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Authenticity: How Women Leaders Can Be True To Themselves

First published in The Glass Hammer 22 March 2010 It seems obvious to many of us that a diverse group of men and women leaders are more likely to be creative and make better decisions than a homogenous group of men. If we manage to achieve gender-balanced leadership in our organizations we will, however, only […]
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The “Men Who Get It” Project

First published in The Glass Hammer 11 January 2011 Since publishing Unwritten Rules, I’ve worked with others to try to get more women in positions of senior leadership. Basically all change efforts boil down to the same thing – can we get people to behave differently. In this case, can we get shareholders to appoint […]
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Women Are Not A Diversity Issue

Since I researched and published Unwritten Rules, I have become intrigued that the issue of women and leadership most often falls in the category of “diversity and inclusion.” Why is that women are considered a “diversity” when they constitute 60% of university graduates in Europe and North America? How do women come to be considered […]
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Fastest Way To Gender-Balanced Leadership – Appoint A Woman CEO

First published in The Glass Hammer September 2010 Corporations are now as powerful, or sometimes more powerful, than governments. It therefore matters a lot who sits on their boards and executive teams.  These are the people who set strategy and make decisions that affect all of our lives. Some of these companies are smart enough […]
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20 Reasons Why We Still Need The “F” Word

In our privileged world “Feminism” has become a dirty word. For most western young women, to be called a Feminist is an insult. My son and his girlfriends associate Feminism with anti-men and women who wear unattractive clothes. To them the “F” word is, at best, dated and no longer relevant. If we could perhaps […]
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Gender Stereotypes- Not Just A Woman’s Issue

Not enough women in senior leadership roles is often blamed on gender stereotyping. Gender stereotypes are widely shared views on what is considered appropriate and effective behavior for men and women. To “fit in” and be socially accepted, men are told explicitly and implicitly to be: Primary breadwinners Emotionally and physically tough Competitive Decisive Assertive […]
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Women’s Networks Not Enough – Get a Sponsor!

There’s no doubt that female networks connect women, nourish career advancement, provide learning opportunities, boost confidence and generally provide much needed support and encouragement. But then what? We need more women in positions of senior leadership to work collaboratively with men, influence strategy and make important decisions. Networking with other women isn’t enough to achieve […]
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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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