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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Managing people is a performance art…

Great article on HR Capitalist today.

The age old question of  building training for managers that stick and are relevant beyond induction.

Especially this teeny tiny bit of detail that tends to get assumed:

The conventional wisdom is to promote the best widget-maker into the widget-maker manager role.  Because she’s got the knowledge, skills and abilities to command the respect of the people she manages in the same function.”

True that…