Bradley Beauford, 49, a senior sales executive for a software development company in Athens, GA, recently confirmed that one of his account managers must have been reading Lean In.
“It was almost time for Beverly’s annual review, and instead of waiting for me to schedule it sometime over the next couple of months, she preemptively asked for a meeting,” he said. “When we sat down together, she gave me this laundry list of her accomplishments over the last few quarters and then confidently asked for a raise for the first time in her six years of working for me.” Beauford shook his head. “I was like, ‘Wow, ok Beverly, what’s gotten into you?’” he said.
“Then I remembered that Facebook woman’s book and I realized what was going on,” he said, referencing the popular feminist manifesto by the highly successful female COO of Facebook, Sheryl Sandberg, which encourages women in the workforce to pursue career advancement and negotiate their salaries more assertively.
“Yep, looks like we’ve got a stage 4 Leaner on our hands,” he said, adding, “I hope this whole thing dies down soon. At this point I’m even afraid to ask Cindy to get me coffee, because it’s not part of her job description. But she’s just always done it!”
As of press time, Bradley was hiding in his office to avoid running into his assistant, who has expressed interest in meeting with him to discuss her potential for advancement within the company.