if you want to be successful, focus on the three Cs: confidence, competence and connections

Updated: Dec 20, 2020


Whether you’re at the beginning of your journey, or ready to take your next bold step, you might be preoccupied with the same question that plagues all of us: what can I do to turn this into a success?


Well, we hear you. Everyone wants to do great, but there seem to be a million conflicting ways of learning to do so. Especially when it comes to professional development, the internet is filled with empty advice and big promises, often without any kind of strategy to back them.


Historically, women have had access to less resources and growth opportunities that could enable them to succeed. What’s more, while females are rated better than men on key leadership capabilities, they still hold only 29% of leading positions, and they have a higher chance of feeling unfulfilled at work.


This begs the question - what needs to change? And more importantly, how can we change it? How can we truly ensure that every woman, regardless of whether she wants to start a business, change professions, or write a book, can achieve lasting success?


These have been the guiding questions in building our inner circle, and as we designed every offer, we made sure to focus on providing our members with the needed resources & tools to #makeithappen.





the 3Cs to a woman’s success


When it comes to achieving success, most research actually points towards pretty clear results: a woman needs confidence to believe in herself, competence to deliver results, and the right connections to create opportunities and lift her up.


Our opportunity journey touches upon these three pillars and enables every woman to gradually build up her capacities in each area, to ensure sustainable growth and self-fulfillment.


In the words of policy expert Susan Markham, only if women’s networks combine activities that build confidence, connections and (professional or personal) capacity, they're likely to have the lasting impact needed to achieve global female empowerment. And well, that’s what we set out to do.



#1 competence


Currently, more than 70% of women feel like they’re not reaching their potential at work. After all, we all know how hard it can be to follow your purpose, to find and finally land that dream job or start that business that actually fits your purpose. So many life circumstances (aka excuses) can hold us back from unlocking career opportunities.


Our competence resources have been expertly designed to get you ahead of the game, through our career success program. Thus, you can upgrade your LinkedIn profile with our cheatsheet, give your CV a revamp with our template & checklist set, start transforming your vision into reality with our goal setting plan, and prepare for the big day with our interview bundle.


What’s more, our inner circle members benefit from one-on-one career feedback from our experts, as well as exclusive access to curated job opportunities.


It was great to get an expert's perspective on my resume and my LinkedIn profile. After going through the check provided by the female factor I instantly landed my next job - coincidence? ;)

Sophie Stiglmayer

Account Executive PR & Social Media

Hopscotch Europe, Ireland



#2 confidence


In spite of equal (or better) qualifications, as well as higher education attainment than men, women are less self-assured and more likely to experience imposter syndrome. As of 2018, only 39% of women expressed that they would put themselves forward for a promotion, even if they met all of the criteria. Overall, many psycho-social, cultural and economic factors contribute to females lacking the confidence to truly go after what they want.


Through our confidence boost program, we aim to break the cycle of insecurity and ensure all women are ready for their next bold step. Get closer to your goals by defining your core values, identifying your strengths, learning about the power of self-talk and building self-trust.


Plus, as the exclusive female empowerment partner of Google, we are hosting the #IamRemarkable series, which aims to empower women and underrepresented groups to celebrate their achievements in the workplace and beyond.

Thank you, ladies for your support, arguments and questions which helped me prepare in the best possible way for my salary negotiations. I was super motivated, self-confident and prepared the next day and I am proud of what I accomplished!

a happy member about our success circle





#3 connections


Regardless of your area of expertise, there’s no denying that knowing the right people often means being presented with the right opportunity. In fact, studies show that 85% of new hires are made through networking.


However, according to Brian Uzzi, Professor of Leadership and Organizational Change at the American Kellogg School of Management, women face a greater challenge in networking to find professional opportunities – they, more than men, need to maintain both wide networks and informative inner circles in order to land the best positions.


By collaborating closely with women across industries and professions, we’ve been able to see the power of a strong community in action, and are working every day to continue connecting kickass females through exclusive happenings, our business mentoring program or our beloved success circles.


What’s more, our inner circle members get the chance to stay in touch and exchange knowledge every single day through our curated digital community.


Relationships are the building blocks of anyone’s life or career, and making those connections has been the single most critical thing for my career advancement.

Kelly Watson

KPMG Partner and Board Member



become part of a new generation of female leaders


At the female factor, we truly believe that it's time for a new era of leaders. The kind of leaders that embrace their innate powers and step up, leading our world for the better.


By giving them access to the right connections, boosting their confidence levels, and enhancing their competencies, we are enabling women to seize opportunities, get their seat at the table and build a brighter tomorrow for all of us.


If you are a future female leader with a go-getter mentality and a #werisebylfitingothers attitude, this might just be the place for you.

Join the inner circle and get ready for change.




sources:

https://www.pwc.com/gx/en/about/diversity/iwd/international-womens-day-pwc-time-to-talk-report.pdf

https://www.ndi.org/sites/default/files/Confidence,%20Capacity,%20Connections.pdf

https://hbr.org/2019/06/research-women-score-higher-than-men-in-most-leadership-skills

https://hbr.org/2014/08/why-women-dont-apply-for-jobs-unless-theyre-100-qualified

https://epale.ec.europa.eu/en/content/women-more-qualified-men-under-represented-labour-market

https://www.forbes.com/sites/kathycaprino/2020/10/22/impostor-syndrome-prevalence-in-professional-women-face-and-how-to-overcome-it/?sh=2f4674573cbd

https://medium.com/@careercompanion/list-of-10-career-development-stats-ba7e68a5aa7f

https://assets.kpmg/content/dam/kpmg/ph/pdf/ThoughtLeadershipPublications/KPMGWomensLeadershipStudy.pdf

https://www.marketingexpertus.co.uk/blog/networking-statistics-2018-2019/

https://hbr.org/2019/02/research-men-and-women-need-different-kinds-of-networks-to-succeed


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