A learning agenda designed to Boost Diversity & Inclusion – May 10 at BSL, it’s a full house

Unless you have been stuck in a Swiss nuclear bunker for the last 5 years, you will have at some point during your daily social media fix, come across the term Gender Bias. Whether you’re a man who craves more family time with his children (but your boss raises an eye brow when you want to work from home because your kid is sick) or a woman who has her eye on the next VP role but your tendency to under value yourself gets in the way of applying – the power of gender bias (commonly known as stereotypes) is a root cause that prevents men and women from being able to bring their full and true selves to work.

Gender stereotyping can influence perceptions of leadership competencies and most talent management systems can reinforce and perpetuate bias that favors men over women. There are many stakeholders involved in talent management systems, from HR to senior leadership teams, and a Catalyst study carried out in 2009 showed that there are three key compounding effects:

  1. Imperfect execution. When talent management practices and programs interact, gaps between the design and execution can introduce gender bias, even to systems already sensitive to the problem.
  2. Checks and balances. Few companies employ effective checks and balances that mitigate gender bias in talent management and decrease gender gaps in senior leadership.
  3. Perpetual loops. The cyclical structure of talent management appears to reward attributes based on bias inherent in the system, creating a perpetual cycle in which men dominate senior leadership positions.

Even though this study was published nearly a decade ago, these effects are still very much alive and kicking.

We believe effective talent management strategies which boost diversity and inclusion in the workplace, power performance and generate competitive advantage.  This builds reputation for being a great place to work and ultimately, a healthier bottom line.

On May 10 2016, I will be helping facilitate a conversation on empowering inclusion in business at Business School Lausanne with 30 business and diversity thought leaders living and working in Switzerland.  This collective intelligence session will be the first step in crafting programs which unravel the challenges we all face in the workplace daily and empower inclusive business within organizations.

 

Author: Natalie Wilkins,  BSL Professor

Complete Strategy Pack for a Start-Up in Half-a-Day

On two Saturdays in mid-June 2015, the EMBA and MBA classes each separately conducted a fast-track strategy workshop with a founder of the start-up Twister Lighting. The lively exchange between the realities of bringing an innovative lamp to the market and the application of strategy tools and concepts resulted in implementable strategic initiatives and enthusiastic participants.

It was a meeting of two organisations with outstanding pedigrees. On the one side, BSL, No. 3 business school in Switzerland, represented by astute students possessing a tremendous range of international managerial experience in a wide variety of businesses and industries. On the other side, Twister Lighting, winner in February 2015 of the Award for “Solutions 2015” in the category of lighting at the Ambiente fair in Frankfurt, Europe’s largest exhibition for consumer products (www.twister-lighting.com). The USP of the Twister lamps is that they can be installed as ceiling or wall lights in less than one minute without a screwdriver.
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“The just making money approach to business does not work anymore”

Guest speaker Anthony McQuillan, Vice President Legal & Compliance EMEA at Medtronic

Our guest speaker Anthony McQuillan, Vice President Legal & Compliance EMEA at Medtronic, is not a typical lawyer. He points out that being a Compliance Officer has more to do with psychology and politics than with law. And that is why he is the perfect speaker for the session on “How to manage ethics in a corporation” in our course in “Business Ethics and Negotiation”.


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Integrating Sustainability in Business – an evening with Ron Popper, ABB

Ron Popper, Vice President and head of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability at ABB, paid a visit to Business School Lausanne on Tuesday, 11th September, 2013. He gave the opening keynote speech to the new MBA students and his presentation was greatly appreciated.

Ron Popper, ABB

ABB is a global company active in 120 to 130 countries worldwide, they have about 150,000 employees and another 150,000 contractors.  ABB is in the power and automaton world and they also are involved in the area of renewable energy. Popper began his career as a journalist and in that job he travelled extensively to different parts of the world. He joined ABB in 2001 and is based in the Swiss German region of Switzerland. Continue reading