Companies Drain Women’s Ambition After Only 2 Years – HBR

This is interesting although discouraging data, but likely not surprising to many. What has been your experience been like?
I’d love to hear about exceptions to this, and, the reasons you think they have occurred.


Companies Drain Women’s Ambition After Only 2 Years – HBR.

The trait that makes women great leaders

Here’s a thought-provoking article from today’s Fortune Magazine.

I love the idea of scrapping the “hard” and “soft” leadership skills, (often implying that “soft” is less substantial or less powerful), and replacing this with “hot” and “cool” leadership styles.

What do you think?

Confident Businesswoman
The trait that makes women great leaders – Fortune.

Women Directors Change How Boards Work – HBR

Business People Walking by WindowWe know that getting more women on teams can boost performance. The examples are numerous: Citing private internal research of 20,000 client teams, EY’s vice chair Beth Brooke has said that the more diverse teams had higher profitability and great client satisfaction than non-diverse teams. And professors Anita Woolley and Thomas W. Malone have learned that increasing the number of women on a team also increases its collective intelligence.

Yet when it comes to one of the most important “teams” a company has — its board of directors — the United States seems to have hit a ceiling of about 16% women, with little by way of national efforts by government or business to increase that number.

via Women Directors Change How Boards Work – HBR.

Adapt to a New Culture – but Don’t Go Too Far – Harvard Business Review

Here’s a very interesting article from Andy Molinsky at HBR about adapting to a new organizational culture. It relates well to both the bigger cultural issues, like differences in global, ethnic and generational cultures, and also, to those more subtle and often unspoken facets of “who we are” and “how we do things” at any given workplace.


This is very applicable to anyone who is new to an organization, or, a location.

Most importantly, I recommend to anyone new to a culture that they become a careful and astute observer, and to use what you learn thoughtfully and with integrity.

Adapt to a New Culture – but Don’t Go Too Far – Andy Molinsky – Harvard Business Review.

Code Blue: How Boomers can avoid old person talk

This is too funny! I especially like “Code Sparkles.” Let me know what you think.
(In an era where multiple generations, often as many as three or four, need to work effectively together in any given workplace, this is actually something important to think about.)