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Obstacles encountered by women in the workplace remain significantly higher than male counterparts in similar positions. With recent studies by LeanIn.Org and McKinsey & Company concluding that for every 100 women promoted to management positions, 130 men advance into more senior leadership roles. Img via:one 


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These inequalities – of course – extend past the realms of promotion. They have become instrumental in enabling a pervasive and disadvantaged playing field in which women have to perform in, on a daily basis.spacespaceWith limitations to career progression opportunities, insufficient mentorship interactions with female directors – as there are often only a small number of women at the top – and widening pay gaps.spacespaceWhat’s more, for a majority of women that proactively initiate pay raises, their actions are rationalised or branded as “bossy” “intimidating,” or “too aggressive.” 30 percent higher than men who lobby for the same entitlement in comparable positions.spaceArguably, such realities tend to lead women to the fundamental belief that despite having the competence.>

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and intelligence necessary in accelerating their careers, the path to the top is often rigged with too many unfavourable barriers for them to defeat.spaceResulting in them, either losing the interest to continue climbing the ranks or permitting their confidence to submerge in the face of adversity.spaceIndeed, there are great initiatives out there stimulating the right conversation on effective ways, companies can eliminatespace the imbalanced treatment between men and women in the workplace and promote equality.spaceBut aside from this, how can women continue to elevate their own performance and growth in their professions,space despite the various challenges they may have to deal with in day to day work-life? Below are a few techniques to keep in mind.


These inequalities – of course – extend past the realms of promotion. They have become instrumental in enabling a pervasive and disadvantaged playing field in which women have to perform in, on a daily basis

 


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1. AVOID GETTING INTO A DEFEATIST MINDSET 


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Fixating on gender and all the external circumstances that – may or may not – occur at work because of it, is tempting but nevertheless counterproductive.space The instant you begin focusing on gender as a go-to explanation for everything that happens in your career, you allow yourself to be ‘defined’ by it and give your power away.spaceThis, in turn, can create mental blocks in your mind that will strip you of the self-confidence required to; put your name forward on big projects, speak up in meetings, negotiatespace salary increments or market your skills for new opportunities regardless of how scary the process may seem.>

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It is, extremely important to consciously shift the underlying belief that promotability is decidedly unattainable simply because of being female.spaceRather, strive to invariably compete on merit, intelligence, experience, capabilities and emotional intelligence, which will present limitless boosts of self-empowerment and courage.spaceEssential for overcoming the various challenges you are bound to encounter along the way.spaceOf course, acknowledge and embrace your femininity. However, do not let – the fact that you are a woman – be a deciding factor in how successful you become in your career.

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A  Simple Note To Self

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The topic of ‘equality’ or there being a lack of in some organisations is an issue most women continually have to deal with.spaceAnd although there have been massive developments in the manner in which women are treated in the workplace, there is still a lot of work to be done. Work that begins with ‘us’ as women.spaceTo perform based on intelligence, knowledge, skill-set, experience and so forth rather than our ‘sex.’ It is this, that will give us the confidence required to grab career-enhancing opportunities and not shun in times of hardship.>

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What are your Insights? 

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What are your insights on this point? Please feel free to share your thoughts and tips in the comments box below. We would love to hear from you.
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1. Career Prospects Don’t Just Happen – You Create Them. failurefailurefailure

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2.  FOCUS ON PROVIDING VALUE


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There are plenty of historical principles outlining the significance of going above and beyond in the work you produce. The great Wallace Delois Wattles once said: “give every man more in use value than you take from him in cash value.”spaceAnd the law of reciprocity simply states that when you give the best, you receive the best results in return.

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By contributing value to the workplace, you facilitate a dialogue that entitles you to ask for promotions or pay raises with coherent data of your commendable track record available to back you up.spaceThe quality of work you contribute ought to be a duty to yourself>

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as this will give you a great advantage in negotiations with your employer. You can undertake this approach by concentrating on sharpening your own skill-set and knowledge as a priority.
spaceIdentify the areas of improvement you require to accommodate the needs of  your marketplace and learnspace as much as you can, through reading, training, mentorship and further educations to turn those weaknesses into strengths.space When you become more valuable in expertise, you increase the valu
e you contribute to your work. Simultaneously, doubling potential opportunities.

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Living in a digital era means there are multiple ways people can continually enhance and sharpen skills. From company organised webinar training courses to  ‘how to’ guides on youtube videos or online short courses – taken in the comfort of your home. The opportunities to learn are endless and below are just a few favourites:spacespacespace

  1. Linkedin Learning – A great place to learn anything from marketing, photography, content creation to article writing. space
  2. Alison.com – Consists of free online courses in business, project management, financial literacy and so forth. These can are courses that can be added to your CV. space
  3. Skillshare.com – Another platform where you can take classes in public speaking techniques, presentation, pitching, negotiating and so on. Again these skills can be added to your CV. space

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In what ways do you feel you can increase in value and how can this help you progress in your current career? Please feel free to share your thoughts and tips in the comments box below. We would love to hear from you

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3.– USE CLARITY AS YOUR COMPASS


 

Lack of clarity is often a hindrance to progression. Its absence can lead many to engage in activities, that may not be aligned with their dream of professionally advancing their careers.spaceIt is imperative to know exactly where you are going, in order to determine the steps you need to take to get there.

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By having a clear and decisive mental picture of what you want, you can set goals and begin working towards attaining them.spaceThis approach will strengthen your self-belief every time you accomplish a goal and dare you to effectively push past any struggles you confront – no matter how big they may seem.

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Clarity is like a road map that directs you to where you wish to go. It’s imperative to have an idea of exactly  what this looks like so that you can identify every opportunity you encounter, contribute the most value to it and maximise the chances of gaining success in your career. 
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What are your Insights? 

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What is your clear picture of your dreams and goals? Please feel free to share your thoughts and tips in the comments box below. We would love to hear from you
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Reflection is an incredible way to gain a clear picture of past, present and future achievements. Below is a recommended article.

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3.NEVER FAIL TO ACT


 

Knowledge and skills are essential but action is ultimately the power. Remain proactive in seeking new experiences that will take you to the next level in your career and be courageous to act on them.spaceThere should never be any shame in navigating your career according to how you visualise it to be. 

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Please Note: advice displayed in this entire article is inapplicable to cases where *discrimination* of any kind is evident.spaceIn which case, please contact the relevant parties in your company for support or get in touch with organisations such as Acas for help and advice.

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Thank You For Your Visit

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We appreciate you taking the time out to visit Anaria. If you found this post useful, be sure to share it with your family, friends, colleagues or people you may know that are in need of a word of encouragement. You might just be the person that makes a difference to their day. Have a very blessed day. 

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