The Ceree Eberly diktats:

  1. Success means 'daring to dream'- it doesn't matter what is on the other side, just know that you can do it. 
  2. Asking for help is a sign of strength.
  3. It is absolutely okay to not have all the answers. 
  4. It is important to face your fears even if they scare you.
  5. Once you commit to something, there should be no going back.
  6. When an opportunity knocks on your door, embrace it.
  7. We win collectively, we lose separately.
  8. Surround yourself with people who are different than you, who teach you and keep you humble.
  9. Quit trying to be perfect and do things that really matter
  10. Leave the devices and be present for the ones you love.

Being a woman employee at any workplace is likely to come with its own sets of perks and probably an even larger library of difficulties. There is really no need to go into the oft-repeated laments, but you get the drift. Some have perfected the balancing act, some have not. Some accept things the way they are, some fight tooth and nail. Many succeed in spite of the odds stacked against them, many succeed with no struggle at all. 

And of course, we still have our bad days. Days when we don't believe in ourselves- because someone else wants us to think we're not good enough. Days we don't ask for help lest it signifies weakness- and yes, try and untangle ourselves from the mesh of gender disparity. Many companies have taken the gender disparity problem by the horns and dealt with it head on, most choose to maintain a status quo…

On the occasion of International Women's Day, 2016, Ceree Eberly met the women employees in India to share her rules, gleaned from years of experience. After all, to paraphrase an old Chinese proverb – `Women (do) hold up half the sky’, right?

(Ceree Eberly, Senior Vice President and Global Chief People Officer, The Coca-Cola Company)