International Women's Day (March 8) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity.
Most organizations are failing miserably when it comes to their diversity and inclusion efforts. The reason: there are fundamental flaws in how most organizations approach diversity & inclusion (D&I), including how they are approaching unconscious bias. The major problem is that the emphasis is on diversity, rather than inclusion. The true competitive advantage of D&I can’t be achieved without a significant focus on inclusion. An organization can only capitalize on its diverse workforce if they are able to leverage those diverse viewpoints and experiences in their decision-making. The organization needs to create an environment where individuals feel comfortable expressing their diversity of experiences and thought and where the organizations both listens and leverages that diversity, in the decision-making process. When an organization creates an inclusive culture, they have more effective problem-solving,...
I, like many of you, have struggled to juggle all the "balls" that make up my life. The "balls" include my children, my career, my husband, extended family, friends, time for me, etc. On any given day, we juggle multiple balls and try to fit a wide variety of things in. It is very hard, often thankless and at times seems completely overwhelming. I am the mother of three lovely daughters and have a full-time career. For years, I have tried very hard to "balance" my commitment to both my family and my career. I have had to make tough choices, sacrifices, and compromises to try to maintain this "delicate balance". But there was a time where there was no balance and I felt overwhelmed by my life and my routine. I was not alone as millions of women struggle with "work-life balance" and many would characterize it as this feeling of being overwhelmed.
The first step in moving towards managing your career, your life, and your sanity is by...
Many companies hire for “fit” with their organizational culture. A key question that many hiring managers ask themselves, before deciding on a candidate, is whether that person will fit in the team or organization. There are some companies that use personality assessments to help them make these decisions. Research has found that personality fit is important and linked to performance and success. However, while companies are making decisions based on fit, very often the candidate is not.
People pick jobs and even careers for a wide variety of reasons: personal, family, financial, etc. Many times, they are unhappy because the role or even their career is the wrong fit for their personality – i.e. the shoe doesn’t quite fit. Unfortunately, just like a pair of pretty shoes, sometimes we force our foot in and then wonder why we have a blister after standing in them all day. The same concept applies to your role or career – if your role or career is not a...
Being a working mom, one of the greatest struggles I’ve had is time. I have always felt that there was never enough time – not enough hours in the day, not enough of me to go around. From the second my alarm woke me in the morning, until the moment that I laid my head on the pillow at night, I felt like I was in a constant race against the clock. I was constantly trying to squeeze as many tasks as possible into as little time as possible.
In the morning I would get myself ready for work, get my daughters ready for school, make breakfast, try to squeeze in another housework task like laundry or do the dishes; while also checking my phone, and responding to work emails. My morning felt nonstop before the work day even started, and my days and nights were no better.
I am not alone, as this describes the experience of many other working mothers that I know. We spend our days in a state of nonstop motion – going from task to task. We consider ourselves fortunate...
Work-Life balance is a myth. It is often portrayed as a scale, with one side for home and the other for work. Each side of the scale in perfect balance. I don’t know a single woman who feels she has work-life balance. Many people think of work and life as competing for our time. In this view, work often wins at the cost of our personal and family time.
The technology has made work and your personal life interconnected. The days of leaving work at the office at 5 o’clock, are long behind us. We can access our work and emails from anywhere, often just by glancing at our phone. Sometimes we work at home, in the grocery store, and at the soccer field. The idea of work-life balance – 50% of our time devoted to work and 50% devoted to our personal life – is a myth. Yet many of us, beat ourselves up, for not being able to achieve it. We need to start treating it as a myth and stop being so hard on ourselves when we can’t achieve it.
Let’s stop striving...
Many people start off the new year, by hitting the job market. If you want to find a new job in the new year, here are 5 tips to help you get started.
Tip #1: Be active online and build your brand.
In today’s social and digital world, people are looking at your brand online, often before they ever meet you. They are forming impressions and opinions, based on what they see and based on what they don’t see. Digital invisibility can also be hurting your career, as people may perceive you and your skills as out of date. If you want to be successful, you need to actively manage your brand online.
Tip #2: Network!
There is an old saying, “It is not what you know, but who you know.” It is a saying for a very good reason. Your network can be incredibly helpful in opening doors to new opportunities, mentoring and sponsoring you, and propelling your career forward. You just need to ask. Often people don’t think of leveraging their network (or their...
In the five years, since Sheryl Sandberg’s book, “Lean In” was released, millions of women have “leaned in”. We have taken a seat at the conference table. We have spoken up, so our voice and opinion could be heard. We have raised our hand and taken on more visible projects. The question to ask ourselves, is why are we doing it? What's our purpose and goal?
Am I “leaning in” to get recognized and promoted? Am I “leaning in” for a new opportunity? Something else?
If you look at the advice, as a career strategy and tactics for women, then we must ask ourselves the obvious question - what is our personal end-goal? Once you know what your end-goal is, it is easier to evaluate if your strategy and tactics are working.
Let me tell you about Jessica. Jessica wanted to get promoted and be the head of PR for her company. She took on more visible projects and a lot of extra work, hoping that it would be recognized and rewarded....
What is your New Year’s Resolution? Is it related to your career? Probably not, but it should be.
If you are like many other women I know, your New Year’s Resolution falls in the health and fitness category. What has always amazed me is that, so few people set career aspirations and goals. We spend more than half of our waking hours at work. According to the United States Department of Labor, the average full-time employee works 8.56 hours a day. Yet, we often treat our careers as if it was on autopilot.
If you spend more than 50% of your waking hours at work, shouldn’t it be time spent on getting where you want to go?
One of the biggest mistakes people make, especially women is to autopilot their career. Women feel that if you work hard and do a great job, people will notice. They believe they will be rewarded with a raise, bonus, promotion, career opportunities, etc. Unfortunately, that is not the case. According to the Women in the Workplace 2017 study, women...
2017 was a year that began with a series of women’s marches and is ending with a long list of accounts of sexual abuse, and a loud out-crying of #MeToo. It is clear we still have a lot of gender issues as a society. Why are gender issues ranging from abuse of power, pay parity, unconscious bias, and micro-inequities, still so deeply rooted in our society in 2017?
I believe, part of the issue is that gender is just one aspect of much more complicated group dynamics.
As an individual, we are members of many different groups. Dr. Clay Alderfer and his pioneering work on Embedded Intergroup Relations theory identified the two basic categories of groups that people belong to - Identity groups and Organizational groups. Identity groups are made up of people who have some common biological factors (ex: race, gender), have been part of some similar historical experience (ex: 9/11 survivor), or have experienced social forces resulting in similar worldviews (ex: socioeconomic...
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