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Why does it seem like you can’t throw a paper airplane in some offices without hitting a person who is training for a marathon, planning a 10-day silent meditation retreat, or intending on scaling Kilimanjaro? On top of working 24/7 for a company that doesn’t pay overtime? Extremism is becoming the norm not only in […]

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“We learned to take the long view, mostly because we didn’t have any other choice,” says Kate, now in her sixties and busy investing in the next generation of entrepreneurs. “Both sticking to our full-time corporate jobs or one of us becoming a full-time parent weren’t attractive options to us. We wanted to change the […]

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By Avivah Wittenberg-Cox and Davia B. Temin (CEO of Temin & Co.) In the current sex harassment meltdown, companies are buying a record amount of insurance. That’s not going to save them. Nor is hiding behind lawyers, codes of conduct, or even sealed settlements. Tensions are high, tolerance is low, spotlights are focused, tech is […]

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With the recent spate of firms in the news over sexual harassment allegations and charges of gender bias, it is obvious that an issue many in business had thought was “done” is instead far from finished. Fostering corporate cultures which make half your employees feel somewhere between unengaged and unsafe is becoming risky and unsustainable. […]

The post Case Study: DSM Goes Global – and Gender Balanced appeared first on 20-first - Building Gender Balanced Businesses.

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“First, gender equality is a moral issue.” Almost as soon as the CEO opened his mouth, I knew he wasn’t convinced – or convincing. He was a bit slumped in his chair. He knew the statistics that the audience had just been presented were nowhere near ‘equality’, which was hardly a good way to prove […]

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