Benefits of Diversity on Innovation
In this volatile and complex world, for organisations to continue to prosper beyond 2017, Leaders need to build on their historic skills to embrace innovation and change. Diversity of leadership encourages new ways of thinking, and challenges old paradigms
New leadership strengths such as courage, collaboration and diversity of thinking are essential. The global management trend towards collaborative and inclusive leadership are often traits attributed to femininity. This celebration of stereo-typically female characteristics is a stark shift from what we have previously been wired to perceive as weakness in the workplace.
To Coach or Not To Coach?
Here’s a situation. A direct report of yours just gave a presentation to senior management. The presentation went okay but frankly could have gone a lot better. The direct report knew her material but didn’t demonstrate self-confidence in her body language, didn’t dress appropriately, and didn’t think fast on her feet in addressing some of the questions. You noticed your boss start to lose confidence in your direct report in the meeting. You secretly wonder if she’s losing confidence in your judgment to have the direct report present in the first place. What do you do?
Well, if you’re like most managers, you do nothing. That’s right. Zip. Zilch. Nada. Feedback, particularly developmental feedback, is often hard to give, so most of us avoid giving it. Here are some good excuses “Well, it wasn’t that bad”. “I’m sure she knew she didn’t do her best. She’s a grown-up, she’ll figure it out”. “I’ll have to make sure I mention it in her performance review”.
Manners & Honesty Matter
This week I observed a couple of situations which made me think more deeply about manners and why it’s so important in the workplace. Let me tell you about the first situation.
I observed one of my team grappling with the inauthenticity of a candidate that he placed into a role, or at least thought he had! The candidate met the consultant, attended two interviews with our client, forwarded references for the consultant to take and was then subsequently offered the role, which he accepted. He impressed as honest, hard working and reliable. However, he then went AWOL. The Selection Partners consultant tried their best to email, text and call the person, to confirm the start date to his client. Via text the candidate alleged he was sick and couldn’t speak. Long story short,
Shortlist online –– published the following article, 25th October 2017
Executive Women Shortlists has merged into Selection Partners.
Executive Women Shortlists was the first firm to be awarded an exemption under the Equal Opportunity Act, allowing its founder Amy Cato to focus on recruiting women into executive and senior roles.
“We needed to make a stand and do something different to support our clients who wanted to employ more women into senior roles but didn’t know how to do it,” says June Parker, director of Selection Partners and vice president of the Equal Employment Opportunity Network. “Traditional ways of recruiting just weren’t cutting it anymore.”
Senior Women, but not old!
Congratulations to Jacinda Ardern the next prime minister of New Zealand. Not only is she a woman but she is in her 30’s. When male maturity seems to be the norm in politics, bucking the system is a wonderful beacon of light for young women all over the world.
Jacinda is the country’s third female PM and, at 37, its second youngest PM in NZ history.