I have started several conversations with colleagues over the last month on the topic of ambiguity tolerance as a competency area for organizational leaders. Ambiguity tolerance has been a focus area of my studies over the last couple of years, so it’s not surprising that I see connections to the topic everywhere, especially since I’m the one who usually brings it up. Here are two examples from two different client engagements over two consecutive weeks. In the first example, I co-led an executive development workshop on strategy...
In professional services company Deloitte and Touche's The 2011 Shift Index: Measuring the Forces of Long-Term Change, the company states that the return on assets (ROA) for US firms has steadily fallen to almost one quarter of 1965 levels. This study also concludes that less than 20 percent of workers are passionate about their jobs, executive turnover is increasing, consumers are becoming less loyal to brands, and the rate at which big companies lose their leadership positions is increasing. Gallup reports that only 11 percent of today...
Part II of this article concluded with an attempt to understand the seemingly institutionalized culture of silence that surrounds the social system of violence against women in Kenya. I am recognizant of the fact that women like men are participants and therefore contributors, beneficiaries and sufferers of the cultures that they are immersed in. I am also aware of the generally accepted perception of a "good African woman” in some African cultures. In these cultures, a “good African woman” is one that does not talk back...
Part I of this article provided some background and understanding of the prevalent culture of violence - especially sexual violence - against women in Kenya citing examples from Mwangi’s essay Silence is a Woman along with statistics from other sources. Her essay throbs with a seething theme of silence. My interest in the topic of silence stems from my personal experiences and how it has shaped my life as well as other women’s lives as informed by the cultures we are immersed in as global communities. As an Action Researcher, I am...
An essay, Silence is a Woman, by my friend Wambui Mwangi posted on “The New Inquiry” reports that, “On April 1, 2013, a woman passenger got off a matatu at the bus stop in Nyeri, a town in central Kenya, and was assaulted by men variously described as 'a group,' 'a crowd,' 'a mob,' or simply as 'matatu touts.' The media report was that the woman was attacked and raped because the men judged her “indecently dressed." The 'matatu touts' tore off her outer clothes, ripped apart...
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