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"Spanning Generations As We Journey Ahead," from The Female Factor

WE51_TheFemaleFactor 2.jpgJoanne Flynn, Managing Director and Founder of Phoenix Strategic Performance, recently co-authored the book, “The Female Factor: A Confidence Guide for Women.” Her 3-part chapter of the book entitled, “Spanning Generations as We Journey Ahead,” focuses on the issues of women in the workforce over the past 50 years, looking at what has changed, what has not, and what women can do to move their careers forward.

What is covered in her part of the book?

  1. The first section of the chapter is a 50-year retrospective of women in the workforce. As both a witness and player in this multi-decade journey, Joanne Flynn brings the past to life through ‘Glimpses,’ or intimate stories, representing the social and corporate reality during that period. She says that, “Today’s women need to understand the social and corporate history and backstory behind the generations of women who preceded them to appreciate what has come before, and how much more women must do.”

  2. The second section is a call to action for women in the workforce. It focuses on the “Fundamentals for the 2020’s: Career, Choices, Confidence and Control.” The call to action is for women to take control of their careers, manage their choices, and have the confidence to leap off glass ledges and break through glass ceilings. Women must be organizationally savvy and skilled to proactively take charge of their own careers from the moment they enter the workforce.

  3. The third section is a personal experience, “Seizing Control and Leaping from the Glass Ledge.” This story chronicles one woman’s career journey that went from waiting, hoping and relying on others, to managing and controlling her own career. She created her own corporate ladder designed to avoid glass ledges while staying relevant, decisive, tough and committed to her career and herself.

As Joanne Flynn writes, “I was compelled to be a co-author in this book because I feel that women in the workforce need to reframe and rethink how they approach and define career success. By sharing my story, and specific actionable takeaways for women in business, I hope that people who read my story will continue their career journey with choices, control and confidence.”

Another co-author of the book is Joanne Flynn’s daughter, Elyse Flynn Meyer, founder of Prism Global Marketing Solutions. Her chapter focuses on six strategies for taking control of the early career phases to ensure future success. Joanne Flynn says, “Elyse was always my inspiration for a better future for women in the workforce. I never dreamed that she would still be facing so many of the same issues we faced 30 and 40 years ago. I am so proud to see that she is carrying the message into the next generation.”

This book, The Female Factor: A Confidence Guide for Women, is designed for women internationally to embrace their unique qualities such as: empathy, compassion, genuine leadership, listening skills, collaboration, and communication. The purpose is to provide women with the information they need to feel confident in both their professional and personal roles. Other co-authors of this book include: coaches, consultants, psychologists, educators, and business leaders.

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Topics: Women in Business, Human Asset Management

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Joanne Flynn

Joanne T. Flynn heads up the human capital advisory group, Phoenix Strategic Performance, Inc. Previously, she was a Managing Director with Phoenix Group International and was Vice President / Director of Global Learning and Development at Goldman, Sachs for nine years. Joanne works with organizations as they face global growth and competitive challenges. She works with her clients to be both externally focused and internally responsive. With her unique background, she aligns competitive strategic efforts with related internal organizational leadership challenges. With the benefit of her career-long focus, Joanne contributes the unique insight of aligning strategy to internal organizational structure and process. She focuses on human capital relative to strategic initiatives, accelerated business growth, value creation, and business development. Joanne holds a Master of Arts degree in Business Management from the University of Oklahoma. In addition, she holds a double degree major in History and German from St. Elizabeth University, as well as certificates from a variety of leading universities and professional training and development organizations. Joanne has recently published her latest book, Accelerating Business Success, The Human Asset Management Strategy.

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