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THE GLASS CEILING

The following excerpt is from the self help
psychology book, Be Your Own Therapist.


A favorite topic recently has been the unlikelihood of certain groups to attain high-level jobs. "Of course this is caused solely by discrimination" is the cry of many. Maybe not.


Nothing is miserable but what is thought so, and contrarywise, every estate is happy if he that bears it be content... Boethius 500 A.D.

Historically there used to be the same type of glassceiling for Catholics and Jews, but in those days no one called it a glass ceiling. Today, Catholics and Jews are well represented at top levels. But the process of reaching those top job levels is more than just overcoming discrimination. It also entails a wide range of past executive jobs. Until groups have that wide array of executive experience, the glassceiling will be in evidence. There has been significant black executive experience in the military. One result was Colin Powell, our first black Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. If any group wants to break through this invisible ceiling in significant ways, then they must first see the need for and then go after this wide array of executive experience. The glass ceiling is not caused solely by discrimination.


Does your being unhappy about the current statistics (which support the idea of the glassceiling) help you or those statistics? Please read Chapter 8 for more about changing your unhappiness (and in the process becoming more effective in making the necessary societal changes).

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   WORK: DOING WHAT YOU LOVE
   THAT IMPOSSIBLE BOSS/ COMMITTEE
   JOB STRESS
   WOMEN'S & MEN'S WORK - WILL THEY EVER BE THE SAME?
   GENDER DISCRIMINATION IN THE WORKPLACE
   THE GLASS CEILING
   COMPETITION: WHAT WE LEARNED
   COMPETITION: GOOD OR BAD?
   JOB DO'S


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