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German Weather Service looks to increase women’s presence in leadership ranks

I had the pleasure of meeting with the leadership of the German Weather Service (DWD) on Friday, June 30, 2017 at their Leadership Conference in the impressive headquarters in Offenbach am Main and talk with them about women in leadership. We looked at some of the obstacles are to women’s reaching the upper leadership levels […]

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A place at the table for women in Rhineland-Palatinate

Let’s imagine, you’re a woman responsible for making sure there are more women in leadership positions and decision-making groups: How can you enforce laws requiring women to be hired, without creating backlash, without alienating women who may or may not want these positions? These aren’t easy questions to answer! But we worked on these on […]

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Women in leadership: What should we know? What should we do?

So, you’re a woman in a leadership position: what now? How can you master the delicate position between the expectations for a woman and for leaders? Where did those expectations come from, anyway? What can we do about it? And, what makes women such great leaders? We talked about all that tonight. A unique thing […]

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A new backlash? How to Defend Work-Family Policies: Presentation in Malmö, Sweden

Work-family policies and programming have made enormous leaps forward in the public and private sectors in the last decades of the 20th century and first decades of the 21st century. The goal, broadly and generally stated, is enabling paid work, unpaid work, family care, self-care, and community involvement to all be part of a normal […]

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Closing Ceremony, Women in Leadership: Opening doors, developing potential

On 4. December 2014 there was a special closing awards ceremony at the ZWW Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz, “Mit Frauen in Führung: Türen öffnen – Potenziale fördern.” (Women in Leadership: Opening doors, developing potential). Young women got training over a period of time for leadership skills, and the Minister Alt gave out certificates of participation. I […]

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Reason #8 why it matters to have women in leadership: women’s personal development

The final aspect from my series of eight aspects why women should have access to leadership positions is the personal development that growing in a position, or towards a position, can bring for a person. A person who can grow and develop and be challenged at work will be able to develop parts of the […]

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Reason #7 why women in leadership matter: identifying and reducing barriers

A seventh reason why it’s good for all of us when we work towards having more women in leadership: to identify and reduce barriers. If the practice of getting more women into leadership positions turns out to be difficult, we learn where the barriers are to their attaining these positions. When we know where the […]

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Reason #6 why women should be in leadership: Sharing the burden

Reason six: It does people good to know they’re not alone. Sharing responsibilities in the home is good for partnerships and for children, who learn that everyone pitches in. The division of labor at work does us and our teams good, too. Sharing the burdens and responsibilities makes it possible for men and women to have more […]

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Reason #5 why women in leadership is a worthy goal: Visibility for new issues

A fifth aspect why women can accomplish something special in leadership positions is that they often start with token status. They can use this status to bring visibility to an issue that’s important to them. I’ll explain. A “token” is someone who carries a visible indicator that separates him or her from the rest of […]

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The Third Aspect Why We Want More Women in Leadership: because it just makes good sense

The third aspect of why we need more women in leadership positions is “the business case.” It’s really very simple, and very practical: if I automatically rule out half of the candidates for a position, then I’m limiting my talent pool to only half of the potential. Why would I do that? The compelling business […]

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