Magazine article New Zealand Management

Getting and Giving

Magazine article New Zealand Management

Getting and Giving

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One of the themes emerging in this issue of Management Woman is that of "giving back"--a sense that offering others a helping hand is an essential part of the two-way flow between individual success and wider community wellbeing.

Whether it's happening between "haves" and "have nots" on a global scale, across generational divides, within a community, or within a company, the ability to share useful knowledge, experience, skills or networks usually turns out to be a mutually valuable exchange. In giving, you also get.

While this urge to give back is certainly not confined to women, there is quite a strong tendency--perhaps to do with shared minority group status or stronger mutual empathy--for successful women to target assistance toward other women.

This can range from fairly formal mentoring options such as the YWCA "future leaders" programme (see page 18) to informal sharing opportunities such as the Women in Technology network (page 10), through specific service clubs such as Zonta or to specific practical help like Dress for Success--an initiative that delivers valuable self-confidence along with a decent job interview outfit to aspiring career women (page 17).

Of course one of the great things about passing on knowledge and experience is the realisation that you've actually managed to accumulate a bunch of stuff that's worth passing on--and it sometimes seems that women tend to lack a sense of their own self-achievement. …

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