So I watched “Scandal” this week — of course — and Mellie finally got a break. After so many episodes of getting short shrift, she took her place at the head of the line and got some respect — Quiet, the junior senator from Virginia has the floor! In this episode, Mellie – played by … Continue reading Female Stereotypes – Bah Humbug
My alma matter, the University of Missouri, has been on fire this week. It began with graduate student Jonathan Butler’s hunger strike to protest increasingly tense race relations — and former President Tim Wolfe’s lack of response — which led to a show of solidarity from the Mizzou football team, which subsequently resulted in Wolfe’s … Continue reading A Safe Space
The most pressing issue at hand for human resources functions in most companies is leadership and talent development. Yet these same companies freely admit this is a keen area of weakness for them. These organizations waste millions of dollars each year developing workshops, coaching sessions and corporate universities that don’t provide the tools managers need … Continue reading Are You Wasting Money Developing Leaders?
OK, say this with me: Black people are not animals. We are human beings, just like everyone else. Now say this: Dark skin does not mean less than. It does not signal inferior. It is simply color, a superficial difference by which one can assume nothing. Repeat as needed until you believe it and can … Continue reading We Are Just Like You
Perfection does not exist. It’s one of those phrases you hear when someone’s trying to self-motivate yet remain realistic in a personal context, but the words have significant meaning for those in the workplace as well. Some might say, “Oh, I want perfectionists on my team. They’re great with details, won’t miss deadlines, and the … Continue reading The Dangers of Being Perfect
This week I’ve seen at least a half dozen articles talking about how profitable it is to increase gender diversity. The Economist ran “The Power of Parity” and said the world would be a much richer place if more women had paying jobs. Then, The Guardian (U.K.) wrote that, “Tackling gender inequality could add $12 … Continue reading Show Them the Money?
I’m not even being flip here. I’m serious. To all the Vester Lee Flanagan II/Bryce Williams and Dylan Roofs’ of the world, please confine your craziness to your specific situation. Do not kill people and suggest for even a moment that your deplorable actions are legit because of some past injustice to which you claim … Continue reading Can You Just Not Kill People?
A good workplace is one in which you can look around and see future versions of yourself. But for women, this exercise in mirroring gets harder and harder as they push toward 40. That makes sense. After a certain age, you get tired of struggling for change – you just want change. If you can’t … Continue reading Look around your office. How many older women do you see?
Seriously, ouch! According to new info from VitalSmarts, perception can be murder on a working woman’s wallet. Check out this infographic for a few tips to help circumvent the bias. Continue reading A woman’s perceived value goes down $15Gs when she’s assertive at work. Ouch.