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Women In The Work Force

This is just an interesting article about women in the work force.  Here is a quote.  If you’d like to read more, click the link HERE

“Women are knocking on the door of leadership at the very moment when their talents are especially well matched with the requirements of the day,” writes David Gergen in the introduction to Enlightened Power: How Women Are Transforming the Practice of Leadership. What are these talents? Once it was thought that leaders should be aggressive and competitive, and that men are naturally more of both. But psychological research has complicated this picture. In lab studies that simulate negotiations, men and women are just about equally assertive and competitive, with slight variations. Men tend to assert themselves in a controlling manner, while women tend to take into account the rights of others, but both styles are equally effective, write the psychologists Alice Eagly and Linda Carli, in their 2007 book, Through the Labyrinth.

Over the years, researchers have sometimes exaggerated these differences and described the particular talents of women in crude gender stereotypes: women as more empathetic, as better consensus-seekers and better lateral thinkers; women as bringing a superior moral sensibility to bear on a cutthroat business world. In the ’90s, this field of feminist business theory seemed to be forcing the point. But after the latest financial crisis, these ideas have more resonance. Researchers have started looking into the relationship between testosterone and excessive risk, and wondering if groups of men, in some basic hormonal way, spur each other to make reckless decisions. The picture emerging is a mirror image of the traditional gender map: men and markets on the side of the irrational and overemotional, and women on the side of the cool and levelheaded.

We don’t yet know with certainty whether testosterone strongly influences business decision-making. But the perception of the ideal business leader is starting to shift. The old model of command and control, with one leader holding all the decision-making power, is considered hidebound. The new model is sometimes called “post-heroic,” or “transformational” in the words of the historian and leadership expert James MacGregor Burns. The aim is to behave like a good coach, and channel your charisma to motivate others to be hardworking and creative. The model is not explicitly defined as feminist, but it echoes literature about male-female differences. A program at Columbia Business School, for example, teaches sensitive leadership and social intelligence, including better reading of facial expressions and body language. “We never explicitly say, ‘Develop your feminine side,’ but it’s clear that’s what we’re advocating,” says Jamie Ladge.

A 2008 study attempted to quantify the effect of this more-feminine management style. Researchers at Columbia Business School and the University of Maryland analyzed data on the top 1,500 U.S. companies from 1992 to 2006 to determine the relationship between firm performance and female participation in senior management. Firms that had women in top positions performed better, and this was especially true if the firm pursued what the researchers called an “innovation intensive strategy,” in which, they argued, “creativity and collaboration may be especially important”—an apt description of the future economy.

It could be that women boost corporate performance, or it could be that better-performing firms have the luxury of recruiting and keeping high-potential women. But the association is clear: innovative, successful firms are the ones that promote women. The same Columbia-Maryland study ranked America’s industries by the proportion of firms that employed female executives, and the bottom of the list reads like the ghosts of the economy past: shipbuilding, real estate, coal, steelworks, machinery.

Click HERE to read more, in Hannah Rosin, “The End of Men” (The Atlantic, August 2010)

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Fundraiser, Please Click On The Link to help a GOOD CAUSE!

November 12, 2009

UPDATE:  THANK YOU SO MUCH, WE WON!!! 

 

Thanks to your clicks, the nonprofit nursing home that cares for my father will receive approximately $50,000 in corporate donations!  And just to clarify, my stepmother does NOT KEEP THE CAR!  This fundraiser was a method of advertising by Cadillac, but no, they are not giving away the cars!  She just got to use it for a week and write about it. 

 

November 4, 2009

 

My dad has a debilitating illness, called Multiple System Atrophy.  He can no longer be cared for at home, and he resides in a skilled nursing center called The Pines of Sarasota, in Sarasota, Florida. The Pines gives very high quality care for people even after they have exhausted their resources.  It is also a nonprofit which depends on private fundraising efforts. 

My dad’s wife, Marjorie, has a great opportunity to raise funds for The Pines, but it depends on her getting clicks on an internet site.  Can you help by clicking on her site, HERE

Please read her story, below, then click on the link she gives.  Please click often in the next few days!  You will be treated to photos of Marjorie’s life as she drives a 2010 Cadillac SRX, a car she has been loaned for the purpose of getting people to read about! 

2010 Cadillac SRX

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HERE

Please bookmark

and click often

this week!!!

 

Here is a photo of my Dad and Marjorie, taken about three years ago, before this illness struck.  He and Marjorie love their dogs.  The white dog in this photo is named Bentley, and he’s still an inseparable companion.  Bentley can’t live with my Dad at the Pines, but he visits often, and he rides in the car with Marjorie.  For this fundraiser, Marjorie is planning to write about her adventures in the SRX with Bentley along for the ride! 

Marjorie writes: 

Hello All,

I have been given use of a 2010 Cadillac SRX for a week. The only “string” attached is that I blog about the SRX and my activities using it each day. I’m competing with seven other women in this region of Florida. Whoever gets the most clicks on their blog will win all the proceeds to benefit their charity.

I hope that you’ll find my blog to be interesting and that you’ll click on it frequently throughout the next few days to see what I’m up to, and to help me win the funds for my charity!

The charity I’ve chosen is The Pines of Sarasota. There is a very personal story behind my choice of The Pines.

My husband, Bill, has a catastrophic illness. After more than a year of home care, he now lives at The Pines.  The Pines is a 61-year-old not for profit nursing center. It is home to several hundred folks who need rehabilitation and skilled nursing care. I have recently been elected to the corporate board of the Pines. I am donating (with your help) 100% of the charitable donation to them.

Our family can vouch for the top quality and compassionate care provided to all Pines residents regardless of ability to pay, including residents who have outlived their financial resources.

There are several matching donors.  Thus, a lot is “riding” on your taking the time to see where the SRX and I are and what we are doing. Please, click often on the link http://www.srxdrivingforce.com/influencers/influencer.php?cn=mbroughton 

The more clicks, the more chance we have of winning the competition and helping The Pines! 

Thank you in advance for your support!

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SUSTAINABLE ENERGY

December 8, 2008

I just found this video about solar power which I would like to share with friends of all nationalities.  This is something we can all learn more about and incorporate into our own decisions about energy sources! 

Clean and Green! 

 

 

 

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Fun But Not Frivolous

What’s your personality type?  Try this test:

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When you answer the questions, just say what seems natural, without a lot of introspection or puzzling.  There are no right or wrong answers.  This is about your preferences and what is a good fit for you personally.  

After you take the test, you can read about yourself at <a href="http://typelogic.com" target="_blank"/a>

(There’s also a popular book, called "Please Understand Me" that lays it out, but you can figure it out for yourself just as easily.)  

The four scales are: Introvert vs. Extrovert, Sensing vs. Intuitive, Thinking vs. Feeling, and Perceiving vs. Judging.  Most people fall somewhere in the middle on these general scales, but some are very strongly one way or another.   

Young people thinking about a potential career can especially benefit from the insight these tests might provide about types of work that might appeal to them.  Additionally, these tests can be helpful to get a quick insight into compatibility with potential business or marriage partners.

Leave a comment and tell me, what’s your type?   Can you guess what I am? 

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Links for Shopping Responsibly

This Sunday is the FIRST SUNDAY IN ADVENT!  Are you Christmas shopping?  Here is a link to some of the outlets available for purchasing gifts that are environmentally and socially responsible:
 
 

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