Archive for DanaTheus SmartBlogs
I just saw “Iron Man 3″ with my family, and it was a good time. Bad guys. Good guys. Destruction. Even humble pie big enough to go around. As I enjoyed the pyrotechnics and good-guy triumph, however, I was reminded of how completely our comic books reinforce the most unhelpful of bad boy leadership stereotypes.
In the three-part saga of “Iron Man,” Tony Stark is the lovable cad, the Hamlet-esque heir to the throne who takes his place as King by killing off his crown-aspiring uncle through brute force — in robot suits.[…] Continue Reading »
If you’re a man leading people in your company, chances are that you feel somewhat stymied in how to address one of the biggest talent-management problems all companies face: How to keep bright, talented women from leaving the company before they make it into the leadership ranks.
Why would anyone follow a leader with no confidence? They wouldn’t.
Too many aspiring leaders leave the development of this critical skill to chance when, in fact, confidence is one of the easiest leadership skills to build all by yourself. You don’t need anyone else’s permission or consent to get started. Great leaders figure this out along the way, so why not get a leg up on the intuitive process they use?[…] Continue Reading »
The same week Yahoo rescinded teleworking policies for its employees, Best Buy did the same. Many pointed to the fact that Yahoo’s working-mom CEO got flack when Best Buy’s working-dad CEO didn’t as an unfair occurrence caused by gender inequity.
While I suspect that, unfortunately, Marissa Mayer was a better criticism target because she’s a woman/mom, I also think Yahoo was a better target than Best Buy for branding reasons.[…] Continue Reading »
If you somehow missed it, a media frenzy erupted after Yahoo announced that it will bring telecommuters home to the office.
Much of the noise came from the working-mom contingent upset at Marissa Mayer, a new mother and CEO in charge of bringing Yahoo back to life. However, for leaders to learn the true lessons of this brouhaha, we have to look beneath the headlines.[…] Continue Reading »