This evening I’m giving a talk to my daughter’s Girl Scouts troop about careers in technology. I’m going to tell them that women have done amazing things in tech. I’m going to tell them that they too can do anything they set their minds to in this arena. But I will be lying to them. “You can do whatever you set your mind to” is a half-truth, because there are real obstacles—if not barriers—that keep women and minorities from truly thriving in this field. The tech industry has a diversity problem, and it’s a problem not just for these young girls, but for all of us. READ MORE: We Aren’t Imagining It: The Tech Industry Needs More Women | LifeHacker
CareerLabs uses big data to explore all aspects of a company, from maternity leave to morale, growth, and financial health…
…The way CareerLabs works is simple: You sign up for free (you can use a Facebook or a LinkedIn profile) and start browsing job listings aggregated from other online job boards. CareerLabs layers in data on companies’ financial health and growth prospects, compensation, health care, career progression, culture, and management, among other criteria, to show candidates as full a picture of the business and its staff as possible…
…CareerLabs currently tracks and monitors 70% of all U.S. companies, which amounts to over 22 million organizations, and gathered some 10 million data points. He says that though basic service is free, subscription packages offer more filtering tools… READ MORE: How Big Data Might Change The Way You Find A Job | FastCompany
It’s a tough climb to the c-suite — especially for women. Women make up only 4.6% of CEOs in S&P 500 companies, according to 2015 numbers from advocacy group Catalyst. Women accounted for only 3.3% of CEOs in the top 100 companies in Silicon Valley in 2014, according to numbers from Fenwick. It’s not as though these companies have a small pool of women to choose from. In fact, women make up 45% of the labor force in S&P 500 companies. But that percentage dwindles on each step of the corporate ladder, meaning that there are fewer female candidates in the pipeline when it comes time to name a new manager, board member, or executive. And that’s ultimately bad business for companies.
One Massachusetts Institute of Technology study found that an even gender split increased a company’s revenue by 41%, and a Catalyst study found that companies with more women on their boards performed better when it came to sales, equity, and invested capital. In short: more women at the top can lead to better business. READ MORE: 5 ways women can help women succeed in the workplace | Mashable
Modern work — from waiting tables to crunching numbers to designing products — is about solving brand-new problems every day, flexibly and collaboratively. But as Yves Morieux shows in this insightful talk, too often, an overload of rules, processes and metrics keeps us from doing our best work together. Meet the new frontier of productivity: cooperation.
Every employer wants employees who contribute to the overall success of the company. Here’s how the best bring long-term ROI. READ MORE: 35 Habits That Make Employees Extremely Valuable | Inc.com.
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IPads, maker spaces, 3-D printers, and coding skills top the tech wish lists for 1,259 school librarians across the country, according to School Library Journal’s (SLJ) 2015 Technology Survey. Educators are hungry to bring their students even more—whether that’s robotics classes or Arduino kits.
“New computers, tablets, video equipment, all digital tools, instruction on usage, [and] enough bandwidth” count among the must-haves for Andrea Oshima, a school librarian at Aviara Oaks Elementary School in Carlsbad, CA. Currently, 64 percent of school librarians consider themselves tech leaders in their schools—and 28 percent feel that their tech skills afford them increased job security. READ MORE: School Librarians Want More Tech—and Bandwidth | SLJ 2015 Tech Survey | School Library Journal.
Are men and women different? While almost every executive I have ever met, anywhere in the world, says yes, most diversity policies are designed as if the answer were no.
Last week, the Global Head of Diversity of a leading professional services firm told me that she “didn’t want to be treated differently.” That, I answered, is why most professional services firms are still hovering well below the 20% female partner level. As long as men and women are treated exactly the same by organizations, most women will continue to be shut out of senior roles.
And yet for the past 30 years, managers have been taught to do just this: treat men and women exactly the same. That is considered the progressive thing to do. Any suggestion of difference was, and often still is, labelled a bias or a stereotype, especially by many women, eager to demonstrate that they are one of the guys, or the in-group. READ MORE: To Hold Women Back, Keep Treating Them Like Men | HBR.
According to the National Center for College and Career Transitions (NC3T), about 20 percent of careers — and many of the fastest growing areas — directly relate to science, technology, engineering and math.
But by one count, an insufficient number of students today will pursue STEM careers. So how do we convince students that STEM is important even if they don’t think they will pursue a career in a related field? READ MORE: Exposing Every Student To STEM | TechCrunch.
[E]ven those who have mastered the art of brevity in traditional business communication may have a tough time mastering online communication. Whether it’s email, chat, or a social network, word count isn’t just a matter of style—it’s often a technical requirement. Add to that the expectation that your online voice should sound conversational, engaging, or even funny, and communicating online may be the biggest (and certainly most frequently encountered) writing challenge that we face in business today. Here are some guidelines that can help make those messages productive and satisfying—rather than a liability. READ MORE: Using Social Media Without Jeopardizing Your Career | HBR.
Volunteering in a public library and changing workplaces from the corporate world to academia and back again over the past five years has exposed me to different organizational cultures. These experiences have provided insight into the importance of emotional intelligence (EQ) in your leaders and peers and how workplace culture influences your emotions and behaviour. I am really intrigued by emotional intelligence theory and believe in the value of understanding its application in our personal and work lives (supported by research). We can improve the way we interact with our peers and respond to conflict. Below, I have provided links to insightful articles on this topic for your enjoyment and professional development. I will continue to add articles to this post as I come across them in the news.
- Daniel Goleman Introduces Emotional Intelligence [Video] | Big Think | YouTube
- What Is Emotional Intelligence (EQ)? | PsychCentral
- Feeling Smart: The Science of Emotional Intelligence | American Scientist
- The Explainer: Emotional Intelligence [Video] | Harvard Business Review The five components of emotional intelligence and how to improve each.
- #Happiness Isn’t the Absence of Negative Feelings + How to Handle Negative #Feedback | HBR #EQ #psychology #selfimprovement #selfhelp
- Want To Reduce Your Social Anxiety? Just Be Kind | Co.Exist
- 6 Scientifically Proven Ways To Boost Your Self-Control | FastCompany
- How To Deal With Selfish Coworkers | FastCompany
- Seven Strategies for Dealing with Toxic People | ZenHabits
- Signs That You Lack Emotional Intelligence | Harvard Business Review
- Emotional Intelligence Predicts Job Success: Do You Have It? | Fast Company
- Emotional Intelligence: The Social Skills You Weren’t Taught in School | LifeHacker #EmotionalIntelligence
- Emotional Intelligence, Not Just ‘Executive Function,’ Influences A Child’s Ability To Pay Attention | Medical Daily
- Multitasking Damages Your Brain And Career, New Studies Suggest | Forbes
- The Dark Side of Emotional Intelligence | The Atlantic
- The Power of Vulnerability [Video] | Brene Brown | TED Talk
- How Changing Your Reading Habits Can Transform Your Health | Fast Company
- 35 #Habits That Make #Employees Extremely Valuable | Inc.com #business #workplaces #softskills #EQ
- 7 Interview Questions That Determine Emotional Intelligence | Entrepreneur
- Emotionally Intelligent People Are More Successful | FastCompany
- Handling Emotional Outbursts on Your Team | Harvard Business Review
- When You Criticize Someone, You Make It Harder for that Person to Change | Harvard Business Review
- 7 Self-Awareness Techniques to Make You a Better Leader | Mashable
- If Your Boss Thinks You’re Awesome, You Will Become More Awesome | Harvard Business Review
- Top Complaints from #Employees About Their #Leaders | HBR #leadership #emotionalintelligence #communication @HarvardBiz
- Why Compassion Is a Better Managerial Tactic than Toughness | HBR #mentoring #emotionalintelligence
- Good Leaders Get Emotional | Doug Sundheim | Harvard Business Review
- Is It OK to Yell at Your Employees? | Michael Schrage | Harvard Business Review
- What Makes a Leader? | January 2004 | Daniel Goleman | Harvard Business Review
- 30 Tips to Cultivate #SoftSkills in Your #Students | InformED #skills #education
- Cracking the Code of Student Emotional Pain | edutopia