Posts Tagged Women

We all know that powerful women face Catch-22s.  When Donald Trump exercises control, he is in control. When Martha Stewart exercises control, she is controlling.  Same behaviors; different labels.

A lot has been written about these Catch-22s.  Less has been written on how women with power can handle them.

Here are three of the many Catch-22s women with power face and my suggestions for how to navigate them.

1. Ice Queen

May 15, 2012

Although organizations have been talking about gender as a critical diversity priority for many years, there has been limited advancement made globally in moving women into leadership roles, said Anita Zanchettin, managing director, global talent strategy for Aperian Global, in an interview with Rajeshwari Sharma, editor of the website for SHRM India, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).

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May 15, 2012

In case you missed it, here’s what happened on We Know Next this week.

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March 23, 2012

Sexism is more than illegal. It is immoral and bad business.

There is more than a little bit of sexism in the roles portrayed in Mad Men.  So why are so many of us crazy about the show, even though we deplore the sexism that is part of it?

Of course, it is a TV show and not real life. And, the characters are not only psychologically interesting but also physically attractive.

March 23, 2012

Although there are many reasons to celebrate the contributions of women, a series of reports released shortly before International Women’s Day, March 8, 2012, reveals a disparity between the number of women participating in the global workforce and the number holding corporate leadership positions around the world.

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March 21, 2012

Regardless of whether a woman is just entering the workforce or “of a certain age,” an athlete or secretary of state, beautiful or plain, what she wears to work matters and might affect her career advancement, experts say.

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February 21, 2012

I saw Jack Welch speak at the 2009 Society for Human Resource Management's annual conference in New Orleans. Welch delivered the opening speech for the conference and completely dissed the idea of work-life balance for women in corporate America.

As reported by The Wall Street Journal, Mr. Welch told the audience, "There's no such thing as work-life balance. There are work-life choices, and you make them, and they have consequences."

December 7, 2011

Executive director of the White House Council on Women and Girls to speak; new conference by SHRM and FWI to share best practices and research on workplace flexibility 

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November 2, 2011

After almost 36 years, she’s still loving it.

Patricia Sowell Harris, chief global diversity officer for McDonald’s Corp., started working at the global foodservice retailer’s headquarters as an administrative assistant in the legal department. After stints as an assistant to the president of the company, as a compensation analyst and as an HR generalist, she was asked to join the company’s affirmative action department.

November 1, 2011

The majority of law associates and attorneys of counsel” who make partner at U.S.-based law firms are white men, despite the growing presence of women and minorities within the law firm population, according to Vault/Minority Corporate Counsel Association (MCCA) Law Firm diversity data released Sept. 27, 2011.

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October 26, 2011

Fortune 500 companies, such as Boeing Co., Coca-Cola Co., IBM, Lockheed Martin Corp., Procter & Gamble Co. and Verizon, Inc., continue to pave the way for engaging women and minority employees.

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October 10, 2011

NEW YORK—Getting diversity and inclusion (D&I) “right” requires strong CEO commitment. But an all-white panel of CEOs who recently won diversity leadership awards said the seeds for their passion were planted long before they entered the corporate ranks.

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October 3, 2011

A few months ago I had the opportunity to coffee shop with an executive who, ironically, had decided to resign from her job the very same morning of our meeting (see my post about her decision: Resignation Day). It was bold decision and beginning of an entirely new chapter in her professional journey. I didn’t know her then. I do now. I am proud to call Teresa my friend.

September 26, 2011

Generation Y women (born 1978-1994) are concerned about the impact that family and child care decisions will have on their long-term careers, according to a report by the Business and Professional Women's (BPW) Foundation, Gen Y Women in the Workplace.

“In order for businesses to engage successfully with the workforce of tomorrow, it is imperative that they understand Gen Y—what challenges them, what inspires them, what motivates them,” said Deborah L. Frett, BPW Foundation CEO.

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September 22, 2011

Workers might daydream about winning the big lottery and spending the rest of their lives on a tropical island or fishing in a mountain stream, but most Americans have a strong work ethic and derive satisfaction from what they do.

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September 8, 2011

Some working mothers are feeling increased pressure to provide for their households and are therefore spending more time at work, according to a recent survey by the career site CareerBuilder. The economy is partially to blame.

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May 19, 2011

Not all upper-income occupations are the same when it comes to maternal leave: according to a new study, women with MBAs who take professional leave to raise their children are stomaching a greater blow to their income than women with medical degrees.

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May 19, 2011

Saundarya Rajesh discusses how Indian women are changing today's workforce and the role of workplace flexibility. 

April 26, 2011

Everything changes once women start families, but it doesn’t mean it has to be the end of their careers.

So says Saundarya Rajesh, founder and president of Avtar Career Creators, an India-based talent strategy consulting firm dedicated to helping women balance work and life through flexible work arrangements or “flexi-work.”

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April 22, 2011