Merit is supposed to cut across everything, determining who reaps the most rewards and who leads in business. Gender shouldn’t matter. But of course it does. advertisement advertisement “Gender is under the surface, or not so much under the surface,” says Howard Aldrich, head of the sociology department at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. “When taken into account, it can distort the effects of merit. Instead of having the discussion of who will take the lead, these things tend to just bubble up.” There’s been a lot of discussion lately about the paucity of women who snag venture capital to start their own companies, the few women in positions of authority in the cliquey tech sector, as well as the low percentage of women holding corporate board seats–only 16.9% in the United States–according to Catalyst, a research group studying opportunities for women in business. Broadly, 30% of all U.S. businesses are … [Read more...] about Why Women Often Don’t Lead The Companies They’ve Founded
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Most telecom stocks traded in the positive territory on November 15, keeping the sectoral index up with strong gains, a day after the telecom majors Bharti Airtel and Vodafone Idea had reported a whopping cumulative loss of Rs 74,000 crore for the second quarter of the financial year.The BSE Telecom index jumped 8 percent in intraday trade so far, supported by gains in shares of Bharti Airtel, Bharti Infratel and Vodafone Idea.Around 11:40 hours IST, the telecom pack was 5.42 percent up, with seven stocks in the green and six in the red. The benchmark Sensex was 0.43 percent up at that time.Close Telecom stocks saw the traction after sources had said that the panel of committee of secretaries (CoS) was mulling floor price on data and voice tariffs and had sought recommendations from Department of Telecom (DoT) on setting a minimum charge for all tariffs for telecom players while assessing the impact it would have on telecom operators, CNBC-TV18 reported. related news … [Read more...] about BSE Telecom index jumps 8% after reports of govt panel mulling floor price for calls, data
Perception versus reality has always been a major source of tension for brands. And sustainability, once heralded as the next big brand advantage, has only made things worse. If you promise people your soap will make them smell nice and it doesn’t, they’ll get over it. If you falsely promise that your soap doesn’t have palm oil from orangutan-displacing plantations, people aren’t nearly as forgiving. advertisement advertisement Brands like Patagonia provide shining examples of what can happen when you effectively align perception and reality. Their values, their brand, and their actions all convey the same sustainability message. Using this trifecta to engage more deeply with customers may have contributed to the fact that, during the worst of the recession, their sales continued to climb. But the Patagonias of the world are few and far between. This point is illustrated by studies like MapChange and the Sustainability Leadership Report. They show … [Read more...] about Does Your Brand Need A Reality Check?
A typical supermarket is filled with plastic, from aisles of drinks in plastic bottles to bags of prewashed greens and the liners hidden in cereal boxes. (Some go even further, such as a grocery store in Hong Kong known for selling individually wrapped strawberries.) But an increasing number of stores are trying to find ways to get rid of some of that packaging. advertisement advertisement A new Greenpeace report, The Smart Supermarket, walks through some of the solutions that already exist. “In talking with some companies, it’s just such a big problem to tackle: How do you completely overhaul all the packaging in your store?” says Kate Melges, a plastics campaigner at Greenpeace and one of the authors of the report. “I wanted to show people that the solutions that we need are already here. Granted, they’re at various scales, but imagine if we scale them up, and imagine what it could look like if we were to transform the way that we grocery … [Read more...] about 7 ways that supermarkets can help eliminate single-use plastic
If you’re a sports car racing aficionado, you know that Ford is returning to Le Mans this summer, competing with a modern incarnation of its famed GT40, a race car that first won the iconic 24-hour endurance race in 1966, then again in ’67, ’68, and ’69. The big comeback was formally announced in June of last year, and enthusiasts have been buzzing about it ever since. advertisement advertisement But your average driver probably doesn’t know that Ford is getting back into the prestigious race, which has been held every year since 1923 just outside Le Mans, France, or even understand the significance of Ford’s wins back in the ’60s. To this day, Ford is the only American manufacturer to top the pack at Le Mans. Now the brand is launching a new doc series The Return, to tell the story of the GT40’s epic victories, and the preparation behind this year’s factory-sponsored return to Le Mans. “With this documentary and the … [Read more...] about New Doc Series Revs Up Ford’s Racing Return To Le Mans