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A New Era Has Begun!!! Finally, Women Have A Seat At The Table, Even In Football

On Dec 20, 2022 7:31:24 PM

/ Andrew Simon

Categories: Andrew Simon, women in business, women leaders, rethinking women in business, Rethinking Women

In January of 2021, there was big news concerning the NFL’s Super Bowl. Sarah Thomas — the first woman to officiate a major college football game, the first to officiate a bowl game, the first to officiate in a Big Ten stadium, the first full-time female official in NFL history and the first to officiate an NFL playoff game — was named to the referee crew for the 2021 Super Bowl, having officiated NFL games since 2015.

Talk about a glass ceiling being smashed! This put a woman squarely in the arena of what has traditionally been a men-only sport.

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Two Incredible Women Are Boldly Succeeding In A Man's World

On Dec 20, 2022 7:17:57 PM

/ Andrew Simon

Categories: Andrew Simon, women leaders

                                                                          
In January of this year, my wife Andi Simon wrote a blog about a pioneering early entry in the women’s rights movement, Christine Grant, who took a leadership position during the early days of Title IX. In 1973, she became the athletic director of women’s sports at the University of Iowa, one of the first women in the country to hold this title. (In those days, there were two athletic directors: one for male athletes and one for female.)

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Refusing To Be Held Back, Women Are Proving They Can Do Jobs Once Reserved For Men

On Dec 20, 2022 11:07:27 AM

/ Andrew Simon

Categories: Andrew Simon, women leaders, rethinking women in business, Rethinking Women


In soccer. In football. In basketball. Now in ski patrols. More and more, women today are breaking barriers and smashing glass ceilings in fields that traditionally have been men-only, not just in sports but across all disciplines: business, politics, medicine, law, tech...the list goes on.

Are men changing as well as women?

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Woman Leader Brought In To Fix NFL Embarrassment

On Dec 19, 2022 2:34:52 PM

/ Andrew Simon

Categories: Culture Change, Leadership, Rethinking Women

                                                                      

Multiple news outlets, including the NY Times, published an announcement on July 7th, 2022 that the Las Vegas Raiders (sorry, I still think of them as the Oakland Raiders) hired Sandra Douglass Morgan as their President, the first African American woman to hold the role in N.F.L. history.

Why is this important for leadership?

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Who Says Glass Ceilings Can't Be Broken In Male-Dominated Sports?

On Nov 29, 2022 6:00:00 AM

/ Andrew Simon

Categories: Culture Change, women leaders

For the past several years, I have written blogs about women in sports and their entry into the mainstream. You can find them here. I wasn’t writing about women who have competed or participated in women's sports but rather, those women who have attained positions in what has traditionally been the men's bastion. These women have become refs, managers, or in some cases, even players in the male arena.

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Yes, All Organizations Have A Culture But Not Necessarily A Good One

On Oct 18, 2022 6:00:00 AM

/ Andrew Simon

Categories: Culture Change, Corporate Culture, business culture, culture change expert

Last week I wrote a blog entitled Nothing Proves The Importance Of Culture Than When Two Of Them Collide. It was all about my experiences in making a big acquisition and then realizing that words have different meanings to different people, especially when applied to a company’s culture.

In this blog I am going to describe another “culture” experience. This also covers corporate cultures and why success in one organization is not what brings success in another.

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How Viable Is Your Past Culture To Sustain Your Organization's Future?

On Oct 12, 2022 1:01:19 PM

/ Andrea Simon

Categories: Culture Change, corporate anthropologist, culture change expert

      

I'm very pleased to announce that I will be speaking at the Enterprise Agility World Conference 2022: Where Science Meets Organizational Change. As a culture change expert, my topic is just what I love to talk about how to build an organizational culture for fast-changing times. The central theme of the conference is enterprise agility and what tools are required today to support a healthy organization. Please come! It's November 5th and 6th, and I'll be speaking at 10:45am ET on Saturday, November 5th.

My section is entitled Organizational Structure and Design for Exponential Growth and my talk is "Building organizational cultures to thrive in fast-changing times." The conference is completely virtual, so you can attend from wherever you are in the world. There are 66 speakers scheduled, speaking in 35 languages, so that the 2000+ participants will be able to hear the messages in their own language. I hope you can join, it will be great!

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Nothing Proves The Importance Of Culture Than When Two Of Them Collide

On Oct 11, 2022 6:00:00 AM

/ Andrew Simon

Categories: Culture Change, Corporate Culture, business culture, culture change expert

The gap between what we say and what we do

We know that what we say and what we mean are often far apart. The gap is something that comes from our brains moving far faster thinking than our voices can communicate those thoughts. You might want to take a look at Byron Reese’s new book, Stories, Dice, and Rocks That Think: How Humans Learned to See the Future—and Shape It. My wife recently interviewed Byron on her podcast, On the Brink with Andi Simon.

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“Girl, You Have To Get Your Power Back” — The WBC Action For Impact Summit

On Oct 4, 2022 6:00:00 AM

/ Andrea Simon

Categories: Culture Change, women in business, women entrepreneurs, business culture, women leaders, rethinking women in business, Rethinking Women

WOW! That's how I sum up the 4th Annual Women Business Collaborative (WBC) Action for Impact Summit which took place September 21 and 22. Over the two days, I was amazed at the quality of the speakers and panels, and the excitement and energy that were so evident. From using data to achieve DEI, to rethinking your hiring, to “The Talent War is over and talent has won,” there was so much to absorb and apply to your business, your career, your life. If you missed it, the links to all the talks are below. Enjoy, and please share.

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How Can You Thrive As A Woman In A Male-Dominated Industry? 5 Steps To Follow

On Sep 22, 2022 12:21:36 PM

/ Andrea Simon

Categories: Culture Change, women in business, Rethinking Women

I started my career as an academic anthropologist, then shifted my focus to banking and then healthcare. As a consultant or an executive, I quickly found that whether it was a staff meeting, a board meeting, or a client meeting, I was often the only woman in the room. When it was my turn to make a presentation, I watched with wonder as some of the men left to get coffee. When I shared my ideas, my insights or wisdom were often ignored.

I realized that my male colleagues weren’t going to change the prevailing culture and suddenly include a woman in "how we do things here." Things had to change if they were going to accept me, listen to me, follow me. But for the culture to change, I had to be the enabler of those changes. I had to help others feel comfortable letting me be part of their team as a highly competent, albeit female, teammate. As I stated in a recent Authority Magazine interview, which you can read here, here are the strategies that helped me do that. I wrote this article to help other women better choose the firms with which to work and create the right cultures for the future in which men and women work better together.

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