Gender Bias – You Must See It to Believe It. How Will You?
When organizations wonder why more women aren't advancing into position of leadership, it's often because patterns of gender bias remain scattered and invisible. In order to enable women to move more successfully into senior-level positions, companies have the ability to first explore and understand the dim universe of gender bias -- through the lens of a gender audit -- in order to bring these hidden barriers into clearer focus, and apply prioritized solutions for change. READ MORE
Ignoring Women’s Voices Isn’t Just Annoying – It’s Bad For Business
The best business decisions require balancing multiple perspectives, stakeholder interests, and skillsets. In the course of our work, we hear women say their voices are often shouted over, ignored, or dismissed. In this month's blog we are sharing a few way organizations can ensure the quiet voices in the room are heard. READ MORE
Managers: Here are 3 Things You Can Do to Promote More Women
Feeling the pressure to increase the number of women promoted across your organization? There are three key ingredients to understanding why women aren’t making it to the next level at the pace or numbers possible. We’ll share a few of those barriers, as well as an approach to overcome them. READ MORE
Men’s Fears of #metoo Showcase Conflicting Gender Perspectives
“I want my female colleague to stop touching me.”
At a recent session with men, I was asked why women seem to be able to freely connect physically with male colleagues, whereas men fear losing their job or harassment lawsuits when they communicate physically. This frustration reflects a fear men have that #metoo will go - if it hasn’t already - too far and turn into false accusations or ways of penalizing men for otherwise “innocuous” behavior and a double standard. READ MORE
How to Get More Women Into Leadership? Give Men Time Off
There’s plenty in the news about getting more women into leadership. But, increasingly, companies are dialing into the reality that gender equity is not going to change until men are involved as well. A key ingredient? Paternity leave. Yes, it seems like a small lever! But, if companies not only implement but also provide the unconscious bias training to support men taking it, the impact will be palpable. READ MORE
Sexual Harassment is a Sign You Have a Gender Power Gap in Your Organization
Women are collectively sharing some degree of harassment in the workplace because of their gender. Nearly every woman we have spoken to since the Weinstein case exploded has shared a story of how they too have at some point been marginalized in the workplace for their gender. So, what can sexual micro-aggression and harassment tell you about your work culture? It is a symptom of a gender power differential. And the good news is, you can fix it. READ MORE
What Gender Bias Sounds Like: “You Are Our #1 Female Leader”
When bicycles were invented in the 1800s, women were encouraged not to ride them because the contraptions were viewed as “un-feminine” and it was widely argued, women did not have the strength necessary for such exertions. It is easy to look back at our history and laugh. And yet, much of today’s workplace is still dripping with gender bias about what women can and cannot do... Read More
Why Some Working Mothers Quit — and What We Can Do to Help
While 75% of women say they prefer to work, often, when confronted with just how difficult it is to “try to have it all,” women succumb to the pressure to “put family first.” And unlike for men, where “family first” means have a good job to provide for the family, for women, that really means “get home to the kids”. READ MORE
Managerial Training: Collaboration and Diversity Require Different Managerial Skills
Given that managers play such a pivotal role in creating the inclusive culture needed for successful collaboration, how can we train managers to develop collaborative and inclusive teams? There are four key aspects: perspective, voice, responsibility and adaptability. READ MORE
Why So Much Focus on Women?: 5 Steps to Addressing Men’s Concerns about Gender Equity
When it comes toWomen’s Leadership Development, some men seem bewildered that women are getting so much attention and some even feel threatened by the focus. They defend their workplaces as a meritocracy, a truly American belief-system that rewards ability and effort with success. While it’s easy to... READ MORE
Is “Bro Culture” Thwarting Your Efforts to Recruit Women?
Outside of trade shows, on billboards and in break rooms, while organizations may claim to be taking official steps to hire women, “bro cultures” and “good old boys’ clubs” still function to make women feel like outsiders in a workplace. And while businesses may claim to be committed to recruiting and hiring women, a closer look at the products they sell, the advertising they circulate, and the culture they project may tell a different story. READ MORE
Tales from HR... I Have to Ask My Husband
HR recruiters have reported to us that when women are offered promotions, they frequently say, “I have to ask my husband.” Whether they mean to or not, women who reply in this way send a signal that they are not as interested in or committed to career advancement. When considered for promotion, men leave the excuses at the office door. Women bring them in. But why? READ MORE
Not Enough Women in Your Pipeline? Think Again.
In 2016, Facebook reported that the numbers of women and minorities employed in its U.S. work force remained largely unchanged from the previous year. The company cited the “pipeline” as the problem: there were not enough women and minorities entering the tech industry. We hear this all the time. In actuality, the U.S. pipeline is full of highly trained workers eager and ready to be hired. In this blog, we outline 10 strategies for building a more diverse workplace. READ MORE
“You Look Nice Today” The New Language of Gender Bias
Instances of sexual misconduct and harassment are egregious. Upon this, we all agree. Corporate leaders should not use power and influence to prey upon subordinates. But gendered language is trickier. It can be difficult to know where the lines are drawn. Something that seemed acceptable to say 10- or 20- years ago may not be okay today. A Nebraska state senator. READ MORE
Myth: Women Just Need a Seat at the Table
There is this idea out there that if women can get themselves into high-powered rooms – be they boardrooms or situation rooms – the struggle will be won. Once in that room, a woman can simply turn on whatever wisdom, charm, or acumen got her there in the first place, and not only will she hold her own, she will thrive. All she needs is a place at that table.
But the male-dominated workplace... READ MORE
Myth: The First Woman to Take the Job Needs To Be Perfect
We hear this a lot. When an organization (or a nation) considers the first female for an important position, the bar is set very high. As well it should be. Top executives should be smart and savvy, innovative and strategic. They should inspire employees to dream bigger, and challenge all personnel to learn, grow, and adapt. An organization has a right to expect the best from its top hires.
But it should not expect more than that. READ MORE
Join us Sep 15 and Declare Your Value
This women's career lab is designed to prepare senior female business leaders and female rising stars to transform into strategic leaders and own the value that they bring to their organizations. Together, with nearly 100 female leaders, you will experience a day of interactions, modules and coaching exercises to shift the way you understand your value, translate that value to others and strategically determine how to increase your value. READ MORE
Myth: We Are Diverse. We Have One Woman On Our Leadership Team.
Myth: Recruiting From The Best Schools Will Promote Diversity In Our Organization
There are plenty of top-notch colleges and business schools that attract talented students. And companies have historically relied quite heavily on that talent pool. Those highly selective schools work hard to create diverse classes. They attract students of different gender, race, and cultural backgrounds. It is easy to believe that if you recruit graduates from these schools, your organization will develop into an equally diverse place to work. READ MORE
Myth: Keep Your Head Down. Work Hard. And You Will Be Rewarded.
We really want this one to be true. We want to believe that if you go to your job every day, and sit at your desk, and get your work done, good things will happen. Promotions will be handed down. Respect will come your way. But often this just isn’t the case. All you really ensure by quietly doing your job well is that folks will imagine you doing that same job in that same way forever. That is IF they even think of you at all. READ MORE
Myth: Women Are Natural Networkers
We hear this a lot: if you set women up with a network, networking will happen. Because women are social beings, right? They form book clubs and go to one another’s trunk shows. They buy raffle tickets and attend charity events. All of this camaraderie and friendship nurturing must make women good networkers.
Myth: She Quit To Be With Family
Overheard: “She quit because she wants to spend more time with her family. No wonder we can’t get more women in management.” True? Think again: Women quit because they aren’t being paid sufficiently. Women leave to find better opportunities.
When we label it as she quit to be with family, guess what – we don’t have to do anything! We feel free of responsibility. READ MORE
Myth: The Best Negotiator Deserves The Raise
Women are regularly counseled to negotiate more (and our research suggests that women assume that they “shouldn’t”). But there’s an underlying assumption being made: Why are raises distributed based on someone’s ability to negotiate? No one has found a link between ability to negotiate and ability in a job but organizations regularly pay more based precisely on that skill. READ MORE
Myth: Women Have To Sacrifice Their Careers For Their Spouses
Managing Partner Jodi Detjen was interviewed for both the myth and the reframe and discusses whether women have to sacrifice their careers for their spouses. LISTEN NOW
Myth: She Doesn’t Want The Promotion
Have you heard that women just aren’t ambitious? Women are happy with where they are. Men ask for a promotion all the time but women? Hardly ever.
Recent research suggests that women are equally as ambitious as men but often get frustrated and blocked by existing corporate structures… so this percentage drops precipitously two years in and even more when they start a family. Many believe they “shouldn’t” make career their first priority because family is “most important.” There’s no time for promotions anyway. READ MORE
Myth: Women Are Not Effective At …. [Fill In The Blank]
Women are not effective negotiators. They don’t think strategically. Women need to network.
Heard it before? The subtext is that women aren’t quite ready yet for leadership. They need to get some training or mentorship to help them. And the message women hear is clear: I’m not good enough.
The result? Women don’t put themselves up for promotion as much as men. They wait until they think they are 100% ready before they think they are ready. They take fewer risks. Your talent pool for leadership is smaller. READ MORE
Introducing Women’s Leadership Myths… Women Need Flexibility
Based on our research, both men and women equally – especially in the Millennial generation – need and more importantly, demand flexibility. We’ve been hearing all around the country that dads want to be involved in their family affairs as much as their female counterparts. No wonder that the DOL issued a new policy of paternity leave and books like All In by Josh Levs, a former CNN journalist, are popping up right and left. As a result, flexibility is no longer an obstacle but rather a prerequisite that fuels workforce high performance and leadership pipeline regardless of gender. READ MORE
Welcome to 2016!
Happy 2016! We look forward to helping you grow as a leader this year, make a HUGE impact and inspire others. And we would love to know what topics YOU particularly care about… If there’s an obstacle on a path to what you want, whether it’s external or internal, we’re here to be your support squad and get over that hurdle.