Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Jeff Immelt Visits Cornell

"Follow your heart; be a learner; have courage; and care about people. If you do those four things...you're going to have a great and successful career." - Jeff Immelt, CEO and Chairman of GE
Jeff Immelt, Chairman and CEO of General Electric, was recently on a day-long visit to Cornell University. During his visit, he spoke to a capacity audience on both the future vision of GE and advice for undergraduate and MBA students that are soon to begin their profressional journey.

To hear more from Jeff Immelt's lecture, click here to access Immelt's comments in eClips.

To read about Jeff Immelt's visit to the Cornell Campus, click here to access the Cornell Chronicle article.

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Road Rules From Kraft CEO Irene Rosenfeld

Six Rules Of The Road:

Get the right people on the bus,
Engage their hearts and minds,
Give them a road map,
Model the behavior you expect,
Communicate, communicate, communicate,
Celebrate success publicly and often.

- Irene Rosenfeld, CEO of Kraft Foods

Irene Rosenfeld, CEO and Chairman of Kraft Foods Inc., recently returned to Cornell University to deliver the 2007 Lewis H. Durland Memorial lecturer, sponsored by Cornell's Johnson School. Rosenfeld spoke on the "Anatomy of a Turnaround: Returning Kraft to Reliable Growth," where described Kraft Foods' ongoing campaign to become more streamlined and competitive, which began when she became its CEO in June 2006.

As part of the campaign, Rosenfeld outlined her six rules of the road which are listed above and mentioned in the clip below.

To hear more from Irene Rosenfeld, click here to access Rosenfeld's comments in eClips.

To read about Irene Rosenfeld's visit to the Cornell Campus, click here to access the Cornell Chronicle article.

Irene Rosenfeld was also recently given a #10 spot on the November 19, 2007 Wall Street Journal's list of "Women To Watch" - thanks in part to the progress she is making in her overhaul of Kraft. Click here to access the WSJ article.

Sunday, November 04, 2007

Can Women Ever Win?

Some days, it seems like professional women can't win.

If you are too caring, you are seen as a wonderful nurturer, manager and mentor...but certainly not a leader.

If you have a "take no prisoners" attitude, then you are seen as harsh and bitchy and too aloof and cold to capture the top CEO job.

In a November 1, 2007 article in the New York Times, Lisa Belkin discusses academic and professional studies that have investigated gender stereotypes in the workplace. Her article states that the stereotypes are still alive and well...and unfortunately, there aren't many answers.

One of the studies Belkin cites is "Damned If You Do, Doomed If You Don't" which was conducted by the not-for-profit group, Catalyst. Ilene Lang is the President of Catalyst and in addition to being quoted in the article, Lang recently sat down for an interview with eClips.

The results of Catalyst's survey found that when women act with stereotypically female characteristics such as focusing on relationships and expressing concern for co-workers, they are viewed as being less competent. Alternatively, when women act with stereotypically male characteristics such as exhibiting drive, focus and ambition, they are seen as being “too tough” and “unfeminine.”

Lang states in the article, "We still don’t have a simple straightforward answer as to why there just aren’t enough women in positions of leadership.”

Belkin shares her frustration with the situation and apparent conundrum facing women but goes on to state that more research is being done on the topic. In addition, companies like Goldman Sachs are beginning to listen to the research and factor it into their performance evaluations.

To read Belkin's entire New York Times article, click here to access The Feminine Critique.

To hear more from Ilene Lang's interview, click here to access Lang's comments in eClips.

Thursday, November 01, 2007

Sandra Day O'Connor Speaks At Cornell

Sandra Day O'Connor, Retired Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, recently gave a lecture at Cornell University.

eClips captured O'Connor's comments during the Milton R. Konvitz Lecture in American Ideals that she gave at Cornell University while she was the Law School's Distinguished Jurist in Residence. Her talk was titled "The Importance of an Independent Judiciary," but the justice instead gave a history of oral argument before the court and its role in helping justices focus on various legal issues.

Click the clip below to hear one of her comments:

To access information about the lecture, click here to read the Cornell Chronicle article

To hear more from Associate Justice O'Connor, click here to hear her comments in eClips.