The WATT® Report

Welcome - October, 2010
Welcome to The WATT® Report, your resource for news and advice to help you get ahead. As a member of the Women at the Top® Network, you’ll receive this monthly e-newsletter the first Wednesday of every month from September through June.

In Case You Missed It 

Each month we'll round up a few of the most interesting reads we've found to help you stay informed. This month's picks are: 
Fact: Mentoring is failing women according to a September 2010 Harvard Business Review article, Why Men Still Get More Promotions Than Women. According to the authors (Herminia Ibarra, Nancy M. Carter, Christine Silva) women’s mentors have less organizational clout which creates a real disadvantage for women. Typically, the more clout the sponsor has the faster mentee advances within the organization. Read more.
Fact: Contrary to shifts in the overall work force in which the ranks of women have outpaced their male counterparts, the ranks of women in finance have declined by 2.6% over the past 10 years according to the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics. This is supported by a 2010 study by Catalyst Inc., a nonprofit focused on workplace diversity, which showed that in U.S. financial companies, only 16.8% of executive officers and only 2.5% of chief executive officers are female. See the Wall Street Journal article.

Study: Teams containing more women demonstrated greater social sensitivity and in turn, collective intelligence, compared to teams containing fewer women – according to a recent MIT study. This may not come as a complete surprise since women tend to be more relational and to have better social skills than their male counterparts. Read “Putting Heads Together.”

Quote: “Women in particular need to keep an eye on their physical and mental health, because if we're scurrying to and from appointments and errands, we don't have a lot of time to take care of ourselves. We need to do a better job of putting ourselves higher on our own 'to do' list.” – Michelle Obama, First Lady (ranked #1 on the Forbes 2010 list of the 100 Most Powerful Women in the World

Career Demands Result in Sleep Deficits 

Would it surprise you that in a survey by Working Mother magazine, 77 percent of mothers said they don't get the shut-eye they need? Psychologist Diane Halpern of Claremont McKenna College in Claremont, Calif., said people look at sleep as expendable in this Miami Herald article.

Inability to focus at work to being susceptible to illness, moodiness, depression, injury, weight gain or wrinkles, are some of the health and behavior problems associated with a lack of sleep. Yet women at the top or on their way up the corporate ladder aren’t likely to catch more zzz’s anytime soon. Why?

According to Halpern, women who made it to the top of their organization repeatedly took time from sleep.

Where do you stand on the sleep issue? Please share your thoughts at the WATT® Blog,

This Month

Dial up Your Leadership(TM) with these programs and events.

October 14: Author Interview with Libby Gill. This 45 minute call will feature an interview with Libby Gill, author of You Unstuck: Mastering the New Rules of Risk-Taking in Work and Life! Gill will help you understand the way you look at risk-taking so you can start moving past your fears and excuses toward success. (Learn more)

October 26: Women at the Top® Panel. This 90 minute program features three women who have successfully risen through the corporate hierarchy. Our panelists will reveal the keys to their success as they share their views on how you can raise your profile, achieve career success and gain access to the executive suite. (Learn more)

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