CHAPTER 5

Women, Find Your Voice

by Kathryn Heath, Jill Flynn, and Mary Davis Holt

A senior manager is asked to give up an executive committee seat because the CEO wants to shrink the group’s size and plans to retain only “the most engaged” members.

The leader of a $50 million division is passed over for promotion to the C-suite after failing to fully participate in strategic discussions in which “you have to shout to be heard.”

A marketing executive is surprised when a colleague drops by after a meeting with this advice: “Stop acting like a facilitator. Start saying what you stand for.”

The people described above have several things in common. They are all successful and ambitious. They are all admired by colleagues and superiors. Yet they have ...

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