Why being yourself can hold you back.
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Karen Dietz's insight:
It seems this is the day for articles on authenticity.
The previous article I just curated says if we want business connections and relationships that move us forward on all fronts, then sharing the ups and downs at work/home (via stories) is the way to go.
But hold on! This article points out a very thorny and critical problem. Women, those of color, and other minorities experience repeatedly being shut out -- and careers derailed -- when they show up authentically. This is all based on new research.
Woah. Big issue here with lots of communication implications (gender, power, values, etc.). And what does this say about leadership??
What does the author, Sylvia Ann Hewlett, suggest? Recognize the value your difference brings and leverage your unique understanding to help solve problems. Hmmm - surely there's more.
Let's try to narrow this down and connect it to storytelling. Maybe what needs to happen is greater awareness and articulation of specific stories women and minorities need to share at work to move up through the ranks.
What would those stories be and how would they need to be crafted? Share your ideas. I bet we can come up with a few more helpful suggestions.
This review was written by Karen Dietz for her curated content on business storytelling at www.scoop.it/t/just-story-it