Tag Archive | "Bias & stereotypes"

Introducing the sphinxx directory of recommended services – our network is about to become yours!

If you’ve ever been responsible for establishing employee development programs, conferences or leadership offsites, you’ll know just difficult it can be to find fantastic, out of this world, leading-edge service providers.  In a sea of social media and spin, my vast network send me calls for help every day – by email, LinkedIn, twitter and […]

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UPDATED: Imagine an article posing questions like “do men and women lead and use power differently? To 13 prominent women who have been there and done that when it comes to the glass ceiling. Here it is.

Sorry.. I had the wrong link yesterday… but I really do love this article! and would love to see an Australian version too. The big questions such as do women have to make more sacrifices then men, do men and women lead differently, why is there still so much tension between men and women at […]

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More Women Leaders – Time For A Different Approach: a guest blog from Lynn Harris

One definition of insanity is to do the same thing again and again and expect a different result.  If we want more women in senior leadership positions we need to take a different approach. The current one isn’t working.  We’ve repeatedly called on Board Directors and C-suite executives to act on the strong business case […]

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Are you pushing too hard to get ahead? Or not enough? A cautionary tale from Catherine Fox

Last Friday I attended the AIM Great Debate in Sydney, which sphinxx was proud to sponsor.  The topic of the debate was “Nice Girls Finish Second” and involved a swag of celeb speakers including Mia Freedman, Peter FitzSimons and Wendy Machin arguing in the affirmative and Catherine Fox, Lisa Wilkinson and Dr Cathy Foley arguing […]

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Worried that your company is rife with gender stereotypes, and it’s damaging your results? Online risk assessment toolkit for gender stereotypes.

Gender stereotypes are much more prevalent then many employers would like to think – I could write a gender stereotype War and Peace of the stories I’ve heard from both the women who are discriminated against (or suspect they are) and the employers who have been shocked to realize what was going on int their […]

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“Women just aren’t aggressive enough to make it to the top”. HBR article on the delicate art of being perfectly assertive

Who hasn’t heard that before? Or how about the contradictory comments about female managers being too bossy or domineering? Assertiveness is a difficult skill to master. Who has sat quietly in a meeting feeling the discussion was missing something, and not spoken up? Or perhaps wildly overcompensated afterwards, either in the “I told you so” […]

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1 month ago

Jen Dalitz

What are the lessons you’re teaching your kids? We took the opportunity of a holiday long weekend to visit my mum interstate as the timing of the trip coincided with my son’s favourite AFL team battling it out against my mum’s beloved team. Perhaps only those of you with the love for AFL will appreciate why we’d plan a long distance trip around a game of footy, but suffice to say it was a passion project! With every ounce of anticipation, the game was a tough, tight duel and could easily have gone either way. Yet when the final siren sounded, it wasn’t our team that was smiling. It sure is tough for a 10 year old boy to sit within a crowd 41,000+ people all cheering for the opposite side. It was tough for him to see the exhaustion and disappointment on the faces of the players he adores. And yet, it’s so important for him to learn that his team won’t always win. There’s so many lessons in that, but the one I chose to instil is that you won’t always back the team that wins but you’ll always back the team that you love. That’s why I asked him to wear his team colours home the next day, and show his support even when the chips are down. That’s the kind of commitment I want my son to learn and the kind of team player I want him to be. PS. #gotheGiants @GWSGiants #neversurrender ... See MoreSee Less

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3 months ago

Jen Dalitz

I haven’t been here in a while as the writing has been on hold. But I was reminded today that there are things in our life that light us up. That might take us out of our comfort zone but, once you sit with it, bring you both joy and a sense of “I can do this” achievement. These moments are such a gift. So I’m curious, what’s your special thing that lights you up?

Despite (or in spit of) my professional career, these moments for me normally involve my horses. I’ll never be an equestrian Olympian, but I take great pleasure in all the lessons my horses teach me. They remind me that it’s a team effort, we’re in it together, and that if I’m prepared to give a little bit more, they will too. That’s true whether we’re on the ground taking care of their feet, or grooming, or when I’m atop riding as one. Two hearts one team.
It’s hard to describe the adrenaline and joy they bring to my life. But I’d love to know, what lights you up??
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