If Men Don’t See You, Are You Really There?

August 20, 2013 0 Comments
If Men Don’t See You, Are You Really There?

“How many of you think you have to be seen by men before you can be seen?”

Nilofer Merchant asked this question at a fantastic conversation/salon I attended in New York earlier this year led by Merchant and Ellen McGirt. The topic was women, work, and visibility—and the concept of “onlyness”—our unique contribution as women and as individuals, in the workplace and in the world.

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Follow Your Real Work Inside and Outside of Institutions

August 13, 2013 0 Comments
Follow Your Real Work Inside and Outside of Institutions

Given the state of the world and our institutions, what work (paid or unpaid) do we really want to be doing? As individuals and women leaders, what work are we uniquely well-suited to do? What contribution can we make and do we want to make? I’m reminded of a line from Margaret Wheatley, “The leaders we need are already here.”

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Dreaming 5 Ways the World Could Change for Women…

July 16, 2013 0 Comments
Dreaming 5 Ways the World Could Change for Women…

Sometimes this question of when the world going to change for women feels so complex and daunting, all I have energy left to do is dream! And it’s a bit of a paradox because dreaming ultimately is what gives me energy to get back to activism. So here are a few ways I dream the world could, just might, if we can help it, change for women.

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Take the Lead, Change the Narrative

July 2, 2013 0 Comments
Take the Lead, Change the Narrative

One of the most exciting things about movement building is watching a new story or a narrative, or a new powerful idea, emerge in our collective consciousness and take clearer shape over time. In the women’s movement, this is usually a new story about women or gender, our relationships to each other as citizens, what leadership looks like, or how change happens. This is not a process in which we are passive; we must be active players in the creation of new stories; but many of these stories are emergent.

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Women’s Leadership and the Likeability Trap

June 25, 2013 0 Comments
Women’s Leadership and the Likeability Trap

Do we want to focus on the problem of powerful women being so darn unlikeable? Or do we want to work toward a solution: gender balance in the workplace, our communities, and all of our major institutions, which will inevitably mean new visions of leadership?

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What Makes a Movement?

June 4, 2013 0 Comments
What Makes a Movement?

Movements don’t happen as a result of one individual or organization, but rather from the cumulative, coordinated, and uncoordinated efforts of many individuals and groups. If movement building feels chaotic, that’s because it is. And, as a mentor of mine reminded me recently, in other ways movements are very much controlled and rightly so.

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Why We Don’t Have to Think Alike to Work Together

June 1, 2013 0 Comments
Why We Don’t Have to Think Alike to Work Together

So often we try to minimize, or better yet, wipe out our differences, or get people to agree with us, so that we can move forward together. But what if our desire to be on the same page is holding us back?

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Think Small To Go Big

May 28, 2013 0 Comments
Think Small To Go Big

Try to change everything and you’ll lose your balance. Focus your attention on small, simple movements and behavior changes, and watch as things begin to align differently.

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Authentic Leadership, Yes, But for What Purpose?

May 7, 2013 0 Comments
Authentic Leadership, Yes, But for What Purpose?

What does it mean to be real with ourselves and others in our everyday lives and at work? What does it mean to lead from an authentic place and why is even important?

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Work Isn’t Everything, But It Touches Everything Else

April 30, 2013 0 Comments
Work Isn’t Everything, But It Touches Everything Else

Everywhere I look women are redefining what work is, how it functions, and how work can support other areas of our lives rather than detract from them or cause harm. The same is true for money.

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