Overcoming bad bosses & bad jobs/cold call your future mentor/HBR survey notes absence of women leaders

Happy Monday:
We start with an article from the Wall Street Journal with an excerpt from the book “Earning it: Hard-Won Lessons from Trailblazing Women at the Top of the Business World.” The article shares stories from Xerox’s Anne Mulcahy and GM’s Mary Barra about their paths to the top. The takeaway was that these women had both bad jobs and bad bosses and those experiences shaped them into great leaders. The full article can be found here: http://www.wsj.com/articles/how-women-ceos-overcame-bad-jobs-bad-bosses-1476615782
Big law firms have been in the news lately. One survey shoes a 44% pay gap between male and female partners. The reason given is that men are better at bringing in new business. This reasoning underscores the need for a robust network as one of the keys to career success. The full article can be found here:http://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/13/business/dealbook/female-law-partners-earn-44-less-than-the-men-survey-shows.html?_r=0
Next, leading NY law firms lag in diversity. According to one survey women make up just 19% of the big firm’s partners. The full article can be found here: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/17/business/dealbook/leading-new-york-law-firms-lag-women-and-minorities-diversity.html
HBR presented its annual list of the best performing CEOs and noted a distinct absence of female candidates, not because the women CEOs underperformed, but because among the 886 companies studied to produce the list, just 28 or 3% were led by women. I would note that two of the three women made the top performers list. The full article can be found here: https://hbr.org/2016/11/where-are-the-women
Finally, a great article that outlines a novel way to secure your first mentor – cold calling! This technique can work at any stage of your career and is brilliant for its simplicity. The full article can be found here: http://www.wsj.com/articles/how-to-cold-call-your-future-mentor-1476813053
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