Women are better than men at knowing what other people are thinking, and that carries huge advantages in team settings
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This is a good article. In a way, it depresses me. Why do we need to prove the value of half of the human species? We need proof because over our history we've developed a skewed and limited understanding of ourselves. Not just women, but men.
We are slowly and patiently retraining our global consciousness to align with a simple truth -- the universe/nature comes through all of us. Each of us holds a key to collective wisdom and health.
So, yes, let the evidence roll. Let's keep the conversation going until we all are of one mind as to the value of human life.
Sue Decker, Yahoo's former president and current Berkshire Hathaway board member, sees more — and more frequent — data points that show women closing the gender gap across economic and social categories.
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For women leaders, G.url power is a good blog to follow.
Companies that are culturally enlightened will not only have a much easier time of implementing the full scope of lean and Six Sigma, but they also position themselves to work on ideas that could be real game changers in their industry.
Harvard Professor Shoshana Zuboff said that every century or so, fundamental changes in the nature of consumption create new demand patterns that existing companies can’t meet unless they applied imagination to see beyond what they’re selling today. Indeed, consumers have never been savvier, well connected, and value conscious.
There is a women’s leadership movement afoot that needs to transition from underground grassroots to mainstream establishment. This isn’t about goodwill, preferences or representation. Mobilizing women into leadership positions is mandatory for sustainable economic growth, global competitiveness and innovation across all industries. It’s time for women to dive-in, head-first and heart-strong. They must actively deploy their unique ability to see with wide-angle vision and sow opportunities with a passionate pursuit – as do all great pioneers that change the status quo and build new bridges. International Women’s Day, recently celebrated on March 8, reminded us of “the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future.” Women are ready to live with an entrepreneurial spirit and activate their ability to connect the dots of resources and relationships to create and sustain momentum. Women wired to naturally promote the spirit of giving and lead to leave a legacy will cultivate continuous impact and influence in the industries they serve.
The women's global leadership network is growing. Local and regional networks of business, social and civic leadership are connecting up at an increasing rate. Within the next year the global leadership and influence landscape will be completely transformed.
If you have been waiting for this shift to take place and wish to be a part of it now, find a local women's organization that focuses on social change, leadership with integrity, and social impact. Also look for conferences you can attend on women's leadership and social change.
A very good article. One thing I can add, by extension, is how we as individuals and as organizations use the same concept. We are still human, part of the natural world. When separate ourselves from it, we and our organizations get sick: pull a plant out of the ground and it will survive for a while, but it will do everything it can to reach its root into the ground again.
As you lead your organization today, as you lead your life, ask yourself the question, "How can I be more integrated into my life, my relationship and my community?"
Randy Vargas is a 19-year-old high school senior who dances for money after school on the trains beneath Manhattan. Among fellow dancers, he is admired and envied for his mastery of the “hat trick,” which he performs by juggling a bas...
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Social Leadership Required:
Kids dancing for money is not a problem, but an opportunity to embrace the enthusiasm, skill and entrepreneurial spirit of these dancers into a solution to community problems. Which are: no after school programs; not enough income from poor parents to pay for fee-based programs; and, a police perception that the dancers and the crowds that form around them are public menaces to be eliminated.
In this situation is a community-based solution that can be legally integrated into the public landscape.
In each city, there could be a team of social leaders who take on these situations and turn them into community-strengthening projects while maintaining the revenue stream for the visionary instigators. In this case, these Bronx break dancers.
Does your city have this kind of team? If so, please share.
Social entrepreneurship is the present and the future. At some point in the near future all business will be social-mission centric or what is called a "triple bottom line" business. We can no longer afford to extract from the community. Business is part of the human ecosystem. When one plant in a garden leeches all the nutrients from the soil, the surrounding plants die. This isn't rocket science, this is gardening.
Every culture has traditions for newborns. For many of us, we’ve seen baby showers. For a village called Piplantri they plant 111 tress for every baby girl that is born. This is a unique achievement in a state where female foeticide is rampant and the sex ratio is one of the most skewed in the country.…
What you are about to see is an absolutely magnificent rendition of a piece by Carl Sagan - synthesized together with amazing visuals of human kinds exploration into our very solar system. We are amazing creatures, and with willpower and inspiration, we can do anything. For all its material advantages, the sedentary life has left…
We're excited about integrating socially-conscious decision-making all aspects of our lives. After decades of purposefully choosing to make life difficult for others to benefit of ourselves, our true nature is coming forward to bring us back in alignment.
If you work in an organization using us-them decision making, look for ways you can make "benefit all" decisions. Benefit-all decisions spur creativity, inspire collaboration and feel great.
1) Survival That which can be automated and outsourced will be automated and outsourced Here’s the tough news: As the global market place continues to become more and more competitive, those jobs and enterprises that a machine can do faster or someone else can do cheaper will go the way of the dinosaur and the …
Britta Riley wanted to grow her own food (in her tiny apartment). So she and her friends developed a system for growing plants in discarded plastic bottles -- researching, testing and tweaking the system using social media, trying many variations at once and quickly arriving at the optimal system. Call it distributed DIY. And the results? Delicious. (Filmed at TEDxManhattan .)
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