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Even top women executives still face inequities that can lead to missed
opportunities. Likely as not, these slights are unintended, but
exclusion from “the club” remains one of the harshest penalties for a
leader. Take Theragenics CEO Christine Jacobs. She’s left out of the loop when
male board members adjourn to the men’s room, where they continue to
talk business. “It’s life,” says Jacobs. But women execs can make life fairer with these strategies:
Monitoring employees with video cameras probably doesn't violate employee privacy rights, but employers should make sure they don't step over the line of reasonable privacy concerns, such as monitoring dressing rooms ...
When facing a discrimination claim filed with the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission, it makes sense for employers to try to settle as early as possible, before the agency holds hearings and files an opinion ...
For a while now, General Electric’s top dogs have been studying
companies they admire, like Dell and Toyota, seeing how they do things
and trying to figure out exactly what propels them to the leading edge. The GE group settled on five “growth leadership traits” common to all of those top companies … and copied them, of course.
We have one word for you: plastic.
Many people associate Billie Jean King with the overhyped “Battle of
the Sexes” tennis match she won in 1973 against Bobby Riggs, who’d
proclaimed himself the world’s biggest “male chauvinist pig.” What most people don’t realize is that, in an era when women athletes
were treated like ornaments or freaks, King almost single-handedly
forced the U.S. Tennis Association and tennis promoters to pay
them on a par with their male counterparts.
Executive misconduct costs organizations an average of $900,000 a year:
more than six times the cost of manager misbehavior. Harassment and
other gender-related misconduct lead the list. So, what do you do?
agencies and the United Nations are flooded with donations to help the
victims of natural disasters, but none has a quick way—an army, say—to
deliver the supplies to where they belong.
Solution: The folks who brought you overnight shipping.
Not content to write a one-paragraph mission statement for the lobby
wall, Michael Dell had his leadership team craft a document called “The
Soul of Dell.” It’s probably the longest statement of purpose an American corporation
has ever crafted, and it serves as an internal benchmark for operations.
Use these “attitude guidelines” to focus yourself on the job: