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Women’s Events Spark Shared Solutions for Gender Equality

Last week saw the latest in action-oriented events in what I and many others globally have dubbed the Year of the Woman. Like last January’s Women’s March, the International Women’s Day and “A Day Without a Woman” events (both held on March 8) played a vital role in galvanizing women and giving them a collective voice to raise issues of gender balance and inclusion.

Hand in hand with these initiatives, though, we need both female and male leaders who are willing to strategically build on the momentum of these important efforts. At SHAMBAUGH, in light of the issues that these women’s events continue to raise, we’re putting extra emphasis on encouraging women to focus on being bold, rising up, and stepping into leadership.

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Facebook’s New Family Leave Policy Follows Theme of Makers Conference: Be Bold

I attended the Makers Conference last week in Rancho Palos Verdes and still have goose bumps from how inspiring it was. If you’re not familiar with the event, it’s a forum that brings together hundreds of trailblazing women leaders with a goal of not only elevating the conversation about women in the workforce, but also raising challenges and solutions through storytelling and action-oriented sessions.

This year’s theme encouraged all attendees to Be Bold—and as I listened to Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg speak on “A New Workplace” session, it struck me just how true to that theme Facebook has been.

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How to Build on the Momentum of the Women’s March

In my last post, I challenged readers to make 2017 the Year of the Woman. Last weekend’s Women’s March on Washington—and hundreds of Sister Marches around the world—show that we’re starting off the year in exactly that direction.

The marches collectively brought millions of women together in solidarity and empowerment. The mission of the Women’s March is for women to “stand together with our partners and children for the protection of our rights, our safety, our health, and our families—recognizing that our vibrant and diverse communities are the strength of our country.”

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5 Leadership Secrets of Hillary Clinton

In June, Hillary Clinton made history as the first female presidential nominee of a major political party. In doing so, she told supporters: “Tonight’s victory is not about one person. It belongs to generations of women and men who struggled and sacrificed and made this moment possible.”

As important as the historical value of this victory is, the press and other news commentary called out that gender is not Hillary’s primary playing card. What will be more important is how she articulates her strong vision for this country, and how she will differentiate her leadership from other presidents for addressing the complexities and challenges our nation and the world are facing today.

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The Power of Possibilities for 2016

Happy New Year! While we say this phrase to friends and loved ones at the start of every January, have you taken the time to think about what this would really look like for you? What specific actions trigger your happiness and well-being at a deep level? From my work as an executive coach at SHAMBAUGH, I’ve identified five steps you can take, starting today, to make 2016 stand out as an exceptionally positive year, no matter what type of challenges you are currently facing:

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What It Takes to “Walk the Talk”

A headline in the international news last week bodes well for more leaders moving toward “walking the talk” when it comes to reinforcing a 21st-century model of Integrated Leadership. Canada’s new Prime Minister Justin Trudeau appointed a gender-balanced cabinet of 15 women and 15 men, with his stated rationale simply being, “Because it’s 2015.”

That’s a great reason, because as discussed in my latest book Make Room for Her, 20th-century leadership models will no longer effectively solve 21st-century problems. In SHAMBAUGH’s leadership development and executive coaching practice, we see many organizations that have achieved measurable success, yet suddenly find themselves falling behind their competition. When I take a closer look to determine the reason for this shift, I consistently find that the leaders of these companies continue to rely on a leadership approach that worked for them in the past, but clearly no longer is working.

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What Do Fortune’s Most Powerful Women Have in Common?

With the recent publication of Fortune magazine’s annual ranking of Most Powerful Women (MPW), the obvious question is: what are these leaders doing right? There are 27 CEOs on the 2015 list who in aggregate control $1 trillion in stock market value. A quick scan through the list reveals one thing that many of the most successful women in business have in common: they were brought into the top spot when their organizations were in major flux or crisis.

 

Let’s look at two examples heading the list: this year’s number-one MPW, Mary Barra, CEO of General Motors, took on her current role just one year ago in the midst of the auto manufacturer’s ignition-switch recall. While 2014 profits dropped 26 percent in the wake of the recalls, this year Barra has led the company beyond the crisis with climbing sales of trucks and SUVs despite weak international markets.

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