What you can learn from successful women

According to Bob Sutton’s blog, Work Matters, a new article in the Harvard Business Review by Professor Boris Gryosberg states that further research on a past article that superstars aren’t portable shows that while male superstars may show a decrease in performance at a new firm, female superstars continue to shine after changing companies. Two possible explanations listed:

• Unlike men, high-performing women build their success on portable, external relationships—with clients and other outside contacts.

• Women considering job changes weigh more factors then men do, especially cultural fit, values, and managerial style.

I have always held the belief that when I am interviewing for a new position at a company, they aren’t just interviewing me, I am also interviewing them. Turning the tables on the interview not only gives me more confidence and helps to reduce my nerves but it also reminds me to ask important questions and be honest in my expectations with the company.

I have had the experience of starting with a company that I always thought I wanted to work for and I was so star struck I didn’t ask everything I should have. I took the position and it ended up that the company was awful to work for. I spent the rest of my time there planning my exit. Not getting the offer or even a call back isn’t necessarily a rejection of your skills or talents but a sign that you two don’t fit and can sometimes be a huge favor. Women tend to take this more into account than men and it helps them to succeed in the positions they are in and the companies they work for. I don’t believe in working at a job that makes you miserable all the time, we all have miserable duties sometimes, but there isn’t anything worse than dreading getting up in the morning.

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