“Susan was maxed out. At home, she juggled errands, laundry, meals, and cleaning. At work, she’d hit the ground running every morning, making calls, taking meetings, and plowing through her inbox. She was busy but happy; she liked getting things done. She enjoyed making to-do lists and then crushing them.

Then she failed to get a promotion she thought was in the bag. To say she was frustrated would be an understatement. There weren’t enough hours in the day for her to give any more time to her work, and anyway she was already way more productive than her peers. So how was she going to get to the next rung on the ladder?

That’s how Susan (not her real name) ended up in my office.”

Does this situation sound familiar? It’s a pattern I’ve seen again and again among many high-potential, talented female leaders: high aspirations turning into disillusionment.

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