Was it possible that Carrie Bradshaw and her pals had more to offer modern women than fashion tips? After an episode or two I was convinced that organizational commitment plays out exactly like the relationships on Sex and the City.
True or not, it’s almost universally acknowledged that women trump men in softer social skills. Although, I struggle to recall when a top, male executive was praised in the media for his likeability. This perception that women possess these apparently natural social skills increasingly seems to work to their advantage. This cliché played out deliciously in a satirical blog post on Jezebel.com, which asked “Is America ready for a white, male Secretary of State?” The piece suggested that only a woman could possess the intuition and emotional intelligence necessary for such a demanding job.
In the newest segment of the Broad Experience, a show on women, workplace and success, Ashley Milne-Tyte, a regular contributor to Femme-O-Nomics, talks about race at work.
Wavemakers is a joint weekly feature by Femme-O-Nomics’ founder Leah Eichler and Mic Berman(@MicBerman) that profiles female innovators — women who are constantly blazing new trails, inspiring others and revolutionizing the status quo. This week, meet Elle Kaplan – the CEO and founding partner of Lexion Capital Management.
Including white men in diversity training makes for a more inclusive workplace, a new study released by Catalyst this July 2012 finds. Find out how including white men transformed the mindset and behaviors of participants in as short as four months.
In five to 10 years, I want to look back and cite this week as the turning point in the discussion of women and careers, when pregnancy no longer constituted a liability. This vision of the future comes in light of the news that Yahoo’s board of directors appointed Marissa Mayer — a 37-year old Google veteran who happens to be six-months pregnant — the company’s new CEO.
In business, bullies are would-be leaders who, rather than use their talent for assessing strengths and weaknesses in the service of their team and their company, instead look to construct an uncontested fiefdom. There can be a very thin line between a bully and a leader.
The subtleties of language can easily escape us as we try to digest thousands of words every day, both audibly and on a screen. Yet they unconsciously impact our image, which can help or hinder advancement. In a business environment specifically, there exists a language of leadership that remains more masculine in nature and the expectation persists that women must learn to assume those characteristics in order to get ahead.