As part of its inclusion efforts, Accenture created a video in which employees shared some of the frustrations they feel in the workplace. Participants highlighted a number of concerns, including the anxiety that comes with being treated differently because of ethnicity, sexuality or disability.
Maureen Chiquet left college as a literature major before climbing her way up the ladder of beauty and apparel companies to land a spot as Chanel's first global CEO. "My sense is, if we can begin to integrate at equal levels what many are calling now masculine leadership strengths and feminine leadership strengths, I think women will feel more comfortable, confident and natural as they climb the ranks," she said in an interview.
Female CEOs at large public companies are rarely succeeded by another woman, and these appointments are often to companies in turmoil. Moreover, a study suggests that companies with a new female CEO are more likely to have activist investors target them.
Government and corporate policies both have a role to play in encouraging women's leadership, and young children need to be given the confidence to become leaders, Facebook's Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg said. "We start telling little girls not to lead at very young ages and we start telling little boys to lead at a very young ages, and that's a mistake," she said.
The asset-management firm State Street is pushing for gender diversity by voting against the re-election of the leaders of the nominating and governance committees at companies that have all-male boards. State Street sent letters ahead of time explaining its stance, and it did not vote against companies if they pledged to address their diversity issues.
Compensation is what 72% of MBA graduates want from their employers, outpacing the 53% who most valued the "opportunity for advancement," according to a survey from TransparentCareer. Only a third said work-life balance was an important consideration for a job, and just 7% said the stability of a firm was a top concern, the data showed.
Before deciding whether to attend business school, ask yourself whether you are ready to be a student again and whether you are able to make the financial investment, writes Anna Johnson of Admit Advantage. Think about the defining moments in your career so far, and consider what skills you will need to accomplish your goals.
Job candidates who remained agreeable and pleasant, even if those interviewing them seemed cold and distant, were seen as a better fit for a job than those who mimicked an unfriendly interviewer, according to research. In this commentary, anthropologist Krystal D'Costa says candidates should try to find ways to engage the interviewers.
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