Do More, Apologize Less: How Bitches Get Ahead in Business

Right now, 480 of America’s most powerful business leaders are focused on their work. They’re negotiating deals, driving hard bargains and demanding results. They may even be denying promotions, dressing down sales execs for failing to meet quotas, or sternly notifying an assistant that it’s time to clear out his desk. They’re doing all of this without the slightest fear of being called a bitch. Why? Because they’re men, of course.

“Bitches get stuff done.” – Tina Fey

For the 20 female CEOs rounding out the Fortune 500 – and for the countless other women battling it out in the business world – daily interactions aren’t so easy. They’re stalked by a nagging fear, one that dilutes ambitions, slows progress and ultimately sabotages the success they’ve already attained. Because as much as women want to be thought of as smart, assertive and worthy of respect, we certainly don’t want to be thought of as bitches.

Or do we? After all, the term “bitch” is really just a rhetorical tool for turning confidence, dignity and power into things that are unseemly. It’s a personal attack that’s used to make any woman who seeks or displays these characteristics into something ugly, fearful, even bestial. In short, it’s used to keep us in our place and out of the old boys’ club.

Perhaps it’s time we flipped the script and stopped letting the bitch label hold us back. Maybe it’s time we tossed out the endless stream of business tips for female business leaders and replaced them with one golden rule – be a bitch.

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6 Comments Add yours

  1. As a small business owner I understand that it takes hard work to own and run a successful business and always remember those that helped you along the way!

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  2. Sarah Bailey says:

    It is most definitely a plus to be “hard” against certain things when you are trying to crack the business world.

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  3. munakenny says:

    Running a business is a never ending challenge and to see success one have to be harsh at times!

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  4. Women, sadly, are taught to apologize way more than men in our culture. Not apologizing for things that do not need to be apologized is good advice!

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  5. Hear hear sister – women are conditioned to apologise too much and we need to own our power. Others will follow once we start.
    Katja xxx
    http://www.katnapped.com

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  6. I guess women should start stop apologizing for things not worth apologizing for. Let’s try work like men and show them how we do it right. But it will make us less emotional. But keep it private 🙂

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