Chapter 1 Equality with a Difference
The Complex Scenario with Vast Contradictions
Two Models Based on Two Assumptions
Why Differences Will Make a Difference?
Chapter 2 In the Shackles of Stereotypes … Even Today
Gender Stereotyping and Its Impact on Women’s Careers
Encountering Glass Ceilings and Walls
Myths about Women Executives
Implications for Corporate Performance
A Virtue of Necessity
Chapter 3 The Tyranny of Invisible Barriers
Will She Fit in? Challenges of Fitting in the Organizational Culture
Career by Chance
Is ‘Ambition’ a Bad Word?
The Tight Rope Circus
How Can Dreams Be Realized?
Chapter 4 Networks as Catalysts for Change
Reflections on Formative Years of Women’s Network
Fundamental Interventions That Made an Impact
Collaboration with Other Agencies
The Struggle for Sustainability
The Power of Intercorporate Network for Change
Lessons from the Intercorporate Initiative
Chapter 5 The Skills for All Seasons
Is the Cream Being Pushed to the Top?
The Strategies for Success
Understanding the Culture and Politics of the Organization
Seeking Mentors and Role Models in the Organization
Being Open to Constructive Feedback
Developing Ability to Take Initiatives
Building Resiliency and Change Readiness
Honing Influencing Skills
Dealing with the Challenge of Being Yourself
Defining “Work–Life Balance” for Yourself
Chapter 6 Coaching in the Rush Hour of Life
Five Signature Themes in Live Action
Standing up to Be Counted
Ability to Deal with Trouble
The Pitfalls of Overcommitment
Developing a Strategic Mindset
Chapter 7 When the Boss Is a Woman
Ambivalence Is Everywhere
What It’s Like to Work for a Woman Boss?
Resistance to Women’s Leadership, Authority, and Expertise
Reclaiming One’s Own Power and Authority
Crystallizing Leadership Identity
Developing Leadership Brand
Is It Worthwhile Being on a Board?
A Case for Diversity on Boards
Chapter 8 Creating Sanctuaries in Workplaces
Jumping-off the Career Ladder the Only Option?
Level the Playing Field
The Power of Small Change
Making a Business Case: Customer Focus
Different Strokes for Different Organizations
The Best Practice Organizations
Chapter 9 The Ecosystem of Empowerment
Harnessing the Ecosystem
How Can Government (Policy Makers) Make a Difference?
How Can Employers Make a Difference?
How Can NGOs Make a Difference?
How Can We—Men and Women—Make a Difference?
How Can Civil Society Make a Difference?