The topic of gender diversity is no longer new on most companies' agendas and many employees and mangers are starting to suffer from diversity fatigue — a sense of frustration about conversations on diversity not turning into action plus an overwhelm over the quantity of issues. In my writing, I always try to counteract the above and focus on specific issues and concrete actions. If your company is discussing how to invest in its female employees and is looking to move the n
As you move up the ranks, the ability to speak in public and influence a bigger and more diverse set of individuals will become more critical. A large portion of my course participants feel that their executive presence suffers from underdeveloped public speaking skills.
Although some people are naturally more comfortable in front of audiences, anyone can become a more effective speaker with practice and some coaching.
One quick way to boost your executive presence is by
My academic years presented a clear formula for measuring merit: everyone got the same assignments or tests and the final grade depended on one's efforts and talents in preparing for these.
I started my professional career in a global investment bank in New York City. It was a very competitive and somewhat political environment, yet it was fairly meritocratic. Only the merit criteria changed drastically from my college years so I had to figure out the written and unwritten
In a formal meeting with 15 senior women at a boardroom of a big multinational company, I took some mental notes executive presence ('EP') as each woman presented herself and the work of her organization. Our host radiated executive presence. She was elegant, charming, she led the conversation with grace and effectiveness. She introduced those who joined with humor and kindness, making sure everyone was included while moving the event agenda along. Another favorite was a prom
The current discussion about the gender pay gap often remains in the title: "Women make 20% of what men make," and each side tries to argue with singular arguments why the other one is wrong: "this happens because of discrimination" or "this happens because women lean out of the workforce or work part time." The reality is, as always, much more complex.
10 important things you should know now about the gender pay gap:
1. Women in the United States earn about 80% of what m
One of the biggest misconception about power is that it requires formal authority. And perhaps even physical strength. Yet, Stuart Diamond, an award-winning negotiations professor and author of Getting More writes: "When you have less power, you learn to use tools that are more subtle, less noticeable, even invisible to those with raw power. There is less risk of retaliation."
According to Harvard's Joseph S. Nye, "Hard power can rest on inducements ('carrots') or threats (
When I was thinking about what skill makes a huge difference for a success chances of a future female executive, Influencing and persuading others (bosses, employees, peers, investors, clients) immediately came to mind. I went on to interview potential students and after talking to multiple women, mostly in male-dominated industries, from all levels of seniority across multiple geographies, several common challenges emerged: 1. Establishing credibility and being heard by othe
I sometimes hear in my talks and in private conversations, both from men and women, that one of the biggest barriers to women's success are other women (see one sad story here). I personally have a hard time forming a clear opinion on this topic. I have had over 10 bosses during my professional career, most of which were men, and overall most of which were NOT great people's managers. One of the two women I worked for was someone who initially opened the door for me in Tech d
From the beginning of this journey, it has been clear to me that if I wanted to affect change in how we perceive women in leadership roles and give them the opportunity to thrive, I couldn't just limit myself to empowering women (many of which don't even need my help in getting empowered). Culture change comes from the top and with 80% of executive seats in most big companies being occupied by men, I had to find ways to engage them as well. Knowing More About The Audience Aft