The Comfort Principle: What Can We DO about It?

Send to Kindle What stands in the way of women reaching the top? What prevents businesses from getting the promise of gender diversity? Lots of leaders appreciate the value of developing and promoting women. Lots of businesses take effective actions. Yet women are...

WHY So Few Women Reach the Top: It’s NOT All about Family

Send to KindleWomen are doing great in business – in its lower ranks. Women earn more than half of all undergraduate and graduate degrees. According to Catalyst, in the Fortune 500 they make up nearly half of the workforce and slightly more than half of middle...

Women at the Top: So Much Attention, So Little Progress

I am seeing more and more focus on the issue of why there are not more women at the leadership level of U.S. business. Yet there is so little progress. I agree with other experts that the causes exist at the unconscious level. Our goal is to create awareness of the invisible obstacles to gender diversity at the top — the double bind, the comfort principle and unconscious images. Lowering these obstacles starts with awareness. Like the blind spot in our car, once we know about it, we can manage it. We can change mind-sets once they are conscious.

The Fear Factor: An Obstacle for Women Reaching the Top

I knew that our “unconscious images” created an obstacle for women. People who do not “look the part” are less likely to come to mind when assignments or promotions are being made. I learned from my former husband that people may actually fear giving an assignment or position to a women because they can’t envision her approach working.