5 Reasons Why You May Not Be Getting Promoted at Work.

I am making two assumptions in this post. The first one is that you want a promotion. There are sometimes legitimate reasons people may not want to get promoted right now. You might have decided that it is not the focus for you right now. You like your current job that you are in andContinue reading “5 Reasons Why You May Not Be Getting Promoted at Work.”

The Dangers of The Mainstream Motivation Culture.

When I started the personal development reading culture, I read books like ‘Think and Grow Rich, ‘The Power of Positive Thinking, ‘How to Influence People, ‘The Secret’, etc. These books created for me role models like Napoleon Hill, Thomas Edison, Dale Carnegie, Stephen Covey, Toni Robinson, etc. I learned in these books that I haveContinue reading “The Dangers of The Mainstream Motivation Culture.”

Don’t see eye to eye with your boss? Here’s what you should do.

The workplace, just like any place where human beings interact, is complicated by relationships. It is often said that people do not leave jobs they leave their managers. Arguably, the workplace would be easy if people and therefore relationships were not so complicated. Just like the life partner you choose, or the business partner youContinue reading “Don’t see eye to eye with your boss? Here’s what you should do.”

How seemingly objective policies or criteria can be used to keep black women out of positions of leadership in the workplace

‘What’s Important for a Given Job? Whatever the Male Candidate Has.’ Williams & Dempsey (2014) A lot of organisation pride themselves on having policies and procedures that are pro gender and race equality. It is often leaders of these companies who content themselves that they have done all that they could to level the playingContinue reading “How seemingly objective policies or criteria can be used to keep black women out of positions of leadership in the workplace”

The representation of black women in leadership in South Africa is not changing, here’s why.

Due to the impact of apartheid and colonialism, black people or people of color did not have access to positions of leadership in the workplace. In order to address this imbalance after the dawn of democracy in South Africa, policies like the Broad Based Black Economic Empowerment Act, Employment equity act and affirmative action wereContinue reading “The representation of black women in leadership in South Africa is not changing, here’s why.”

Black women do not fit the stereotype of how a competent senior leader looks like, so what?

Bias is part of our everyday life. We think in pictures. We have a picture of how a post ’man’ looks like, a picture of how a mother looks like and behaves, a father, a typical teenager, etc. We do this so we can be efficient. When someone mentions the word grandmother, you don’t haveContinue reading “Black women do not fit the stereotype of how a competent senior leader looks like, so what?”

Gender and race bias and black women in the workplace.

Unconscious Bias is a natural part of being human. If we had to think everything through, everything would take so much time and we would probably not get anything done. So the mind stores patterns or categories for us to match things we see so we can quickly come to conclusions and make decisions. AlthoughContinue reading “Gender and race bias and black women in the workplace.”

Negotiate for a Yes not a NO

You might be looking at this title and think of course I am negotiating for a yes, why would I negotiate for a no? Well you might be surprised. Even though the world has changed and it is now commonplace that women will have careers. Women are still raised to be wives and mothers, whichContinue reading “Negotiate for a Yes not a NO”