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Friday, March 03, 2006

From www.womensmedia.com

Interview with Madeleine Albright:
Advice for Working Women

By: Nancy Clark
CEO, WomensMedia

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    Nancy Clark: Among our audience are 25,000 professional women
    each month. Their concern is frustration in not reaching the upper levels
    of corporations. Looking at the statistics, it appears gender is making
    a difference — 16% of upper management is female (46.5% of workforce
    is female). What advice and insights do you have for women?

    Madeleine Albright: I tell women to act in a more confident manner.
    You need to learn to interrupt. Ask questions when they occur to you
    and don’t wait to ask. Also, you don’t need to ask permission to ask
    a question.

    Be a risk taker; business appreciates risk takers. This trait is desirable
    in prospective leaders.

    I want to emphasize: Don’t be a woman with a chip on her shoulder.
    I see many women with this attitude. They don’t accomplish as much
    as they could. Others don't want to assist them with their concerns.

    Nancy Clark: Do you see business starting to appreciate the
    talents women can add?

    Madeleine Albright: Yes, I see relational leadership skills beginning
    to be highly valued by business. Sometimes being a woman is an
    advantage in business. Women are excellent multi-taskers, and as
    such, are well suited to new business demands. When my daughters
    had children, they perfected this talent and could appreciate how I’ve
    used it in my life. Multi-tasking is necessary for raising children and
    now is very important in the way business needs to be conducted.

    Nancy Clark: My reason for taking action is the realization that
    decades after the start of the women’s movement, recent MBA
    female graduates are still saying, “If I just put my head down and
    work through lunch, work even harder, then I’ll be recognized.”
    Repeating these same actions and expecting new results is alarming
    to me.

    Madeleine Albright: Yes, I read that same Catalyst survey and agree
    that if women continue to keep their heads down working away, instead
    of speaking up, they won’t get noticed.

    WomensMedia.com, the site for working women

    Madeleine Albright
    Former U.S. Secretary of State,
    Author of Madam Secretary

    Madeleine Albright Nancy Clark photo
    Madeleine Albright and Nancy Clark, CEO WomensMedia in a photo taken during this interview.

    Madeleine Korbel Albright was nominated by President Clinton on December 5, 1996 as Secretary of State. After being unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate, she was sworn in as the 64th Secretary of State on January 23, 1997. Secretary Albright was the first female secretary of state and was the highest ranking woman in the U.S. government. Secretary Albright has three daughters.

    Madam Secretary

    1 comment:

    Nancy Clark, CEO WomensMedia.com said...

    It was great to find your excellent site, Women’s network. Thank you for the compliments on our site www.WomensMedia.com and my blog, Women’s Lunch Talk. We’re an organization of volunteers who search out information to help working women advance. We believe if we give women the latest reports on obstacles facing them in the workplace, along with tips for rising above these, we will see the glass ceiling dissolving in the near future. Women are smart and they work hard. All they need is more information. We’re pleased to add your site to our recommended resources. When I’m in Michigan, I’d love to speak to your group. Keep up the good work!

    Nancy Clark
    CEO, WomensMedia