Understanding the invisible dynamics of gender blind spots at work offers women a significant career advantage. It allows women to take control and chart their own careers. Using neuroscience Delee Fromm explores the creation of gender blind spots in childhood and their unconscious use in adulthood. Career strategies for women at every age, stage and career level are offered from go along to get along to exposing bias and disrupting stereotypes. Six gender blind spots are identified, including gender bias and self-limiting mindsets. To accelerate the development of key career skills, such as negotiation, communication, self-promotion and leadership, practical techniques for using and losing unconscious gender habits are highlighted. Based on her experience as a lawyer, psychologist and career consultant, and illustrated with stories and insights from her clients, this book is for anyone who wants to understand the hidden dynamics of gender at work. (Available this fall).                       

This book is for: 

  • women who want to take control  of their careers.
  • women who want to do much better for themselves and for the next generation.
  • women who want to see with clear eyes the hidden dynamics and obstacles of gender.
  • women who want to approach work in their unique way and not by acting like men.
  • men and women who champion women and want to level the playing field.
  • men and women who want to help women shine.
  • people who know that gender equality benefits everyone.

Key Features and Topics

This book provides useful, real-world advice on how to navigate the challenging world of work by recognizing external gender blind spots in the workplace and internal gender blind spots in ourselves.

  • Origins of gender blind spot to understand why they are so pervasive and hidden.
  • Description of common gender blind spots with techniques for exposure and reduction.
  • Career management and skill development tips for women at all career levels.
  • Career strategies for exposing gender blind spots to reduce unfair advantage.
  • Techniques for using them to make your value visible and your ideas heard.
  • Stories from women who accelerated career skill development.
  • Advice on harnessing feminine approaches and habits for best practices.
  • Self-scoring questionnaires to help readers pinpoint style, strengths and challenges.
  • Stand-alone chapters that allow for quick and easy access to information.

Chapters in the Book

The first chapter – Origins – focuses on how gender blind spots are created based on cognitive neuroscience. Early gender training is explored to show how gender biases and expectations arise. In the chapter Expose, six types of gender blind spots that are most significant for women at work are identified, along with how to reduce their impact.

Each subsequent chapter focuses on an important skill for women at work with a focus on gender blind spots. These skill focused chapters encourage and support development with practical tools and techniques to:

  • proactively plan your career using four career strategies;
  • ask for what you are worth and for opportunities to make your value visible;
  • communicate in a way that is clear and confident;
  • convey an engaged and confident presence that commands respectful attention from others; and
  • promote yourself in a way that is natural, comfortable and memorable.

The last three chapters provide advice on how to harness and use feminine styles in order to:

  • lead with natural and effective leadership skills;
  • develop social intelligence and positive organizational politics; and
  • nurture yourself by managing energy and reducing stress to thrive.

Torts. Check. Corporate law. Check. Real estate. Check. Law school covers all of these substantive areas of law that you need to get a job. But what about the so-called ‘soft skills’, like networking, conflict resolution, business development and self-promotion? These interpersonal skills are rarely found in law school curricula, yet they are critical to building a successful practice and furthering your legal career. Enter Advance Your Legal Career: Essential Skills for Success. Written by psychologist and lawyer, Delee Fromm, this new publication promises to fill the holes in lawyers’ knowledge and experience by offering insight into interpersonal skills awareness and development – valuable information for getting, and staying, ahead.

Table of Contents

1. Know Yourself: Personal Factors in Advancement
2. Career Management: Be Your Own CEO
3. Communication: Make It Clear
4. Presence: Make It Powerful
5. Negotiation: Make It Easy
6. Building Brand: Make Your Value Visible
7. Self-Promotion: Make It Memorable
8. Building Business: Make It Sustainable
9. Delegation and Feedback: Make It Work
10. Resilience: Bounce Back to Advance

Practical Content

Key topics listed at the beginning of each chapter, clearly outlining the content to follow.
“Try it out” exercises for putting skills into action.
• A five level skills chart to use in the creation of a personal skill development plan.
Key ideas summarized at the end of each chapter.
Frequently Asked Questions to address additional issues that may be relevant to readers.
Recommended reading and resources for each topic at the end of the chapter.

This book is for:

Lawyers in private practice such as associates who want to learn interpersonal skills not taught at law school and partners whose careers are not advancing as quickly as they would like.
Government lawyers who want to leverage interpersonal skills to further their careers.
In-house lawyers for whom interpersonal skills development is of particular importance in working with their corporate colleagues.
Articling and law school students entering the world of law who need guidance in navigating legal practice and managing their legal careers.
Paralegals and law clerks to better understand the lawyers they work with and to hone their own interpersonal skills for career advancement.
Senior lawyers who are currently mentoring or wish to mentor juniors.