Beyoncé and Nicki might have said it best: “Feeling myself. I’m feeling myself”. Today I acknowledge my awesomeness and I think you all should too. Talents, looks, smarts, success, character, whatever you have going for you that you don’t often take the time to recognize, why not recognize it now. Radiate some of that positive, self-assuring energy and draw more of that energy in. This is what I’m doing today. So no, I’m not being pretentious or cocky; I’m just feeling myself, feeling myself and there’s nothing wrong with that.
We all know women are under represented when it comes to holding leadership positions in corporate America but there are a few companies who are raising the bar. I stumbled upon a Forbes article from early this year, which gave a great run down of some of the companies where women are really making some moves. Here are some of the companies in the top 10:
Percentage of employees who are women: 47%
Percentage of senior managers who are women: 42%
Ernst & Young:
Percentage of employees who are women: 46%
Percentage of senior managers who are women: 46%
Percentage of employees who are women: 54%
Percentage of senior managers who are women: 40%
Percentage of employees who are women: 59%
Percentage of senior managers who are women: 39%
*Also noted on the list were General Mills, IBM, Johnson & Johnson, KPMG, Mass Mutual Finance Group, and Procter & Gamble.
So senior management is great but what about afterwards? I would guess that even at these great companies there’s likely a very significant drop off when we look at director level and above. The NY Times notes that women make up only 16 percent of directors at Fortune 500 companies, 4 percent of chief executives at Standard & Poor’s 500 companies and 10 percent of chief financial officers at S&P 500 companies1. So while there’s a glimmer of light at the end of the senior management tunnel, it’s still pretty dim if you’re attempting to look further than that. However, the positive Patty in me maintains that while it’s difficult to get there, it’s important to remember that it isn’t impossible. And between you and me, if making it to the top of your Fortune 500 isn’t for you, you could always work on building your own Fortune 500. Hmmm… some food for thought.
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Thank you for reading. Now… "Let the power moves continue."
I had a discussion with a friend the other day about being positive and how thinking positively and speaking positively can actually impact our lives for the better. There’s a theory that whatever type of energy you put out is the same type of energy you get back. Think positively and positive things will happen. Think negatively and negative things will happen. To be confident we must be positive in our thinking. It’s all about what you believe or what you make yourself believe. Trust in yourself and believe that you can do it, whatever it is. There’s a great quote by Henry Ford that goes like this: "Whether you think you can, or you think you can't - you're right." I couldn’t have said it better myself.