Senior Manager, Global Diversity & Inclusion Programme Office PWC
No matter what industry you work in, an employee who doesn’t share their ideas, and who can’t openly or clearly communicate their thoughts is an employee who cannot fully contribute to the progress, success or the bottom line of your company.
Women make up roughly 53% of the workforce, but only 4% of CEOs, and 25% of executives. But that’s all about to change, as economic, political and social forecasters predict that women and especially Millennial women (25% of the workforce in 2020) are going to be at the forefront of economic growth, innovation and leadership.
Today’s women want to play an active role in the growth, prosperity and leadership of their companies. Yet study after study tells us that despite this desire to lean in, many still struggle to speak up, share ideas and give feedback confidently. And it’s no wonder because these same studies show that when women do speak-up, we often fail to listen.
A team that doesn’t communicate, is team that cannot work together. And that means that you are losing priceless talent, productivity and profit because your team members aren’t confident about how to share their thoughts or communicate their needs assertively, and aren’t being heard.
If companies want to retain this generation of super educated, competent and highly driven women, they will need to improve communication skills across the corporate ladder and adapt leadership practices. It’s time we all learn how to speak up, say what we mean, mean what we say and listen to every voice with an open mind and eye towards growth.
It’s time to bridge the gap, one conversation at a time. Speak up for better teams, better solutions, and a better bottom line.
After attending Speak Up
your employees will:
- Discover the real cost of not speaking up
- Learn the key to bridging the communication and gender gap (i.e. what is means to speak up, and listen up)
- Understand how filters/assumptions kill communication and maintain the gender gap
- Reveal the 3 filters they personally use that hold them back from contributing 100% and stepping up in the workplace
- Know how to communicate ideas and get feedback from other teams members – even those most different from them – without feeling dismissed, offended or upset.