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Advice for Future Women Leaders: You Don’t Need Permission

 

“Be a good girl.”

“Make sure you’re always smiling.”

Stephanie started her career as the nice, polite person with a lot of ideas. She felt like she had to ask permission to do her job.

Ten years ago Stephanie was sitting in a conference room. She had seen a problem with an area of the business, and suggested how they could fix it for about 6 weeks.

In a meeting about the issue, someone next to her said verbatim the same words she’d been saying for 6 weeks. Everyone said, “that’s a great idea, we should do that!”

From that moment forward, she stopped asking for permission to do things.

Stephanie’s philosophy? If you step on people’s toes, they’ll tell you to knock it off. In 10 years, no one has told her that.

Successful people get more to do because they’re successful, they take on challenges and find solutions to hard problems. When you take on more willingly, no one tells you to knock it off.

Remember: Diversity of opinion and perspective is so important. Even if you’re fresh out of school, you have a unique point of view that needs to be heard.

Focus on doing the right thing, not how you present yourself. You don’t need permission to do your job.

Host: Christina Brady, President of Sales Assembly

Guest: Stephanie Cox, Chief Strategy Officer of Lumavate

Highlights:

  • Strephanie’s career journey and how she fell in love with tech [0:46]
  • Stephanie doesn’t just like to be challenged, she likes to do really hard things. Being bored easily led her to love solving complex problems. [1:35]
  • “Be a good girl.” “Be polite.” “Be nice.” “Make sure you’re always smiling/ happy.” Stephanie heard that often growing up. Stephanie started her career as the nice, polite person with a lot of ideas. She felt like she had to ask permission to do her job. [3:00]
  • 10 years ago Stephanie was sitting in a conference room. She had seen a problem with an area of the business, and suggested how they could fix it for about 6 weeks. In a meeting about the issue, someone next to her said verbatim the same words she’d been saying for 6 weeks. Everyone said, “that’s a great idea, we should do that!” [4:00]
  • Stephanie knew she couldn’t change how she was treated, but she could change how she reacted to it. From that moment forward, she stopped asking for permission to do things. [4:40]
  • Stephanie’s philosophy: If you step on people’s toes, they’ll tell you to knock it off. In 10 years, no one has told her that. [5:08]
  • Successful people get more to do because they’re successful, they take on challenges, and find solutions to hard problems. When you take on more willingly, no one tells you to knock it off. [5:28]
  • Guide with experience. Focus on doing the right thing, not how you present. [6:10]
  • Diversity of opinion and perspective is so important. Even if you’re fresh out of school, you have a unique point of view. [8:16]
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