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New on #SAPRadio: Women in Leadership – Resilience Through Change

HR Trends.PNGDid you the latest broadcast of SAP Radio? No worries, the live show is available on demand for your listening pleasure here. The panelist discussed the topic of “Women in Leadership – Resilience Through Change.” Panelists included:

Jazmine Boatman, Senior Consultant and I-O Psychologist at DDI Worldwide(@DDIWorld): Jazmine finds wisdom in the quote “never mistake a woman’s silence for her ignorance, her calmness for her acceptance, her kindness for weakness.” Jazmine Boatman is perplexed by the fact that while women’s levels of education and employment in industrialized countries have caught up with men’s, in 2012 there were no more women in top leadership positions at Fortune 500 companies than in 2011. Jazmine encourages organizations to democratize development by employing early and objective measures of performance, potential, and readiness to give women the proper leadership opportunities they deserve.

Jill McGillen, author of the “Ask Jill” work advice column and founder of Next Turn Consulting (@jillmcgillen): Jill is inspired by these words said by Eleanor Roosevelt, “a woman is like a tea bag. You never know how strong she is until she gets in hot water.”  Jill believes that women leaders improve on resilience because not only do they possess the ability to spring back into shape but can re-shape the original into something better. Jill feels that women’s strengths are amplified by change because change involves collaboration, openness, empathy and flexibility. In Jill’s opinion today’s work environment is not about survival of the fittest but survival of the flexible.

Dr. Katherine Jones, Research Director, HCM /TM Technology for Bersin by Deloitte (@Katherine_Jones): Katherine finds inspiration in these words from Mother Teresa “I know God will not give me anything I can’t handle. I just wish that He didn’t trust me so much.”  Related to this quote Katherine feels sometimes the obstacle looks insurmountable, but often those around women in leadership positions have complete faith in their ability to handle it, even though they often don’t recognize that! Rather than “resilience through change” Katherine views women in leadership as an attestation to “change through resilience.” 

Janet Wood, Executive Vice President of Leadership, Organization Development and Executive Recruiting for SAP (@janetewood1): Janet advises women in leadership to really support other women within the organization. Janet encourages women to be adaptable and positive and to make strong communication skills a core asset. Janet believes that communication is where and how women in leadership can make the impressions that stick with people.  Janet believes an important stepping stone to acting as leader is for women in leadership to be strategic thinkers. Janet also stresses the importance of women in leadership building a reputation for “doing the right thing.” Janet feels that if one knows its right and builds towards that decision, it will certainly pay off in the long run.

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