Lynn Harris answers the question of why there are so few women in positions of senior leadership, and provides pragmatic advice and professional development for women leaders. Clearly written and convincingly told, Unwritten Rules explodes the leadership myths prevalent in the workplace today, and provides women with essential information to make informed choices about their careers and how to lead. Based on the most recent research, Unwritten Rules explores the specific challenges faced by women leaders and what it takes for them to succeed within the current leadership model.

Unwritten Rules provides pragmatic professional development advice for all women leaders: how to strategically influence in a way that minimizes gender stereotyping’ how to conduct due diligence on an organization to ensure it provides an environment in which women can succeed; how to build strategic professional relationships and why mentoring and coaching is so important; and, most important, how women can lead authentically and be true to themselves within the context of the Unwritten Rules.

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Lynn’s article was featured on the cover of the Careers section in the Globe & Mail newspaper.


The truth, the whole truth. . .

Jack Welch called it "the biggest dirty little secret in business."

The former chief executive officer of General Electric Co. wasn't referring to insider trading or golden handshakes.

Rather, it was the lack of truthfulness that pervades workplaces.

In his book, Winning, Mr. Welch calls truth-telling "vital to winning."

"Lack of candour," he writes, "basically blocks smart ideas, fast action, and good people contributing all the stuff they've got. It's a killer."

He's not alone in this observation. In their book, The Managerial Moment of Truth, Bruce Bodaken, CEO of Blue Shield of California, and Robert Fritz, a management consultant, write: "Truth is one of the most important competitive advantages there is in building a business. Truth is the most vital element an organization has in fostering collective learning. When we are able to explore and then tell each other the truth, we can improve performance, both individually and collectively."

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