July 12th, 2006 07:56 EST
Judyth Piazza chats with Susan Bulkeley Butler, Author of Become the CEO of You, Inc.
When Susan Bulkeley Butler first walked through the doors of Arthur Anderson & Co., (which became Accenture in 2001) she said she lacked a long-term focus for her career. After being passed over for a promotion, she took a proactive approach to her career, which propelled her to become the first woman partner and ultimately managing partner of the office of the CEO at Accenture, a global management consulting, technology service and outsourcing company. The Arizona resident is the author of the book "Become the CEO of You, Inc." She recently spoke with business columnist Tannette Johnson-Elie.
Q.Why have you taken on this crusade to empower women?
A. To me, there's still not enough women in the pipeline . . . . At the University of Arizona (business school), there's one woman professor and maybe half a dozen woman students. Why is that? I believe women still aren't getting excited in K-12 about math and science, technology and business. The more women we can get into the senior executive ranks, the more women role models we have.
Q.Why your book?
A. The book tells my story. I broke the glass ceiling. I achieved senior leadership positions. My book is to help women achieve their dreams. My book is about how I achieved my dream and is how others can achieve their dreams through me.
Q.Why do you think women often let things happen and don't take control of our careers?
A. A lot of women think that they will be noticed and will be tapped on the shoulder rather than being proactive in making things happen for them.
Q.When did it became evident to you that you needed to be your own CEO?
A. When I didn't get promoted. I was told that I didn't have the skills that I needed for that promotion, but I did everything people told me to do. . . . It was then that I realized I had to take responsibility for me.
Q.What does it mean to have a CEO mind-set?
A. The first thing that they have to do is to develop a strategy for that business and then get the people around them to make that strategy happen. But they also need to have a plan to go from where they are today to where they need to be to deliver on the strategy. Each of us as an individual is a business. We have our own product, which is our skills and capabilities and the packaging of our product . . . With that CEO mind-set, you need to figure out where you want to take your product.
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