I got to spend most of last week with the people in this world that I feel most at home with. Colleagues, friends, compatriots with whom I have walked through fire, at work and in life. They are friends, to be sure, but they so are more than that. It was not the first time I’ve felt the true benefits of having a “tribe” – a collective of people that understand your life, your work, your experiences, your passions on a deep, fundamental level. And you understand theirs. I’ve been lucky to find these people at every point in my path, but there was something magical to having them together in a concentrated span of space and time. I felt right, I felt confident, and I felt an energy that continues to fuel me, even a week later.
As I approached my 40s, a number of brave men and women who had gone before me told me that this was the decade when you really get comfortable in your own skin, when you stop wasting effort on being something you aren’t. Whereas I once was willing to change or morph myself into something that I wasn’t to suit the situation or environment I was in, I now only want to be in situations in which I can fully, truly be myself.
This week I’ve been completely absorbed in….absorbing. September saw several significant releases of great reading on women and work, so my writing output has plummeted as I curl up with a virtual stack of articles, reports, research and books. We all have restock the shelves from time to time, literally and figuratively, so this week’s post is a round up of what’s in my stack.
These days, women in the early rise of their career can’t fall down without hitting a support network, website, book, blog or guru focused on helping them getting and staying on the right track to launch their careers. But as women begin to rise in their careers to senior leadership roles levels, the resources, networks, and general discussion begins to thin out a bit. We’ve set a path for ourselves personally and professionally and have figured out how to make it all work. But nearly every last one of us needs someone in our life to tell us we CAN do it and we SHOULD do it – to cheerlead and push. We need a champion, each of us.