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  • 1. “ Ladies, no gentlemen" Helma Kip, Essent Amsterdam, 2009, April 22 *) Titel van het boek van Marike van Zanten waarin 25 top-vrouwen over hun weg naar de top worden geïnterviewd
  • 2. Introduction Helma Kip
    • 52 years old
    • Education: Dutch law (University of Nijmegen (Radboud), 1980)
    • Unmarried with (male) partner, without children
    • 28.5 years full time active in the energy sector
    • Last 7.5 years at Essent
    • Current: Manager regulatory affairs & sustainable energy
    • Staffposition; Board -2
    • Experience in other sectors outside work (politics, housing, education, healthcare)
  • 3. Agenda
    • Own experiences with diversity (male/female)
    • Essent diversity
    • Stratego for women
  • 4. Examples
    • You are working for mr.…?
    • You make the minutes?
    • In the chair: Goodmorning Mary, goodmorning gentlemen
    • “ Help, my headphone does not work…”
    • The meetings of the management team Mondaymorning 9h00!
    • Good idea……. ???? We go for it?? Yes, of course
  • 5. Agenda
    • Own experiences with diversity (male/female)
    • Essent diversity
    • ‘ Stratego’ for women
  • 6. Essent diversity Half of the higher educated workforce is female
    • This share is even increasing. Women achieve better study results than men
    • Diversity prevents waste of 50% of the talent on the market
    The wife chooses in most cases the energysupplier
    • In 60% of the households the wife chooses the energysupplier.
    • More women at Essent leads to a more female perspective; the female consumer identifys with the policy and performance of Essent
    Divers employment fits in Essents ‘values’
    • Workforce should be a mirror of society that fits Essent's policy of a good balance between People, Planet and Profit.
    Women improve quality of decisions, spirit of enterprise and work atmosphere
    • Women see the world differently. Female input improves balanced decisions; companies with more women in the top are more succesfull.
    • Women show more personal involvement, what leads to a better working environment (and output)
  • 7. … the same geldt for other companies! “ Diversity and inclusiveness are vital for winning in today’s business environment. They create a competitive edge by helping us to attract and retain the best people, increase creativity and improve decision making ” - Jeroen van der Veer, CEO Shell - “ We take extra effort to increase diversity regarding women and immigrants in higher positions". - ING in the newpaper Volkskrant - Companies with diversity policy Public statements of these companies “ A diverse top leads to a better product and therefore to better results” - CEO PwC in the newspaper De Telegraaf - “ Former Minister Hans Wijers announces that he wants to increase the amount of women in topmanagement" - Akzo Nobel in the newspaper Volkskrant -
  • 8. Agenda
    • Own experiences with diversity (male/female)
    • Essent diversity
    • “ Stratego” for women
  • 9. Book: Stratego for women, 2007
    • Monic Buehrs and Elisa de Groot
    • ISBN 978 90 5261 600 I
    • NUR 801
    • 3rd edition May 2008
  • 10. 8 ways to win the flag (1)
    • Prepare yourself:
    • Set your targets and show your ambitions
    • Determine the playing field
    • Analyse the players
    • Think about strategic scenario’s
  • 11. 8 ways to win the flag (2)
    • Play the game:
    • 5. Enlarge your acting repertoire
    • 6. Bring power into action at the right level
    • 7. Negotiate and use your empathy
    • 8. Present and position yourself
  • 12. 17 rules of the game
    • Show your achievements
    • Be competitive
    • Be loyal to your team as long as you win
    • Say “I” instead of “we”
    • Know that fires are there to be extinguished
    • Recognise (your own) status
    • Be proud (boast!)
    • Negotiate, take initiatives
    • Prepare yourself on your next position
    • Know that the boss is the boss
    • Don’t tell everything
    • Accept critical remarks
    • Do informal business
    • Fight conflicts behind closed doors
    • Perform yourself
    • Take your space (fysically)
    • Show masculine & feminine qualities
  • 13. If you can’t beat them join them
    • As long as men determine the rules, play their game.
    • All people, men and women,
    • have masculine and feminine qualities.
    • When men and women realise that,
    • negative consequences of gender differences can be solved.