Since the enactment of the Fair Pay act of 1963 (The National Committee on Pay Equity) women still earn only $4 dollars for every $5 dollars earned by a man. According to Pyramid (2016) female CEOs account for only 4% of the Fortune 500 companies. How is it that women are not standing on equal ground compared to their male colleagues after seventy years since this important legislation was passed?
By: Drs. Rob Bogosian and Darlene Andert
So, you were all set for the promotion. You were sure you had it in the bag. Everyone you spoke with agreed that it was yours to lose. You applied, your resume was strong, you interviewed, you wrote follow-up notes and it all seemed perfectly in order. Them, you get that dreaded message, “thank you for applying… although your qualifications are stellar… we decided to go in a different direction…” or something to that effect. First there is shock, then anger and, then there was denial. You thought, once they realize how great I am, they would call right away and make the offer. But the call never comes.
Here They Come....
Millennials surpassed the Gen-X population in 2015 when they reached 53.5 million in the workforce (US Census Bureau). The Gen-X population reached approximately 45 million in the labor force in 2015. Immigration trends are expected to add more numbers to the Millennial workforce population than the Gen-X population. Human beings are too complex to give you a blueprint for leading Millennial employees.
I recommend two approaches:
- Get to know what makes each direct report tick.
- Use different approaches and track the results. We call this Try It & Track It™.
There are few important things you should know about the Millennial population that should help you undertand them and meet them where they are . For those of you are saying, "They must mold to our norms, not the other way around", here is something you should know:
Did you get a good night sleep last night? If you answer “yes” you may be sleep deprived. If you answered “no” you may be sleep deprived. Actually, not everyone is sleep deprived but those who are may not realize it and answer, “yes” to this question. But there are some clear signs of sleep deprivation that adversely impact the quality of your decision-making, innovation, risk tolerance and interpersonal connections at work.
A Culture of Silence is one where employees willfully withhold important work related information. This is not because they are bad people but because there is something inherently wrong with the leader/employee relationship. It may sound like a dull cliché to say, “it starts with the leader” but in the case of Cultures of Silence, research shows that this is usually the case.
“On a (football) team, it’s not the strength of the individual players, but it is the strength of the unit and how they all function together.”
Whether you like them or not, it is hard to deny that the New England Patriots have cracked the success code. In the 2016 season alone the Patriots scored nearly twice as many touchdowns and nearly 30% more field goals than their opponents. Are they simply a better team when compared to others? Is their success a matter of luck? Is it the coach or the quarterback? These five quotes from coach Bill Belichick illustrate a winning leadership philosophy.
The issue of Accountability often comes up in leadership discussions. In many organizations there isn’t agreement about what it is, how to get it and how to keep it. Many leadership discussions sound like this, “We need an Accountability Culture” and “We need Accountability Training”. When I ask leaders to explain why they believe they need this type of culture and training, three common responses emerge:
First, memorize the words to this song by Sting.
Every breath you take
Every move you make
Every bond you break
Every step you take
I'll be watching you
So, what will it be this year? Better communication? More development? Operational Superiority? All of the above? These are all good New Year’s resolutions and they are larger than life. For example, what does ‘better communication’ actually mean? To whom will we be a better communicator? What kind of communication will be better: face-to-face, email communication, texting, telephone communication? How will you know that you are a better communicator? What verbal and non-verbal queues will you see that indicate improvement?