Tag: diversity

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The Time Has Come to Manufacture a Crisis

I have a favorite quote, “Nothing breeds motivation like necessity.” It sums up the challenge that plagues any person or entity in a position to try to change others: despite earnest attempts the last two decades in the fields of change management and engagement, the fact remains, people don’t like to change unless they absolutely ...

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McDonald’s Jan Fields Proves Leadership is for Everyone

I attended¬†a Women’s Leadership Forum at a large corporation recently featuring Jan Fields, President of McDonald’s USA. She is #88 on Forbes “The World’s 100 Most Powerful Women,” sharing the stage with the likes of Hilary Clinton, Oprah Winfrey, Meg Whitman and Marisa Mayer. I had just published a “best leadership advice” blog post, so ...

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Debunking Assertiveness, Part II: 5 Ways to Get More Women in Leadership

It’s clear we’ve moved beyond the days of telling women they should “be more assertive” as explained in my last post, Debunking Assertiveness: Real Reasons There Aren’t More Women in Leadership, Part I. However, there are some barriers to getting more women on leadership teams and on boards. They include homogenous culture at the top, ...

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Debunking Assertiveness: Real Reasons There Aren’t More Executive Women, Part I

Attend most leadership conferences or read any book geared toward women, you’ll probably hear someone telling women they¬†should be more assertive. I’ve been in professional roles since the early ’90s, and it irritated me back then. To hear that in 2012 is infuriating. Even worse, in our most respected business periodicals, we’re still telling women ...