How to Succeed as a Woman at Work – practical ideas to overcome bias, build confidence & get ahead

Nearly every female coaching client we have comes to this topic at one time or another — questioning whether it is their very femaleness that’s stopping them succeed. Women who want to make it at work are faced with a range of challenges that many of their male counterparts don’t have an understanding of. It is these issues that are preventing many women from achieving their goal of becoming a leader at their company and diminishing their ability to get ahead in business.

What Will I Learn?

How to move from worrying about your impact as a woman to focusing on your impact as a woman in leadership

How to overcome both conscious and unconscious bias against women

How to avoid perfectionism, build confidence and trust your own message

How to achieve a successful work-life balance and

This online course is for all of the women who struggle in the workplace — either because you’ve got too many things to juggle, you feel you’ve reached a glass ceiling, or you're unsure how to play and win in a male-dominated work environment.


1. Why women are in a lose-lose situation

If men make money or are powerful, they win. Women are somehow supposed to be above that yet women are left with all the responsibility of running a home and succeeding at work while having no real understanding of what success looks like. This video poses a new definition.

2. Sexism is alive and kicking

Did you know that only 26 women are in CEO roles at Fortune 500 companies — that’s a mere 5.2%. This online video shows some startling statistics about women in leadership roles, facts and figures to show that sexism is alive and kicking in the workplace, and that gender equality in the workplace has a long way to go.

3. Even women are biased against women

It’s not just men who can be biased against women — women are too! This online video show studies that support the notion that women in the workplace are not helping themselves through their own unconscious gender biases.

4. Correcting our own internal bias

This online video gets you thinking about how to correct your internal biases by exploring ways you can challenge your thinking.

5. Beware the boxes

There are six separate labels women have pinned to them — six stereotypical female boxes they are placed into. By becoming aware of the box you’re being placed in, you can better understand the perceptions people have of you — or rather the stereotype others are projecting on to you.

5. Beware the boxes

Length: 8 minutesTutor: Marie Willis

6. Overcoming objectification

Instead of defining ourselves in relation to gender stereotypes, female managers and leaders need to focus on behaving in ways that advance the purposes for which they stand. This online video looks how you can use your locus of control to overcome objectification, as well as some tips for how to counter sexist comments about your appearance.

7. Strength comes from within

This module looks at how women need to define what they want, what’s important to them and then block out distractions. It looks at how women take ownership of themselves and their career, how to believe in themselves and how to stop looking for validation from the mostly male work environment.

8. The silencing of women

Language is arguably the most powerful tool we have, and it can be used as a force for good or it can completely undermine us. Since Greek times a major way of discriminating against women was to silence them. So we need to start owning and celebrating the voice of women. Even down to the pitch and tone. Even Margaret thatcher is known to have had voice training to lower her voice to add a tone of authority. This video talk about how women can start speaking up and trusting our own voice, and how successful women have done this.

9. Wipe out the weasel words

One of the biggest challenges my female leaders and clients face is that they allow their negative thoughts to control their lives. These thoughts lead to women using limp, non committal, apologetic words and language, which does little for a women’s confidence in the business place. This online class shows you how to speak with more purpose and confidence.

10. Mastering the balancing act

Women regularly receive performance feedback that seems contradictory: some are told they need to “be tougher” but also to “not set expectations so high.” Or to “be more decisive” but also to “be more collaborative.” There seems to be a choice for women between being RESPECTED and being LIKED. To manage this conflict women are taught to downplay femininity, or to soften a hard-charging style, or to try to strike a perfect balance between the two. So there is this balancing act that women need to master to get to the top – this video shows you how.

11. Stop emasculating men

There are certain things that women do that make chauvinistic behaviour worse, and one of the key triggers in emasculating men. This online module looks at the ways women emasculate men and what you can do to avoid it.

12. You can’t win, if you don’t play

In this online course module, you’ll learn some key strategies that will help you – and women in the workplace – be in the best position to succeed.

13. Focus on what’s important

Women spend a great deal of energy fighting the wrong battle. As women we worry about what we wear, what others think of us, being liked, being good enough and what will happen if we fail. And as a result we don’t focus on what’s really important. This online video looks at two ideas to help you focus on what’s important: focusing on ideas; and avoiding perfectionism.

14. The spectrum of sexual misconduct

This video class looks at a useful scale called the ‘Spectrum of Sexual Misconduct at Work’. In the scale there are six levels of sexual misconduct, and this online video looks at what behaviours falls in each part of the scale, and how each should be dealt with from an HR or legal perspective.

15. Dealing with discrimination for being a mother

In this online video we’re going to look at pregnancy discrimination in the workplace, and what you can do about the ongoing discrimination associated with being a working mother.

16. Dealing with the gender pay gap

Statistics show that women earn 76 cents on the dollar compared to men in the US, and 9% less on average in the UK. This online video looks at the tactics you can use to get your pay more in line with your male colleagues

17. Dealing with sexual harassment

The tricky topic of workplace sexism and harassment has become even more evident in recent years, with women plucking up the courage to share their horrific stories through the #metoo campaign. This online video looks at the three reasons why it can be difficult to speak up about sexual harassment at work, and what you should do if you are being harassed at work.

18. Can women really have it all?

This video looks at the traits of women leaders and successful women leaders in business. And it explores how female leaders must not allow other people to make them feel bad about their choices, how they need ruthless prioritisation, and know what to focus on.

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2 hour 19 minutes of online videos
71 page course workbook pdf, which includes extra tips, exercises & subject area research
Audio downloads available for each workshop
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