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Results at the Top

Book Description

Praise for RESULTS AT THE TOP

"Results at the Top is full of stories and examples of male leaders accepting accountability for greater gender diversity in their companies. What's different? They're not doing it out of compliance, but out of a personal commitment to advancing women in leadership."
— Johan Bjorklund, Vice President and General Manager, Ericsson North America

"Barbara and Richard help envision an achievable future where gender-intelligent leaders and advocates will unleash 100 percent of the world's human capital and create the future we all cherish. For the common good of human wellbeing, it's up to us to begin working together, NOW!"
— Woody Buckner, Chair and CEO, Buckner and Company

"The evidence is overwhelmingly clear—gender diversity at the senior leadership level correlates with greater business performance. Yet the number of women leaders remains very low and is truly unacceptable. Results at the Top is extremely valuable in providing new paradigms and actions to close this gap."
— Bob Cancalosi, GE Director of Customer Leadership Education

"The male leaders featured in Results at the Top are true change makers who realize that gender equality relies as much on men as it does women. Annis and Nesbitt provide an important new contribution to understanding how genuinely to change future outcomes for women. Their solid advice can help to drive diversity goals and accelerate progress in boardrooms and executive suites around the world."
— Kathleen Taylor, Former President and CEO, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts

"I wish I had read Results at the Top and become more gender-intelligent much earlier in my career. Luckily, it is never too late to learn. This book provides business leaders deep insights and opportunities for creating value through high performing, gender balanced organizations."
— Lars Terney, Partner, Nordic Capital

"Annis and Nesbitt focus their lens on the unconscious biases that exists in the systems, procedures, and policies guiding our companies today. Fascinating revelations and common sense solutions makes Results at the Top a must read for any leader hoping to succeed in this changing business landscape."
— Lara Warner, Chief Compliance and Regulatory Affairs Officer, Credit Suisse Group AG

Table of Contents

  1. COVER
  2. TITLE PAGE
  3. ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
    1. BARBARA ANNIS
    2. RICHARD NESBITT
  4. INTRODUCTION
  5. CHAPTER 1: YOUR WAKE‐UP CALL
    1. DIVERSITY AT THE TOP: CORRELATES WITH BETTER PERFORMANCE
    2. HOW WE CAME TOGETHER
    3. BARBARA'S WAKE‐UP CALL
    4. WHEN I BECAME A REAL MANAGER OF PEOPLE
    5. THE DIVERSITY MONEY PIT
    6. WHAT MAKES THE DIFFERENCE
    7. BRUSHING YOUR HORSE
    8. LACK OF “GENDER SUCCESS” IS COSTLY
    9. THIS IS YOUR TOOLKIT
    10. ENDNOTES
  6. CHAPTER 2: THE BUSINESS CASE FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF WOMEN
    1. “LET'S DO IT!”
    2. DEFINING SUPERIOR PERFORMANCE
    3. ADDING WOMEN TO BOARDS
    4. THE REASON FOR THE IMPROVEMENT IN FINANCIAL PERFORMANCE
    5. THE FUTURE OF LEADERSHIP
    6. “VALUES DON'T MATTER IF WE'RE NOT MAKING THE NUMBERS”
    7. ENDNOTES
  7. CHAPTER 3: ASCENT OF NEUROSCIENCE
    1. EQUAL DOES NOT MEAN THE SAME!
    2. THE ASCENT OF NEUROSCIENCE
    3. THE DOMINO EFFECT
    4. BELL CURVE OF GENDER TENDENCIES
    5. THE ABILITY TO PEER MORE DEEPLY
    6. SEX DIFFERENCES IN BRAIN STRUCTURE AND FUNCTION
    7. SEX DIFFERENCES IN HORMONAL COMPOSITION
    8. THE BREAKTHROUGH THAT KNOWLEDGE BRINGS
    9. ENDNOTES
  8. CHAPTER 4: ASCENT OF WOMEN
    1. THE FIRST LONG STEP
    2. WOMEN JOINING BUSINESS CLUBS
    3. CULTURES CLINGING TO TRADITION
    4. THE ASCENT OF WOMEN
    5. AN ECONOMIC NECESSITY VERSUS A CHOICE
    6. AREAS WHERE GLASS CEILINGS STILL EXIST
    7. ENDNOTES
  9. CHAPTER 5: ASCENT OF MEN
    1. MEN ACCELERATING CHANGE
    2. THE EVOLUTION OF AN ATTITUDE
    3. EVOLUTION IN OUR THINKING
    4. ARE WE STALLED OR ADVANCING?
    5. THE “AHA” MOMENT
    6. BREAKING THE MOLD
    7. ENDNOTES
  10. CHAPTER 6: MILLENNIALS: FACTS AND FICTIONS
    1. IT'S NOT A GENERATIONAL ISSUE
    2. HOW MUCH THE SAME WE REALLY ARE
    3. WHY WOMEN ARE NEEDED IN THE TECH INDUSTRY
    4. IT'S NOT A GENERATIONAL ISSUE
    5. ENDNOTES
  11. CHAPTER 7: WHAT WORKS AND WHAT DOESN'T
    1. WE'RE OVER THE TIPPING POINT
    2. HOW TO CREATE SUSTAINABLE CHANGE
    3. WHAT WORKS AND WHY
    4. WHAT DOESN'T WORK AND WHY
    5. OTHER BEST PRACTICES
    6. CRITICAL MASS AND CRITICAL MINDSET
    7. ENDNOTES
  12. CHAPTER 8: THE ROLE OF THE BOARD
    1. LACK OF MENTORING
    2. STEREOTYPES IN BUSINESS
    3. RICHARD'S STORY: BOARDS IN THE 2008 FINANCIAL CRISIS AND THEIR GENDER COMPOSITION
    4. THE QUOTA EXPERIENCE IN NORWAY
    5. PICKING THE BEST CANDIDATE REMAINS VITAL TO SUCCESS
    6. IT MAY ALL START WITH THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
    7. HUMANS FOLLOW ROLE MODELS
    8. ROLE MODELS ARE LEADERS
    9. WOMEN'S PARTICIPATION IN MANAGEMENT AND ON BOARDS
    10. MEN'S BELIEFS AND BEHAVIORS ARE CHANGING…SLOWLY
    11. ENDNOTES
  13. CHAPTER 9: MEASURING COMMITMENT
    1. A GENERAL MODEL FOR GENDER DIVERSITY IN MANAGEMENT INFORMATION SYSTEMS (MIS)
    2. DEFINING A MODEL FOR GENDER DIVERSITY
    3. GENDER DIVERSITY MODEL FOR MANAGEMENT INFORMATION SYSTEM (MIS)
    4. CONSTRUCTING A NEW GENDER PROPENSITY INDEX©
    5. WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?
    6. ENDNOTES
  14. CHAPTER 10: HOW TO RID THE PLUMBING OF BIAS
    1. GENDER PARITY IN NEW GRADUATES
    2. SOURCING, JOB DESCRIPTIONS, AND INTERVIEWING
    3. NINE LEVERS FOR CREATING GENDER‐INTELLIGENT ORGANIZATIONS
    4. AREAS WHERE SYSTEMIC BIASES MAY FORM
    5. JUST GO IN THERE
    6. HAVING A HARD TIME GETTING WOMEN TO JOIN
    7. YOU'RE CREATING A LOSE‐LOSE SCENARIO
    8. FIXING THE PLUMBING
    9. ENDNOTES
  15. CHAPTER 11: WHAT THE FUTURE HOLDS
    1. HOW ENGAGING ARE YOUR ENGAGEMENT SURVEYS?
    2. BRUSHING THE ENGAGEMENT SURVEY HORSE
    3. “ARE WE BEING GENDER INTELLIGENT ABOUT THIS?”
    4. CHALLENGING TRADITION
    5. FEMININE VALUES IN FINANCIAL SERVICES
    6. WHY DOES GENDER SUCCESS ELUDE SO MANY BUSINESSES?
    7. WHAT IF WE DO NOT ACT?
    8. STEPS TO GENDER SUCCESS
    9. THE LONG ASCENT
    10. ENDNOTES
  16. INDEX
  17. END USER LICENSE AGREEMENT