Being “Miss Bossypants”

I have a confession to make: No, I haven’t finished reading Tiny Fey’s lauded book ‘Bossypants’, but the parts that I have certainly resonated with me as a female in the workplace. It’s also smart, funny, relevant and surprisingly self-deprecating.

As The New York Times review of the book says: “It’s a fair representation of Ms. Fey’s self-image as a smart, unyielding woman who has forced her way to the top of what is usually a man’s profession. “Only in comedy,” she writes, about interviewing for a writing job on “Saturday Night Live” in 1997, “does an obedient white girl from the suburbs count as diversity.” ”

Ok fine, so maybe the function of Human Resources is  seen more as a female domain rather than a traditionally male profession as compared to Tina Fey’s example. However, when individuals start aiming for those few C-suite level opportunities, all bets are off, it’s each for themselves, male or female.

So what does being a female “bossypants” look like from the top?

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Be a REAL leader – what we can learn from Pinocchio

Remember that story of Pinocchio and how he wanted to be a REAL boy?

Well, what about if we all took the initiative to be REAL leaders, and use our positional influence for good?

The idea came to me the other day when our team got together and decided that as people leaders, it was high time to do something nice for someone else in the organisation.

Someone  completely outside of the wider team, someone in an unrelated field perhaps. Hell, we could go out on a limb and even pick someone we don’t even usually work with!

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