What’s stopping women from getting to the top jobs in corporations? Backstabbing sabotage might not even make a list a manager might make.
But two veteran educators who are studying the problem say women are often undermining other women in the workplace.
In this CVBT Audio Interview podcast, we talk with the researchers… Joy Wiggins, who is founder and executive director of Joy Wiggins LLC, a consulting company focusing on equity, inclusion, and social justice… and Kami Anderson, who is founder and executive director of Bilingual Brown Babies, a company focusing on fostering bilingualism in black families. In their new book, “From Sabotage to Support: A New Vision for Feminist Solidarity in the Workplace,” they detail not just the problem but steps to solve it.
In the workplace, women often sabotage other women, undermining each other in a battle for opportunities.
Ms. Wiggins says this is supported by research but she is seeing a bit of a change.
“I think it has improved,” she says. “But I think at the same time just knowing from a qualitative standpoint just the stories that we have gotten from women and the ‘Oh, yeah!’ those reactions that we’ve gotten, that it’s still quite prevalent.”
Ms. Wiggins and Ms. Anderson say the problems are rooted in a patriarchal system that maintains the status quo.
“It’s really not so much about individuals trying to take each other down, but that it’s societal competition and pressure,” Ms. Wiggins says. “It starts early on in elementary and middle school.”
This adds multiple dimensions to the tasks that managers must do to solve conflicts, avert them in the first place, and bring out the best in their staffs.
“I think from a manager’s perspective it’s really important, especially if you see yourself in a leadership position, being able to really understand the full history of the folks that are working with you, not just what they bring in terms of roles and responsibilities but looking at them as a person,” says Ms. Anderson.
Listen to the CVBT Audio Interview Podcast here:
• Why managers need to recognize brain sex
• The “4 C’s” a manager can implement today
• “You can’t ignore gender”
(Total recorded time is 14:41)
In these days of pandemic, every business …
• Music from the heart and heat of World War Two is is being remastered for a 21st Century audience
• “I discovered them while going through his attic”
(Total recorded time is 11:32)
• What leaders can learn from top adventurers
• “The end result if you can work through that conflict and communicate effectively is you get better …
• Management consultant say now is the time for companies to be intensely training the next generation of leaders
• “How do I quickly and …
• Even when working from home, you can strive for a balance between work and life, Fresno State expert says
• “We do better when we’re rested and when we have time away from work”
• Commercial real estate disruptor calls for nore “conscious capitalism”
• “You can create extraordinary success by helping others succeed”
Jonathan Keyser, founder and CEO of the Phoenix, …