The Elements

By Andrea Schlapia   |   February 23, 2016

Top 10 Lessons from Comeback Women

Categories: Blog, Human Element, Leadership

Top 10 Lessons From Comeback Women


Women, as the more creative of the human species, can also be more resilient. Check out the successful creative strategies women learned when they failed a few times along the way.

1. Do guy stuff
  • Kathryn Bigelow has taken a lot of criticism over the course of her career for doing action and violence. It works for her!
2. Work and family
  • Today’s work culture is more sensitive to the needs of families. If you do not have flexible work options, show your boss the mounting research on flex options and increased productivity.
3. Seek empowering workplace cultures
  • Bigelow was in the director’s chair. Workers who have more decision-making authority over their daily job functions are less susceptible to stress, burnout, and absenteeism.
4. Age and experience matter
  • Women of a certain age are just moving into their own. Forget about ageism in Hollywood casting lineups: direct the movie and do the casting.
5. Working smart
  • Long hours are not the way to the boardroom. Use your time wisely.
6. The engineer’s mindset
  • The strong demand for women in fields such as engineering is re-engineering outdated mindsets. Keep in mind that today you have more power in the equation.
7. Quantify everything
  • Women are at the top in sales for an important reason – performance is transparent and measured.
8. View other women as allies not adversaries
  • Fight for each other.
9. Take the initiative
  • Women still need to do more to get to the same place as men. Work smarter not harder. Be proactive. Look for opportunities to take anticipatory action.
10. Get up, brush yourself off, and start over again
  • Sandra Bullock said it best in an Oscar acceptance speech, “Did I really earn this or did I just wear you all down?”


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Andrea Schlapia
Organizational Development and Human Capital

Andrea Schlapia, RCC™, HCS, sHRBP, is the Founder and CEO of Ironstone, which represents the culmination of her 20+ year career within the financial services industry. Her experience began as a financial advisor evolving into a consultant coach for advisors entering the field. This ignited her passion to support others through learning and development of best practices in order to achieve substantial results. To this end, she followed her desire into positions of senior-level practice management specialists for Dreyfus, Prudential, and DWS Investments prior to the realization of Ironstone.  Andrea’s focus is on practice management strategies to enhance and improve both business and personal life.

Andrea identifies 4 key performance areas known as the Fundamental 4™, which are required to design, develop, and sustain a successful business. Through coaching sessions and speaking engagements, she captivates her audience with interactive, high-energy presentations which are built with “how-to” strategies resulting in real-world implementation for significant impact. Andrea has been featured in multiple publications and audio broadcasts as a specialist and distinguished spokeswoman in the financial industry.

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