Google VP Megan Smith and URPs in the Way of Women Engineers

My last blog looked at the challenges women in academia face getting ahead in a number of fields.  Rather than conscious discrimination, though that exists, women business and academic leaders are talking about unconscious patterns or habits that keep women out of the top jobs.

Google may not be calling these patterns URPs as I have done in several of my books, but the patterns Megan Smith refers to are indeed unwanted repetitive episodes.  And as she says, you can only break out of those by (1) recognizing they exist and (2) doing something different than the predictable — responding rather than reacting.  Sometimes just raising awareness can make a big difference in getting rid of URPs.  In terms of the advancement of women, such pattern recognition and alteration of them is crucial.

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