You know how it is when you've just completed a huge project, you get all kinds of atta girls and kudos, and then someone on another team or division says, "Hey, you're amazing, and I'd love to work with on another project idea, you'd be a great fit."
Feels great to be seen and valued, right?
So you bask in that new invitation for a moment, and then comes that nagging feeling in your gut, and the conversation in your head that that sounds like this: "I really should get a title change, a promotion or a raise for all my hard work. I really should."
What you do next with that thought, that feeling, is critical. Hang on while I go sideways for a minute.
After the incredible launch of Take the Lead last Wednesday, 2/19, we had a few of those kinds of invitations too. People were feeling the movement and the possibility and the great galvanizing effect of 3,000 people gathered together for a common purpose--to make a personal and political commitment to end the wage and leadership gap by 2025.
It was palpable. The same experience played out with the hundreds of thousands of people in organizations and businesses and women's groups and universities across the country that live streamed the event. Inspired, people fired up their email and sent us thanks and praise and invitations. And almost 1,900 people signed up for Close the Gap App that eve. Fabulous all.
In the flurry of emails, someone reached out to Victoria and asked her to speak for an Equal Pay Day event, but lamented that they had little or no money in the budget to pay for speakers.
"Our speakers are happy to present for free." It's an old saw.
So you see the huge disconnect we're dealing with? Even after the "eliminate the wage and leadership gap by 2025 conversation"? Now, when people request our time and expertise for payment via "exposure," we take the opportunity to have a problem solving conversation. To expand the pie. To find what items of value, including money, might be exchanged. We help them find a way to value us. It's what we do for a living, not a giving.
So back to you. All of you in your own businesses and workplaces must constantly work to translate kudos and appreciation and invitations into measurable returns. While you wish to be seen as a team player and willing to give 150%, you also have a career strategy to tend and look after. You have businesses to run, and mouths to feed. You don't want to become the doormat, the yes woman who never asks for anything in return.
Stay tuned. We've got a little Equal Pay Day idea coming up for April to take this idea further. Until then, speak up, speak out, let people know how valuable you are, and do everything you can to translate the value you provide your employer or your clients --your good work and good will -- into the dollar signs you deserve.
We are in BETA! And we can't wait to hear your feedback! So please go sign up for Close the Gap App and get moving on getting those dollar signs.
I just launched my virtual corporate training business and decided to do a joint venture [with a] successful business man with lots of important contacts, a former navy seal, and a lawyer. He drew up the paperwork for the joint venture, but left the part of the monetary split blank. My first impulse was to give him the lion's share, but I thought about what I learned from y'all and instead I said, "You need me. I need you. A 50/50 split seems fair." He readily agreed, and we signed the papers. :)
I downloaded your app, tweeted and FB posted about it. Thanks for what you are doing. Know that I will be spreading the word, and doing my part to help close the gap by 2025.
Linda Salazar, Learning Linda