In the last episode of Mad Men, Peggy is asked to work through the weekend on a copywriting project for a client.
Roger, ever the acerbic piranha, tosses 10 bucks her way for her, um, effort, and the lie he wants her to tell.
Peggy seizes the opportunity to exact a better deal.
That is, 400 bucks.
Here’s how it went down:
Peggy: Hold on a second. You want me to work up an entire corporate image campaign for 10 bucks?
Roger: I can make you do it for nothing. I’m the boss.
Peggy: You’re right. The work is $10. The lie is extra.
Roger: Incredible. What do you make a week, sweetheart?
Peggy: Oh, you don’t know. That’s helpful…
Roger; You know, I could fire you.
Peggy: Great. There are some portfolios in Joan’s office. You could find someone tonight.
Roger: Why are you doing this to me?
Peggy: Because you’re being very demanding for someone who has no other choice. Dazzle me.
Roger: Fine. How much do you want?
Peggy: How much you got?
Peggy: Give me all of it.
Roger: Jesus. (Hands $$ to her) This better be good.
Peggy: You want me to take your watch?
Workplace performance expectations of women, by women and for women are still bollixed up with mixed desires to be winning, competitive, helpful, productive and strong without the gender “blow back” most women experience when they’re self- rather than other-serving.
Women suffer most by not asking in the first place. We suffer again when we fail to ask for reciprocity in exchange for extraordinary efforts.
Over time, this can make very attractive doormats of us.
Read the full article at Forbes: Is Mad Men’s Peggy a Baller, an Extortionist, or a Good Negotiator? – Forbes.