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I’ll Have One of Each

Diversity works best when teams are gender balanced. It’s not good for man to be alone, God thought when he looked at Adam. Hence: Eve. Turns out that gender balanced teams are most effective, efficient and healthy in the workplace, too.  (Apples notwithstanding.)  A recent study by the London School of Business found that when … Continue reading


What do you call a company with women comprising 5% of its global executive team and 4% of its global board? Defendant.   In what is becoming a depressingly familiar scenario, yet another “best company for women” has been charged with a high profile discrimination lawsuit. The defendant du jour is Big Four accounting firm KPMG. … Continue reading

Men Hate The Workplaces They Built

Men want work-life flexibility just as much as women. So why are women still the ones carrying the message? Ah, the sweet sensation of validation.  Finally, a think tank has thought what many work-life advocates have been saying for years: Men want work-life flexibility just as much as women do. That’s the basic point of … Continue reading

Be Nice. Be Called Tough.

Act nice, but hope others call you tough. That’s how to get ahead at work. Sure is complicated getting hired. Two recently released studies show just how narrow a line women must walk to get ahead at work: be nice to others day to day, but make sure your professional references describe you as an … Continue reading

How Smart Bosses Win when Employees Flexwork

A new study argues that bosses should be held responsible for upholding work-life practices. When short-term business goals conflict with high-minded work-life programs, work-life loses.   Profits vs. flextime;  team goals vs. job sharing; when deadlines are driving dollars, it’s all hands on deck, compressed workweeks be damned. Now, a new study by Alexandra Beauregard, of … Continue reading

Don’t Fall Into This Gap

Women are edging close to an income cliff. Here’s why. There’s a reason why women gravitate to teaching and government administrative jobs: family-friendly hours,  a clear career path and pay bands, which are supposed to minimize pay discrimination. But as the economy stumbles towards recovery, financially exhausted governments are cutting loose tens of thousands of … Continue reading

Why Dudettes Will Save Beancounters

Without young women, baby boomer accounting firm partners can’t retire.  Guess who’s in the driver’s seat. It took us six months, dozens of interviews and a boatload of analysis to produce the 2011 Accounting MOVE Project Executive Report.  One of our sponsors, Moss Adams, recommended that this year we do a deep-dive into the implications … Continue reading

Hey! Where’s My Raise?

Every employer pays for performance…right? Only believe it when your employer can prove it. There’s not a boss on this earth who doesn’t think he pays for performance.  But ‘performance’ is often much more of a judgment call than one might think – even for jobs with quantifiable results, such as sales.  Given pervasive cultural … Continue reading

Two Four-Letter Words Women Need to Get Ahead

“Support” comes in many forms when a woman manager is trying to get a grip on subtle bias at work.  A new study shows what works. Discrimination is officially over. That’s why it’s so difficult to deal with cultural factors like a boss’s expectation that you always make work the top priority, no matter whatever … Continue reading