Susan McGalla is no stranger when it comes to concerns about gender and business. As a matter of fact, she tries to ignore the issue all together and focus on what people have in common. While she has not been sheltered from the problems in the workplace, she has been protected from falling into the mindset that not just women, but any minority group can fall into. She has avoided at and chosen to look at people on an individual basis. Yet, she is aware of the issues that women can face in the workplace and she knows how to address them in a manner that is helpful instead of harmful.
Among the issues that women have to face in the workplace, sexual harassment is a prevailing issue. Working in a male dominated field, Susan has been vulnerable to all of the issues that a woman could go through in the workplace. However, her attitude in the workplace is what got her through. It has also taken her far into management positions. One thing that helped her is that she didn’t look at her issues from the lens of gender. As a result, she got along well with her co-workers.
Another common complaint that women have about the workforce is what is known as the glass ceiling. Women often complain that they are not able to make as much as their male co-workers for the very same type of work that they do. Susan McGalla had to face the possibility of that issue. However, she did not have the type of mindset that allows it to discourage her or offend her. When she took on management roles, she has looked to treat people as she would like to be treated. As a result, she has went pretty far in her career and has even brought her companies to a much better place financially, and in reputation.
If there were instances of sexual harassment and discrimination based on gender, Susan has not felt these occurrences worthy of being mentioned. She tries to tell the story not as a woman, but as a person that has overcome the necessary obstacles. She has shown people how to not only deal with any possible acts of unfairness, but also how to use their obstacles to their advantage. In her quest for equality, she has understood that equality starts within the person.
When Susan speaks on issues in the workplace and how to get ahead and run a successful business, she makes sure that the topic is addressed in a way that is understood by everyone. She stayed away from buzzwords or special types of language that only certain groups of people can relate to. She also avoids pandering and instead provides advice that women could use in order to improve their lives and their circumstances. She believes in taking positive action and living life from a proactive standpoint as opposed to a reactive standpoint. It is her proactive approach that has taken her far in her career and her life.