If we look at feminism as a brand, I'd have to say it has neither widespread loyalty nor appeal -- at least not across the genders.All you need to do is look at the reaction to events of late. It would seem if people better understood feminism and actually embraced its ideals, we wouldn't be dealing with such backlash.
Since clothes reflect your employer's image and reputation, consider your surroundings before splurging on a runway knock-off or an ironic dork T-shirt. Erin Nadler, president of Better Styled in Toronto, suggests carefully observing the choices of your boss and colleagues before making any radical fashion decisions.
A recent article in The Atlantic suggested a more "realistic" approach for women juggling motherhood and career: Have just one child. But I would hate for a woman to think that having just one child is the key to successfully juggling motherhood and career. The real threat to what we want in life is TIME.
As part of her attempts to win the womens' vote for this election, Christy Clark and her various women and mom-focused ministers have been inviting moms and working women to small round table discussions to raise awareness about what the Liberal government can do to help mothers and working mothers in particular. The biggest issue that was brought up over and over was childcare. Due to love of career or by pure financial necessity, more women are working AND raising families and AFFORDABLE childcare has to be part of this juggling act. However what was emphasized also was FLEXIBLE childcare. Why? Because working mothers are not settling back into traditional 9-to-5 positions or even the few remaining shift work employment available out there. What are working mothers doing now? We are creating our OWN work.
Much has been written about the Yahoo CEO's decision to end telecommuting at the company. What if we are all missing something? Keeping in mind that Mayer is a Stanford educated engineer twice over, employee number 20 at Google, and ran one of their most important divisions, I decided to give the situation more than a passing thought.
When you take over the Catholic Church, or Yahoo, or a losing soccer team, or any other organization that is losing relevance and showing declining numbers, coming in with a strong brand and showing early results is critical. Here are some tips from how the new Pope and the new CEO of Yahoo have done so far.
I'm forced to admit that Marissa Mayer's decision to make employers work in office makes good sense, especially given that she is dealing with an under-performing workforce and low employee morale. If Mayer's two main tasks are to rebuild the culture of the organization and to increase revenues, getting employees back together in one space is a good start. That said, there is little doubt that flexible work arrangements and family friendly employment structures are crucial for the success of modern organizations. The challenge for employers is to find a way to offer family friendly work structures that are also good for business.
Yahoo's CEO Marissa Mayer feels that without physical interaction in the workplace, employees are missing out on important collaborative experiences and more importantly, the company is missing out on new ideas that spring from the collaborative process. What Mayer is missing with her edict is the fact that bringing people physically together does not solve the communication or ultimately collaboration problem. Collaboration leads to innovation. Without innovation, every company, small and large, from tech to manufacturing, will not survive the next century.
Marissa Mayer, CEO of Yahoo Inc. will be back at work a week or two after the birth of her son. Is she a bad mother? I'm guessing the only people not spewing forth on this topic are those who are working two or three jobs and don't have the privilege of leisure or maternity leave. All of these mothering debates we've been having are not equity-focused. They are who's-the-better-mommy-focused. If Marissa Mayer wants to go back to work this week (I'm guessing she's given it a little thought); If I want to stay home and breastfeed for six years -- who are you to judge me? Neither of us is wrong.
Well it's been a busy week in parenting news. Consumers are up in arms about meat, the Yahoo! baby was finally born, Canada's got its first official Mom of the Year, and the mommy blogs are all over one mean daddy. I also saw a very interesting and entertaining product sent to the office this week -- I just had to share.
With the hiring of Marissa Mayer, Yahoo Inc. indicated conspicuously, and intentionally, that it was back in the business of meaning business. But don't call it a comeback -- Yahoo's been here for years. If it really wants to tower over the competition once again, it'll have to come up with something unique to set itself apart. And in this day and age, that something is purpose.
The flap over Yahoo's appointment of a pregnant 37-year-old executive as its CEO is a surprising, and disappointing, re-run of Father Knows Best and Gloria Steinem footage from the 1960s. Ladies (and gentlemen), the war has been won and the war was about giving women choices. The best advice, quoted by Bloomberg this week, comes from comedian Tina Fey in her book Bossypants.
Yahoo is under new management, and according to the business media this week it's up to talented Marissa Mayer to "pull a Steve Jobs" to turn around the company. But today Google still dominates the search engine category, the Huffington Post corners content, and Yahoo dominates, well, nothing. So, sorry, Yahoo. I just don't get why we'd need you any more.