Articles and Podcasts

HCMx Radio 60: Risk-Taking to Supercharge Growth

Jodi Detjen, Presenter
Rachel Cooke, Chief Operating Officer, Brandon Hall Group, Host

In the latest edition of HCMx Radio, Jodi Detjen talks about the importance of gender balance in the workforce and her passion around helping companies achieve their greatest potential through improved engagement, creativity among diverse teams, and education to demystify the self-limiting biases associated with female and male roles in and out of the workplace. Listen to Podcast


Kelley School of Business, Indiana University | January 2017

Strategic Shifts That Build Executive Leadership

Jodi Detjen

Organizations are challenged to develop leaders who can think strategically about the business and solve systemic problems. How can mid-level leaders develop this capability? Herein, we describe five strategic shifts in perspective that are essential for mid-level managers in transitioning successfully to strategic leadership positions. All five shifts improve mid-level leaders’ ability to look beyond tactics to see wider opportunities and enable strategic impact. The shifts are iterative and build on each other. We offer a new model that guides managers in shaping strategic leaders using these five perspective shifts to impact the organization positively and substantially. Further, we provide specific techniques that mid-level managers can employ to shift their perspectives and build personal strategic capabilities. Finally, we share specific ‘Try It’ exercises that mid-level managers can engage in to learn about the preferred concepts. Read more…

American Banker | May 2014

How Women In Banking Can Rise to the Top

Jodi Detjen

Women represent 54% of the labor pool in the finance and banking industries. But a precipitous drop occurs at the executive level. Just 11% of chief financial officers are women, while only 23% of all senior officer positions are held by women. The few women at the top with families typically have a stay-at-home spouse in support of their careers. The message is clear: women with families are not welcome. A number of factors have conspired to keep many women from reaching the top in banking and finance. Significant financial rewards go to those who prioritize face time and hours at work, making it difficult for women to achieve work-life balance. Meanwhile, systemic gender bias often forces women who want to stay in banking and finance to adapt to male-dominated, aggressive cultures. The result? Finance has the largest pay differential of any industry. Continue Reading…

Boston Business Journal | Dec 2014

Businesses Should Foster Women’s Leadership Roles

Jodi Detjen

Sandra looks like a rock star at her multinational company. She’s risen to middle management. She embodies the “ideal:” working long hours, managing multiple projects and a team of performers. She gets work done. Her manager says, “We couldn’t run the place without you.” But look underneath the sheen and it’s not so “perfect.” Sandra works all the time, feeling guilty if she has to leave early for something personal. She is a gatekeeper: She takes care of her direct reports, gives them work, but also doesn’t bring them…Continue Reading…