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Dealing with Glass Ceiling - Wali Zahid

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Wali Zahid talk on 'Dealing with Glass Ceiling' at a recent women's conference at Karachi Marriott

Dealing with Glass Ceiling - Wali Zahid

  1. 1. Dealing with glass ceiling Wali Zahid | ceo, Skill City Bahrain Conference on Framework of Respectful Workplace Karachi Marriott: 3 July 2013 Skill City: Asian Answers… to Asian Questions skillcity.co
  2. 2. Who’s Wali?  Asian businesses have known Wali for 20-year work on business leadership and executive coaching  Wali leads the longest-running Train-The-Trainer workshop | 13th year | 16+ Asian locations | 1,000+ trainers trained  Taught MBA courses at IBA, ZABIST, CBM, UMT, IIU, Dow  A disruptor and a future-trends watcher  Was called by two ministers-in-waiting to consult on how to turn around state-owned enterprises in June ‘13 Skill City: Asian Answers… to Asian Questions skillcity.co
  3. 3. Who’s Wali?...  Our reputation in C-Level leadership and Train The Trainer has overshadowed our women leadership work Skill City: Asian Answers… to Asian Questions skillcity.co
  4. 4. Who’s Wali?...  Led ‘Women in Leadership’ and ‘Young Women in Leadership’ (WIL, Y-WIL) workshops (both in mix-gender, and all-female environments) in Pakistan and Afghanistan for British Council, IRM/NRSP/HRDN, IbnSina Afghanistan, LCWU, Jinnah Women University and AKDN organisations  Member, BOG @ Pakistan Society for Training & Dev which runs WIBCON (women in business conference) every year  Member, Advisory, Lahore College Women University (LCWU) Skill City: Asian Answers… to Asian Questions skillcity.co
  5. 5. Ministry of Women Development  Conceived, developed and delivered a ninemonth Management Foundation Programme with Gender Dimension for Pakistan’s Ministry of Women Development and run it successfully several times during 2006-2008 on behalf of GIZ, the German foundation Skill City: Asian Answers… to Asian Questions skillcity.co
  6. 6. Leads CEO leadership workshop Skill City: Asian Answers… to Asian Questions skillcity.co
  7. 7. 2050 interview Skill City: Asian Answers… to Asian Questions skillcity.co
  8. 8. Women make better laeaders Skill City: Asian Answers… to Asian Questions skillcity.co
  9. 9. CEO Summit with CM Shahbaz Skill City: Asian Answers… to Asian Questions skillcity.co
  10. 10. Two parts of the talk 1. What is glass ceiling? 2. How you can deal with it in an era of technology Skill City: Asian Answers… to Asian Questions skillcity.co
  11. 11. Two things before that Skill City: Asian Answers… to Asian Questions skillcity.co
  12. 12. What do you think of Pakistan 2050?  Think of one word that describes your picture of Pakistan in 2050 Skill City: Asian Answers… to Asian Questions skillcity.co
  13. 13. What do you think of women in 2050?  Think of one word that describes your picture of women’s role in 2050 world Skill City: Asian Answers… to Asian Questions skillcity.co
  14. 14. In reality Skill City: Asian Answers… to Asian Questions skillcity.co
  15. 15. Pakistan in 2050  Pakistan is one of the top 20 economies in the world in 2050* *Goldman Skill City: Asian Answers… to Asian Questions Sachs skillcity.co
  16. 16. World in 2010 Skill City: Asian Answers… to Asian Questions skillcity.co
  17. 17. World in 2050 Goldman Sachs: Jan 2012 report Skill City: Asian Answers… to Asian Questions skillcity.co
  18. 18. Women will dominate in 2050  By 2050, an unprecedented number of women will be in positions of power * *Alvin Toffler of Future Shock fame Skill City: Asian Answers… to Asian Questions skillcity.co
  19. 19. These two pieces will… …take away the sting of glass ceiling from this audience’s mind Skill City: Asian Answers… to Asian Questions skillcity.co
  20. 20. Two key learnings 1. A world full of opportunities for women to shine, progress, dominate! 2. A country that is going to be the 20th largest economy! Skill City: Asian Answers… to Asian Questions skillcity.co
  21. 21. Part 1 What is glass ceiling? Skill City: Asian Answers… to Asian Questions skillcity.co
  22. 22. What is glass ceiling?  A metaphor for the invisible barrier that prevents women from reaching the upper parts of management  Created by invisible (unsaid, unseen) forces of culture, habit and power that serve to keep women ‘in their place.’ Skill City: Asian Answers… to Asian Questions skillcity.co
  23. 23. My contention!  These barriers may not be real!  Only in the mind of women!  There will always be the determined women who will refuse to accept glass ceiling Skill City: Asian Answers… to Asian Questions skillcity.co
  24. 24. US data: Life above glass ceiling  Evidence suggests that life above the glass ceiling is quite different for men and women (Ryan & Haslam, 2007, AMR).  In particular, women are given  different opportunities (riskier, more precarious)  different rewards (fewer, less contingent on performance)  different reception (their arrival is greeted with skepticism, and seen as a signal of decline)  These are likely to be a source of stress and disidentification Skill City: Asian Answers… to Asian Questions skillcity.co
  25. 25. Two factors may decide 1. Locus of control  Internal  External 2. Cultural context  High-context, e.g. Pakistan, Arab world  Low-context, e.g. Swiss, Germany, Scandinavia Skill City: Asian Answers… to Asian Questions skillcity.co
  26. 26. So… If you are a person operating from  Internal locus of control  In a low-context culture glass ceiling may not mean much to you! Skill City: Asian Answers… to Asian Questions skillcity.co
  27. 27. Part 2 How to break glass ceiling Skill City: Asian Answers… to Asian Questions skillcity.co
  28. 28. 5 tips Skill City: Asian Answers… to Asian Questions skillcity.co
  29. 29. Tips to break glass ceiling…1  Work alone is not enough! Skill City: Asian Answers… to Asian Questions skillcity.co
  30. 30. How women are promoted Ashridge UK Research: What takes you ahead at job? Performance (work) Image (reputation) Exposure (visibility) 10% 30% 60%  Learning: What does this tell you? Skill City: Asian Answers… to Asian Questions skillcity.co
  31. 31. Tips to break glass ceiling…2  Work on your reputation & visibility      Volunteer for roles outside your job Speak at meetings Propose solutions, not just problems Represent team or company at outside events Seek regular, ongoing 360 feedback Skill City: Asian Answers… to Asian Questions skillcity.co
  32. 32. Tips to break glass ceiling…3  Develop political awareness – become a 360 degree helper (not just self-centric!)  Need to be in ‘Wise’ quadrant (next slide) Skill City: Asian Answers… to Asian Questions skillcity.co
  33. 33. 4 styles of political behaviour Skill City: Asian Answers… to Asian Questions skillcity.co
  34. 34. Tips to break glass ceiling…4  Demonstrate high EQ behaviours Skill City: Asian Answers… to Asian Questions skillcity.co
  35. 35. Your EQ behaviours High EQ • Bouncing back • Listening • Empathising • Risking • Flexing • Including Skill City: Asian Answers… to Asian Questions Low EQ • Blaming • Unforgiving • Defending • Stonewalling • Judging • Excluding skillcity.co
  36. 36. Tips to break glass ceiling…5  Watch out career & leadership derailers Skill City: Asian Answers… to Asian Questions skillcity.co
  37. 37. Executive derailments 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. Arrogance: you think you’re right and everyone else is wrong Melodrama: you need to be the centre of attention Volatility: you’re subject to mood swings Excessive caution: you’re afraid to make decisions Habitual distrust: you focus on the negatives Aloofness: you’re disengaged and disconnected Mischievousness: you believe that rules are made to be broken Eccentricity: you try to be different just for the sake of it Passive resistance: what you say is not what you really believe Perfectionism: you get the little things right & big things wrong Eagerness to please: you try to win the popularity contest Skill City: Asian Answers… to Asian Questions Source: David Dotlitch: Why CEOs Fail? skillcity.co
  38. 38. 5 tips to break glass ceiling In summary: 1. Work alone is not enough! 2. Work on your reputation & visibility 3. Develop political awareness 4. Demonstrate high EQ behaviours 5. Watch out career & leadership derailers Skill City: Asian Answers… to Asian Questions skillcity.co
  39. 39. Thank you! Wali Zahid skillcity@live.com www.skillcity.co +92 300 820 1 88 9 +971 50 2 55 3 88 7 +973 3416 0522 Skill City: Asian Answers… to Asian Questions skillcity.co

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