mckinsey study finds companies where women who pirouette with post-it notes plastered on their bodies perform better
Imagine I’m a woman (because I am) and I’ve just read the 527th article/post/piece on what’s what’s wrong with me (I did). Now imagine each piece of advice, every caution, every top 10 list, plastered to my body on a Post-it note (see photo.) And finally, imagine what might happen if I try to do a pirouette (Amazing.)
(more top 10 lists coming your way.)
The study goes on to say that the biggest contributors to the problem are women themselves. (Big surprise.) We pick the wrong color and wrong size Post-its most often, and even when we do pick the right color and size, we rarely ask for more, putting our leadership trajectories and earning potentials at risk. Compounding the issue, when we do ask for more, we tend to be strident and use four-letter words at alarming levels.When asked about the advancement of women in her organization, Yahoo’s Marissa Meyer said, “I’m not inclined to promote women based on gender, but frankly the woman pirouetting with the most Post-it notes at Yahoo has just been named head of our Women’s Initiative.” She added, “I’ve prevailed on the board of directors not to punish her for it.”
paid for by the she negotiates “there’s nothing wrong with you“ campaign.
Post originally appeared at SheNegotiates.