Saturday, November 17, 2007

Tips for power chicks: don't have kids

Another exciting entry from the Boston Globe... today it's an article called "How to get ahead in Boston...without being male."

Turns out being a "power chick" - a woman with clout - takes more than just hard work and talent, says Geri Denterlein, who is one.

It takes smarts, strategy, and tunnel vision. It takes perfectly manicured nails, a BlackBerry, and a closetful of sleek business suits. It takes the right "power tools," which include - but are not limited to - languages, sports savvy, and an eagerness to talk about your work even when you’re not working.

I found this article is moderately interesting, somewhat annoying, and a tiny bit useful, but most of it doesn't apply to 95% of the women I know.

Anyway... A sidebar to the article is something called "Tips from power chicks, or those who want to be one."

Let's take a look, shall we?

1. Be visible and prominent at annual social events, but don't limit yourself to charity balls. Attend smaller "in honor of" fund-raisers, too, because they're likely to have VIPs or sponsors worth meeting. Okay, this sounds like a nice idea, although this requires a) babysitters b) nice clothes c) lots of money as fundraisers usually cost at least $150 per ticket. But I'm sure these sorts of events are a lot of fun and a great way to make connections. If you have the babysitters, clothes, and money.

2. Follow up on introductions with personal notes, sending relevant newspaper articles or links to websites of interest. Okay, that sounds fine to me.

3. Read the newspapers every day, including the sports pages, and always follow the NCAA college basketball tournament. (It's a great icebreaker.) I do read the paper every day, but not the sports page because my husband won't relinquish it. Actually I no longer need to read about sports because my son will tell me everything that happens since all he does is watch ESPN and NESN. But that aside...what is the point here? That the only thing people (read: men)can talk about is sports?

4. If you don't have access to a personal fashion consultant, seek out a personal shopper at a department store. Fashion consultant?

5. In business situations, it's better not to greet someone with a kiss on the cheek. Okay, I'll buy that.

6. If you're a guest at a business lunch, don't over-order. I can count on one hand the times I've been taken out to lunch for business...and believe me, I don't over-order.

7. Be wary of talking about kids on work time. Now this is the one that really gets my goat, pardon the expression. Why the hell not? Does it imply that you have a life outside of work? That work associates (read: men) aren't interested in your family life? Does it make you look less powerful?

8. When your boss bestows a compliment, accept it graciously. Well, of course!

So I guess I'm not going to be a "power chick" anytime soon. I guess that's good, because I like to talk about my son at work, I don't have the time or the wardrobe to go to all those fund raisers, and no one ever invites me out to business lunches... But in case I'm ever interested in becoming one, I'll know what to do.


1 comment:

BipolarLawyerCook said...

Ugh. I couldn't even stand to read the article, I just knew it was going to be full of stuff like this. Ick.