Gender Bias – So What?

I keep reading about how gender bias holds women back.  But gender bias has never been a topic I’ve given a second thought to.  Given my career that seems pretty odd. When I start a new job or project, I recognize that most of the men I work with never had a female peer who they have

Have a 21st Century Concept of Management

Recently I shared a Facebook post in which Shira Goodman, CEO of Staples recalls her best career advice: “Be open to making lateral moves.” I agree – making lateral moves is what propelled my career too. However, we often think that we should stay within our functional area so w

Women Can Lead Men Through Culture Change

Construction sites have a reputation for crude behavior and the women who work on them can face behavior seldom found in other workplaces. This situation keeps most women away from the industry and those that do enter it often opt for support jobs in the office. Those of us who do ven

To Be Taken Seriously, You Must Assert Yourself

I am on the board of a small organization where all board members have equal power.  However, our current President is on a power trip and is trying to use the organization for his own personal purposes.  Another woman and I are countering his efforts but we go about it very different

How to Break the Power of the Top-Down System

Beginning in childhood we are taught that we can’t act on our own. We have to wait for permission from our parents and other adults with authority. We are also taught that best people – the smartest, most educated and most experienced – rise to the top of our businesses, o

Leading From Within – A Leadership Style for Women

A common response from women to my website tagline “Empowering Women to Lead the Male-Dominated Workplace” is “I don’t want to lead men.” I often wonder why I get that response. Can it be their perception of leadership? When we think of leadership, we typically picture a leader who is

A Woman Personalizes Her Business To Lead

Have you ever noticed years that singers have their biggest hits when they sing songs that they pick or write themselves, not what the industry tells them to sing? They do best when they connect with a song to express who they really are. When I think about this Garth Brooks

Energizing Women To Lead the Male-Dominated Workplace

I never really liked my tag line “Empowering Women for Success in the Male-Dominated Workplace.” To me it sounds kind of blah-blah, boring typical professional language. I always felt it was missing something – that it wasn’t exactly hitting the mark of what I needed to say, but I