‘Office Politics’ Category

April 11th, 2014, 6:00 am

Young, female AND successful: What Stops Us from Becoming CEO?

By Nneka Orji Age discrimination against older women has been widely discussed in the media. The assumption is that ageism applies mostly to older women however this is not necessarily the case. A 2011 report from the UK’s Department for Work and Pension (DWP) highlighted that those who experienced age discrimination were more likely to [...]

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April 8th, 2014, 6:00 am

When Hiring a New Team Member, Do You Hire People Like Yourself?

By Irene Solaz It is well established that diverse teams avoid the dreaded “groupthink”, the practice of minimizing conflict and reaching a consensus decision without thinking critically about alternative ideas or viewpoints. According to Irving Janis, the social psychologist who coined the term, groups are most vulnerable to groupthink when its members are similar in [...]

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March 14th, 2014, 6:00 am

Give It To Us Straight: Your Soft Feedback Isn’t Helping Us

By Nneka Orji Feedback is a core part of self-development and all too often male colleagues and managers are reluctant to give direct feedback to female colleagues 79 percent of the time. Why? According to Barbara Annis and John Gray, authors of Work with Me, it’s because men felt they have to walk on eggshells [...]

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March 4th, 2014, 6:00 am

How Being ‘Happy to Help’ Can Have an Impact on Your Career

By Tina Vasquez, Managing Editor Recently, Sharon Meers, Head of Magento Enterprise Strategy at eBay Inc., asserted that people “feel entitled to female help” at work. The gendered assumption that women enjoy being accommodating and supportive seem to extend into the office with early findings from Frank Flynn, a professor at Columbia Business School, revealing [...]

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February 20th, 2014, 11:00 am

Being the ‘Other’: How Othering Holds Women of Color Back

By Tina Vasquez, Managing Editor Contrary to commonly held stereotypes, women who feel racially/ethnically different are not less qualified to lead. According to Catalyst’s latest report, Feeling Different: Being the “Other” in US Workplaces, which is based on data from high-potential women and men who have MBA degrees, differences in experience, such as the time [...]

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January 3rd, 2014, 6:00 am

Finding Women-Friendly Employers: Look for the accolades and then look beyond them

By Jennifer Keck More than ever, companies in the financial services sector are recruiting top female talent, but many employers have yet to address the career challenges women face. Lack of mentoring, leadership programs, and flexible scheduling options steer women off an otherwise promising career track. When it comes to getting ahead, a women-friendly employer [...]

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January 2nd, 2014, 6:00 am

How Do You Lead a Multigenerational Workforce?

By Hadley Catalano Women in leadership positions are now managing multiple generations of employees, sometimes with as much as a 50-year age gap. Generally speaking, the scenario isn’t entirely new: seasoned employees with years of experience have often worked alongside fresh, inexperienced hires. What is historic; however, is that in the last 10 years, the [...]

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December 20th, 2013, 6:00 am

How Top Companies are Tackling Second-Generation Gender Bias and Closing the Gender Gap in Leadership

By Mai Browne The past two decades have seen notable progress for women in corporate America, as most forms of overt gender discrimination have been eliminated and many companies have invested in women’s advancement initiatives and organizational change programs. So why is it that the dial has barely moved for women at the highest ranks [...]

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November 27th, 2013, 6:00 am

Women on European Boards: Are We Seeing Progress?

By Michelle Hendelman At the recent Women’s Forum Global Meeting in Deauville, France, the percentage of women on European boards was an important topic of conversation among the 30+ CEOs gathered at the annual conference. Now in its 8th year, this forum brings together CEOs from across the globe to have a candid discussion about [...]

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November 12th, 2013, 6:00 am

How an Introvert can be Heard at Work

By Hadley Catalano (Boston) For women who identify as introverts, the workplace can seem like they are living on the outskirts of the enthusiastic, chatty, sociable town, where charisma, assertion, and out-going personalities win popularity and approval. How can introverted women – the analytical thinkers and quiet influencers – make sure their voice is heard [...]

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