Topic: leadership

Judged on Performance, Not Potential? Must Be a Woman

Different standards, double binds challenge women. By Ida O. Abbott Sponsoring Women: What Men Need to Know Common patterns of gender bias include holding women to higher standards than men and expressing contradictory expectations (“double binds”) for women. MORE ON SPONSORING WOMEN FOR LEADERSHIP: Gender Bias Still a Problem | Why Women Are Overlooked (And How to Fix It) | 3 Ways Men Are Favored in the Workplace | Women Need Promotions, Not Just Advice | Mentor or Sponsor? How to Distinguish Roles | 4 Ways Women Leaders Improve Firms | CPA Firms Must ‘Man Up’ and Get Women On Board | | Make Flexible Scheduling Work for Everyone | Your Protégée Needs Your Feedback Different standards: People expect more […]

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Gender Bias Still a Problem

5 ways men receive preferential treatment. By Ida O. Abbott Sponsoring Women: What Men Need to Know Gender bias reflects entrenched beliefs and assumptions about women based on stereotypes about appropriate roles and behaviors for women. Unconscious thoughts about the kinds of work women are and are not suited for, especially if they are mothers, remove highly qualified women from consideration for leadership opportunities and positions. MORE ON SPONSORING WOMEN FOR LEADERSHIP: Why Women Are Overlooked (And How to Fix It) | 3 Ways Men Are Favored in the Workplace | Women Need Promotions, Not Just Advice | Mentor or Sponsor? How to Distinguish Roles | 4 Ways Women Leaders Improve Firms | CPA Firms Must ‘Man Up’ and Get […]

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Why Women Are Overlooked (And How to Fix It)

3 reasons why men don’t pick women protégées. By Ida O. Abbott Sponsoring Women: What Men Need to Know Let’s assume a powerful man works with two junior colleagues, a man and a woman, who are both equally talented, motivated and superbly skilled performers. According to what we know from research and experience, that powerful man is more likely to sponsor the man than the woman. MORE ON SPONSORING WOMEN FOR LEADERSHIP: 3 Ways Men Are Favored in the Workplace | Women Need Promotions, Not Just Advice | Mentor or Sponsor? How to Distinguish Roles | 4 Ways Women Leaders Improve Firms | CPA Firms Must ‘Man Up’ and Get Women On Board Why is that? What factors go into […]

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3 Ways Men Are Favored in the Workplace

Leaders sometimes don’t see women in the same light. By Ida O. Abbott Sponsoring Women: What Men Need to Know Let’s assume a powerful man works with two junior colleagues, a man and a woman, who are both equally talented, motivated and superbly skilled performers. According to what we know from research and experience, that powerful man is more likely to sponsor the man than the woman. MORE ON SPONSORING WOMEN FOR LEADERSHIP: Is Sponsorship Right for Your Firm? | And Now, a Few Words About Sex (and 14 Tips) | Make Flexible Scheduling Work for Everyone | Your Protégée Needs Your Feedback Mentor or Sponsor? How to Distinguish Roles | 4 Ways Women Leaders Improve Firms | CPA Firms Must […]

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Women Need Promotions, Not Just Advice

Men advance 2-to-1 over women without sponsors. By Ida O. Abbott Sponsoring Women: What Men Need to Know The benefits of sponsorship are indisputable. Having a highly placed sponsor is a distinct career advantage and when competing for top positions it can be a critical differentiator. MORE ON SPONSORING WOMEN FOR LEADERSHIP: Is Sponsorship Right for Your Firm? | Your Protégée Needs Your Feedback |  9 Ways to Promote Your Protégée to Others | 8 Ways to Help Your Protégée Focus on Career Opportunities | 3 Ways to Initiate Informal Sponsorship | 3 Roadblocks to Women and Men Working Together Well | Fear of Sex and Rumors Inhibits Sponsorship | Mentor or Sponsor? How to Distinguish Roles | 4 Ways […]

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Mentor or Sponsor? How to Distinguish Roles

Plus 18 ways to help. By Ida O. Abbott Sponsoring Women: What Men Need to Know The practice of mentorship is well known and well established in today’s workplace. A mentor is someone who helps a more junior person learn, develop and achieve her professional goals. MORE ON SPONSORING WOMEN FOR LEADERSHIP: Is Sponsorship Right for Your Firm? | And Now, a Few Words About Sex (and 14 Tips) | Make Flexible Scheduling Work for Everyone | Your Protégée Needs Your Feedback |  9 Ways to Promote Your Protégée to Others | 8 Ways to Help Your Protégée Focus on Career Opportunities | How to Start an Effective Sponsorship … and Follow Through | 3 Ways to Initiate Informal Sponsorship […]

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4 Ways Women Leaders Improve Firms

Plus 6 market advantages. By Ida O. Abbott Sponsoring Women: What Men Need to Know Most male leaders today under­stand how important it is to keep high-performing women in the pipeline and help them achieve their potential within the organization. MORE ON SPONSORING WOMEN FOR LEADERSHIP: Is Sponsorship Right for Your Firm? | And Now, a Few Words About Sex (and 14 Tips) | Make Flexible Scheduling Work for Everyone | Your Protégée Needs Your Feedback |  9 Ways to Promote Your Protégée to Others | 8 Ways to Help Your Protégée Focus on Career Opportunities | 3 Ways to Initiate Informal Sponsorship | How to Establish a Sponsor-Protégée Relationship | 3 Roadblocks to Women and Men Working Together Well […]

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CPA Firms Must ‘Man Up’ and Get Women On Board

Beyond mentoring: Why sponsoring women for leadership matters. By Ida O. Abbott Sponsoring Women: What Men Need to Know Smart accounting firm leaders want to be in the forefront of efforts to advance women. As the global economy continues to become more competitive, firms need to use all the talent they can muster — and more and more of that talent will be women. MORE ON SPONSORING WOMEN FOR LEADERSHIP: Is Sponsorship Right for Your Firm? | And Now, a Few Words About Sex (and 14 Tips) | Make Flexible Scheduling Work for Everyone | Your Protégée Needs Your Feedback |  9 Ways to Promote Your Protégée to Others | 8 Ways to Help Your Protégée Focus on Career Opportunities […]

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5 Ways to Roll With the Changes You Didn’t Want

Attitude is a big factor. Change, in business as in life, doesn’t always happen the way we want it. Especially in busy season. It’s at those times when we may need some help. Here, from “change expert” M.J. Ryan, author of “AdaptAbility: How to Survive Change You Didn’t Ask For,” are a few helpful thoughts… 1. Focus on the solution, not the problem. Because society rewards analytic thinking, we believe that identifying the cause of our troubles is the answer: Why is this happening? That’s a starting point, but don’t spend too much time there. What are you going to do about where you are?

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