One day is not enough…

Friday, March 8th, marked International Women’s Day. Great that so many companies payed attention to this day.
However, I think one day a year is not enough.

For example, the scene of this cartoon still happens frequently. Youโ€™ve probably also seen the video of a man trying to explain golf to a female golf pro ๐Ÿ˜ณ . If not, check it out here.

Research, which includes an analysis of 95 studies and over a hundred thousand people, indicates that men tend to overestimate their leadership skills, while women tend to underestimate theirs.

Therefore, itโ€™s important for women to have a supportive network of peers, mentors, and sponsors who say:
“๐—ก๐—ผ, ๐˜†๐—ผ๐˜‚ ๐—ฑ๐—ผ๐—ปโ€™๐˜ ๐—ป๐—ฒ๐—ฒ๐—ฑ ๐—บ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ ๐—ฒ๐˜…๐—ฝ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐—ฐ๐—ฒ ๐—ผ๐—ฟ ๐—บ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ ๐—ฒ๐—ฑ๐˜‚๐—ฐ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐˜๐—ผ ๐˜๐—ฎ๐—ธ๐—ฒ ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฎ๐˜ ๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐—น๐—ฒ. ๐—๐˜‚๐˜€๐˜ ๐—ด๐—ผ ๐—ณ๐—ผ๐—ฟ ๐—ถ๐˜ ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐˜†๐—ผ๐˜‚โ€™๐—น๐—น ๐—น๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ป ๐—ฎ๐—น๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ด ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐˜„๐—ฎ๐˜†.”

So my recommendation for the whole year ๐Ÿ˜‰ is:

Create your own strategic career circle with freely chosen โ€˜career championsโ€™ .
In this circle you include:
๐Ÿ”ธ Your manager
๐Ÿ”ธ 2 mentors who give advice on the experience youโ€™re looking for
๐Ÿ”ธ 2 sponsors who advocate for you when youโ€™re not in the room
๐Ÿ”ธ 2 peers who are inspiring and you can brainstorm with
๐Ÿ”ธ A professional coach who supports you in maximizing your potential
And make sure you have your career circle not only beautifully sketched on paper, but also schedule recurring meetups with them.

@๐— ๐—ฒ๐—ป
Think about which woman you could actively advocate for. Offer her your support and be curious about the challenges she’s facing in the workplace.

Let’s move beyond one designated day and commit to fostering an inclusive workplace every day. Encourage your female friend, colleague, team member to take on that new challenge ๐Ÿ’ช, and men, champion and amplify their voices ๐Ÿ“ข.

Together, we can create a workplace where both women and men can flourish๐ŸŒŸ!