Overcoming the Challenges of Gender and Race in the Workplace

By January 30, 2012July 23rd, 2021Women Leadership in Business


“The glass ceiling gets more pliable when you turn up the heat.”

~ Pauline R. Kezer

There is a great discrepancy between the percentage of women and minorities sitting in America’s board rooms and their percentage of the general population. Several barriers to career success for women and minorities have led to this lack of representation and brought increased challenges faced by women and minorities in the workplace.

Over the years, I have had the pleasure of working as a professional executive coach for many women and minorities. With the use of my PVI (perception, visibility, and influence) model, they have been able to advance their careers further and faster than they had dreamed!

Recently, I wrote a blog post for Keith Ferrazzi, New York Times bestselling author, world-renowned speaker and relationship development expert.  In that post, you’ll find three common challenges women and minorities face and strategies to overcome them. You’ll learn some of the ways you can apply the three key principles of the PVI model to improve how you are perceived at work, increase your organizational visibility, take credit for your work, and become an influential force in your company, propelling your career forward and smashing that glass ceiling.

You’ll learn some of the ways you can apply the three key principles of the PVI model to do all of the following:

Improve how you are perceived.

It’s time to take control of how others perceive you, shaping their opinions of you in ways that open new doors for your career.

Increase your visibility.

Make your achievements and talents known to all by sharing what you’ve done and the value it brings.

Become an influential force.

By becoming an influential person in your company, you’ll propel your career forward and smash through that glass ceiling.

As you work to develop the qualities of a great leader, be sure to ask for feedback from a range of people. Then you’ll truly know how they perceive you, and how much you’ve grown from your efforts!

For more ways to increase your visibility at work, read my new book, Getting Ahead: Three Steps to Take Your Career to the Next Level.

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