Drawing on research, stories from her own career, and those of her students and the mid-late career women she has coached, Professor Ellen Taaffe explains why the five perils of success—being prepared to perfection, eager to please, trying to fit the mold, pushing too hard, and patiently performing and expecting rewards to follow—get us to a certain level, and then may prevent our taking the next step in our careers as expectations rise. She offers a new, empowering framework for navigating workplace challenges with more awareness and expertise.
Ellen Taaffe is a clinical professor of leadership at the Kellogg School of Management, where she also runs the Women’s Leadership Program. She is a former Fortune 50 brand executive and is now a board director, executive coach, and TEDx speaker. Ellen helps and inspires companies, teams, and leaders to build the future they desire. She is a passionate advocate for advancing women’s careers, inclusive cultures, and human-centered leadership and governance.
Ellen believes that when we play to our strengths and are guided by our values and vision, we can truly create the companies, cultures, and careers that we want.