Even with ‘equal opportunity employer’ within a company’s description is prominent today, do culture, gender, power and politics still play a role in today’s society in order to get promoted within a company? Unfortunately, for some, the answer is yes and this is one of the key questions that the panel of “Power, Politics and Influence through the Lens of Culture and Gender: A Panel Discussion and Career Workshop” discussed to the attendees at an event hosted by AWNY earlier this week.
The first question that the panelists addressed, after introductions, was about if their culture had any impact to move up in the corporate world. The panelists brought up points about taking their own path and not following the traditional path of others in their organization. Other panelists had mentioned that being different was not a bad thing at all because it shows others who you are and you are not like everyone else. During the discussion, the panelists pointed out the differences about men and women. Women tend to be more empathetic and nurturing, that they have other commitments outside of the 9AM to 5PM work day, while men are seen more as a boss than as a partner.
Another topic was about putting perception and power and politics together in organizations, that it can be interpreted in many ways. One way can be that some people in power take it for granted, while others believe that finding trust in yourself can get you far because you know your role and how you work with others.
Keeping all of this in mind, there was an interactive presentation with the audience given by Mark Strong of Mark Strong Coaching about how to brake down the things that are holding people back on getting promoted. Four strategies to help people move out of their current positions and get promoted is by figuring out the rules and politics behind getting promoted, define and communicate personal brand, influence management, and be prepared to ask.
The event’s co-chair’s were Liz Sarachek Blacker of Terra USA & Patricia Shibata of EO Integration. More information about AWNY can be found at www.awny.org.