Women in the boardroom Margaret Hirsch

2016-07-26 06:00
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“DO you make the tea?” When I first went into an executive position I was convinced and I was determined I was not going to go into a board meeting and make the tea or take the minutes.

I knew I was doing it to make a point, but I felt uncomfortable and so did the men in the room. So I made a decision that I would make the tea.
When I got to a board meeting or any sort of meeting where I was always the only woman - and sometimes with between 10 and 15 men in the room, I would ensure that I organised the tea and coffee before the meeting started.
What would happen is that the meeting would start and then there would be this huge disruption with the tea and coffee story.

So don’t be the Devil Wears Prada character, be that fabulous person that everyone wants to be around. Offer to make the tea and coffee. Take the minutes. Send them off straight away. Go the extra mile, and see how well it works for you.

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