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For women, a guide to giving fear the boot

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 “I want _________.”

Dana Theus of InPower Coaching wants you to fill in that blank right now, but only from your “stretch zone”—that place just a few steps beyond your comfort level. What do you want at work that’s both exciting and a little scary? Flex time, training in a new field, a raise with more digits than your boss might expect?

One of the key differences between the genders, Dana explained in her recent webinar, Woman’s Guide to Communicating With Confidence, is that women tend not to have grown up being pushed into that risk-taking stretch zone the way men are. As a result, women overall take more considered risks, waiting for certainty before thinking, “The time has come. I’m going for it.” But walking a tightrope and chancing a steep downside are what often bring the big rewards in the office. Over the course of a career, too much risk aversion slowly widens the success gap between those who embrace risk and tho...(register to read more)

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