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What Women Say It Takes to Succeed

December 3rd, 2012

Smart companies are waking up to the unique skills that women bring to the workplace. Not only are women smart, many have an empathetic communications style that makes them natural leaders.

The international staffing agency Randstad recently conducted a survey on women’s insights and perspectives on work and employee engagement. In this report, respondents ranked “flexibility” and “adaptability” as top skills needed to succeed in today’s workplace. In fact, more than 51 percent reported these skill-sets as the top two most important, followed by knowledge of technology” (37 percent) and teamwork (35 percent).

Do you agree?

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A Peak at The Future

September 8th, 2009

Some predictions for the workplace. Those of you who know me, know that I love to follow trends. One futurist I follow is Joyce Gioia of the Herman Group.

The Herman Group specializes in employee retention and offer a free weekly eNewsletter that I subscribe to.

Here are several of her observations:

“A stronger influence of women in societal leadership positions will shift our cultural orientation from confrontation and competition to more cooperation and collaboration.

Women who are acculturated to build and nurture relationships will be more successful than the traditional males who have been taught to compete and ‘win at all costs.’

In the longer term, the need for human-to-human interaction will reassert itself. We anticipate a rebellion against voice mail and e-mail used as screens, excuses for people to actually communicate with each other.

New career designs will emerge as people change jobs and occupations every two to four years. Mid-career retirements, also known as sabbaticals, will replace the end-of-career retirement for a large percentage of workers. An increasing number of people will work from home, operating their own businesses, tele-commuting, or under contract to one or more employers. Geographic distance between employer and worker will become much less important.”

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