Friday, April 5, 2013

Lean in, step up, take a position.


Baltimore setting sun, June 2011, from the train

Sheryl Sternberg's book, Lean In, has been the target of a great deal of criticism, mostly by women.  The points she is making in the book are not radical or earth-shattering.   There is one theme at the center of all her points:  set aside dithering; step up; and have confidence in yourself.

Why this is difficult for women in the workplace -- and the data she has in the book is pretty conclusive -- may stem from an earnest desire to be popular, or an interior critical voice that holds you back, or nervousness about stepping outside your comfort zone, or an inability to sort out what you actually want.

As I point out in the last chapter of Advice From A Risk Detective, the greatest risk for any one person, female or male, may be the failure to turn into a more interesting person if you're not willing to lean in, step up, even take a position.

What are you waiting for?

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