Changing Corporate Culture to Enable Women’s Success

This week, we’re blogging over at Linked2Leadership!  And here’s what we’re saying… If you haven’t been living under a rock, you’ve been hearing the recent debate about barriers to women’s career success. Debating Two Paths This debate is personified by Anne-Marie Slaughter in one corner, arguing that organizations force women to choose between life balance and career success, and Sheryl Sandberg in the other corner, countering that women bear a share of the responsibility for this problem. In Sandberg’s new book, Lean In, she says women need to assume they can have it all, and then get out there (or rather, lean in there) and press for what they need. […]

January 2013 Leadership Development Carnival – Best of 2012 Edition

Here’s a great way to start 2013. Have a quick read through the most interesting leadership blogs of 2012, as captured in Dan McCarthy’s Leadership Development Carnival. Note that our own Teleos blog post on “The End of Men…As Leaders” is included here!   Welcome to The January 2013 Leadership Development Carnival: Best of 2012 Edition! Each of the leadership bloggers below were asked to submit their best (i.e., favorite, most popular) post from 2012, along with why it was the best. For most Carnivals, I’d suggest that readers just skim the headlines and pick and choose from the list. However, for this special edition, why not read them ALL? After all, for a […]

The End of Men… as Leaders?

Hanna Rosin’s book The End of Men is making a splash. Rosin’s premise is that women are adapting better to the post-industrial economy than are men. Women are now getting the majority of college degrees and doing better in today’s job market.   Why Are Women Adapting Better To The New Economy? Rosin claims it’s partly because women possess more of the key capabilities that are essential today – communication skills, emotional intelligence, the ability to “sit still and focus.” But also, it’s because women are more adaptable to changing circumstances – while men can’t seem to let go of the old ways. This adaptability is a function of men’s […]

“Having it All,” Part Two: Any progressive CEO’s out there?

In her blog “Having it All, Part One” my colleague, Joan shared her thoughts on The Atlantic’s article, “Why Women Still Can’t Have it All”, by Anne-Marie Slaughter: “This is more than a women’s issue or a balance issue – and, if we keep defining it at that level, leaders will never summon up the political will to make change. Underlying the pressure towards work-life imbalance is a world view that also drives some common assumptions about what it means to be effective and successful at work. I call this world view the “mastery orientation,” and it has costs not just for life balance but also for organizational performance.” How […]

“Having it All,” Part One

The recent Atlantic article by Anne-Marie Slaughter has ignited a debate. Slaughter argues that organizations still force women to choose between life balance and career success, and that it’s time to stop telling women that, if they simply are committed or ambitious enough, they can “have it all.” She calls for organizations to change the norms and rewards that force these trade-offs. In my years of researching, writing about, and trying to help organizations change the pressures towards work-life imbalance, I have become convinced of one thing. This is more than a women’s issue or a balance issue – and, if we keep defining it at that level, leaders will […]