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OK ladies...no one wants to rock the boat but here's another good reason to stand your ground against MCPs
Ellen Pao, a Harvard-educated attorney with the Silicon Valley venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins (Netscape, Amazon. Google anyone?) filed a sex discrimination lawsuit against the company last month - fending off sexual advances, retaliation when she resisted - sound familiar? All this in progressive hi-tech California!
But here's a telling comment - a male exec Randy Komisar, told her that women would never succeed at Kleiner "because women are quiet."
SPEAK UP - NIP that first advance in the bud - don't EVER let it be the elephant in the room. Here is a link to the NYT article that ran the story
Our challenge is to figure out what we need to adapt to in order to gain credibility, and then change accordingly. If you're too "nice", you are stepped over, if you're too "demanding", you're seen as a bitch. This is one of the current realities that we need to work to change.
Ask him to draw firm metrics on what it takes for you to get a project or be promoted to the next level. Once those metrics are drawn, you ask to work towards those metrics and if you feel you are already there, you then politely ask why you have not gotten it yet. This makes for a positive approach.
Remember noone likes complaining, whining or negativity. Keep those away!! Approach everything positively and confidently.
I have been in the corporate world for 17 years. And I attribute my confidence (which is acquired slowly) for my success in the Boys Club. ANd being in the Medical/Clinical field in the US, for me its even more to swim against - "a white boys club" .