Fresh Look – The political costs of getting mad depend on your sex and race

I have written before about the strategic use of anger. For example, when mediating a conflict or negotiating, the expression of negative emotions may have a positive effect.[1] However, anger must be very carefully used, especially if you are a…

Fresh Look – Gender politics

Here an interesting item from the time capsule. When I was 23 and just finishing my masters degree, I applied for several teaching jobs. The idea I had was that if I could find a job close to a major…

Fresh Look – Is your mentor doing all s/he can for you?

Few of us consider the range of services a mentor might potentially provide us. Some mentors are merely advice givers; they tell us what to do but don’t do other things great mentors do. Great mentors not only provide task…

The politics of diversity-valuing acts

White privilege, affirmative action, reverse discrimination, sexism, homophobia and of course racism are all emotionally laden terms that refer to the unjust treatment of people because of their racial or sexual identity. On the one hand, public policy requires equitable…

Fresh Look – When joining a political team makes sense

Early in my career I noticed that among senior level managers, the HR person was often a woman, usually the only woman on the executive team. In spite of being in the minority, however, these women were always very influential…

Do women prefer male or female bosses?

Male. This preference is pretty robust, i.e., it occurs in a variety of contexts.[1] I have now logged over 1,000 posts on this blog. Time for a break. God willing, I will start posting again on the first of February….

Women’s value on professional advancement

The causes of women’s underrepresentation in top management jobs have be examined in two recent studies. One looked at practices of executive search firms and the reactions of female candidates.[1] It found that such candidates often opt out of searches…

Reactions to career setbacks

Every career is punctuated by ups and downs. Even the most successful person has to adjust to losses, and there are interesting differences in how men and women do so. According to a new study, men react to losing by…

Gender and leadership

In several studies, women have been shown to have a lower motivation to lead others than men.[1] If you mentor or manage women who you think are capable of leading or if you are a woman yourself, there are several…

The career implications of romances with your boss

Everyone knows that having an affair with your boss is unwise, but is that really true? Yes it is. A number of studies show that romantic involvement with your boss is career limiting.[1] A new study shows, for example, that…