why women are chosen as leaders in a crisis?

Why women are chosen as leaders in a crisis?

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Do you recruit women leaders?

Women are often appointed leaders of some of the most successful companies in their most critical moments.

Some well known examples are: the appointments of the prime minister of Sweden when the country suffered as a result of the global recession and the CEO of the oil company Sunoco, appointed when the share price dropped by 50%.

Yet in most companies women leaders are stil not the norm but why does this phenomenon (known as the glass cliff), occur?

A year-long study conducted by Caliper2, a Princeton, New Jersey-based management consulting firm, and Aurora, a London-based organization that advances women, identified a number of characteristics that distinguish women leaders from men when it comes to qualities of leadership:

Women leaders are more persuasive than their male counterparts.

When feeling the sting of rejection, women leaders learn from adversity and carry on with an “I’ll show you” attitude.

Women leaders demonstrate an inclusive, team-building leadership style of problem solving and decision making.

Women leaders are more likely to ignore rules and take risks.

Despite research showing that women have specific leadership qualities, Susanna Bruckmüller and Nyla Branscombe noted, in their research, that women often only became leaders in times of trouble because men lack the attributes to do so.

As part of their research, they carried out two tests on different sets of people. The first posed a group with a fictitious story of a company in trouble. Respondents would pick a female to take over if the previous bosses had been men but would pick either a man or a woman if they had been women. Why did it not work both ways?

In the second test, they provided the respondents with details of a fake supermarket chain and described to them two managerial candidates, one male and one female.

The respondents were asked who they would pick if the business was thriving or if it was in crisis.

They discovered that the man was often appointed leader in times of prosperity but the woman, thanks to her stereotypical attributes (e.g. more Emotional Intelligence etc), would be picked if the company was in trouble.

The EBW View

The work of Bruckmüller and Branscombe appears to have highlighted a real-life male leadership bias. They conclude that women only get their true opportunity to lead when it is believed that men can no longer do so, and not because of their merits.

The research highlights some interesting points. Do we perceive women’s leadership qualities only useful in a crisis?

Being percieved as being Emotionally Intelligent would seem to be not enough to ensure that women have the opportunity to excel at leadership.

There are obviously some great women leaders (Indra Nooyi, CEO of Pepsi), however, it would appear to still be the norm to only choose a female leader in times of crisis, regardless of how many leadership attributes they may have.

If you are not happy with the way your managers and leaders are performing or your struggling to retain your talent, maybe you need to start at the begining, to see who and how you are recruiting into the organisation.

Bruckmüller, S. & Branscombe, N. (2010). The glass cliff: When and why women are selected as leaders in crisis contexts. British Journal of Social Psychology, 49 (3), 433-451

language roots and branches – partial

This Amazing Tree That Shows How Languages Are Connected Will Change The Way You See Our World

This Amazing Tree That Shows How Languages Are Connected Will Change The Way You See Our World
1 day ago by​ Andrius
Did you know that most of the different languages we speak today can actually be placed in only a couple of groups by their origin? This is what illustrator Minna Sundberg has captured in an elegant infographic of a linguistic tree which reveals some fascinating links between different tongues.
Using the research data from Ethnologue, Minna has used a tree metaphor to illustrate how all major European, and even plenty of Eastern languages can be grouped into Indo-European and Uralic “families”. The whole image is dotted with languages, with bigger leaves representing those with the most native speakers. But even this detailed image doesn’t cover the immense variety of languages out there: “Naturally, most tiny languages didn’t make it on the graph,” the artist explained to io9. “There’s literally hundreds of them in the Indo-European family alone and I could only fit so many on this page, so most sub-1 mil. speaker languages that don’t have the official status somewhere got the cut.”
More info: Minna Sundberg | Print (h/t: mental floss, demilked)
Bigger leaves represent more people using the language as their native tongue
Here’s a high-resolution image.
The European branch splits in three: Slavic, Romance and Germanic. A rather complicated relationship between the Slavic languages is visible
It also shows the Germanic roots of English language
Surprisingly, unlike its Scandinavian neighbors, the Finnish language belongs to Uralic family
The Indo-Iranian group reveals the links between Hindi and Urdu as well as some regional Indian languages like Rajasthani
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yorkshire puddings and gravy for blood…..

Yorkshire pudding wrap: Reinventing the humble delicacy
22 September 2017
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Hungry yet?
They have been around for hundreds of years but now Yorkshire puddings have found themselves thrust into the culinary spotlight.
This week a BBC video about a Yorkshire pudding wrap was viewed more than 13 million times online, making the dish and how to eat it a real talking point.
It’s polarised opinion, with some saying it’s food heaven and others claiming it is sacrilege and food hell.
But what’s behind the revival of this humble recipe?
And who is qualified to say how it’s best eaten?
What is a Yorkshire pudding anyway?
The Yorkshire pudding is made from a simple batter of eggs, flour and milk and needs to be light yet crispy and well-risen. The general rule is that the fat – often dripping or goose fat – needs to be red hot in the tin before the batter is added, avoiding the much-feared soggy bottom.
Making Yorkshire pudding batter
According to Yorkshire food historian Peter Brears, the recipe first appeared in a book called The Art Of Cookery by Hannah Glasse in 1747. She *whisper* came from Northumberland.
How did it get its name?
As for how it got its name, Mr Brears said it is likely to have come from Yorkshire miners, who worked incredibly hard but were well paid enough to be able to afford meat and be given free coal to keep a fire going. “A fire and roasted meat were essentials for making Yorkshire pudding,” he said.
It started to be taken up as a Yorkshire symbol in the 1890s when it started appearing on postcards – yes, postcards. From then on, well, it is just folklore.
How is it traditionally served?
The Yorkshire pudding is usually made in a rectangular tin and cut into squares to be served with a roast dinner. It can also be made with whole sausages cooked within it, a dish known as toad-in-the-hole.
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The baked batter treat is believed to have been originally served as a starter with gravy. That way diners were filled up before the main course so whoever was feeding them could get away with serving less meat.
Some people also like to eat it cold the next day with jam.
What are the new incarnations of the regional speciality?
So far, so good. For the uninitiated, that’s the basics covered. But if the idea of eating something called a “pudding” with a savoury course isn’t mind-bending enough, how about trying it in even more exotic forms from wraps to burritos?
The wraps have been on sale for a while, with a stall dedicated to selling them in Leeds Kirkgate Market and a cafe in York has reportedly had customers queuing out of the door for one since being featured in the online video.
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Yorkshire pudding? As a wrap? Really? (Via BBC Radio York)
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The Yorkshire pudding burrito is also a thing, which is possibly similar to a wrap but with more stuffing. Both feature the elements of a roast dinner encased in a fluffy light batter wrap, and are proving extremely popular.
Earlier this month it was reported a diner in Beverley, Hull, was serving a Yorkshire pudding pizza. The huge pudding is used as a base before a layer of sausage and tomato is added with a cheese topping. Not quite as traditional maybe, but does it work?
Maybe the proof of the pudding really is in the eating.
Has it actually always been a kind of fast food?
Mr Brears who has published several books on the history of food and worked with The National Trust and English Heritage, said the thought of a Yorkshire wrap reminds him of how it was eaten as factory food in the mid to late-19th Century.
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Yorkshire pudding wraps have been on sale in Leeds Kirkgate Market since last year
He said: “When you’d have your Sunday roast you would always cook more potatoes and more veg, and when you went to the mill you took a basin with meat and potatoes and gravy in the bottom and a piece of Yorkshire pudding on top.
“You would wrap it up and then during the day you would stand it on the steam pipes to warm it up.”
How has the Yorkshire pudding wrap gone down online?
Commenting on the BBC News video, Alice Elizabeth Ruggiero said: “My grandmother was a true Yorkshirewomen, she served individual puddings before a dinner of stew – she filled the pudding with the gravy and we ate it like a starter with the meat and vegetables after. It was delicious.”
Shona Court said: “I want our town to have a least three of these places. I would be in heaven as, according to my son, I don’t have blood, I have gravy!!!!”
The Yorkshire pudding wrap
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The Yorkshire pudding wrap is basically a roast dinner, wrapped in a Yorkshire
Not everyone is a fan. Jan Starkey Dean said: “Isn’t anything sacred anymore, why does everything have to be on the go? Are people so busy they can’t sit down to eat? I think a lot of it is laziness.”
And Patricia Pope said: “Think I will stick with the traditional Sunday roast beef dinner and Yorkshire pudding sitting down at the dinner table so that I can enjoy it thoroughly.”
What does the rest of the world make of a Yorkshire pudding?
US resident Jim Cotton said: “As an American I must admit we don’t understand Yorkshire pudding (although I had some once in the UK and enjoyed it).
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Love them or hate them, you can’t go on social media this week without seeing one
“But this does look great. Maybe a new franchise operation in central Texas?”
Camden Gilbreath added: “I’m American, I had no idea what a Yorkshire pudding was and not super clear on the broad definition of the word “pudding” in the English language, because I think creamy slightly gross dessert.
“All that said call it whatever you will that looks just delicious, idk [I don’t know] what a regular Yorkshire pudding looks like but man that looks good all wrapped up.”
Ok, so enough about actually eating them. What else can you do with a Yorkshire pudding?
These tasty treats make pretty good sporting props, it turns out.
Across the Pennines in Ramsbottom they are used as targets in the annual World Black Pudding Throwing Championships, which celebrates the historic rivalry between Lancashire and Yorkshire.
Contestants lobbed the black puddings at a stack of Yorkshire puddings placed on a platform
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In Ramsbottom, contestants throw black puddings at a stack of Yorkshire puddings on a high platform
Contestants throw black puddings with the aim of knocking off as many Yorkshire puddings as possible from a 20ft (6m) platform.
Last year on Yorkshire Day, a Yorkshire pudding throwing contest was held in York to celebrate the region.
They made the sport headlines in April, when Sheffield’s Danny Willett, who won last year’s opening major of the year, promised to include Yorkshire pudding on the menu of the Masters Champions Dinner.
Staying in sport, the parents of triathletes Jonny and Alistair Brownlee joke that the secret of their sons’ success is “roast beef and Yorkshire puddings”.

rubbish trash garbage

Rubbish – Trash – Garbage

Whatever word you use for it whose responsibility is it? Ours yes that’s right ours and we need to step up!
I have been thinking a lot about rubbish and litterer’s recently and it really makes me wild.
When you think how superbly clean the METRO is and look into the fines that can be implemented for litter. How come people care so little? Why is it that instead of tackling the people themselves we take the route of employing hundreds of people to pick the litter we shamelessly leave everywhere ewe as humans pass through or by?
The sand dunes to the right and left of the Sh. Mohamed Bin Zayed Road or E311 are stunning and it is awesome to see families, groups of people and all sorts with their fires and barbeques lighting up the night particularly in winter weather. Playing the table and dancing fabulous. But ooh the destruction left behind and the morning after municipality workers are dropped off with the pickup stick and black bags t0 pick up what should have been taken away with by those enjoying the great outdoors. Its not that there are no bins out there; there are many some with lids some without.
There is a beautiful beach where I walk and think of myself as one of its guardian’s eccentric yes. However I pick up rubbish and dispose of it in the bins placed at useful intervals whenever I visit. A young girl asked me if she could join me and we picked up masses. A local lady called to me and told her children to pay attention to what I was doing and that they too should pick up their own rubbish.
Today I was amazed when on two separate occasions I saw men get out of their cars and walk across to bins and put their rubbish in the bin. I wanted to thank them but maintained discretion!
There used to be a campaign in Dubai some years ago where they looked for examples of safe driving and recognised the drivers and rewarded them. Could we not do something similar with litter and whizz in like a Superman or Wonder Woman equivalent and pat people on the back for doing the right thing!
If everyone picked up their own rubbish and set an example what a cleaner and safe environment we would live in
And I am not going to get started on spitting and wiping your nose on your fingers then flicking it onto the path, pavement or someone’s car!
The environment is precious Rubbish – Trash- Garbage is unattractive, unsafe and has no right to be there. Pick it up you know you should.

ei – body language


How important is cultural awareness when we think of this topic?

Dress as in the clothes we all wear and how we wear them and depending on which country we are in at what time of day, season or year! Are a vital part of our interpersonal communication.

Having moved to RAK from AD after 20 years the dress shock is far less than say visiting Dubai! Where there is a more international and cosmopolitan atmosphere and a mega tourism destination. Swagger comes with the international star status, politicians and financiers that live in or visit the city

Dubai has intercity skills and body language of its own with the architecture old and new rising form the desert and living side by side

Should we include facial expressions with body language in my opinion no as they are a separate canvas on which we express ourselves and here we can get caught up with micro and macro facial expressions as well [http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Micro-Expressions-Book-Business/dp/9081990519]

Back to body language and ‘posturing’
Think about the old cowboy films with the low slung gun belts and Stetson hats or more recently with the way the TRANSFORMERS are blending in as cars or trucks or being themselves posture by the very vehicles that they choose to represent themselves.
The original R and B, PUNK, hip hop, drum and base all about body language and the art of communication.
Body Posture can indicate pain, disappointment, lethargy. anger Flight or fight! Also energy, exhilaration, excitement and enthusiasm IF we are looking to see the signals and cues

How we dress here in UAE conveys masses of information about us when we step off the metro, cross the road, order a coffee and before we open our mouths

Many of us love to stereotype and generalise and lets face it ‘basic assumption theory” is meant to help us learn from experience and adapt our hidden bias or prejudice’s base on experience.
When we think of interpersonal skills what does this conjure up in the imaginations depending upon what generation you are and how diverse your social and cultural experiences happen to be They could mean different things to us all hence the need for common ground and mutual understanding.
What on earth for some of you might say I don’t need to know anything about the millennium generation I am a baby boomer and I have the seniority over these young whippersnappers!

Not so you just need to see some of the rising entrepreneurs and what age they are and you could find yourself working for them in which case you need to study the body codes

In PRISM BRAIN MAPPING we look to see if we can put ourselves in the other persons place to get an idea of how we may need to adjust our preferred behaviours in order to build the team or just get served in the café or restaurant we are sitting at Or perhaps discover why he always gets a taxi but I don’t

”They” say that it takes muscles to smile and to frown but look at some of the faces and posture we see around us or is an urban myth

So which ones are responsible for smiling and/or frowning? I could hazard a guess, but I’ll defer to Dr. David Song, a plastic surgeon and Associate Professor at the University of Chicago Hospitals, who was interviewed for a Straight Dope article: Does it take fewer muscles to smile than it does to frown? Counting only the muscles that make significant contributions, he concludes that smiling takes one more muscle than frowning (12 vs. 11).

Body language communicates so much if we wish to see and pay attention just like listening it requires attention and often we miss the cues and miss opportunities or disasters
A little Emotional Intelligence will take you a long way and with an enhanced self belief and awareness you will reach your full potential whatever your age, background or experience

Aptitude and ambition with hard work self and social awareness the gates to your future

”Walk tall, walk straight and look the world right in the eye;; as famous Irish man used to sing.

truth ethics integrity & morals

Recommendation letters, references, to whom it may concern?

What do you think valid and reliable, useful and essential or dangerous whether they be destructive and punitive more often the case or exaggerating and extolling the virtues and capabilities out of recognition of another ?

I began to think about recommendations after reading about the recent situation in India where students have been campaigning for the right to cheat….. Yes you read it correctly. Closely followed up by the deaths of more than 8 women following a simple procedure for sterilisation! Moral shock and outrage is the worlds reaction and rightly so
If we don’t STOP cheating and allowing cheats then how will we know people are competent at what they are employed to do?

Health care is bad enough but what if the air traffic controllers or the nuclear reactor operators are all cheats and don’t actually know what they are doing!!!

Back to recommendation letters which is where Emotional Behaviour at work EBW kicks in; self awareness and social awareness = Emotional Intelligence

Why is this important you may ask and I am getting to that
A recommendation can make or break a persons Education, Reputation, Career or Life indeed every one of these factors.There is a proverb repeated in many countries ”those who gossip to you gossip about you” and ”what goes around comes around”.

Do we want to be one of those people who write a recommendation knowing that the person we are writing for is not qualified or competent to deliver in their field of activity or specialisation?
Be aware and be objective when giving any recommendations and think carefully of how they could be used by the individual or an institution. If you can’t write it down and show it to the person you wrote about then you can be sure it will stand up in a court of law should God forbid a disaster happen and people are called in to justify or validate their words!
Be wise and reflect before you write
And even more importantly before you give verbal recommendation with no record Yes people do it all the time
Whom so ever requests recommendations should do their due diligence before they rely on information

Think about how you would feel if this was or has been your experience or someone close to you and remember MRS. DO AS YOU WOULD BE DONE BY and MRS. DONE BY AS YOU DID also called The Golden Rule

Like wise do we want to have career progression on our own merits or for it to be fabricated?

In our technical age we need to be Emotionally Intelligent to protect both ourselves and those around us, our community and the integrity of our institutions everywhere

Our future is in our EI


diversity & inclusion


We all hear international companies talk about their multicultural teams and workforce But how often do we hear about the intercultural teams?
And this is the crux of the matter whether be for internal or external customer service DIVERSITY AND Inclusion are vital to success

Diversity – is a noun and Inclusion – is a verb
Another way of looking at it is an example of is simply – DIVERSITY is being invited to the party and INCLUSION is being asked to dance….. And I have a fabulous example of this when I attended a friends cousins wedding during December I was definitely part of the diversity of the guests BUT I was also invited to dance and very much part of the inclusion

The way we shake hands the amount of space between us when talking is vastly different and having some awareness can avoid many pitfalls and unnecessary embarrassment.
As anywhere due diligence is invaluable when navigating the cultural map and no less so here in UAE where the numbers of different nationalities are staggering

Even the areas of gift exchange is fraught with potential as we can see from a recent article on BBC World. Where giving a watch or time peace in China is considered ‘that your time is running out!’

Debrett’s, the etiquette guide, which advises readers to “do some research to avoid making a basic error –”A ceremonial sword in [some parts of] Africa is a symbol of power; in Switzerland it would be seen as a sign of aggression,”

Other areas that are often neglected are that of the Intergenerational team, women in the workforce and the ‘differently abled’
Or as a wonderful Pakistani woman has recently said loudly ‘DON’T DIS MY ABILITY’

Diversity and Inclusion you need to know how it can work towards your success


Ohh no not leadership again….
Being a ‘’mindful’’ leader in today’s fast paced, ever changing “always full on tech savvy” corporate world is increasingly important and awareness is rising to this very fact. Mindfulness adds value and the prospect of healthy survival to our leaders. Also that both genders bring that little something else to the table
In this the year of INNOVATION in UAE it is timely and wise to think and be mindful and consider the reality of the millenials and the intergenerational workforce.
TO an exceptional leader and innovative we need only look to Sheik Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum where he clearly states in his book ‘’FLASHES of THOUGHT’’;
‘’We want to change the concept of leadership so that it includes anyone who has the ambitions and the will to change themselves, and also to benefit society.’’
He also states and I quote ‘’I have said it loud and clear. Beware, men, lest women deprive you of all the leadership positions in the country.’’
Gender Differences

‘’Women In Leadership – Improve corporate performance. With women making up almost half of the workforce, it is clear that they can help impact their organisations’ performance. Whether men and women are equal is a political and moral question, but whether they are intellectually identical is a scientific one. Advances in neuroscience can help both genders to better understand and deal with these challenges and assumptions.
And this couldn’t be more true in UAE and the GCC where women are the high achiever’s making up to at least 60% of University graduates with high GPA’s

‘’Why WOMEN Mean Business – Understanding the emergence of our next economic revolution’’ Avivah Wittenberg-Cox & Alison Maitland – in the Chapter – Culture counts, what countries can do; there is a direct positive correlation to fertility and high female employment and no-where better represented than in Norway.

Major organisation’s like GE which I mention specifically due there attention and awareness of millenial’s in the region and are increasingly leveraging powerful mindfulness training programs to help their leaders survive and thrive in today’s challenging business environments.
With the increased information overload and distractibility, research shows that leaders are propelled into loss of focus and mental clarity. Without focus and clarity, results will diminish. Mindfulness is about achieving results. And being insightful is an invaluable trait that can be enhanced with practice.
‘’PRISM NeuroLeadership – Leadership is an inevitable reflection of people’s needs and challenges in modern life. Leadership is therefore a profound concept, with increasingly complex implications, driven by an increasingly complex and fast-changing world.’’

The world of business will never achieve its full potential until it can genuinely value the contributions made by both genders. It is wise and indeed necessary to change and adapt attitudes. To achieve this end, it is essential that we use all the tools available to us in the 21st century. Understanding the links between our brain, behaviour and work performance, culture, intergenerational teams as well as stress, decision-making and wellness issues.’’

What do we want from our leaders today not much but critical are some of the following;
Integrity, respect, transparency, insight/self-awareness and to be honest.
We want our leaders to know that they like us need to have people around them who have the same ethics, beliefs and standards and know when to come forward and take a step back
To build their teams on strengths and preferred behaviours so that all can give of their best
We don’t need our leaders to be perfect but we need them to be intuitive and fresh.

We don’t want a lot really