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
Many environmentalists, and indeed countries, are dead-set against nuclear power, believing the safety risks trump all. But for others, the question–given the need need to cut carbon, and generate more electricity in the future–is not whether nuclear is necessary, but how to do it safely and at reasonable cost. advertisement advertisement One answer could be to invest big in small plants, known as small “modular” nuclear reactors (SMRs) that are about the size of rail cars, and have an output of less than 300 MW. We’ve written about SMRs before, but now, according to a new report by the Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago, SMRs are getting closer to adoption. And it’s easy to see why: They cost a tenth of large plants, are easier to construct, and would give a jolt to the economy if they were developed here in the U.S. “Clearly, a robust U.S. commercial SMR industry is highly advantageous to many sectors,” the … [Read more...] about Are Tiny Nuclear Reactors The Power Plant Of The Future?
Chief Justice of India (CJI) Ranjan Gogoi, who presided the Supreme Court bench for the last time on Friday, etched his name in the annals of history this week by giving some of the most important verdicts on politically sensitive issues in recent times -- primarily, the Ayodhya land dispute case.A five-judge bench headed by him on November 9 brought the curtains down on the Ayodhya land dispute, which dates back to even before the Supreme Court came into existence in 1950.The verdict gave Hindus the 2.77 acre disputed land for construction of Ram Temple, and ordered that Muslims be given a 5-acre land at a prominent location to build a mosque in the holy city.Close Set to demit office on Sunday, the CJI also headed a bench which, by a majority 3:2 verdict, referred to a larger 7-judge bench the pleas seeking review of the apex court's historic 2018 judgement allowing women and girls of all ages to enter Kerala's Sabarimala temple. related news Ayodhya verdict in our favour … [Read more...] about CJI Ranjan Gogoi ensures name in history with Ayodhya verdict ahead of demitting office on Nov 17
Is there such a thing as virtual leadership? Let’s see what’s possible when you take charge of new media tools rather than have them take charge of you. advertisement advertisement By definition you and your leadership team are expected to provide direction for overall work efforts. Even in self-managed environments, leadership is supporting the values and conditions that make this possible. This means that regardless of your aims, you need to know how to focus organizational attention, and this means understanding how to work through whatever media you choose to provide reliable connection with your people. If you have ever heard foghorns on a foggy bay, then you know that in soupy, dynamic conditions on the ocean, ships need buoys and beacons to navigate. The same is true of employees in an organization. The details of actually moving your ship are handled by your crew, but as a captain or navigator, you need to know your bearings. Do you know how to create a … [Read more...] about Using Social Tools To Become A More Innovative Manager