We are often asked to make generalizations about the coaching needs of men versus women in the workplace. We typically work with the top third of the organization chart in large corporations. The key coaching opportunities at the level of our clients are more similar than different. Most senior women have learned to function and thrive in the “man’s world” of top management. More importantly, top management is becoming less the domain of men. One of the blogs noted below shows the progress women are making. Germany is close to legislation that requires the Board of Directors to contain 30% female members. As the father of three very competent daughters, I am delighted to see the progress.
Other blogs provide a glimpse of the future; how being a good boss is important; and how to deal with a dead phone battery.
The year is off to a great start for us. We are building the Change Masters Academy products and continuing to hear great feedback on our efforts. We are finding new and interesting companies as customers. We have two trips to Europe planned this year to deliver workshops on executive presence in remote communications (Digital Executive Presence). A number of people have volunteered to give us feedback as we build our remote communications.
Are you ready for what will happen in the next twenty years?
Technology Hot Buttons are …
- Augmented Reality
- Edge to Edge Displays
- Foldable/Fabric Displays
- Ubiquitous Computing
- Seamless Workflow
- Multi-modal User Interfaces and Input Devices
- Operating System Sublimation
How Important is it to be a “Good Boss”?
A recent study found that 65% of employees would choose a good boss over a pay raise if they had to choose. What most people want more of is recognition and praise. It is also true that the main reason good talented people leave a company is because of their boss … even if they like the organization.
So being a good boss is very important. How do you do that?
A short list of ways include:
Dead Phone Battery and No Time to Charge
It happens at the worst time. Your phone battery is dead and you have little time to recharge your phone. You can charge most phones about twice as fast if you put it in “airplane mode” when you plug in the charger.
To reduce how fast your battery drains when you are running low, turn off “bluetooth” and “cellular data” if you can operate without it. Connecting to WiFi for email takes much less power than cellular data. Your phone will still work.
Female Executives Gaining Ground
“Female executives are making progress in the workplace by gaining seats on the board and earning higher pay” at top companies according to CNN Money Report.
At the top 50 companies defined by the National Association for Female Executives, the breakout of women shows:
- 51% of the workforce are women
- 40% of the top earners are women
- 37% of the top management positions are held by women
- 29% of the boardroom seats are held by women
I was glad to see several of our customers on the Top 50 Companies list; including American Express, DuPont, General Mills, General Motors, KPMG, Procter & Gamble, and Target Stores.
When starting Change Masters in 1986, my vision was to help create work environments that I would like my daughters to work in someday. The best way to do that is to help leaders at all levels in the organization be more effective leaders. Those at the top of organizations have the biggest ripple effect. That continues to be our mission today.
We continue to hear wonderful feedback from our clients and those who know our clients. In addition to the impact at work, I am most touched by the impact on people’s personal life. One client reported …
“Honestly, the impact has been larger in my personal life and that has really been my focus recently (and needs to be my priority going forward) The concept of blind spots and applying to my marriage has opened our eyes more to my wife and I opening up about what we would like to see in our relationship and how each of our blind spots may be a challenge to us reaching that goal. We’ve since started to see a marriage counselor, still in early stages but is making a difference. This wasn’t about us on the verge of divorce but more of we knew our relationship should be better than what it is. Much of this started because of the training (or beating) you gave me around listening and engaging in the discussion. So I write this to you to say thank you. Thank you for saving my marriage!”
The client’s message is why we consider what we do to be our mission. For those who have been clients or observed client experiences, I would love to hear your story. You can reply to this email. Thank you.