Originally published on LinkedIn Influencers on December 18, 2014
In this series of posts, Influencers and members predict the ideas and trends that will shape 2015. Read all the stories here and write your own (please include the hashtag #BigIdeas2015 in the body of your post).
I have been thinking a lot about thinking. Why do I have the thoughts that I do, and how do I do my best thinking? Why do I feel so alive while thinking with some people, but completely frustrated when thinking with others?
At the end of the day, we only know for absolute certain what is going on in our own heads. When it comes down to knowing what other people are thinking, the best we can do are educated guesses, and the root of most conflicts is the misunderstandings that happen between what two people are thinking. However, just imagine if we could truly understand our own mind patterns, and possess the language needed to talk about it with others such as our family members, friends, and work colleagues. Imagine having the skill and language needed to understand the mind patterns of others, particularly those with whom we tend to get most easily frustrated. Not only could this serve to dramatically reduce conflict, but it could open the doors to an explosion of productivity, creatively, innovation, and maybe even…
I was going to post a Happy Thanksgiving, nice, love and gratitude piece and then I read the below from someone I deeply respect, Paula Donovan of Aids-Free-World. I can tell you what I am NOT grateful for. I am not grateful when leaders have the opportunity to do the right thing, and do not. In fact I am down right tired of it. What will it take? Truly, what will it take?
Please read the below and take ONE ACTION at least. If you have time and passion, do more. If you want encouragement that male leaders can take a stand, watch this.
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The UN has promoted women’s equality for decades – in words, but not deeds. On predictable dates, such as International Women’s Day and today, November 25th, the first of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, the Secretary-General takes to the world stage to preach about the full, equal rights and participation of women.
Throughout the rest of the year, his actions send a much louder and clearer message: Equality for women? Not yet. Be patient.
We’re tired of waiting. It’s time for women to send back an equally clear message: As long as you ignore women, Mr. Secretary-General, we will ignore you.
Ban Ki-moon took his latest discriminatory action on October 31st when he appointed an “independent high-level…
Originally published on LinkedIn Influencers, November 20, 2014.
In this series of posts, Influencers explain how their career paths might have changed. Read all the stories here and write your own (please include the hashtag #RoadNotTaken in the body of your post).
Last month I turned 50, and when you mark a milestone like your 50th birthday, the celebrations are often accompanied by moments of reflection and introspection. I was no exception, and therefore it was a pleasant surprise when I discovered this month’s Influencer topic. LinkedIn asked, “What was the road you didn’t take in your career? What was the path you didn’t choose?”
So I sat down with a big cup of coffee and asked myself, “What if I hadn’t left Goldman Sachs in 2002?” I imagined where I might be now, 12 years later, and perhaps more interestingly, knowing who I am now and what I now know, what if I had become a part in the corporate story of a financial services firm that became the leading financial services firm for women? What would that firm look like?
First, allow me to frame my history at Goldman to outline where I was at the time of my leaving over a decade ago. I loved Goldman Sachs and my career there, and judging by my career trajectory at the firm, they appeared to love me as well. I started as an analyst in 1988, before becoming a…