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

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

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

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

From Birth, Boys Are In It To Win It. And Girls?

Boys are hard-wired to be more competitive right from the start. Where does that leave girls…and women? I ‘m both amused and mildly horrified by the Wal-Mart’s “Running Shoes” commercial. It shows a band of kids dashing across a lawn in search of Easter eggs. A little boy pulls away from the pack. Amazed moms … Continue reading

Why Women Don’t Trust Financial Advisors

Women have money. The investment industry wants it. Too bad they don’t talk the same language. You’d think the investment industry would have figured out by now how to market to women. It goes like this: Listen Reflect Confirm Repeat Why is it so hard for financial advisors do this? From independent financial planners to … Continue reading

Small Might Be Smarter

The latest crop of start-ups looks a lot like the typical woman-owned businesses. Is that bad, or is it time we added another definition of entrepreneurial success? The best stuff at the International Housewares Show is along the outside walls. Here, in the cheap booths, are the hardy entrepreneurs with their inventions, hoping that the … Continue reading

What’s the State of Your Pay Gap?

Fair pay isn’t dead. It’s on the rebound. Here’s what President Obama just said about it, and how you can find out what the gap is where you live. The Paycheck Fairness Act was passed by the Senate when it went down in the House in late November. Hardly anyone noticed it fall in the … Continue reading

Work-Life Balance Is Dead – Thank Goodness

Sociologists confirm what mothers-in-law have been saying for decades:  you feel guilty when you  take work home.  Work-life balance doesn’t work. It probably never did. Here’s what does. Doesn’t flexwork sound great? Grab that Blackberry as you run out the door at 4 p.m. and finish up that client e-mail while you’re waiting out the … Continue reading

Do Women Need An Ambition Transplant?

I’ve just pawed through the Easter basket of statistics that is the new Accenture report, “Reinvent Opportunity: Looking Through a New Lens,” and there’s only one conclusion to draw: women need more ambition. They are too willing to settle: for less money, a lower-status position, and for things the way they are.  But the study … Continue reading