Monday, December 31, 2012

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The Glass Ceiling Shattered 
by Gayla Baer  & Elaine Love
Originally Published: December 31st, 2012

businessmen one woman pie chart
"The term “glass ceiling” was coined in the 1970s. The belief was that women had to outperform a man in order to get ahead. We have made remarkable strides in the last 40 years.

Celebrate Progress

There are now 20 female CEO’s at the helm of America’s largest companies. It is only four percent, but it is still a noteworthy record. IBM led the charge with Ginni Rometty. Wal-Mart followed with Rosalind Brewer, not only the first female but the first African-American as well.

Each woman charted her own path to the top; they traveled through a variety of industries: energy, life insurance, technology, retail, and food service. Regardless of their industry or path, there are 2 questions of importance.

How did they do it?

How can you achieve your goals to reach the top?

Famous Quotes

Rachel Ray, Food Network chef, “You have to be open-minded when those early opportunities present themselves whether they are going to make you a lot of money or not.”

Estee Lauder, “I have never worked a day in my life without selling. If I believe in it, I sell it and I sell it hard.”

Meg Whitman, former CEO of eBay and current CEO of Hewlett-Packard, said managing is the same in any economy, “It’s the discipline of the bottom line, understanding your customers, segmenting your customers by their needs and building a world-class management team.”

Mary Kay Ash, “People are definitely a company’s greatest asset. A company is only as good as the people it keeps.”

Can’t resist my favorite female quote by Margaret Thatcher, former Prime Minister of Great Britain in her People magazine interview, “If you want anything said, ask a man. If you want something done, ask a woman.”

Common Theme

Gender bashing aside, the theme is the same. Success boils down to being open-minded but so focused and determined that nothing derails you from the achievement of your goals.
Life and business are constantly focused on selling; we are selling our expertise and our products.

We know, celebrate and constantly recognize the value of our people. Achievement is and always will be a team effort.

What is Next?

Of course women will continue to achieve and increase the percentage of female top executives.

The average compensation for 481 male CEO’s was $12.9 million with the 19 female CEO’s averaging $11.7 million dollars. The top male CEO, Tim Cook of Apple, is reported to earn $378 million and Larry Page, co-founder of Google took $1. Note the 481 male to 19 female ratio. Even though the money is getting closer, the percentage of females at the top is still low.

There are still strides to be made in recognizing the abilities of women and compensating them accordingly. The great news is that if a few have already broken through the glass ceiling, more will follow.

What is next, a woman president of the United States? Why not?"

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U.S. on Pace for Slowest Decade of Population Growth Since 1930s 
by Frank Bass
Originally Published: December 31st, 2012

U.S. on Pace for Slowest Decade of Population Growth Since 1930s
"The U.S. population is on track forits slowest decade of growth since the Great Depression. 

The Census Bureau estimates there will be 315.1 millionpeople living in the country on New Year’s Day, a 0.73 percentrise from last year’s estimate and 2.05 percent more than themost recent census count in April 2010. At the current pace, thenation’s population will grow by 7.3 percent during the decade,the lowest level since the 7.25 percent increase recordedbetween 1930 and 1940, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. 

The slow rate of growth during the first part of the decadeindicates the U.S. continues to emerge slowly from the worsteconomic downturn since the 1930s. The nation’s birth rate andimmigration fell in the aftermath of the 2007-09 recession.Between 2000 and 2010, the Census Bureau reported the nation’spopulation grew by 9.7 percent. 

William Frey, a senior fellow at the BrookingsInstitution’s Metropolitan Policy Program, said one bright spotis that mountain states in the West were among the fastest-growing places in the nation. 

“There are some signs of growth in Nevada and Arizona,states that were hit particularly hard by the recession,” hesaid. 

Dakota Leads 

North Dakota, propelled by an energy boom, registered a 2.2percent population increase between 2011 and 2012, according tocensus figures released earlier this month. It was trailed bythe District of Columbia, which reported a 2.15 percent growthrate to reach its highest population total since 1987. Thenation’s capital has lost 20 percent of its population over thelast half-century, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. 

Five of the 10 fastest-growing states between 2011 and 2012were in the West. Wyoming, the least-populous state in thenation, grew 1.6 percent to 576,412 people. Utah, Nevada andColorado increased their population by about 1.4 percent, andArizona gained 1.3 percent to 6.6 million residents. 

Two states lost population during the year. Vermont shed0.1 percent of its residents to 626,011, and Rhode Island dipped0.03 percent to 1.05 million people. West Virginia, which ranksNo. 3 among states with the oldest median age of people, added0.03 percent to its population, giving it almost exactly thesame number of residents as it had in 1960."

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Women's Rights Made Leaps in 2012, Just Not in Canada 
by Glen Pearson
Originally Published: December 30th, 2012

"Progress for the world's women has proceeded in fits and starts in the past century, but 2012 saw some clear advancement on numerous fronts and in diverse locations.

Four-million victims, many internally displaced, saw a new law passed in Colombia granting land restitution following the 50-year war. Mostly women would be assisted by the new "Victims Law" -- a serious initiative that would also mandate psychological care and mandatory court representation for the survivors of sexual exploitation, again, mostly women.

Turkey became the first member state in the Council of Europe to ratify a landmark Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence Against Women and Domestic Violence. Although 25 other members have signed the Convention itself, only Turkey has ratified it. Clearly there is more work to be done -- 10 ratifications are required before it can be enforced.

A breakthrough occurred in the Arab world in May when, following elections, Algeria became the first and only Arab country where women hold more than 30 per cent of its seats in parliament. The previous high had been 8 per cent. This was the first chance to vote since the Arab Spring had its effects on the region.

This past summer, the UN Conference for Sustainable Development in Rio de Janeiro adopted The Future We Want -- a major document calling for, among other things, increased gender equality commitments. It included a woman's right to reproductive health and the right to participation and leadership in society.

Also in the summer, Senegal came close to reaching gender parity in Parliament after women were elected in record numbers. As a result, Senegalese women doubled their representation to 150 seats -- 43 per cent of the total.

The Summer Olympics were a global spectacle, but little was made of the fact that, for the first time in Olympic history, every sporting event included both men and women. Following the closing ceremony, UN women signed a partnership agreement with the International Olympic Committee to advance gender equality through sports.

The permanent International Criminal Court made a major ruling in September, offering reparations for the victims of Congolese warlord Thomas Lubanga. The court not only decided on a 14-year prison sentence for the warlord, but also laid out gender and child-sensitive principles for reparations for children, women and survivors of sexual and gender-based violence.

In the same month, the UN General Assembly adopted a declaration that included firm commitment and language on strengthening women's access to justice -- a measure including frameworks to prevent and address all forms of discrimination and violence against women.

For the first time ever, the world recognized the International Day of the Girl Child in October 2012.

The year ended in December with the celebrated passage of the first-ever United Nations resolution to end genital mutilation on a global scale. The initiative brought some 100- to 140-million women on to the world's radar who had largely been suffering in isolation previously.

But while global advancements on gender issues were escalating, at home, in Canada, the record remains decidedly mixed. The Idle No More phenomenon presently spreading across the country finds its soul in the suffering of aboriginal women. The refusal to deal with such long-standing abuses threatens to expose the inaction of the present federal government in a manner that will draw international attention.

For Canadian women, the penchant for governments at all levels to lower taxes, offload social responsibilities, and refuse to deal with growing gender inequalities has hurt their future. Research is showing that, over time, more Canadian women -- society's main caregivers -- are having to care for seniors, aging parents, and children. International strategies, developed over the last two decades and designed to enhance the lives of women, have been ignored by the federal government to a heightened degree.

Canadian women are presently losing ground on everything from pay equity to childcare, from poverty to homelessness. While it remains true that more women are gaining access to universities and parliaments, especially at the provincial level, the sharp decrease in institutional and political support in the last few years threatens to undermine any gains made in limited categories.

Canadians must come to terms with the irony of witnessing the advancements of women's rights on a global scale while at the same time dealing with the reality that this country has been steadily declining in international rankings of gender disparity. Where we once ranked 14th out of 115 countries in the "gender-gap index" in 2006, we had fallen to 25th place by 2009.

The time will come when Canadians will no longer tolerate a political climate that sees to the advancement of a few women at the expense of the all the rest. Political turbulence on this matter is coming, with the path-finding Idle No More movement paving the way for broader gender issues. The pressure for change couldn't come soon enough for Canadian women struggling under increasingly impossible workloads with declining rewards."

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Janice Charette: diversity is integral to Canada's civil service
by Helen Crane
Originally Published: December 31st, 2012

Canadian flag with mountains and evergreens in background
"Associate secretary to the Canadian cabinet says fair representation is vital if the government is to be respected by the people it serves

Canada's associate secretary to the cabinet, Janice Charette, has emphasised the importance of having public bodies that are diverse and representational.

As part of the Guardian's global public leaders series, and in response to a speech in November by Peter Ong, head of the Singapore civil service, about his country's civil service, Charette said diversity was a very big part of how her country thinks about recruitment and talent development for its public services.

Charette said Canada's dual-language status and the historical importance of immigration to the country mean an inclusive approach to running its public services is essential. "The ability to understand - whether it's gender, whether it's regional diversity, whether it's diversity in terms of ethnic background - goes to the heart of understanding the changing nature of the country."

One of the challenges of modern public service, Charette said, is balancing short-term pressures with ongoing aims. Alongside day-to-day concerns she said it is important to plan for the future, and diversity plays a significant part of this. As well as working out "where our jobs, growth and prosperity are going to come from," Charette said her goal was to ensure "Canada builds a country that continues to be welcoming to people from around the world, and a place where diversity and unity can continue as a strong force for our country."

Charette also stressed the importance of responding to the public's changing needs, which she says is vital to retain their respect. She said public servants in Canada are held in fairly high esteem, but added: "I don't think that is something we can ever take for granted. We really have to be ever vigilant about making sure that we remain relevant and responsive to [the public's] interests." "

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11 tips for introverts who want to embrace public speaking 
by The Young Entrepreneur Council
Originally Published: December 31st, 2012

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"1. Tell a story. Introverts are often the most effective public speakers because they make it a priority to connect with an audience rather than engage in self-promotion. Use stories to connect with your audience–show them why you are passionate about your company and how you have positively impacted others. Stories are your best way to persuade, entertain, and perhaps most importantly, diffuse nervousness.

Alexia vernon | communication and leadership author, speaker, coach, and trainer, Alexia vernon empowerment llc

2. Speak from the right place. Public speaking becomes far easier when you’re telling the world about a product you have a deep connection to. Identify the core mission behind your product–the one you really connect with, as though it’s a cause you’re fighting for. And then speak from that place. The words will flow and you’ll find you can talk for hours, without even needing to prepare.

Amanda aitken | founder and ceo, The girl’s guide to web design

3. Manage your energy. As a fellow introvert, I find that managing my energy and focus is the best way to bring the best of yourself to these meetings. If you give yourself a little bit of quiet time–even just five minutes–beforehand to collect your thoughts and really understand the root of what you want to communicate, the rest will come more naturally.

Caroline ghosn | co-founder and ceo, The levo league

4. Hire against your weaknesses. There’s no getting around sales, pitches and speaking opportunities because they’re essential for all businesses–but no one says you have to do it alone! if these skills are your weaknesses, find a co-founder or salesperson who has these activities as a strong suit. Many successful ventures launch with one founder being the internal leader and others focusing on promotion and sales.

Doreen bloch | ceo / founder, Poshly inc.

5. The 15-minute rule. I used to dislike going to networking events too so I started telling myself that if I went, all I had to do was stay fifteen minutes; if I didn’t like it, I could leave. Sometimes I do leave after just fifteen minutes, but most of the time I end up finding someone I like talking to or start having a great time and staying.“

Caitlin mccabe | founder & ceo, Real bullets branding

6. Prove to yourself you can do it. Every time you make a pitch and survive, you prove to yourself that you can do it! When there’s something that scares me, i take baby steps and look at the evidence. We all know that this is an irrational fear; your life isn’t actually endangered by stepping onto the stage. Start small, do it once, then use your baby steps as fuel for the next time.

Laura roeder | founder, Lkr

7. Change your perspective. If you go around thinking that you “hate” doing people-related activities, you will make yourself and others uncomfortable. The place to start is by thinking something true yet positive: I can’t wait to share my ideas with people. What i have to offer is of great benefit to the world. I so look forward to what this conversation could bring. With this attitude, action is easier.”

Elizabeth saunders | founder & ceo, Real life e®

8. Just keep doing it! The only way to feel more comfortable in these types of settings is to keep doing them, over and over and over again. You might be awkward or fumble a bit at first, but with practice, you’ll learn to have confidence and poise. To feel comfortable speaking, you might actually learn to enjoy it. Take advantage of every opportunity you have to put yourself out there in order to get there.

Stephanie kaplan | co-founder, ceo and editor-in-chief, Her campus media

9. Practice over and over again. No matter how many times you pitch or speak in public, you may not enjoy it–but you can get used to the process. Take every opportunity you can get and practice. Where you can, pick up low risk opportunities: pitch to your friends for practice, join toastmasters, talk to students, etc. If you know that a mistake won’t cripple your business, it’s easier to settle into the pattern of talking.

Thursday bram | consultant, Hyper modern consulting

10. Do what works for you. I personally love doing in-person speaking events, but if you’re uncomfortable presenting in front of a large audience, consider offering a webinar or online event instead. It’s all about finding out what works best for you–if you feel uncomfortable, it will likely be obvious.

Heather huhman | founder & president, Come recommended

11. Record yourself. It’s so easy to want to bury your head in the sand when it comes to how much you “suck” doing sales, pitches, speaking, etc. But one of the best ways to improve is to face your current skill level head on by watching a recording of yourself (you can record sales calls and have someone record your speeches) and being honest about what you can fix.

Nathalie lussier | creator, The website checkup tool

The Young entrepreneur council (yec) is an invite-only nonprofit organization comprised of the world’s most promising young entrepreneurs. In partnership with Citi, the YEC recently launched#startuplab, a free virtual mentorship program that helps millions of entrepreneurs start and grow businesses via live video chats, an expert content library and email lessons."

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Sunday, December 30, 2012

Developing the Global Leader 
by Julia Hanna
Originally Published: December 29th, 2012

"What skills do today’s executives need to develop to become effective global leaders of tomorrow? And how do corporations teach these skills to their own leaders?

“The shift from a country-centric corporation to one that is more global in its outlook will have a radical impact on leadership development,” says Professor of Management Practice William George, the former chairman and chief executive officer of Medtronic.

George developed and taught for many years the popular second-year MBA course Authentic Leadership Development (ALD), which he has compressed into a five-day Executive Education program at Harvard Business School.

“The most successful leaders will not necessarily be those with the highest IQ,” he says. “Of course, they will need to be intelligent. But they’ll also need to have a high level of cultural and emotional intelligence.”

According to George, additional characteristics of a successful global leader include:

  • An intellectual understanding of the global business context—in other words, an ability to comprehend just how complex it can be to do business around the world.
  • The capacity to simultaneously develop a global and local perspective. “This is much easier said than done,” George says. “And it’s almost impossible to achieve without a great deal of experience living in different parts of the world.”
  • Being able to overcome the dominant thinking at headquarters. “Leadership has to lean in favor of non-dominant thinking,” says George. “That requires a tremendous amount of intercultural empathy and a passion for diversity in life experiences.” In other words: “An insatiable need to learn about other cultures.”
  • A knack for cross-boundary partnering. “You need to feel comfortable engaging a team in India and giving them as much power as a team in Germany or the United States. There’s a certain level of executive leadership maturity involved in having the respect and capacity to pull the best out of each area of the corporation.”
  • A self-awareness and self-assurance when it comes to one’s values and sense of purpose. At the same time, however, “you need to be flexible in learning from and empowering others.”
  • The ability to develop networks that are internal and external to the organization. “It’s a process of shifting from vertical management to horizontal collaboration. One’s title and role are far less important than the capacity to get things done.”

How should one cultivate these qualities? One of George’s first recommendations for would-be global leaders is to live in a country where the language spoken is different from that in one’s home country.

“When my wife and I lived in Japan we had a two-year-old child, which meant we had to dive in and learn very quickly,” he recalls. “Doing this gives you a heightened sensitivity to cultural differences, and how those differences are tied up in language.”

After 60 or so hours of Japanese language instruction, George could more or less carry on a conversation, and did so with a retired chairman of Mitsubishi—who gently informed him that he was speaking “female Japanese.”

Get lost

“These are great learning experiences,” he says. “The first weekend after I had moved to Belgium, I asked someone how I should explore and get to know the place. I was told to go get lost, which is great advice. It’s about really engaging in the culture and learning to be vulnerable.”

Accepting one’s vulnerabilities is a primary objective of ALD, which requires participants to work together in six-person groups.

“It’s more than a knowledge transfer from HBS to individuals; it’s also an exchange between people and a process of understanding who I am, what I desire, what is my purpose, and what are my values,” says George, who notes that this year the number of participants who can enroll in ALD has doubled to 240 people.

Also coming next July is The Global Enterprise Leader, a course developed with Professor Krishna Palepu that will extend ALD’s objectives to include cultivating a greater capacity for cultural intelligence. “It’s not so much about understanding geopolitics,” George says. “The characteristics that I’ve cited above are far more important.”

Aligning employees across a diversity of geographies and experiences is easier said than done, George concedes, although he does highlight a few standouts, including Coca-Cola (which has had five non-American CEOs), Nestlé, Unilever, Siemens, IBM, and Novartis, among others.

“Ultimately, a global organization is measured by how well the diversity of its leadership reflects the diversity of its customer base and how well that leadership can leverage the skills of teams working around the world,” he says, adding that Medtronic’s CEO is Omar Ishrak, a native of Bangladesh who was educated in London and has worked in the United States for nearly 20 years.

“We’re looking to companies to create a global cadre of people who are comfortable operating anywhere in the world,” George concludes. “That’s where we’re heading.”"

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Billionaire Warren Buffett says women will save the U.S. economy 
by Laura Kane

Originally Published: December 29th, 2012

"Warren Buffett believes women will save the U.S. economy.

In an interview with Melinda Gates on the BBC, the 82-year-old billionaire said he was optimistic the United States would survive the fiscal cliff, and that the economy would thrive because women’s talents were finally being utilized. 

“Fifty per cent of the talent in the country, we’ve pushed off in the corner for almost 200 years,” he said. “Now that we’re . . . starting to use 100 per cent of our talent, it makes me very optimistic.”

Buffett added that the U.S. still had a ways to go in reaching gender equality, but he had seen great gains since he was a boy with two sisters in the 1930s. 

“The hope was that they would marry well. The hope with me was that I would fulfill my potential, whatever it might be,” he said. 

“I saw two human beings with enormous potential and it was just assumed that they could be a nurse, they could be a secretary, they could be a flight attendant . . . What a waste of human talent.”

Gates, a fellow philanthropist and advocate for women’s rights, interviewed the billionaire as a “guest editor” on BBC’s Today radio program. Buffett, the world’s third-richest man, has supported global access to contraception.

“Women have been subjugated for time immemorial and only recently have they started achieving control over their bodies,” he said. “I think it’s enormously important that a woman have a real say in family planning.”

The wealthy investor, often called the “Sage of Omaha,” also said he was confident that a deal would be reached between U.S. legislators to avert the “fiscal cliff” crisis.

“Each party would like to have any decrease in expenditures or increase in taxes blamed on the other party . . . In the end, 535 people in Washington will not thwart the wishes of 312 million Americans.”

He added the United States is richer than it ever has been, with a GDP per capita of nearly $50,000, but that the country has “overpromised” and “undertaxed.”

“We’ll be able to overcome this problem. America’s faced a lot tougher problems than this one and we’ll get it solved.”"

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Minneapolis appoints first female police chief in a same-sex relationship 
by Andrew Potts
Originally Published: December 30th, 2012

Minneapolis Police Chief Janeé Harteau"The city of Minneapolis has appointed its first woman chief of police and its first police chief in a same-sex relationship.

The largest city in the US state of Minnesota has appointed its first woman police chief who is also its first police chief in a same-sex relationship.

Janeé Harteau was approved in a unanimous vote by the Minneapolis City Council to be the city’s next police chief on November 30, having previously served as the city’s assistant chief of police.
Harteau takes over from former boss, police chief Tim Dolan, who had not sought a third term.
Harteau is in a domestic partnership with Holly Keegel - a woman she has been in a relationship with for 24 years and the couple have a 13 year old daughter together.

Keegel is a Minneapolis police sergeant and the couple shared a squad car as patrol officers when they first joined the force.

Harteau told the Minneapolis Star-Tribune that she very much identified as a member of the LGBT community although she didn’t identify with the label ‘lesbian.’

‘I don't want to be put in a box,’ Harteau told the Star-Tribune, ‘I … fell in love with my best friend.’
‘I absolutely would identify with the [LGBT community though] and certainly will support them in any way and be a role model, but ... you'll be hard pressed to put me in a box in any category, whether it be ethnicity, gender, the type of police chief or police officer I was,’ said Harteau, who is also part Native American.

Minneapolis Mayor RT Rybak thanked Harteau at the council meeting for her willingness to serve the community.

‘I want to thank her for her willingness to step forward for what is absolutely the toughest job in the city,’ Mayor Rybak said.

Minnesota does not yet recognize same-sex marriages but voters there defeated a proposed amendment to the state’s constitution banning gay marriage during US elections in November."

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A case for the “alpha bitch” 
by Dorothy Dalton
Originally Published: December 30th, 2012

Alpha bitch-   female stereotyping?
"Suzannah works in investment banking. She is on track for a senior role and intends to have a high 6 figure salary (at least) by the time she is 40. Her goal is to break through the glass ceiling in this male dominated sector which has less than 10% at board level.

A 70 hour week is her norm and leaving the office at 9.00 p.m. would be considered an early finish. Her boss might ask her only semi-jokingly if she has enough work. She is well-groomed and exercises regularly. She has time for passion, but not romance. She is aware of her ticking biological clock and although she thinks about having children, her partner is a corporate lawyer,  she is not sure marriage is in her long-term vision. The only items in her refrigerator are nail polish and left over takeaway.  She has a housekeeper and has no idea how her own washing machine works.

She is a top revenue generator and improves the team results. She believes that there is one passenger in that number and she has made her thoughts clear. Her colleagues respect her, but don’t seek her out socially. She travels  internationally at the drop of a hat to make pitches and close deals and always sits “at the front of the bus.”  She takes no prisoners in negotiations and she knows she is considered in the office to be difficult to work with and at times referred to as a ”a complete bitch.”

Does this bother her? Not one bit. She told me why.

“The difference between the alpha female and the alpha male is that most men and women admire the alpha male and most men want to be like him. He is considered to be successful. The alpha female becomes the “alpha-bitch“ in the eyes of  both men and women and almost an object for sympathy and ridicule. Being tough, direct, successful and assertive is not considered to be feminine and attractive. I don’t fit a mould and neither men or women know how to deal with that.

I work hard and give 100% plus. I don’t expect my subordinates or peers to work the way I do, or have the same ambitions, but I do expect them to do a proper job. I’m a result orientated rather than presence insisting manager, and if someone works a 70 hour week and needs to attend their child’s school play at 3.00 p.m. then I’m OK with that … if they get their work done by the deadline.

I get tired of waiting for men to create better conditions for women, but not as much as I get irritated by implications that I’m a “ball-breaker“  because I don’t behave in a stereotypical female way. Most men by definition aren’t aren’t alpha males either, but alpha males don’t get the type of flak that I do.

My starting salary in my current organisation was twice that of the other women at my level because they had failed to negotiate their market value and were being under paid. This is not my fault.  At least one has now had a 30% increase because of my efforts. Should I decide to have a child, then I have negotiated more generous maternity options than are on offer currently, which will certainly become a precedent for the other female employees above a certain level in my firm.  Just as all men are not dominant and assertive, not all women are group-hug, collaborative and supportive. Most times someone has to take tough decisions. Work is not a popularity contest which is what worries many women and holds them back.

They are just as guilty of perpetuating gender stereotypes as men and they need to get over it.”

Strong words…What do you think?"

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Hunger-striking chief calls for action amidst health concerns
by Aleksandra Sagan
Originally Published: December 30th, 2012

Idle No More protest at Toronto, Ontario's Eaton Centre was organized in response to hunger-striking First Nations Chief Theresa Spence's call for action.
"Time for Harper to 'show some leadership and to extend a hand'

On First Nations Chief Theresa Spence's 20th day of her politically motivated hunger strike, Canadians and politicians answered her plea for solidarity for her cause to secure a meeting between First Nations leaders, Prime Minister Stephen Harper, and the Governor General.

The Attawapiskat chief sent Friday a public plea to make Sunday a day of solidarity, asking Canadians to stage protests across the country and petitioning politicians to meet with her in Ottawa, both at 2 p.m.
A number of politicians are starting to make the trek to Victoria Island, Ottawa where the chief is residing in a teepee, including a 15-member NDP delegation, Valérie Dufour, the party's deputy director of strategic communications, told CBC News.

Originally, 17 NDP MPs were expected, Cheryl Maloney, who self-identified as a Spence supporter and is the president of the Nova Scotia Native Women's Association, told CBC News. However, two expected MPs experienced weather-related delays.

NDP sends MPs to meet with chief

The group, which will visit the chief at 2 p.m. Sunday, will be led by deputy leader Megan Leslie and Timmins-James Bay MP Charlie Angus.

The NDP has been following Spence's hunger strike very closely, said Dufour. Since the chief started her hunger strike on Dec. 11, she has subsisted on fish broth and tea. Her condition has been worsening, according to a statement released Friday.

"Her condition continues to weaken every hour," read the statement.

On Dec. 18, party leader Thomas Mulcair wrote a letter to Harper asking him to meet with Spence."Please act swiftly to avoid a personal tragedy for Chief Spence," he wrote.

Now, 20 days into Spence's hunger strike, the NDP is "beginning to be very worried," said Dufour. "It's dangerous for her ... We're all a bit afraid because she said she's even willing to die for it."

Dufour said Harper should meet with First Nations leaders as soon as possible because it is the only way to settle the matter, adding that Spence isn't asking for much by requesting a meeting with the Prime Minister.

"Now it's time for Stephen Harper to show some leadership and to extend a hand and to meet with the leader," she said.

Spence supporter, Maloney, who forwarded the chief's latest statement, said she was not authorized to speak about Spence's condition. She said it is getting harder for the chief to host visitors and conduct interviews. The chief has been resting to prepare for Sunday's guests, which includes 15 NDP MPs, two Liberal MPs and three Liberal senators.

"[We] haven’t heard anything from any Conservatives at all," she said.

Aboriginal Affairs Minister John Duncan has offered several times to speak with Spence and form a working group, but she rejected his proposals because she believes he is not the one who should be speaking on a nation-to-nation basis.

Federal Health Minister Leona Aglukkaq, an Inuk who is one of two aboriginal MPs in the Conservative cabinet, urged Spence to stop fasting and accept a meeting with Duncan. "That's the best way to address her issues," Aglukkaq said.

Spence chose to continue her fast, hoping to secure a meeting with Harper and the Governor General instead.

Former PM visits Spence

On Saturday afternoon, former prime minister Right Honourable Joe Clark visited Spence, following her open invitation.

In a statement after his meeting, Clark said that "there is a general concern that First Nations - Canada relations are headed in a dangerous direction."

People no longer active in political life may have to help support "the resumption of productive discussions," he said.

"Chief Spence expressed a humble and achievable vision - one which I believe all Canadians can embrace," he said, adding honest dialogue and mutual commitment can carry-out her vision.

Idle No More rallies staged across Canada

Meanwhile, Canadians are holding rallies in a show of support for the chief.

At least half a dozen events are planned for Sunday across Canada, said CBC's Shannon Martin.

The Idle No More movement — which has hosted several demonstrations in past weeks and is loosely tied to Spence's protest, as it aims to repair existing violations to the treaty relationship — staged a rally in Toronto, Ont., in response to the chief's call for action. 
Participants gathered near the Eaton Centre for a "round dance flash mob," according to the Toronto chapter's Twitter account.

In Alberta, about 400 protesters gathered outside Harper's Calgary office, reported CBC's Devin Heroux. People performed a round dance, carried signs and played drums as part of an Idle No More flash mob.

Various rallies and demonstrations supporting Spence also took place yesterday in Oklahoma, Washington, Cincinnati, and Regina — where a four-day hunger strike is underway, said Martin."

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The Intersection of #HR and Marketing – Ask HR Bartender 
by  Sharlyn Lauby
Originally Published: December 2012

HR, human resources, marketing, synergy, intersection, employees, people, simutis"This reader question is focused on the future of human resources:
Can you please tell me something about the combination of HR and Marketing? Many professionals are saying that the time has reached when HR and Marketing should be combined. If the company wants to achieve their goals, they have to work together. What do you think?
IMHO, marketing and human resources go together. When you think about the 4 P’s of marketing – price, place, promotion and product – it aligns with HR as compensation/benefits, work environment, career opportunities, and corporate culture. The common element, of course, is people.

I’ve written a few articles on the subject of marketing and human resources. You can check them out:

I also know several human resources pros who’ve had both HR and Marketing responsibilities. It’s a real testament to their business savvy and talents.

So I’m not opposed to the synergy of human resources and marketing. It does mean companies have to strategically plan their efforts. It also means that marketing pros will have to learn some of the technical aspects of HR and vice versa. Some of this synergy could be lost if the organization is too large and spreads resources too thin. Because a combined effort of human resources and marketing doesn’t necessarily mean a reduction in workforce or expense.

HR and Marketing, like all the other functions in a company, should be working together to achieve the company’s goals.

What do you think – are there some synergies to be realized between marketing and human resources?"

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Why Leaders Need to Rethink Teamwork 
Originally Published: December 28th, 2012

"Even as academic journals and business sections of bookstores fill up with titles devoted to teams, teamwork, and team players, Harvard Business School Professor Amy C. 

Edmondson wonders if many might be barking up the wrong tree.

“I’ve begun to think that teams are not the solution to getting the work done,” says Edmondson, the Novartis Professor of Leadership and Management.

The problem: Stable teams that plan first and execute later are increasingly infeasible in the twenty-first century workforce, she explains. Coordination and collaboration are essential, but they happen in fluid arrangements, rather than in static teams.

In her new book, Teaming: How Organizations Learn, Innovate, and Compete in the Knowledge Economy, Edmondson says that surviving—and thriving—in today’s economic climate requires a seismic shift in how we think about and use teamwork.

Edmondson has been studying teamwork for two decades. In that time, “we’ve seen fewer stable, well-designed, well-composed teams, simply because of the nature of the work, which is more uncertain and dynamic than before. As a means for getting the work done, we’ve got to focus on the interpersonal processes and dynamics that occur among people working together for shorter durations.”

This means that people have to get good at “teaming”—reaching out, getting up to speed, establishing quickly who they are and what they bring, and trying to make progress without a blueprint. The skill set involves interpersonal awareness, skillful inquiry, and an ability to teach others what you know.

Teaming is very different from the idea of building a high-performance team to fit a known task. It is dynamic; learning and execution occur simultaneously.”Teaming is the engine of organizational learning,” says Edmondson.

From theory to practice

In the book, Edmondson makes the case for managers to shift from holding a static view of teamwork to this dynamic one. Real-world examples drawn from her research illustrate the concept, and she offers strategies and solutions applicable to organizations of all shapes and sizes to help them put effective teaming into practice.

The book synthesizes 20 years of research. And unlike many authors, Edmondson did not find writing difficult. “The hardest part was figuring out how to create a structure that worked,” she says. “When I think about my research, it doesn’t necessarily organize itself into a clear narrative from point A to point B.”

Edmondson’s career hasn’t followed a clear narrative either. After earning her undergraduate degree in engineering and design from Harvard, she went to work for Buckminster Fuller. “It’s what indirectly got me into this game in the first place,” she explains. “I began to understand part of a larger vision of using thoughtful design to solve big problems in the world…and I became interested in how people come together and work together to innovate, to problem-solve, to do better things.”

Edmondson cites her academic mentors at Harvard—J. Richard Hackman, a leading thinker in team effectiveness, and Chris Argyris, an organizational learning expert—as core influences. “This [teaming] was a blending of two different ideas: my deep interest in interpersonal dynamics that thwart learning and my growing interest in how work takes place in the team and in the team context,” she says.

Understanding the impact of interpersonal dynamics is crucial. “There’s a growing recognition that most of today’s truly important problems related to the environment, related to smart cities, related to health care simply cannot be solved without cross-disciplinary collaboration,” says Edmondson.

To illustrate, she tells the story of the execution of a CT scan, a process that took four days to unfold in one hospital, but should have taken a couple of hours. Each member of the highly trained staff involved with the scan performed his or her job well, but it was the hospital’s hierarchical and siloed structure—so common in health care—that no longer worked.

The solution, according to Edmondson, is a teaming process that includes a deep recognition among individual players of the interdependency of their roles. This recognition leads naturally to early and consistent communication among formerly separate parties throughout their joint work. Once the task is completed, more communication—this time in the form of reflection and feedback—must take place.

Edmondson is careful to point out that conversations can be brief—but they need to happen. And the impetus for having those conversations must come from the top. As a leader of a siloed, specialized workforce, “your job is to see the bigger picture and create the culture whereby skills and knowledge of the workforce are expressed,” she says.

“There’s a growing recognition across all sectors about the importance of speaking up,” Edmondson continues. “The financial crisis can be tracked back to no small degree to people’s reluctance to speak up with concerns about models and products that were likely to fail.” It’s up to leaders, she says, to foster the climate of psychological safety required to overcome that reluctance.

But getting employees to speak up is no easy task. “The reality of hierarchical social systems is that people hold deeply ingrained, taken-for-granted beliefs that it’s dangerous to speak up or disagree with those in power.”

And management can be part of the problem without even knowing it.

“People in positions of relative power often inadvertently reinforce the very messages that are already deeply ingrained in our mental models,” she says. Combating this takes conscious effort, including sending the message out that it is OK to fail.

“Very few people set out to fail, to make mistakes,” says Edmondson. “And in a dynamic, unpredictable, and often ambiguous world, failures will happen.” Managers must accept their employees’ failures as well as their own. “The most counterproductive thing a manager can do is to come down hard in a punitive manner on a well-intentioned failure.”

But not coming down hard doesn’t mean coming down soft. “Psychological safety is not about being nice; it’s not about letting people off easy and being comfortable,” Edmondson stresses. “It’s about the courage to be direct and holding high expectations of each other, understanding that uncertainty and risk are part of the work, as is the occasional failure.” A leader’s challenge is to set a climate where psychological safety, accountability, and pressure to do the best possible work exist together.

“We’re in a new world, and our old management models don’t fit as well as we would like,” she says. “Those organizations that aren’t harvesting and using the knowledge and ideas and questions of their members are not going to remain viable compared to competitors that do.” In Teaming: How Organizations Learn, Innovate, and Compete in the Knowledge Economy, Edmondson provides the tools organizations need to do this."

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The 24 Best Moments For Women In 2012 
by Christina Huffington
Originally Published: December 2012

Best Moments For Women
"This year has been ... interesting for women. Some of 2012 was rough going -- see many idiotic, offensive comments male Republican lawmakers and candidates made about women's bodies, health and reproductive rights. Then came the news that women still aren't getting any more of the top jobs in companies. Meanwhile, we lost Helen Gurley Brown, the woman who told the world that single women they deserved satisfying sex lives and careers, and the inimitable inimitable Nora Ephron, who wrote female characters women actually recognized. 

But there were also great moments for women in 2012, lots of them. Here are our 24 favorite -- including epic accomplishments in politics, sports, business and culture and advances in marriage equality. (See our other end-of-year lists for 2012's Best And Worst Moments In Sex and Best And Worst Moments In Women's Health.) Look through our choices and tell us in the comments if there's anything you think we left out. 

24. Women Own The Roads
A University of Michigan study found that for the first time, women hold the majority of driver's licenses in the U.S. Why does this matter? For one thing, it could mean safer roads. According to NBC News, a 2011 Metlife study showed that men get reckless driving tickets far more often than women and die in accidents 50 percent more often. The Michigan researchers also concluded that women are more likely to buy smaller, safer, more fuel-efficient cars than men, reported.

23. Women Score Higher Than Men On IQ Tests
 Women's IQ scores trailed men's when the test were first administered 100 years ago, but recent research by James Flynn, an expert who has studied intelligence quotient assessment for many years, showed that women in some western countries are now scoring higher than men. Flynn speculated that the reason is either that more women now have the education opportunities necessary to perform well on the test or that the multitasking modern life demands of women has caused them to perform better on the test. IQ tests have their flaws, but it was nice to have what is still the most popular method of testing intelligence prove that women are as smart as men, if not smarter. 

22. Lady Gaga's 'Body Revolution' 
Understandably angry when tabloids criticized her weight gain, Lady Gaga, never one to shy away from controversy,s fought back. Gaga posted four photos of herself with the captions "Bulimia and anorexia since I was 15" and "But today I join the BODY REVOLUTION." She invited her fans to do the same and for that she is one of our body image heroes.

21. Adele Wins SIX Grammys 

Was that album good, or what? But that's not the only reason we were thrilled to see Adele sweep the Grammys. She's also one of our body image heroes. We're with Pink, who wrote of the songstress from Liverpool, "Her success renews hope in me that the world I live in has good taste."

20. Rebel Wilson's Star Rises 

She posed as a mermaid, rapped with Maude Apatow, shined in "Bachelorette" and and in "Pitch Perfect" and other upcoming films is helping redefine what leading ladies look like. 

19. Augusta National Admits First Female Members
As one of the world's most exclusive golf clubs -- and host of the Masters, the Professional Golfers' Association of America's most prestigious tournament -- Augusta National's persistent exclusion of women from its membership had a particularly bitter taste. That changed in August 2012 when the club invited Condoleeza Rice and Darla Moore to join. 

18. Spanx's Sara Blakely Becomes The Youngest Self-Made Female Billionaire
Blakely founded and owns 100 percent of the privately owned company that has redefined shapewear for women. At age 41, she joined Oprah and Meg Whitman as one of three self-made female billionaires, according to Forbes

17. Sheryl Sandberg triumphs again.
2012 was an important year for Facebook COO Sandberg. She became the first woman on the company's board of directors and got a book deal. Based on an advanced copy we've peaked at (okay, we haven't put it down), we'd say 2013 is going to be just as good for Sandberg. 

16. TV Anchor Jennifer Livingston Responds To Weight Critic
When a viewer emailed Wisconsin news anchor to criticize her weight, Livingston shot back on air, demonstrating that there is no need to take fat shaming lying down. "You don't know me," she said. "You know nothing about me but what you see on the outside, and I am much more than a number on a scale."

15. Women Win Both Fiction And Non-Fiction National Book Awards
In an age when a woman's success can still somehow be chalked up to something other than their talent and hard work, it is heartening to see female craft honored so irrefutably. Such was the case when women won both of the National Book Award prizes -- in fiction, Louise Erdich for "The Round House," and in non-fiction, Katherine Boo for "Behind The Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death And Hope In A Mumbai Undercity."

14. Girls Happens
Lena Dunham's hit HBO show about four young women beginning their lives in New York is messy, funny, smart and often brave. As the director and lead, Dunham forced conversations about sex, entitlement and how the public reacts to imperfect female bodies. She and the show have many detractors, but clearly we're not among them. In their defense of Dunham in October, Emma and Margaret argued that her talent is undeniable, that she's done more with her privileged upbringing than most people, and that a woman who has the guts to pitch a show to HBO in her mid 20s should be an inspiration, not a target. 

13. Women Dominate The London Olympics
For the first time in Olympic history, every country participating sent female athletes to the games. Within team U.S.A. specifically, the women won more gold medals than men (29 to 17) and more medals overall (58 to 45). Gabby Douglas, Serena Williams, Missy Franklin, Misty May-Treanor and many others made us proud.

12. Anne-Marie Slaughter Reignites A National Conversation Around Work-Life Balance

While the discussion around juggling family and work is certainly nothing new, it was rekindled this year when Anne-Marie Slaughter wrote a piece for the Atlantic entitled "Why Women Still Can't Have It All." The article elicited multiple responses -- including one reputedly from Slaughter's former boss Hillary Clinton -- making it clear that this discussion is far from over. 

11. Marissa Mayer Named Yahoo CEO
Mayer got the large and often troubled company 's top gig at just 37. Many women expressed disappointment in Mayer's statement that she was taking just a few weeks of maternity leave and working throughout, but whether or not you agreed with that decision, it put America's uneasy relationship with maternity leave at the center of the national conversation again, and Mayer's career trajectory has been awesome to watch.

10. Hillary Gets Hip
The picture in Cartagena, her sky high approval ratings, that Tumblr... For us 2012 goes down as the year Hillary went from being merely respected to iconic, beloved and totally rad.

9. Military Allows Women Closer To Combat
The military formally cleared servicewomen to do jobs they were already doing close to the center of combat -- as medics, military police and intelligence officers, according to USA Today. The change made thousands of military jobs for which women were formerly ineligible available to them. 

8. Obama Supports Same-Sex Marriage, along with voters in Maryland, Maine and Washington -- And The Supreme Court Agrees To Take It On
It's been a landmark year for gay women (and men). For the first time ever, a sitting U.S. president said he believes lesbian and gay individuals should have the right to marry. Then on Nov. 6, citizens in three states voted to legalize gay marriage there, bringing the total count of states that allow gay marriage to nine. Before the year was out, the Supreme Court agreed to hear two cases in which the court could decide that it is unconstitutional to deny gay people the right to marry.

One woman especially invested in the outcome of at least one of those cases is the plaintiff in one of them, 83-year-old Edie Windsor. Windsor who was hit with a federal estate tax bill of more than $363,000 when Thea Spyer, her wife of 40 years, died. We only wish Thea was alive to see this. 

7. Sandra Fluke Speaks Out Advocating for women's health in front of a Congressional committee, standing up to Rush Limbaugh (and scoring an apology from him for insulting her), speaking at the DNC. Fearless, committed and always gracious, Fluke is who we still want to be when we grow up.

6. Female Debate Moderators Show Us How It's Done.
When Martha Raddatz took the stage to moderate the vice presidential debate on Oct. 10, she owned it, keeping Vice President Biden and Republican Vice Presidential nominee Paul Ryan to their time limits and asking pointed questions. A week later, when CNN chief political correspondent Candy Crowley became the first woman in 20 years to moderate a presidential debate, she kept Obama and Romney in line in a way PBS' Jim Lehrer hadn't during the first debate and fact-checked Romney in realtime. In a year when women's rights were challenged so frequently, having these two women help steer the conversation was necessary and refreshing -- especially when those binders full of women showed up. 

5. "Binders Full Of Women"
You could look at Mitt Romney's (untrue) statement that he looked through "binders full of women" searching for candidates qualified to join his cabinet when he was Governor of Massachusetts as a negative thing. We think it was actually a positive. The line, which became a national joke almost instantly, revealed just how little sense Romney has of women as complete human beings, at work or beyond, and his extreme discomfort discussing the inequalities women face. We think it must have spurred young single female voters to cast their votes for Obama. As one Tumblr user posted on the Tumblr "Binders Full Of Women," "No one puts Baby in a binder."

4. The Supreme Court Upholds The Affordable Care Act
As a result, insurers must cover contraception for women without requiring a copay. According to Planned Parenthood, the APA will result in savings of up to $600 in savings annually for individual women. The Supreme Court's decision also shows a federal commitment to making sure women have access to drugs that are used to treat many medical conditions in addition to preventing pregnancy. 

3. New Hampshire Makes History By Electing First-Ever All-Women Delegation
With the November 6 election, New Hampshire became the first state to have its executive and all of its national representatives be female. Newly elected Gov. Maggie Hassan (D) and Reps. Carol Shea-Porter (D) and Ann McLane Kuster (D) joined sitting U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D) and Kelly Ayotte (R). 

2. Women Win More Seats In Congress
Thanks to victories in the Nov. 6 congressional elections, women now hold 81 of the 435 seats in the House of Representatives and a groundbreaking 20 percent of the Senate is now female. That's still much less than 50 percent, but the additional seats do make this a historic year. For perhaps the first time ever, there were enough women in the Senate that there was a line for the bathroom. (Read how we'd furnish a hypothetical expanded Senate ladies room.) 

1. Single Women Elect The President 
"Barack Obama owes his re-election victory to the unmarried women," according to research by the Women's Voices Women Vote Action fund, the Guardian reported. The data showed that single women made up 23 percent of Americans who turned out to vote on Nov. 6, and 67 percent of them cast their ballot for Obama. 

Sure, this resulted in the president blatantly pandering to women, but it's not such a terrible feeling having the leader of the free world fighting for your vote. Now let's hold him to his promises.
What was your #1 favorite moment for women this year? Let us know in the comments."

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