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Why Women Make Less Money Than Men

The oft reported statistic is that women, on average, make about 79% of what men make for doing equivalent work.  (For more details, AAUW is a great resource.) Is that fair? Nope. We can improve this situation, if we are willing to do what we can do. Once upon a time, I left my [...]

Time To Hire Your First Employee?

Ready to go...UN-solo?  Perhaps you've been thinking about adding a new team member.  Maybe your first?  It can be a bit UN-nerving! Once upon a time, I hired phenomenal Shauna, and committed to TWO hours...a month! If you want to grow your company, or buy a bit of time off, bringing on a team [...]

Become a No Drama Leader

Greetings! Got drama?  Have you had it with complaining and blaming?  Maybe even backstabbing?  Every team goes through good times and bad times.  However, there are thing you can do – and NOT do! - that will help you and your team live in peace, harmony and productivity.  It comes down to leadership. My pal [...]

Why Women Make 77% of What Men Make

No more secrets.  Owner Susan at Allied Plumbing & Heating has created transparent pay levels for the Techs and they appreciate the honesty and clarity.  Now, they know what they need to do to move up the ladder. Pretty cool! (And, nice pic of the two of us on Ride Along Day last week!) I’ve been playing with this idea for the last 20 years.  The sealed envelope thing has permitted a lot of unfair play. What is the big secret? As an employee, everywhere I have ever worked, we knew what others made, even if it wasn’t fair and wasn’t openly discussed. It dawned on me that women wouldn’t be making 77% of what men make doing the same jobs if the salary and wage scales were transparent. I was deeply influenced by Jack Stack’s books The Great Game of Business and A Stake in the Outcome, too.  What if we just got REAL about the compensation and bonus opportunities? […]

Dumb Systems Torture Team Members

I travel a lot.  I appreciate when the hotel staff does a great job of making me comfortable.  Sometimes I don’t need a lot of care, so I will place the “Do Not Disturb” sign on the door.  Recently, after having done so, I hopped in the shower.  At which point someone started knocking on my hotel room door.  They didn’t stop until I got out of the  shower, put on the hotel robe, and answered the door. It was the housekeeper.  “Would you like me to make up your room?” “No.  That’s why I put the sign on the door.” She replied, “I’m sorry, but I am required to get your signature, to prove that you don’t need my help.” So I signed her clipboard.  But here’s the deal.  That wasn’t her dumb idea.  That was her boss’ dumb idea.  And it says a lot about the boss and the culture of their company.  Like… […]