that the smartest, most educated, experienced and/or best people rise to the top of our businesses, organizations and i

Leading From Within – A Leadership Style for Women

A common response from women to my website tagline “Empowering Women to Lead the Male-Dominated Workplace” is “I don’t want to lead men.” I often wonder why I get that response. Can it be their perception of leadership? When we think of leadership, we typically picture a leader who is

How to Blend Male and Female Problem Solving Skills in the Male-Dominated Workplace

I’ve probably mentioned this before but my biggest pet peeve at work is that people can’t problem solve. Working in the construction industry where we come across problems on a daily basis this is especially frustrating. Looking through some old notes this week, I found some example

The Wisdom Of Playing Dumb

When I start a new project or a new job I like playing dumb. I pretend I know absolutely nothing about how to do my job. Is that shocking? It is so contrary to what we think we should do – we should always show our knowledge and that we know exactly what to do in any work situati

Is It Teamwork Or Just Competition?

When I think about teamwork, I think of a group of people working together to achieve a common objective. In teamwork each person has their role and they subordinate themselves and their personal importance to the larger objective. Teamwork makes us feel good about ourselves and our

Only A Woman Can Save This Company!

I started this website to teach other women the concepts I successfully used in my career.  Little did I know that I preparing myself for my biggest challenge yet into the male-dominated workplace. I want to share this experience because I was in such an extreme condition and yet I dr

Celebrate the Milestones!

The Woman In The Room is one year old!! For me this is a milestone and cause to celebrate! At work, how do you celebrate milestones and achievements? Are they subdued? Do you talk about doing something and then nothing really materializes? Who is responsible for or takes the le

A Woman Personalizes Her Business To Lead

Have you ever noticed years that singers have their biggest hits when they sing songs that they pick or write themselves, not what the industry tells them to sing? They do best when they connect with a song to express who they really are. When I think about this Garth Brooks