Power Through Partnership: How Women Lead Better Together
Betsy Polk, Maggie Ellis Chotas
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WINNER OF THE 2015 SILVER MEDAL IPPY AWARD IN BUSINESS/CAREER/SALES.
Betsy Polk and Maggie Chotas have learned something powerful: when women work together they discover a level of support, flexibility, confidence, accountability, and freedom to be themselves that they rarely find in other work relationships. Drawing on their own twelve-year partnership and from interviews with 125 women business partners, Polk and Chotas demolish the myths that keep women from collaborating and offer advice for handling a host of potential challenges. This groundbreaking book shows that when women team up—combining complementary skills, channeling their egos into the partnership, and encouraging each other—they can work as full equals to achieve something that's exponentially greater than each woman alone.
Heather said, “So many people have said you’re so lucky to have each other. Having a partner really does help at the end of the day.” Power Through Partnership The 125 partners we interviewed are succeeding together and, like Lori and Heather, are appreciating the real benefits of partnership instead of getting caught in the myths. What these women have in common is that they are engaging in healthy, vibrant collaborations based on reciprocal trust, accountability, and commitment. They are
for Norman Lear and other male-owned partnerships, Marian realized she was never going to get the equity in the work that was her due. When she was blatantly passed over for a promotion, she knew she had gone as high as she could go in that world. So she headed off on her own, mortgaging her car and her house to launch Marian Rees and Associates. Marian’s bold move inspired her colleague Anne Hopkins to leave her position and join forces with Marian. Many years later, as she reflected on those
the other hand, overstressing possible negative outcomes can cut off potential positives outcomes before they can become real. In Lean In, Sheryl Sandberg devotes an entire chapter to the inclination of professional women to pull back from leadership challenges because of what might be in their future many years down the line. “I’m a big believer in thoughtful preparation,” Sandberg writes. “But when it comes to integrating career and family, planning too far in advance can close doors rather
us their conflicts are productive because of the respect at the core of their multifaceted collaboration. As Maria shared with us, “We can have conflict and at times it’s heated, but there’s a safety in knowing that we will all work it out and we give each other the freedom to express ourselves and the space to work it through.” Sometimes working through the conflict to get what needs to be done is less about freedom and more about have-to. The award-winning movie Dallas Buyers Club had already
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