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What Bad Career Advice Should You Ignore?




No matter what stage they're at in their careers, women continue to be bombarded with well intentioned but overused advice about how to make it in business. According to WIE Suite member Cindy Gallop, and organizational psychologist Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic, while some of those suggestions are still sound, many of those ingrained ideas "are more likely to perpetuate than reduce gender bias by legitimizing the status quo - focusing on fixing women rather than the system, and blaming women for not behaving like incompetent men." In their article for Harvard Business Review, Gallop and Chamorro-Premuzic share some very useful revised guidelines that better serve the modern woman.


  • Find a mentor? Why not look for a champion instead - someone who has the agency to influence people at the top and will use it to help you.

  • Men are rarely told to find work-life balance, so why should you? Instead, find a workplace that will respect the balance you choose.

  • Don’t “fake it till you make it.” Talk up your accomplishments, your intention, and your vision in a way that gets you recognized.

  • Stop being apologetic? They disagree. There's absolutely nothing wrong with being polite or courteous or 'saying sorry'. If anything, the world would be a much better and less toxic place if men said sorry more. So lets flip the script.