Mondelez CEO Irene Rosenfeld broke barriers during her 11 years at the helm of the company and its predecessor, Kraft Foods, but it's the firm's spirit that makes her reflect most fondly as she prepares to retire next week. "I set out to create the world's greatest snacking company," Rosenfeld said, "but the legacy I'm most proud of is the ethos of this company, where individuals care about one another, they have each other's back and they care about the world they live in."
Many women at the highest levels of business leadership didn't realize they wanted to be CEOs until they had conversations with bosses or mentors, or until they were actually offered the job, according to a Korn Ferry survey. This finding emphasizes the importance of creating a pipeline to the CEO post that includes plenty of sponsors, mentors and role models.
Opening your mind to new ideas requires conscious effort, Stephanie Vozza writes. Talking to other people, working to reframe negative thoughts and stepping out of your comfort zone can help, experts say.
Don't neglect the art of giving excellent presentations, writes Sarah Landrum. By working on your ability to deliver presentations, you can lead others to see you as an expert and also improve communication skills that carry over into other areas of your career.
Millennials might be perpetually young in the public's perception, but the group now ranges in age from 21 to 35 and their dining needs are as diverse as their life stages, writes Datassential's Mike Kostyo. Still, a survey reveals some common traits: Millennials are more likely than other groups to dine out and order in, especially at lunch, and they're looking further afield for new grocery options.
Research finds that women don't necessarily experience a bump in job satisfaction after being promoted into managerial roles, perhaps because they're forced to contend with challenges men don't face, such as exclusion, being undervalued and having ideas contested, writes Daniela Lup of Middlesex University. Organizations should strive to assess the experiences of their female managers so they can address any problems.
Millennial employees are encouraging leaders to look beyond filling diversity quotas and instead focus on involving minorities in meaningful roles within the organization. Asking for employee feedback about inclusion efforts can also ensure the company is moving in the right direction when it comes to diversity.
Internal women's networking groups are more effective when the group has a set mission and isn't just about socializing, according to Karen Quintos, chief customer officer for Dell. It's also important to include male colleagues in meetings to help them better understand the issues that women face in the workplace.
Of the entrepreneurs who received funding or an exit during the past year, only 4% were women and 13% were minorities, according to a GraphicSprings study. Fast Company reported that women make up less than 25% of the technology sector, and minorities make up an even smaller percentage.