You might think the world of a dominatrix—with whips, chains and role-playing—has nothing to do with the corporate world, but author Lisa Robyn says you are wrong. Jean talks with Lisa about her new book The Corporate Dominatrix: Six Roles to Play to Get Your Way at Work.
As a public relations and publishing executive, Lisa says she learned early on that moving up the corporate ladder takes some strategy. While it may be surprising to some, Lisa says women often move ahead at work by taking on roles that mirror dominatrix role-playing in the world of sadomasochism. Lisa says by learning about these roles and applying them to the workplace, women can get what they want at work. "I feel that women need to be switchable in the workplace—they need to balance being assertive and strong with being flexible and compliant," she says.
To become a corporate dominatrix, Lisa says you need to understand the six different mistress archetypes, or roles, and assume them in different work situations to get what you want. "Professional dominatrixes are in the business of fantasy role-play, and what I'm trying to get women to do is realize their own personal professional fantasies," she says.
Here are the six roles of a corporate dominatrix: