Leadership Defined

I attended an event this morning for a foundation’s 10th anniversary.  Each table participated in the breakout session, assigned with a specific topic.  My table’s topic was leadership.  Everyone around the table was asked to share how they show and facilitate leadership and had already been asked to share something recent they are proud of.  The last womanContinue reading “Leadership Defined”

The More Women In Leadership Roles, The Better The Company Does

I saw the following earlier today… I wondered if this was an opinion or a fact.  I came across the following, Women In Leadership=Better Company Results .  Within the article, I found the following most compelling, “They examined 16 different “competencies,” like taking initiative and driving for results, and found that women rated higher than men inContinue reading “The More Women In Leadership Roles, The Better The Company Does”

Are Women In Government Stuck?

In a recent article from Governing magazine, “Why Women’s Presence in Politics Has Stagnated,”  I was unpleasantly surprised to see female legislators are still at the same percentage level, roughly, as they were in 1997.  What an unpleasant discovery it was to read that.  I believe a lot of us just assumed progress was goingContinue reading “Are Women In Government Stuck?”

Productivity… TED Talk: Yves Morieux: How too many rules at work keep you from getting things done

Very interesting TED Talk on rules, the workplace and productivity.   What is the real goal and where do we focus in our processes – finding someone to blame if failure happens or do we focus on success? Is your company culture shaping a dynamic making it a positive for personnel to collaborate outside ofContinue reading “Productivity… TED Talk: Yves Morieux: How too many rules at work keep you from getting things done”

No.

“No” is a complete response. I had the great pleasure of spending sometime this week with a friend and colleague, Deborah Siegel, PhD.  While talking with Deborah, she shared something amazing. She said she has a place in her office where she marks down when she says ‘no.’ So why is saying no a bigContinue reading “No.”

Set Your Goal, Listen To Yourself

This TEDx video from the TEDxWomen event I organized has one of my favorite thoughts within it…Marcia, who swam the English Channel, notes when people discourage a goal, call it crazy, etc., it equates to “leveling the field” – the notion that if they can’t do what you are aiming for, then you can’t either.Continue reading “Set Your Goal, Listen To Yourself”

Women, The Workplace & Self Esteem – Like Watching A Rerun

My summer reading pile is almost all books about women.  Books about women in the nineteenth century, women and self esteem, women and leadership, women in politics, etc.  All very interesting, all research for articles and a book I’m drafting out.  And while these books are interesting, all too often there is a common threadContinue reading “Women, The Workplace & Self Esteem – Like Watching A Rerun”

Public Speaking

Yesterday I held a TEDxWomen event here in IL, on the beautiful North Shore of Lake Michigan, outside of Chicago, in the amazing suburb of Winnetka.  I learned a few extremely valuable lessons in the compact time I had to organize it, raise money for it, pick speakers and implement it all. 1)  It isContinue reading “Public Speaking”