Here are some of my favorite resources for information on women in organizations, becoming a stronger leader, and managing your work and family life:

 

Websites and Blogs:

The Simmons Center for Gender in Organizations Has a wide range of articles on their ground-breaking research.

The Happiness Project Yes, Gretchen Rubin is a little over exposed. But her ideas are sound, and it’s a good reminder to focus on being happier at work and at home. She also has a couple of books that are worth checking out.

HuffPost Women – Career and Money  Uneven, but some good information.

Catlyst More great research on women in organizations. Well known for their “pyramids” which show the percentage of women at different levels in organizations. If you’re wondering, the latest numbers are 3.8 percent of Fortune 500 CEO positions and 4.0 percent of Fortune 1000 CEO positions.

McKinsey’s Women Matter Research  Focuses on the benefits that companies gain from gender diversity.

The Juggle (Wall Street Journal) Explores how people juggle work and family life.

Ask a Manager Helpful, down to earth career and job-search advice.

The Daily Muse More good career advice. A favorite post is 45 Productivity Tips for Extremely Busy People.

Books on Making Change:

Switch: How to Change When Change is Hard by Chip Heath and Dan Heath. I recommend this book to everyone! It’s an easy read (or download the audiobook at Audible.com) that provides actionable advice on how to make any change, big or small.

Change Anything: The New Science of Personal Success by Kerry Patterson, Joseph Grenny, David Maxfield, Ron McMillan, and Al Switzler. Another great approach to making change in your life.

Books on Making Decisions

Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces That Shape our Decisions by Dan Ariely. This is a fascinating look at how we often act in irrational, but very predictable ways in our personal, professional and social lives. It also provides some suggestions on how to improve our decision making despite these “hard wired” behaviors.

Hard Facts, Dangerous Half-Truths and Total Nonsense: Profiting From Evidence-Based Management by Jeffrey Pfeffer and Robert I. Sutton. This book really opened my eyes about so many axioms of business that we take for granted, but that turn out to be seriously flawed. It provides a wonderfully clear-eyed approach to decision making.

Decisive: How to Make Better Choices in Life and Work by Chip Heath and Dan Heath. The Heath brothers do it again – this book provides a practical, research-based approach to making better decisions, including how to manage if your decision turns out to be flawed.

Books on Negotiation

Her Place at the Table: A Woman’s Guide to Negotiating Five Key Challenges to Leadership Success by Deborah M. Kolb Ph.D., Judith Williams Ph.D. and Carol Frohlinger

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Everyday Negotiation: Navigating the Hidden Agendas in Bargaining by Deborah M. Kolb Ph.D.  and Judith Williams Ph.D.

Every woman needs strong negotiation skills, not just for what Dr. Kolb calls “capital N negotiations” like buying a house or negotiating a contract, but for the “small n negotiations” that we are involved in every day – negotiating with a spouse for who is going to take the day off when a child is sick, negotiating with a boss for more resources, or negotiating with a co-worker about who is going to deal with a work crisis.

Other Books

Working Identity: Unconventional Strategies for Reinventing Your Career  by Herminia Ibarra. I love Ibarra’s premise that the best way to figure out how to re-invent yourself is to experiment with a variety of options, because you can’t really know what you want until you try some things and see what happens.

Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity by David Allen. I’m a big believer in the GTD approach, especially the idea that your head is a great place to generate ideas but a terrible place to store your to do list.