Rachelle Levesque

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Women Rising: The Unseen Barriers

Photography: Courtesy of Janus van den Eijnden.<p>Artwork: Janet Echelman, 1.26 Sculpture Project at the Amsterdam Light Festival, December 7, 2012–January 20, 2013, Spectra Fiber, high-tenacity polyester fiber, and lighting, 230′ x 63′ x 30′, Amstel River, Amsterdam, Netherlands<p>Many CEOs who make …

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Why Do So Many Incompetent Men Become Leaders?

There are three popular explanations for the clear under-representation of women in management, namely: (1) they are not capable; (2) they are not interested; (3) they are both interested and capable but unable to break the glass-ceiling: an invisible career barrier, based on prejudiced …

Triple-Strength Leadership

A decade ago Coca-Cola faced a major crisis in South India. The government and several NGOs objected so strongly to its water consumption that it was banned from soft-drink production in the region. The company uses water not just in the drink itself but also in the manufacturing process. Making a …

How to Manage Someone You Don’t Like

Everybody complains about incompetent bosses or dysfunctional co-workers, but what about irritating direct reports? What should you do if the person you manage drives you crazy? If the behavior is a performance issue, there’s a straightforward way to address what’s irking you — but what do you do …

Women, The Workplace, And ‘Second Generation’ Gender Bias

They call it “Second Generation” gender bias. We look at women and the workplace now.<p>This April 16, 2013 photo provided by Wix Lounge shows group …

Confronted with Attractive Female Opponents, Male Chess Players Take Greater Risks

For every <b>1-standard-deviation increase</b> in a female opponent’s attractiveness, male participants in large international chess competitions have an <b>8% greater</b> propensity to play risky openings, but these moves aren’t beneficial for their game performance, says a team led by Anna Dreber of Stockholm …

How Women Decide

Photography: Courtesy of George Cott<p>Artwork: Janet Echelman, Line Drawing, 2006–2007, high-tenacity multifilament polypropylene, 36-degree ellipsoidal spotlights, colored dichroic glass filters, 408′ x 56′ x 33′, Tampa, Florida<p>In 2005 seven partners and senior staffers at Deloitte (including the …

Make Time for the Work That Matters

More hours in the day. It’s one thing everyone wants, and yet it’s impossible to attain. But what if you could free up significant time—maybe as much as 20% of your workday—to focus on the responsibilities that really matter?<p>We’ve spent the past three years studying how knowledge workers can become …

Please Stop Complaining About How Busy You Are

We’re all just so “busy” these days. “Slammed” in fact. “Buried.” Desperately “trying to keep our heads above water.” While these common responses to “How are you?” seem like they’re lifted from the <i>Worst Case Scenario Handbook</i>, there seems to be a constant exchange, even a a one-upping, of just how …

Four Areas Where Senior Leaders Should Focus Their Attention

It was getting close to lunch time and the people seated around the table — the CEO and seven of his direct reports — were clearly getting antsy. But it wasn’t because they were hungry. In fact, they’d been eating snacks all morning, mostly out of boredom.<p>The COO was at the front of the room, …

Tell Me Something I Don’t Know About Women in the Workplace

The stats below offer a startling glimpse into what work and leadership is like for women around the world. Click or tap the refresh button for a new fact, and share them with your friends, family and colleagues. They’re not all depressing. I promise.<p>Taking a more in-depth examination of women and …

Make Your Knowledge Workers More Productive

With scarcely any help from management, knowledge workers can increase their productivity by 20%. When we interviewed 45 such people across 39 companies in 8 industries in the United States and Europe, we found that by identifying low-value tasks to either drop completely, delegate to someone else …

Don’t Tell a Suffering Coworker “It Could Have Been Worse”

After being subjected to the upsetting experience of receiving negative feedback on a task, research participants felt particularly badly, scoring an average of <b>4</b> on a 7-point positive-affect scale, if they were indirectly told that getting a low score on a task was a “not serious” event. By …

Why We Need More (Women) Leaders

There’s been a lot of talk this past year about why more women don’t become leaders. About what our society needs to change to produce more female leaders. There’s even been some discussion about why women are better leaders than men in some arenas.<p>Often overlooked is this basic reality: what the …

Ambitious Women Face More Obstacles than Just Work-Life Balance

For the past year and change, the American conversation about women and leadership has revolved around challenges of work-life balance — which most of the time actually means “work-family balance.”<p>The women we’re hearing from — Anne-Marie Slaughter, Sheryl Sandberg, and the rest — aren’t jetting …

Customer Intimacy, Meet Operational Excellence

What is more important to company success, a strong external focus on customer experiences or an internal focus on effective and efficient operations?<p>Of course, it’s a false dichotomy — you need both. I described in an earlier post how Tesco worked for years to improve its supply chain …

Is there a 'leadership deficit'?

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A Discount May Devalue a Product More Than a Giveaway

Consumers who were offered free bread sticks as a promotion from a pizzeria said they’d be willing to pay <b>$5.06</b>, on average, for them once the promotion ended, only slightly less than the amount consumers were willing to pay when there had been no promotion, say Mauricio M. Palmeira of Monash …

Female Entrepreneurs Go Beyond “Cookies and Crafts”

In the 1990’s, if you asked most women business owners what their dreams were, they’d say they just want to be able to support themselves and their families. The times have changed. Today, women have bigger dreams and seek to grow their businesses to the maximum level. However, many are still …

Six Principles for Developing Humility as a Leader

Whether we’re looking at business or politics, sports or entertainment, it’s clear we live in an era of self-celebration. Fame is equated with success, and being self-referential has become the norm. As a result we are encouraged to pump ourselves full of alarming self-confidence. Bluster and the …

The “Instant Referendum” That’s Undermining Your Leadership

Outgoing New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg knows more than a thing or two about running huge, complicated organizations and digital media. So when he notes in a farewell interview that, thanks to social media, there’s now “an instant referendum on everything; I think it’s going to make …

Nice or Tough: Which Approach Engages Employees Most?

It’s probably no news to most people who work that poor leaders produce disgruntled, unengaged employees. Our research also shows convincingly that great leaders do the opposite — that is, that they produce highly committed, engaged, and productive employees.<p>And the difference is cavernous — in a …

Every Leader Needs a Challenger in Chief

We are drawn to those who echo what it is we already believe. We get a dopamine rush when we are presented with confirming data similar to what we get when we eat chocolate or fall in love. On Facebook we defriend those with different political views to our own. On Twitter we follow people just …

How to Use Psychometric Testing in Hiring

Roughly 18% of companies currently use personality tests in the hiring process, according to a survey conducted by the Society for Human Resource Management. This number is growing at a rate of 10-15% a year according to many industrial and organizational psychologists, as well as the Association …

Welcome to the 72-Hour Work Week

How many hours do you think the average American professional works each week? If you think 40, 50 or even 60, think again. For many, 72 hours is the new norm.<p>In a recent survey of 483 executives, managers, and professionals (EMPs), we found that 60% of those who carry smartphones for work are …