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Rethink Networking

Why you should view networking as an essential leadership competency Many of my coaching clients either say they don’t like networking, or they simply don’t have the time for it. They say things like: “People who network contact me only when they want something.” “Networking events are awful. They are full of people thrusting business […]
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50-50. Do we need quotas to guarantee balanced leadership?

Are legislated quotas the only way, within our lifetime, to see a balance of women and men leading governments and organizations? There are two sides to this hotly debated issue. First, the naysayers point out that quotas are a form of reverse discrimination – the group now discriminated against (men) are previously the ones that […]
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Worlds Biggest Employers Still Losing Out On Female Talent.

The World Economic Forum has just published its 2010 Corporate Gender Gap Report. It surveys 600 leading companies across 16 industries in 20 countries and explores women’s participation in business and companies’ adherence to gender equality policies. The survey also asked respondents to identify the biggest barriers to women’s leadership and their opinion on the […]
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If Women Ruled The World

There have been several recent articles extolling the virtues of women and fantasizing about how great the world would be if only we replaced male leaders with women. In a scathing piece entitled A Nope for Pope, acid-tongued New York Times op-ed columnist Maureen Dowd suggests replacing the Pope with a nun, thus producing a “Nope.” […]
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The Myth of the Level Playing Field

Why we still don’t have a woman in the White House or Chairing the Board During a recent speaking engagement at a well-known business school I was proudly informed by a university executive that he had recruited mainly women to his team. He clearly expected a pat on the back. I asked him how many […]
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Women Still On The Wrong Path

Article from the Toronto Star March 13, 2010 Donna Nebenzahl Earlier this week, we marked International Women’s Day, celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women around the world. What has been a snail’s pace record on every level is no less so in Canada, where recent reports show dismal progress for women aspiring to […]
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The Invisible Woman

Media dominates our lives and strongly influences our views and opinions. Therefore it matters how we include and portray men and women in the media. With this in mind it’s somewhat shocking to read the preliminary report of the 2010 Global Media Monitoring Project released on March 2nd. Among the key findings are: 24% of […]
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The Confidence Factor

The feminization of the work force gives us an opportunity to create work environments that value a balance between what men and women bring to the table. But it does require women to step up to the plate, be courageous and take some risks. Former secretary-general of the United Nations Kofi Annan, a wise man […]
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Best Jobs Women Haven’t Discovered

It’s not news that we still have a gender pay gap – men are still earning more than women doing similar or equivalent jobs. One creative way that women might put their earnings on a par with men is to make different career choices. Perhaps it’s time to be more intentional about invading well-paid jobs […]
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Mind The (Pay) Gap

I read so much about the difficulties women encounter in the workplace that sometimes I feel we spend too much time highlighting the problems and not enough time proposing positive action to improve situations. I was heartened, therefore, to discover the measures underway in the U.K. to close the gender pay gap. No one these […]
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