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Gender balance

  1. 1. Gender Balance • Just another case of diversity? ACCOMPANY Tuesday, May 18, 2010
  2. 2. Women in the world Global working hours Accumulated Wealth Women men 1 % 25 % women 75 % Men 99 % ACCOMPANY Tuesday, May 18, 2010
  3. 3. Women in Europe University Graduates Directors Top Co.s Women 3 % Men 41 % Women 59 % Men 97 % ACCOMPANY Tuesday, May 18, 2010
  4. 4. Women in Europe Men Women 43.8 % 30 % 10 % 3 % 1.4 % 56.2 % 70 % 90 % 97 % 98.6 % All workers Management Serving on BoDs BoD Top listed CEOs FT 500 ACCOMPANY Tuesday, May 18, 2010
  5. 5. Is it important? The world of humanity has two wings - one is women and the other men. Not until both wings are equally developed can the bird fly. Should one wing remain weak, flight is impossible. Abdu’l-Bahá ACCOMPANY Tuesday, May 18, 2010
  6. 6. Is it really important? Gender equality is not only morally right, it is pivotal to human progress and sustainable development UNICEF’s 2007 report on state of the world’s children ACCOMPANY Tuesday, May 18, 2010
  7. 7. We seem to have a problem What organizations say ACCOMPANY Tuesday, May 18, 2010
  8. 8. I don’t feel concerned What successful women say ACCOMPANY Tuesday, May 18, 2010
  9. 9. Women’s “mistakes” It’s important! don’t ask Women It’s personal Emotions ACCOMPANY Tuesday, May 18, 2010
  10. 10. What organizations do Introducing: Mother- and W/L-supporting measures Structured, professional talent management processes Eliminating: Habits excluding women Unverified assumptions ACCOMPANY Tuesday, May 18, 2010
  11. 11. In our society Stereotypes Role distribution Expectations Norms ACCOMPANY Tuesday, May 18, 2010
  12. 12. Culture Men suggest women should learn the rules of the game Women don’t think it’s a game ACCOMPANY Tuesday, May 18, 2010
  13. 13. Culture • Fish-egg strategy • 2-class society: winners and losers • Relentless, breathless • Tough game, high reward • Youth rules ACCOMPANY Tuesday, May 18, 2010
  14. 14. Values • Competition • Individualism • Ambition • Masculinity ACCOMPANY Tuesday, May 18, 2010
  15. 15. Manhood 1. No Sissy Stuff: Avoid anything associated with women; 2. A Big Wheel: success, power, admiration. Wealth, fame, status; 3. A Sturdy Oak: rationality, toughness, self- reliance. Calm in any situation, no emotion, no weakness; 4. Give 'em Hell: daring and aggression, take risks, "go for it" even against reason or fear (Martin P. Levine, 1998, p.145) ACCOMPANY Tuesday, May 18, 2010
  16. 16. AY WRONG WAY W RONG The double W STOP O N LY bind NO STOPPING ANY TIME damned if you do The Double-Bind Dilemma for doomed if you don’t Women in Leadership: !"#$%&'() *+,'!+-'!++#%&'() *+,'!+$./ Tuesday, May 18, 2010
  17. 17. The double bind • Double bind n (1) A psychological impasse created when contradictory demands are made of an individual...so that no matter which directive is followed, the response will be construed as incorrect. (2) A situation in which a person must choose between equally unsatisfactory alternatives; a punishing and inescapable dilemma. (American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language) • Leadership: men still seen as leaders by default by men and women • Women seen as going against the norms of leadership or against the norms of femininity ACCOMPANY Tuesday, May 18, 2010
  18. 18. How can we change it? • Increase the number and the influence of women • Women who have the courage to remain women; to develop their best feminine values and competencies and to make a difference ACCOMPANY Tuesday, May 18, 2010
  19. 19. Educators & Parents Organi zations Who has a Men role to play? Govern ments Women ACCOMPANY Tuesday, May 18, 2010
  20. 20. What will change? Hierarchy Equality Goal (linear) Process (multiple) Power Influence Command Involvement ACCOMPANY Tuesday, May 18, 2010
  21. 21. What will change? Team player Team member Friendliness (Utilitarian) Friendship (relationship) Domination Contribution ACCOMPANY Tuesday, May 18, 2010
  22. 22. What will change? Smart Objectives Specific S Stimulating Measurable M Motivating Attainable A Appropriate Realistic R Relevant Time-bound T Tangible ACCOMPANY Tuesday, May 18, 2010
  23. 23. Advice for Women Managers • Know what you want: have a personal vision! • Don’t assume transparency! • Doing a good job is not enough! • Take personal leadership! • Network! ACCOMPANY Tuesday, May 18, 2010
  24. 24. Advice for Women Managers • Negotiate for yourself! • Understand - not play - the game! • Make your choices and maintain a healthy balance! • Find yourself a role model or a mentor! • Influence the culture! ACCOMPANY Tuesday, May 18, 2010
  25. 25. What to expect “The world in the past has been ruled by force, and man has dominated over woman by reason of his more forceful and aggressive qualities both of body and mind. But the balance is already shifting; force is losing its dominance, and mental alertness, intuition, and the spiritual qualities of love and service, in which woman is strong, are gaining ascendancy. Hence the new age will be an age less masculine and more permeated with the feminine ideals, or, to speak more exactly, will be an age in which the masculine and feminine elements of civilization will be more evenly balanced.” (Abdu’l Baha) ACCOMPANY Tuesday, May 18, 2010

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