Anger is underappreciated and expressing it is underutilized. Instead of dismissing anger, we should better understand it and learn how to channel it. We should study leaders who wield it strategically to achieve their aims — regardless of whether we like these leaders or not.
This scenario – big companies asking suppliers or employees furthest down the chain to “sacrifice” the most – is playing out everywhere, and it is only becoming more apparent with the crisis. The tragedy is that this is exactly the time we need money flowing.
My latest article in Forbes HERE. (Named Editor’s Pick!)
More than the glass ceiling, it’s the first rung that sets women behind.
Excellent article by Vanessa Fuhrmans on what companies and individuals can do to address the gap, which growing research shows leads to better financial performance.
3 actionable takeaways:
– “Just putting your head down and doing the work” won’t get you ahead. Build key relationships and get known. Bias is real.
– “Assemble your own career ladder.” Get mentors and be strategic.. identify and take on jobs that can accelerate your career, like managing high profile clients or building a business (vs being steered into support roles).
– for Companies: “Apply the same rigour to cultivating junior female managers.” Identify what roles and actions are springboards, position people to succeed – and track the data.
“As a matter of simple strategy, apologies may not be a great idea.”
Yes, apologizing may be the morally right thing to do, and is what (most of us) have been raised and instructed to do.
But apologies are complicated: Plenty of research shows that apologizing makes you look weak, that we overestimate the benefits an apology brings, and – in a recent NYTimes piece by Prof Cass Sunstein – that apologies can decrease your support.
Scan the corporate and political world and it’s clear that those who don’t apologise tend to go unpunished. In fact, they seem to keep their jobs and fair better: Franken vs Trump in politics; or Tony Hayward (BP, Deepwater Horizon crisis) vs Lloyd Blankfein (Goldman Sachs, Financial crisis) in corporate – an example used in Prof Jeffrey Pfeffer’s course on Power.
So think twice, just as I challenge leaders in my Exec Coaching practice: Apologies are overused and the advantages of *not* apologizing are insufficiently recognized.