Habits that hold Women back


24 June, 2021

5:30 pm - 6:30 pm BST


Habits that hold Women back

Location: Virtual

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    1 hour

86% of women handle all the primary family responsibilities (Bright Horizons Modern family Index report)

Because of these pressing demands on their time and energy and the later starts because of school runs, women often overcompensate at work to keep up with their male counterparts

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Professional development

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Programme outline

Surveys show that men are generally more driven by financial reward, position, competition and winning whereas whilst women appreciate the rewards, they also want to enjoy their work, to be happy at work and to be liked. They want to encourage collaboration, build strong relationships, have good work/life balance and to feel they are making a difference.

Whilst juggling their many diverse responsibilities, women can fall into regular habits that ultimately prevent them from progressing in their career at the speed of their male colleagues if at all. This can leave them feeling undervalued and overlooked.

Habits are learned behaviours that have been so ingrained in our psyche that we often don’t even notice we are doing them.

They are hard wired in the Striatum of the brain and are very difficult to eradicate by pure will power alone. The most effective and lasting way to get rid of bad habits is by replacing them with new empowering ones.

Sally Helgeson and Marshall Goldsmith have identified 12 habits that hold women back: these are discussed in their great book entitled - ‘How Women Rise’ and are as follows –

  • Reluctance to claim your achievements.
  • Expecting others to spontaneously notice and reward your achievements.
  • Overvaluing expertise.
  • Building rather than leveraging relationships.
  • Failing to enlist allies from day one.
  • Putting your job before your career.
  • The perfection trap.
  • The disease to please.
  • Minimizing.
  • Talking too much.
  • Ruminating.
  • Letting your radar distract you.

All of the above will keep you just where you are, as everything you are doing is to succeed in the role you are currently doing rather than the role you aspire to. In this Masterclass we will look at some of these habits in more detail and the impact they have on your career pathway and your future fulfilment and impact.

I will be sharing top tips and actions you can take right now to overcome these habits and to tap into more of your true potential.

Speaker details Sylvia Baldock

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The Becoming More Significant Expert, Team Engagement & Collaboration Specialist, Personal Impact Thought Leader, Professional Speaker & Presentation Skills Trainer, Business/Personal Coach/Mentor, ‘Time to Think’ Facilitator, Author and Podcast Host Sylvia enables people to recognise the unique value they bring to the workplace and to lead with confidence and purpose. Sylvia will explore the minimising habits that keep you playing small at work and how to address those habits in a way that feels authentic and real. Sylvia has extensive experience working with Business leaders, CEO groups, Senior Managers, Senior Women, Entrepreneurs, Charities and Social Enterprises, SMEs, CIMA, AAT and NHS supply teams.