Breaking Down the Gender Challenge

To make meaningful progress on gender diversity, companies must move beyond the averages and focus on the biggest pain points.

Where Are All the Women?

You want to hire women. And women want to be hired. So what’s the problem? You need to change your game plan and make your rules more flexible. Here’s how to get started.

Female CEOs: A Steady Hand at the Wheel

Bottom Line: The number of women presiding over large companies still lags far behind men, yet the firms they lead tend to be more risk averse and more profitable over the long term.

The Organization Man and Woman

I was struck, yet unsurprised, by a new survey featured in the Financial Times showing that women view “workplace culture” as the biggest impediment to their careers by a significant margin. Although work–life balance continues to monopolize public discussion, the number of female respondents reporting that a workplace designed by and for male advancement was the primary barrier to their own advancement was nearly double … [ Read more ]

Say It Loud

Could differences in how women and men articulate ambition early in their careers play a role in determining what opportunities come their way?

Why Gender Diversity at the Top Remains a Challenge

McKinsey’s survey of global executives finds that corporate culture and a lack of convinced engagement by male executives are critical problems for women.

The Real Payoff From an MBA Is Different for Men and Women

Women with MBAs face a gender-based pay divide that starts as soon as they graduate, and plagues them throughout their careers.

5 Do’s and Don’ts for Women to Get to the Top

There is no conspiracy to keep women from succeeding to the corner office, and in fact, there are developments that will likely result in an increasing number of women CEOs. Here are five tips for getting to the top…and staying there.

Editor’s Note: I was not impressed or persuaded by this article and nor, I think, will be the majority of women in business, but I … [ Read more ]

Can Women Have It All? Using the Data to Find Out

In the contentious and at-times maddening public discussion about American women and their happiness, anecdotal evidence is abundant, particularly from and about superwomen who have had children and achieved high levels of professional success. But one thing is often missing: data. Marianne Bertrand has set out to correct this, replacing anecdotes with numbers, helping make possible a more data-driven, evidence-based discussion.

Why Diversity Matters

New research makes it increasingly clear that companies with more diverse workforces perform better financially.

Where Are the Women?

Increasingly, companies recognizing the importance of diversity at the top are investing in recruiting and developing talented women. So why aren’t we seeing more women in top roles?

Madam C.E.O., Get Me a Coffee

This is the sad reality in workplaces around the world: Women help more but benefit less from it. In keeping with deeply held gender stereotypes, we expect men to be ambitious and results-oriented, and women to be nurturing and communal. When a man offers to help, we shower him with praise and rewards. But when a woman helps, we feel less indebted. She’s communal, right? … [ Read more ]

Why Gender Diversity at the Top Remains a Challenge

McKinsey’s survey of global executives finds that corporate culture and a lack of convinced engagement by male executives are critical problems for women.

Between Venus and Mars: 7 Traits of True Leaders

Control is a mirage. The most effective leaders right now–men and women–are those who embrace traits once considered feminine: Empathy. Vulnerability. Humility. Inclusiveness. Generosity. Balance. Patience.

Not All Professional Women Want to Lean In

While Sheryl Sandberg and others emphasize the challenges for working mothers, women early in their careers say they face very different dilemmas.

Editor’s Note: I agree with one commenter that the “solutions” offered seem disconnected from the primary point of the article (plus, seem of rather dubious validity).

The Confidence Gap

Evidence shows that women are less self-assured than men—and that to succeed, confidence matters as much as competence. Here’s why, and what to do about it.

Few Women on Boards: Is There a Fix?

Women hold only 14 percent of the board seats at S&P 1500 companies. Why is that, and what—if anything—should business leaders and policymakers do about the gender disparity? Research by Professor Boris Groysberg and colleagues shows that male and female board members have very different takes on the issue.

Six Paradoxes Women Leaders Face in 2013

In order to clear a path for greater advancement and parity, we need to address the difficult paradoxes that women leaders continue to face — these are the mixed messages and uncomfortable realities that complicate an arguably positive picture of progress.