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Women Lead

Career Perspectives from Workplace Leaders

Edited By Tracey Wilen-Daugenti, Courtney L. Vien and Caroline Molina-Ray

Women are taking the lead in today’s workforce. They hold half of America’s jobs, 51% of supervisory and managerial positions, and nearly 60% of all college degrees. A woman starts a business in the U.S. every 60 seconds. Without women, the U.S. economy would be 25% smaller than it is today.
Women Lead is an in-depth examination of women’s role in today’s workplace. Drawing on interviews with nearly 200 women leaders, and survey responses from more than 3000 male and female managers, the book explains 21st-century career trends and provides practical advice to help women excel in the new world of work. Readers will discover facts, figures, and real-life stories about leadership, education, and career planning, and learn how women are using negotiation, networking, and other collaborative practices to lead their organizations into the future.
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1. The Future of Work: Why Women Will Thrive in Tomorrow’s Complex, Connected, and Decentralized Workplace

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The Future of Work

Why Women Will Thrive in Tomorrow’s Complex, Connected, and Decentralized Workplace

It’s Tuesday morning, and you’re at the office. But tomorrow, you won’t be here. You’re taking your elderly mom to the dentist in the morning, and then settling down to work from your favorite coffee shop. You’ll check in with your coworkers on your smartphone several times during the morning, just in case they need you, but you won’t keep track of how many hours you’ve worked. Nobody’s checking, anyway. As long as you get your work done on time and do it well, your employer’s happy.

You’re nearing the end of the project you’ve been working on the past few months, so you check the company intranet to see what new projects you might be qualified to join. There’s one that really interests you and seems to exactly fit your niche. You’re not familiar with the head engineer, so you send her your profile—a website containing your portfolio, resume, descriptions of your preferred working style, and “testimonials” from people you’ve worked with in the past—and ask to meet to discuss it.

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