Archive for the ‘Women’s work’ Category

Don Draper as Role Model?

August 2, 2010

The new season of “Mad Men” is all about Don Draper leading the way in his newly formed agency. But what kind of leadership skills does he possess? Will his creative talent fall victim to his boozy propensity to pull cute secretaries onto the couch? Maybe that kind of behavior cut the mustard when he started his career, but keeping up with social cues is a must for any business leader.

I also recently caught a rerun of the mid-90’s office drama “Disclosure” with Michael Douglas playing  subordinate to Demi Moore’s aggressive female character. From Douglas mindlessly patting his female assistant on the backside, to Moore’s demand for sexual superiority, the portrait of social cues is still thought provoking a decade-and-a-half later.

Read more about how art imitates life in Abrams’ article ‘Mad Men’ offers good business lessons –

Women Protect You From Financial Crisis

February 25, 2010

International research proves that women help your company profit, and other countries are passing legislation to ensure women make it onto boards and into management and political positions. Some have installed mentoring programs for senior women to equip them to lead. Here in the United States, only one-quarter of the Fortune 1500 include women on their boards. Is U.S. legislation needed to put more women in roles to boost our economic fortune? Linda Tarr-Whelan emphasizes collaboration, communication and consensus for women to step up and into the roles that will help us change the world. Linda Tarr-Whelan: As Economy Trails, Women Can Propel U.S. to the Leaderboard.

Are Women More Recession Resilient?

February 7, 2010

With the recession bearing down hard, I hear many stories about men struggling to cope with the stress of our economic downturn. Four men in my immediate family, and many more in my circle of friends, have lost their jobs during the past year. These are successful guys, but they all seem puzzled about finding a new direction. Are women more naturally recession resilient? Because women are multitasking fiends, and aren’t as tied to career-as-image, they may more easily redefine their own terms of success in tough times. A recent New York Times article points to a trend that might stem from this feminine-recession strength.  Women Now a Majority in American Workplaces