The word “tool” was invented for Noonan. Via.
The word “tool” was invented for Noonan. Via.
There goes that whacky Los Angeles Times again, quoting a study that states the obvious. The study is from the International Journal of Business Governance and Ethics and was conducted by researchers at A.T. Still University in Arizona and McMaster University in Canada:
Women make better corporate leaders than men because they are more likely to make fair decisions when competing interests are at stake, a new study has found.
Women leaders take a cooperative approach when making decisions, the study says. But check this out:
Male directors, who made up 75% of the survey sample, prefer making decisions using rules, regulations and tradition, the survey found. Female directors, by contrast, are less constrained by rules and more prepared to “rock the boat,” the researchers found.
Hold on… Isn’t it mostly male corporate types who despise government regulation (while insisting on laws forcing women to have babies against their will, of course) and hate oversight and rules (while forcing women to undergo unnecessary trans-vaginal ultrasounds, of course)?
But now we discover that the menfolk don’t mind any of that as long as it’s they who are doing the regulating.
Per the study, women leaders are also more likely to collaborate, cooperate, build consensus, are more inquisitive, and are more tend to see more than one solution to a problem.
So naturally, corporate boards would welcome them to their board families way more often than not, right?
Globally, women make up about 9% of corporate board members, the study said.
Right. Got it. Check. That makes all the sense in the world.
By the way, with at least one female director involved, companies were 20% less likely to file bankruptcy and did better financially.
Ahem. The study’s conclusion: Women are fairer, more reasonable, better leaders, are way cooler (I just threw that one in for fun), and make better corporate leaders than men.
President Obama doesn’t lead! He’s weak! Weak!! What a crappy leader he is! Where are his plans? Why hasn’t he sent us any plans?! Leadership my ass! Come on, Obama, jump in already! Reach out, why don’tcha? Try being strong for once! Fail!
What?! How DARE President Obama take the lead on immigration! The nerve! He calls that a plan?! What was he even thinking! Why, he’s nothing but a Marxist commie French gay Kenyan dictator! Plan schman! Dead on arrival! Pushy, pushy, pushy! Fail!
Speaking of leading, when will Congress decide it’s time to get back to work and fix a few of our problems?
I don’t know what’s wrong with these kids today!
Who can understand anything they say?
They a disobedient, disrespectful oafs!
Noisy, crazy, dirty, lazy, loafers!
While we’re on the subject:
You can talk and talk till your face is blue!
But they still just do what they want to do!
Why can’t they be like we were,
Perfect in every way?
What’s the matter with kids today?
What IS the matter with kids today? The answer: Absolutely nothing. At least not once Usher and Accenture train them to be the leaders many are destined to be through what looks to be a wonderful, productive, positive project. This is exactly what we should be doing, emphasizing important skills for our kids, and showing them they can shine… with a little help from the pros (more at the link).
Sometimes those pesky corporations we love to complain about can do very good things. Hey, they’re people too, right?
Usher’s New Look, a non-profit organization founded by Usher Raymond IV, today announced their partnership with Accenture to help New Look reach its goal of training and certifying 50,000 youth as global leaders. The effort reflects Accenture’s Skills to Succeed corporate citizenship initiative.
Over two years, Accenture is supporting New Look with a more than $900,000 contribution, which includes a cash grant as well as pro bono support to develop iLEAD – an online, interactive, curriculum-based platform that will provide data management and tracking for students and parents as they move through New Look’s four leadership pillars – talent, education, career and service.
Through the iLEAD platform, New Look will be able to better track the progress of enrolled students. It will also support developing leaders in schools, raising graduation rates and preparing youth for college and career readiness.The platform will align with national public school, career training and development standards.
Welcome back to the newest guest contributor to TPC, Kathleen Schafer:
If someone wants an issue to be front and center in American politics—do something to make Moms mad. The Obama Administration’s latest front in the battle against obesity, is the regulation of snacks and food that are not the requisite breakfast and lunch. First up on the firing line is the beloved bake sale.
In an era of dwindling resources for public schools, bake sales are often the lifeblood of parent organizations, interest clubs and students saving for class trips. While obviously not the bastion of health consciousness, they are capable of brining in serious money for cash-strapped school with some schools reporting they were able to raise up to $50,000. So what is a regulator to do? Address the rapidly rising rates of childhood obesity or anger Moms and students alike with an all out ban?
Unfortunately, like too many issues mired inside the Beltway, this is not an either or situation. It is, however, one that requires leadership willing to address the real issues instead of dealing with Band-Aid solutions. So what’s going on here?
As much from a perspective as a Mom as well as a leadership expert, it seems most politicians are unwilling to discuss the fundamental importance of effective parenting in the outcomes for children. Regulators and advocates try to skirt this issue by addressing touchy subjects with overarching approaches that end up failing everyone. Blanket approaches are taken to address one issue that ends up causing another—or more. Preaching to families to eat healthy foods is great and if there is no culture, resources or real-life reference points to support a switch to fruits and vegetables from junk food, it simply isn’t going to happen. (Moreover, the real issue is what is going on in the lives of these families, that is the parents, that they anesthetize themselves and their kids with food, rather than opting to live healthy, balanced lives.)
So in an effort to address obesity in families that clearly needing broader support than admonitions to eat more greens, the political answer comes in the form of banning a cultural tradition that many enjoy. Perhaps the Department of Agriculture could consider the following leadership basics of building support and real-life solutions:
· Create Connections: No greater network exists than parents of school-age children. Many would agree with the basic precepts of healthy eating and encouraging that behavior in the schools and no one wants to be told they can’t do something they have always done and enjoyed. Talk with those who will be impacted by your decision before the news stories hit the stands.
· Manage the Pace of Change: While change is fundamental to life, people can only take so much at one time. Has anyone at the USDA talked to the Department of Education to find out how much money is being cut from schools? Perhaps a bit snarky, and yet, when a group is already under siege attacking a tradition can be the straw that breaks the camel’s back.
· Create Buy-In: Change doesn’t take place by telling other people what to do, change happens, as people are inspired to make other choices. By engaging parents and schools in genuine discussions around healthy eating across the spectrum of students’ lives new approaches and workable solutions can more easily be found.
· Engage Everyone’s Talents and Skills: One of the biggest complaints against federal regulation is the feeling that someone without any connection to a person’s neighborhood or town, is making decisions for them. If incentives were put in place to encourage local strategies what one school does may look different than another and in the end, a customized approach that creates results is much better than a blanket policy the is the target of ridicule, aspersions and avoidance.
I am all in favor of improving the quality of food our children consume and I would be the first to say a drastic decline in the prevalence of processed foods would serve everyone. The point of this article is that superficial strategies like banning bake sales serves no one. For the children that are consuming large quantities of sweet, fattening foods they will get it, if not from a bake sale then somewhere else. For families that maintain a more balanced diet and few dollars for a plate of cookies is a win-win.
True leadership evolves at the level at which the issue exists. Each school needs a vibrant, engaged parent body that is willing to examine the situation of their particular school and make appropriate “policies” for each situation. Perhaps asking for a variety of baked goods that include fruit, whole grains and other more wholesome ingredients is a good start. For others it may be including fruits and vegetables in their offering and some schools may find other ways of raising money. By taking leadership out of the hands of those who are living with the issue, we disempower the very people we need to be more engaged with it—the parents.
The solution to the problems we face as a nation will not be found, nor created inside the Beltway. It is important for each person to engage their leadership in their lives and starting by addressing healthy eating habits is a good—and easy place to do it. Let’s hope the government encourages leadership and doesn’t squelch it.
Kathleen Schafer is the Founder and President of Leadership Connection, through which she has trained individuals and organizations–particularly women and other underrepresented groups–to be effective leaders. Schafer built the political leadership curriculum, still in use, at The George Washington University School of Political Management and is the author of Living The Leadership Choice.
Huge bummer. Wonder what they offered her to give it up.
Rep. Michele Bachmann has dropped her bid to join the Republican leadership.
Bachmann said in a statement Wednesday she was endorsing Rep. Jeb Hensarling of Texas for Republican Conference Chair, the No. 4 position in the GOP leadership.
“Jeb Henserling has my enthusiastic support for his candidacy to become Republican House Conference Chair,” she said in a statement. “Jeb has demonstrated his commitment to limited government, reduced spending and lower taxes and he will be a strong voice for the Tea Party’s call for these values.”
Bachmann said she spoke with John Boehner, who is in line to become House Speaker in the new Congress, and she was convinced that the Republican leadership will work for fiscal responsibility and repealing the health care bill.
Bill McKibben* has an op-ed in the L.A. Times calling on President Obama to use Big Oil’s Katrina as a springboard for developing clean energy sources once and for all. He “encourages” him (okay, he’s pushing hard) to get on the stick and lead already:
So far, Obama’s barely broken a sweat on climate change — a few paragraphs in a few speeches. [...]
The president already has the podium he needs to start turning history, which means more than merely pushing for the climate and energy bill introduced last month by Sens. John Kerry and Joe Lieberman — a prime example of baby-step politics.
The bottom line from that bill: If you neglect all the offsets and loopholes, we’re aiming for a 4% reduction in carbon emissions from 1990 levels by 2020. Make your blood stir?
Yes. Yes it does. My blood is stirred and shaken. I actually teared up in frustration when I read those words this morning.
You know what else makes me tear up? –and by “tear up” I mean scream– The Party of No that is more interested in politics than in quality of life… or any life at all, at the rate we’re going.
Obama’s not proposing real solutions to real problems; he’s ticking off items on a list. He got a healthcare bill, and just maybe he’ll get an energy bill (though that’s an increasingly slim maybe). But we don’t need the bill. We need the thing.
We need a lot of things, starting with a sense of urgency and a Congress that can get off its collective ass and realize that if we don’t start taking the Big Green Leap now, and in a big way, that whole “pro-life” thing will go right out the oil stained window.
Meanwhile, Mr. McKibben makes a good point that the movement we need to take real action already exists, but is dormant. Obama had that movement, well, moving during the 2008 elections, but…
He was elected with millions of us sending him money, knocking on doors, standing in snow banks with signs. He commands a standing army (albeit one that’s growing rusty from disuse and a little demoralized).
And it’s not just here. Around the world, we at 350.org were able to organize giant demonstrations last year — 5,200 of them in 181 countries. We did it by rallying people around a tough but understandable goal: reducing levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere to 350 parts per million, which, according to NASA scientists, is the most we can safely have in the atmosphere. Since we’re already past that point — at 390 ppm — we need to work harder than we could ever have imagined. We really do need to get off oil in the coming decade.
What does it take to open everyone’s eyes? If a disaster of the magnitude of the oil volcano isn’t enough to convince people, then what is?
*Bill McKibben, a scholar-in-residence at Middlebury College, is the founder of 350.org and the author most recently of “Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet.” A longer version of his piece can be found at tomdispatch.com.
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