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As the focus on breaking the glass ceiling and getting more women into middle and senior level leadership roles intensifies, it’s important to realize that this is not some “kumbaya” initiative. It’s a matter of making smarter business decisions and ultimately (at least in the private sector) making more money.
Society’s opportunities for improvement, when it comes to the issue of equal rights in the workplace, are well documented. Stacks of studies outline issues including the glass ceiling, pay equality, and maternal wall bias, or discrimination that occurs against caregivers, and particularly working mothers. Here are a few suggestions to start the “bias interruption” process.
”Your voice is a muscle, the more you use it, the stronger it gets.” - Emily Bennington Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook COO, first talked about being a woman and mother in the C-suite on the TED stage in 2010. What followed was the release of her bestselling book Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to [...]
For the first several years of working as a professional diversity trainer and facilitator, I would chuckle to myself when I heard a man in our workshops say "I don’t get women," "Women are so complex," and "Women’s behavior is so unpredictable!" At first, I found these comments to be humorous. But after a while, [...]
If one wants a productive business team and successful company, one needs a healthy work environment where respect is second nature. Here are my five guiding words, which I hope you will incorporate into your daily lives. I guarantee they will make a positive difference.