WLW 016 Dr. Adam Fraser on The Importance of Diversity WLW 016 Dr. Adam Fraser on The Importance of Diversity WLW 016 Dr. Adam Fraser on The Importance of Diversity
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WLW 016 Dr. Adam Fraser on The Importance of Diversity

Are you ready for a refreshing conversation about the importance of diversity that we don’t often get to hear? For too long now, the conversations around gender parity and diversity have largely been held by women and we don’t often hear from the men in this space who are standing with us and working alongside us to increase diversity for the benefit of all of us. In this conversation I talk with Dr. Adam Fraser about his work as an advocate for women as well as his area of expertise, which ...

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What does being bold for change mean for you?

It’s still dark outside as I write this, the first glimpses of light just starting to peak through. I wanted to be up super early today, because it’s an important day. It’s International Women’s Day, a day where we celebrate the wonderful achievements of women and girls around the world. It’s also a day where we remind ourselves just how far we have left to go, to live in a world that is safe, just and equitable for everyone. And it’s a day where we focus our collective ...

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Can you be vulnerable at work?

Seth Godin legendary business thought leader and major ruckus creator said this: “Everyone you interact with is changed forever. The only questions are, how will they be different, and how different will they be.” Think about how profound that statement is. The way you choose to show up each and every day, regardless of the position you hold, impacts not only your life but also the lives of everyone you come into contact with. This doesn’t mean that in order to be a good leader you have ...

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WLW 014: Avril Henry on The Truth About Gender Parity

If you love real, honest and though-provoking discussion about the issues that are really affecting women in the workplace today, and not just a rehash of the same, tired conversations that aren’t really moving us forward, then you are going to love this interview with Avril Henry. Avril is a game changer who tells it like it is. She’s a dear friend and respected colleague of mine who’s been making waves in the leadership and diversity space for decades. Avril is committed to ...

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Are you showing up with presence?

Many women (and men I might add) are searching for ways to show up with more authenticity and power in their work and lives. In her best-selling book, Presence: Bringing Your Boldest Self to Your Biggest Challenges, Associate Professor Amy Cuddy from Harvard Business School, suggests that the best way for us to step into our authenticity and personal power is through cultivating more moments of what she calls presence. As she articulates: “Presence is the state of being attuned to and able to ...

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What’s your gender mindset?

This week I want to pose a new concept called Gender Mindsets. When I was writing this chapter in my new book, and was thinking about all of the research and potential challenges that come with being a working woman, it occurred to me that along with other types of mindsets I talk a lot about in my work (fixed and growth mindsets for example, from Carol Dweck’s research), there are also gender mindsets that impact how we think about being a professional woman, and how those thoughts ...

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Why the world needs new leaders

There is a mountain of research revealing unequivocally that what people want from their leaders today is changing, and changing dramatically. And the good news is, women have never been better placed to lead, as we transition from an old style of leadership based on command and control, short term thinking and aggression, to one that is more in tune with feminine sensibilities of relating and empowering, sustainable thinking, and collaboration. In fact, we are wonderfully wired to do so. But ...

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Is your bias limiting you?

We all have bias – whether it’s conscious or unconscious – and our biases impact the way view the world, what we see, and how we see it. Not all of our cognitive biases are harmful, as let’s face it, the way our brains are wired for negativity and to search out danger are what have historically kept us alive. But as our biases are our perceptual filters, they dictate so much of what we do, and they can limit the full range of what we observe and take in, impacting both our behavior ...

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WLW 005: Margie Warrell on Living Bravely

Last week I wrote about the need to change the conversation for women, work and leadership if we are truly to get to equality. This week I want to continue taking that conversation in a direction that inspires new solutions, positive outcomes and revolutionary change. I couldn’t think of a better person to have this conversation with than Margie Warrell. Margie is a thought leader in human potential and passionate about helping people live and lead more bravely. She is the best-selling ...

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IWD: It’s time to change the conversation

It’s International Women’s Day, a day where we celebrate the wonderful achievements of women and girls throughout the world. It’s also a day where we remind ourselves just how far we have left to go, to live in a world that is safe, just and equitable for everyone. And it’s a day where we focus our collective attention back to the seemingly immovable problem of getting more women into leadership roles. So where exactly are we? Let’s start with all that we have to celebrate. There have ...

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Stop trying to fix the women

You only have to look at the statistics on women in leadership to see the stark reality facing those crawling up the corporate ladder in this country. To say there is little upward movement on the proportion of women in leadership would be an understatement of epic proportions.  We know this. We have heard it all before. And there’s little evidence to suggest we are going to see dramatic changes in the numbers coming anytime soon. That is, of course, if we actually keep measuring the ...

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What happens when you put yourself out there

When was the last time you really put yourself out there? Put yourself forward for a new job, asked for a pay rise, requested a promotion, or asked for your needs to be met at home? I wouldn’t be surprised if it is has been a while, or even if you struggle to remember the last time. You would be in good company. So many women I know, and many more I read about through my research, really struggle with this. When it comes to work, we feel like we just need to put our head down and keep ...

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