This week, I was in a high-powered meeting of senior executives. One thing I noticed was when a woman would put forward her idea, a man would then repeat the exact same idea in different words. The other men in the room lauded him on his idea and, each time, the woman said: “Isn’t that what I just said?”
It was surreal.
Sadly, I see it a lot. Maybe the men in this room just suffer from selective hearing.
It revealed that whenever female staffers made a good point, another would comment on it, amplifying it and ensure that credit was given to the woman who said it – thus stopping a man in the room from taking it as his own.
It was a strategic move on the part of all female staffers that paid off because Obama then started to call upon ideas and input from more women, according to the article.
Consider: is this something you can implement at your work?