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Women Matter

By - Last updated: Thursday, February 6, 2014

  Since 2007, McKinsey & Company has published Women Matter, a series which analyzes the state of diversity in the top management of corporations. In January 2014, they released Women Matter 2013 "Gender diversity in top management: Moving corporate culture, moving boundaries."   For me, the highlights of the survey results are:   Female executives are ambitious and sure of their own abilities to become top managers, though they are less confident that their companies' cultures can support their rise. Cultural factors at work are more than twice as likely as individual factors to link to women's confidence that they can reach top management. Culture has a critical role to play in either supporting or hindering efforts to advance diversity. At the individual level, female respondents report ...

Taking YES for an answer

By - Last updated: Tuesday, December 10, 2013

An article in the December issue of CAmagazine by Mary Teresa Bitti reminded me of the importance of being a skilled negotiator in both the workplace and life, in general. In brief, it offers a few key dos and don'ts   1. Do broaden your view of negotiating and what it can do for your career   2. Don't view neogtiating as a win/lose situation   3. Do find a sponsor, someone in a senior position who will advocate for you   4. Don't assume if you work hard and do a good job your effort will be rewarded   5. Do get comfortable asking for what you want   6. Don't take the first offer and don't accept the first No   7. Do take some risk   8. Don't overnegotiate   9. Do be clear on ...

The Opt Out Generation Wants Back In

By - Last updated: Monday, October 7, 2013

A friend sent me the link to an article published in the New York Times in early August with the title "The Opt Out Generation Wants Back In."  When friends send me articles, I usually read them and tweet about them (if I am inspired to do so),  despite the fact, I am well aware many of you are not on twitter.   In this case, I kept thinking about the article and thought it offered a perspective we don't hear very often, so I am doing things the old fashioned way...I am blogging about it to share the link with you....in the hopes, more of you will read it.   I warn you this article is a long one!! Regardless, I believe it ...

Interview with John Smith

By - Last updated: Friday, June 14, 2013

Today's post is the final of three excerpts from my interview with "John Smith." John is a hugely successful participant in the Canadian securities industry and I thought his perspective on a variety of issues would be interesting to consider!! I was thrilled he agreed to be interviewed. I hope you enjoy reading what he has to say and as usual your comments are most welcome!!   I asked John whether he saw himself as a mentor and if so, how these mentoring relationships had developed and whether he had mentored women.   He says: “Yes, I do see myself as a mentor.  Yes, I’ve mentored women.  But my advice to anyone is the same.  You have to do it on your own.  You ...