Minding the Gap


I recently was approached by a blue collar worker whom I have witnessed in action on many occasions. I know this manual laborer gives more than 100 percent and possesses an excellent work ethic. The individual said to me: “Help! I want out. I need to return to an office setting. That’s where I feel most comfortable.” The problem? No computer skills. Around the same time, I heard about an upper-level executive at the same place of employment. This person commanded a six-figure salary and occupied a plush office. Underlings were at this individual’s beck and call to perform such tasks as sending and responding to the boss’ emails. The problem? No computer skills. A tale of two employees who share the same skill set deficiency. The difference is that one has job security and the other has job frustration. Another difference? The job climber is a woman, and the reached-the-pinnacle employee is a man. Does gender make a difference? Should it make a difference? Maybe the computer … [Read more...]

Leaning In

Sheryl Sandberg

The May Quarterly Networking Event at Stevenson Ridge found us viewing Sheryl’s Sandberg’s TED Talk on Why We Have Too Few Women Leaders. If you haven’t seen it yet, I’d encourage you to take 15 minutes to view it. THEN I recommend that you purchase Sheryl’s book, Lean In, and read it. While I liked the talk and book because of their contents, I’m not sure any ideas presented were new, but the ideas were supported by lots of research that, for this academic, gave proof! For example, I had never really thought about the differences between men and women when offered a job. Let’s say a woman is offered a job with a $100,000 salary and standard benefits. Her response, at least internally, is “this is how much I am worth.” She’s content to be compensated for what she’s worth, so she takes the job without considering that she might be worth a wee bit more. She doesn’t even consider asking for additional benefits. Remember, the company offered her what she’s worth! Conversely, when a … [Read more...]