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Many women struggle to realize their full career potential because negative habits hold them back. You may be unaware if you have growth-limiting habits, or you may even think they help you. However, the same behaviors and thought patterns that boost women as they launch their careers can block their paths to higher levels of success. Best-selling writers Sally Helgesen and Marshall Goldsmith guide you toward making big-impact changes that can take your career to the next level. They understand that women require different advice to realize their ambitions than men. Accordingly, they offer enriching analysis and counsel.

About the Authors

Sally Helgesen wrote the bestseller The Female Advantage: Women’s Ways of Leadership. Marshall Goldsmith wrote the bestsellers What Got You Here Won’t Get You There and Triggers.



Women’s self-limiting behaviors usually differ from men’s.

Women and men both struggle with self-sabotaging habits that prevent them from reaching their full career potential. These habits may have worked for them while they were building their careers, but can prevent them from taking their careers to the next level. Women have a different set of self-limiting behaviors than men, and they need different coaching to reach the highest levels of success. Systematic external obstacles – such as workplace sexism and unconscious bias – exist and exert a negative influence, but certain barriers to women’s success are internal.

Men tend to believe success is tied to wealth and status, while women have a more holistic view. Women consider such factors as quality of life and the real-world impact of their work when gauging their success. Companies that fail to understand women’s different priorities, such as the desire for flexible hours and work-life balance, risk losing talented female staffers when they don’t offer women packages that align with their goals.

Identify the symptoms of being “stuck” in a career rut, and take action.


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