1) Coach's Column - Musings from the 'Other Side'
by Vivian Groman
Herds of women are migrating out of corporate life. My suburban neighborhood is full of them. Heck, I'm one of them! The reasons why we left are not likely that different. We get out and sigh, "Ah, now I'll have balance, purpose and joy." Soon we are wondering, "What now? What does my balance, purpose and joy look like?" These are worthwhile questions to ask no matter where we are.
2) Coaching Success - Sabrina Sanchez and IWL Coach, Victoria Castle
.Sabrina, who's been with Trainer for eight years, first became acquainted with Contextual LeadershipT when Rayona Sharpnack, IWL's CEO, provided consulting to Trainer during its quarterly planning meetings. "I went to the course and resonated with IWL's philosophy," said Sabrina. "I've been doing 'personal development work' for over fifteen years now and I've found IWL's approach to be a natural bridge for me on behalf of creating work that is meaningful to Trainer, the community at large and me."
3) IWL Community Update
We're glad you're enjoying the alumni updates! Update us and share what's new with you!
Sindri shares: ... "After taking a one-year break from my work life (highly recommended, by the way!), I am launching an organizational consulting firm: Enact Global Consulting. The name evokes the idea of enabling action , and our mission is to help organizations live their dreams by equipping employees to carry out vision and strategy ...
4) Summary: A Study of Glass Ceiling and Strategies for Women's Career Advancement
By Li-Yu Chen (Isabel)
Thank you to those who participated in Li-Yu (Isabel) Chen's study as part of her Ph.D. program at Lynn University in Florida previously. She shares her results with us now:
Analysis of existing literature indicates that women occupy approximately 50.5% of management positions in the United States . However, despite the steady growth in the number of female managers they were mostly working in businesses' lower level jobs. This study aimed to explore which of five strategies had most positively affected women's career advancement into senior executive positions. The five specific strategies included in this study's survey built upon the existing literature which had found important strategies to be:
(a) Advanced Education and Training
(b) Internal Networking
(c) Career Tracking
(d) Formal Mentoring
(e) Exceeding Performance Expectations
A. Leading through Influence workshops coming up in SF Bay Area.
IWL has joined with Alliance of Technology and Women to present Leading through Influence workshops in the Bay Area:
Influencing without authority is an essential leadership skill. Whether you are dealing with peers, superiors, subordinates or external constituents, you need to get things done through others. Authority, position and title will work sometimes. But to be successful across boundaries, you need to master the art of persuasion and influencing others.
In this three-session workshop, you will strengthen your ability to influence others by discovering your 'automatic' approach to influencing others and assessing how that approach determines your behavior and subsequent impact . After exploring the deeply embedded assumptions, attitudes, and beliefs that shape your actions, you will learn new ways to think and communicate for greater impact. Through a series of discussions, 'hands on' practice sessions, and extracurricular practice assignments you will experience greater freedom and leadership success by influencing people both inside and outside of work.
Past Leading Through Influence participants have said:
"This workshop exceeded my expectations. It provided real life examples, team sharing, and an excellent opportunity to learn from peers."
"The most powerful part of the workshop is being able to apply the exercises immediately to my real job situation."
"The workshop leaders were excellent in drawing out participants. They shared a lot of great information and inspiration in a short time."
More information and to register scroll down to find San Francisco and South Bay workshops
B. Survey: Women like power and pursue it
Contrary to conventional belief that women often are ambivalent about power, a newly released survey finds that the vast majority of businesswomen like power and actively pursue it.
In a survey of businesswomen by the Simmons School of Management and Hewlett-Packard Co. (NYSE: HPQ) (NASDAQ: HPQ), 80 percent of respondents said they were comfortable with power and liked what they could accomplish with it . Sixty-two percent said they enjoy the visibility that comes with power.
But women are redefining power , the survey showed. Rather than measuring it by traditional means of having more people report to them or competing successfully for plum assignments, they say power means harnessing the support of co-workers and subordinates, empowering teams, and building networks of allies to change their organizations. More
C. Working Mothers
Study: Babies don't suffer if mom works
Good news for mothers and employers: When moms spend time at work or school, the development of their infants doesn't suffer, according to a study led by a researcher at the University of Texas .
By evaluating mothers' use of time, the home environment, maternal bonding and other characteristics for 1,053 U.S. mothers with babies, researchers concluded that mothers' personalities, beliefs and circumstances influenced the quality of parenting -- overshadowing the influence of the sheer amount of time spent with their children.
"The amount of time isn't as important as what she brings to the relationship," says Aletha Huston, director of the study and a professor of child development at UT. More
6) Upcoming Events
IWL 2005 Programs:
We invite you to attend, visit, review, or send a friend or colleague to our public programs.
Women Leading Change (WLC) 2005
Executives Leading Sustainable Change (ELSC) 2005*
Prerequisite: Women Leading Change Program or one-day Contextual Leadership Intensive Course
* Six-months of executive coaching included.
Note from Rayona
... "I've been thinking a lot about the mission of the YWCA, to empower women and eliminate racism , and it reminded me of some prose I wanted to share with you that resonates with IWL's mission:
To Change The World
"When I was a young, I wanted to change the world. I found it difficult to change the world, so I tried to change my nation.
When I found I couldn't change my nation, I began to focus on my town. I couldn't change the town and as I got older, I tried to change my family.
Now that I am old, I realize the only thing I can change is myself, and suddenly I realize that if long ago I had changed myself, I could have made an impact on my family and I could have made an impact on the town.
Their impact could have changed the nation and I could indeed have changed the world."