WEMen, Women, and the Decisive Formula for Winning at Work
"You cannot win without a workplace where women and men have equal opportunities, equal input, and equal power."—Dominic Barton, Global Managing Partner, McKinsey & Company On almost a daily basis, we read stories in the news about high-profile male leaders, CEOs, venture capitalists, and entrepreneurs harassing and acting inappropriately toward the women with whom they work. Following such revelations, these men generally lose their jobs, and their companies lose valuable female talent, customers/clients, and their reputations. And, although we regularly hear stories about the "bro culture" that obstructs women's progress and creates hostile work environments for them, we haven't heard as much about the efforts of good men who want to change the in-office behavior of their teams and companies so that they and women they work with can realize their full potential and their businesses can thrive. This book teaches men and managers how to respond in these situations and how to lead by example. In WE: Men, Women, and the Decisive Formula for Winning at Work, Rania Anderson lends her guidance on this exact topic. Social mores have changed, and yet, well-intentioned managers simply don't always know what to do and what's appropriate and useful to actively recruit, retain, and advance more women into leadership. They want to be told how this can make a difference to them and how they can make a difference— this book shows you how to improve your own results and win in business: A new playbook to recruit and retain high-caliber women Take actions to work effectively, elevate and lead with women in the workplace Discover how traditional social roles exert a powerful pull on people of both genders and what to do about it. End confusion of male leaders In the #MeToo era when everyone else is focused on what’s wrong and what not to do, WE: Men, Women, and the Decisive Formula for Winning at Work, is about what’s going well and what you can do. Men who are front-line managers, middle managers, and senior managers have been sidelined and left out of efforts to achieve gender parity for too long. Now, these guys can get back in the game!
Foreword xiii Dominic Barton,Global Managing Director, McKInsey & Company Introduction 1 You want to get to the next level in your career or business.You’re one of the good guys. You see opportunities. You like to win and are not afraid of competition. You want to work well with women and support equality. You wonder why, with all the investments made in educating girls and developing women, we still have all these “women’s” issues. 1 Why Care About Gender Balance at Work? 34 Diversity = dollars. The business case for “why men and women”’ and the facts, presented in a way you haven’t thought of before. Your objections and skepticism addressed. Why the only way to win is to win together. 2 The WE 4.0 Framework 54 Four actions that maximize your own success and business results when men and women work equally together. How you can individually effect change where you are now regardless of what’s happening around you. 3 Eliminate 66 What to stop. Horror stories, hero stories, and techniques the savviest leaders use. Specifi c ways to interrupt unconscious bias and improve your work environment so that everyone has an equal opportunity to succeed. 4 Expand 92 What to increase. How you can recruit, retain, give direct feedback, and network with women. Be a sponsor, not just a mentor. Develop female talent and improve your own results. 5 Encourage 128 How to support. Discover what most men and managers miss in meetings and what to do about it. Take simple steps to make women and their contributions more visible. Unlock opportunities for yourself, women, and your company through your support and encouragement. 6 Engage 152 How to participate. Leave “loudly,” get in on “work-keeping,” and learn the secrets of leaders who transform work environments and champion equality. Be the example. This isn’t your father’s workplace. Conclusion 167 WE 4.0 cases in action. Be the transformational leader your son, daughter, wife, sister, colleague, and business need you to be. It’s about the opportunities you want for yourself, and those you care about. WE 4.0 at a Glance 174 Easily refer to the WE 4.0 Actions when you need them: before a meeting, when you have a job opening, when you have a performance review, all the time, and anytime. WE 4.0 Checklist 178 Use this checklist regularly to determine if you are consistently taking WE 4.0 actions. Acknowledgments 180 Notes 184 Resources 199 Index 206 About the Author 214
RANIA H. ANDERSON is an international keynote speaker, award-winning author, executive business coach, and angel investor. Globally sought after by Fortune 100 companies, entrepreneurs, and leaders for her practical advice and tangible insights, she transforms workplaces by positively engaging and equipping men and managers to improve results by working equally with women. She also develops women leaders through her groundbreaking career advice book Undeterred: Six Success Habits of Women in Emerging Economies. More at www.TheWayWoMenWork.com
"You cannot win without a workplace where women and men have equal opportunities, equal input, and equal power." —Dominic Barton, Global Managing Partner, McKinsey & Company So, what's a good guy to do? The Challenge Being determined, competitive, hungry for success, and able to lead winning teams have always been hallmarks of success in business. But now, at the dawn of the fourth industrial revolution and in the #MeToo era, that's no longer enough. We've learned that diversity equals dollars—companies irrefutably report improved performance when men and women lead together. The Answers You've Been Looking For WE is the straightforward playbook men, managers and leaders have been looking for to successfully work with women in our new economy. This is the everyday guide for good guys who want to win with talented people, regardless of gender. Keep it at your fingertips for concrete actions to take, the right things to say, and an expert woman's perspective on how to be the teammate and leader everyone wants to work with. Men + Women = The Decisive Formula for Winning at Work Guided by Anderson's unprecedented framework of four intentional behaviors, you can: Generate opportunities for yourself, your company, and the capable women you work with Recruit, retain, and advance women to create and work on the highest-performing teams Be the colleague, mentor, and sponsor who advances women and benefits equally from working with them Identify, interrupt, and address unconscious bias Rely on leading-edge gender-balanced practices during meetings, feedback conversations, and networking The WE approach doesn't require money, a title, or company-wide adoption. It's about actions you can control and the game-changing playbook you need to excel with women in the highly competitive and increasingly diverse, inclusive real world.
Be the colleague, manager, leader, mentor and sponsor everyone wants to work with. Improve your results and win by working equally with women. Why experts and business leaders recommend WE to you. "Anderson delivers the evidence-based framework for frontline managers to senior executives who are serious about improving the workplace through a commitment to action and rewriting the gender playbook. By taking action together, WE can succeed in creating an equitable workplace where everyone wins." —David G. Smith, PhD, Associate Professor of Sociology, National Security Affairs Department, United States Naval War College, Co-author of Athena Rising: How and Why Men Should Mentor Women "WE offers men a vision of why and how they must get onboard and contribute to gender equality in ways that make the work all of us do count for even more. Engagement at the top has always been important, but this book shows us how to create engagement throughout an entire organization. I'll definitely be recommending this to organizations that know they need to change — and to those that don't!" —Curt Rice, PhD, Leader of Norway's Committee on Gender Balance and Diversity in Research "Startup founders—65% of whom are male—can't afford to overlook the insights and contributions that women will make to the growth of their firms. Anderson provides a compelling, well-timed roadmap for entrepreneurs to leverage the strengths of a gender diverse team, work effectively together, and produce better outcomes for everyone." —Wendy Guillies, President and CEO, Kauffman Foundation "This book is a must-read for all male leaders looking for guidance on how to work more effectively with women. WE sheds light on the what to do versus the what not to do." —Jeffery Tobias Halter, President of YWomen, corporate gender strategist, author
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