What is centered leadership?

What is centered leadership?.

There are five dimensions of leadership around our personal and professional context: Meaning, Positive Framing, Connecting, Managing, Engaging.

 Meaning. The sense of meaning is what inspires women leaders,
guides their careers, sustains their optimism, generates positive
emotions, and enables them to lead in creative and profound ways.
Framing. To sustain herself on the path to leadership and to function
as a leader, a woman must view situations clearly, avoiding
downward spirals, in order to move ahead and create solutions.
Connecting. Nobody does it alone. Women leaders make meaningful
connections to develop sponsorship and followership, colleagues
and supporters, with warmth and humanity.
Engaging. Successful leaders take ownership for opportunities
along with risks. They have a voice and they use it. They’re also
adaptive and collaborative.
Energizing. To succeed long-term and to accommodate family
and community responsibilities, women leaders learn to manage
their energy reserves and to tap into flow.

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MBA equals to Male Business Administration?

I read the following from a newsletter of Catalyst  and I am sure you will find it a good sunday morning  food for thought.  After all monday 8th is approaching

Does MBA stand for Male Business Administration?

Apparently even an MBA doesn’t level the gender playing field. Pipeline’s Broken Promise, the second report in the series, The Promise of Future Leadership: Highly Talented Employees in the Pipeline, set out to explore how the «best and the brightest» have fared post-MBA. The surprising and unsettling results highlighted that the pipeline is in peril. Women lag men in advancement and compensation from their very first professional jobs and are less satisfied with their careers overall.

In a world where women comprise 40% of the global workforce and graduate with advanced professional degrees in record numbers-in some cases, surpassing men-gender fatigue or reduced attention to bias has no place. So what accounts for these career outcome differences and what are the implications for companies failing to level the playing field? The bottom line is that companies cannot remain competitive and sustain success without women in their leadership.
Here are just a few of the findings:

  • On average women are being paid $4,600 less in their first job than men.
  • Men were more likely to start their first post-MBA job in higher positions than women.
  • Men were twice as likely as women to be at the CEO/senior executive level.

In addition to these and other findings, the report hopes to aid companies by offering useful tips and advice from corporate leaders on how to correct these inequities. We encourage you to read the full report.  

The study was conducted with the support of our sponsors. American Express Company is a President’s Circle Sponsor of Pipeline’s Broken Promise. Barclays Capital is an Executive Circle Sponsor, and Chevron Corporation, Credit Suisse Group, General Motors Corporation, Procter & Gamble Company, and Scotiabank are Mentor Circle Sponsors.

Χειροτέχνες όλου του κόσμου Ενωθείτε και Προβληθείτε!

Ξεφυλλίζοντας το Gourmet της Ελευθεροτυπίας του Δεκεμβρίου 2009 μου τράβηξαν την προσοχή τα πάνινα καλάθια της Ελένης Πατηνιώτη, μία από τις συνήθως ωραίες και πρωτότυπες προτάσεις της Αγλαϊας Κρεμέζη.

Το ETSY  ένας δικτυακός τόπος όπου εκθέτουν και πωλούν καλλιτέχνες απ’ολο τον κόσμο αντίκες, παλαιά κομμάτια, χειροποίητα δικά τους σύγχρονα σε πολύ καλές τιμές, και δεδομένου ότι είναι σε δολλάρια μου φάνηκαν ακόμη καλύτερες.

Μόνη παραφωνία ήταν κάτι μεταλλικά κουτιά – όμοια έχει το ΙΚΕΑ – που ένας Καναδός τα πουλούσε απίστευτα ακριβά.

Εννοείται ότι έφτιαξα λογαριασμό myetsy για να μπορώ να αγοράζω, να αποθηκεύω τα αγαπημένα μου προϊόντα και τους αγαπημένους μου προμηθευτές.

Χάρηκα που 100 Ελληνες – απ’ολη την ΕΛλαδα- συμμετέχουν σ’αυτόν τον τόπο, ο οποίος φιλοξενεί συνολικά 170.000 προμηθευτές!

Μερικά από αυτά που μου άρεσαν θα δείτε παρακάτω

1960s 18k Gold and Tourmaline Ring by H. Fred Skaggs
1960s John Prip for Reed and Barton Dimension Silver Plate Coffee Set
Falling in Love Earrings  AAA citrine briolette oxidized fine silver

Managers in panic;How bad it is.

For a low personnel to be in panic it is considered as lack of maturity and lack of professionalism.

For a medium level and especially when we are talking about a woman we consider it dependant to hormones, many duties that she cannot handle, unbalanced life, etc

For high rank professionals we believe that panic is non existant. A manager is a top post and to be there he/she needs to be mature and a mature person does not  panic!  And we are very wrong! For more than one of the assumptions.

Panic is also present at high hierarchical levels and it is more difficult to be identified, because it is passed to others through extreme questionning, through irony, through criticism, through narrow minded follow ups, through psychological pressure in an effort to put the blame on you.  Panic is passed to others as top executives do not get into panic!!

I very recently  heard a story about some ridiculous reactions of senior executives in panic and I felt the only advise I had to give is to be as far away as possible in an effort not to be contaminated.  We all know that the manager’s mood is like a mirror for his/her staff.

Unfortunately,  this kind of stories are more often than ever and all those theories on maturity and meritocracy prove to be a big fairy tale. Not for each and every one but for the majority of those around us.

I am really sad that the only suggestion I have to offer is to run away from Managers in Panic.

BUT remember while you are running away (from panic bosses) DO HAVE  your action plans ready!!

Being prepared for various scenarios not only saves you from getting trapped into panic but also make you a winner.

Οταν το μεράκι γίνεται πηγή εισοδήματος

Στις Λεύκες της Πάρου συνάντησα την Πεζούλα της Λιχουδιάς και κατάλαβα για μία ακόμη φορά ότι το μέγεθος δεν παίζει κανέναν ρόλο στη φήμη.  Δυό γυναίκες της Αθήνας  (η μία από το χώρο της εσωτερικής διακόσμησης και η άλλη από τον κόσμο των επιχειρήσεων) ήθελαν να κάνουν πράγματα σ’ενα νησί έτσι όπως θα τις ευχαριστούσε αν τα συναντούσαν. Και ξεκίνησαν να φτιάχνουν ένα-δυό γλυκά (θεικά στη γεύση και γιγάντια στην ποσότητα) και τα προσέφεραν σε μια Πεζούλα στολισμένη με εξαιρετικό γούστο.  Κι αγόρασαν μετά από προσπάθειες κι ένα διπλανό οίκημα και σε λίγο θα  γίνει η Πεζούλα βεράντα. Και εις ανώτερα – γλυκύτερα!

The Challenge of Hiring and Retaining Women

According to many economists in many OECD countries there is an increasing socio-economic crisis that affects heavily the middle class; in other words  we face the end of the «American dream» . However, this dream still holds for most emerging markets. Amid this stagnation women’s full entry into the workforce has rescued family incomes. 

In this era of keen competition for talent, companies that can have strategies to attract and retain a diverse workforce  (eg older work force, women, etc) are more likely to succeed. of course, it is not easy for companies to define how diversity links to their business results.

As far as women are concerned definitely more (in numbers) are in the world of work.  However, the glass ceiling founded as a term about 20 years ago still exists, because companies need to find a way to create more successful women leaders. But is the glass which prevents them or is it a sticky floor ?

There are difficulties in attracting and retaining women;  however, there are successful strategies and HR can become a strategic partner with businesses (in condition that it will attract business-minded professionals).

Mentoring to face 21st century challenges

Mentoring is a relationship that is created to share knowledge and experience for learning in a purposeful way.

To share knowledge and experience you do not need any more to be old and with hundreds of years of experience. The traditional form of mentoring has given way to more «egalitarian» forms.

The fact that the first mentor in the global history was Mentor (Μέντωρ in Greek) Ulissys best friend clearly shows that the relationship needs to be based on confidentiality, trust and mutual respect.

European Professional Women Network

Athens is the 18th city (in Europe)  where the EuropeanPWN  has been established.

The EuropeanPWN  is a non for profit network aiming at assisting professional women develop their skills, improve their careers, know each other through sharing the knowledge, mentoring programmes and not only.  Visit their site to learn more.