What Keeps High-Achieving Women From Choosing Executive Positions. VI. Results: Themes One – Three

What Keeps High-Achieving Women From Choosing Executive Positions. VI. Results: Themes One – Three

(JS) “But the other issue is I have spent my life on this financial freedom bus tour… I travel around with this financial calculator in my brain. I always know how much more money I’d like to have before the retirement money is set and anything after that is gravy.”

Survey responses: When asked if they now own or would like to own their own business in the future, 82% responded yes. However, only three women currently own or partner in a business and only two women said they had definite plans for what this business would be.

Sample survey comments:

“I always felt I would start my own business, but I knew I needed to obtain the skills and credibility to make it happen. Only in the last 6 years have I defined what business I would start, but my career has been a strategic plan to move toward this goal.”

“I always feel bored and unchallenged. In the back of my head I’ve always known that becoming a business owner is what I really want.”

Possible negative internal factors and behaviors from Theme #2 Zig-zagging career path:

Not having a career plan until much later in career
Making impulsive job choices, so some are good and some are horrible
Not stopping long enough to enjoy the fruits of their successes
Developing resentments with jobs or managers that started out well but failed to fulfill their needs over time
Not staying long enough in a company to earn the credibility and recognition needed to earn an executive position


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Marcia ReynoldsIn addition to coaching leaders in global companies, Dr. Marcia Reynolds travels the world speaking and teaching classes in advanced coaching skills, leadership and emotional intelligence. She is the author of 3 books and has been quoted in major online and print publications in the US and Europe.

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