Hello for the weekly rendez-vous on Friday. TGIF – Trust, Gratitude, Inspiration, and Fun.
I’m trusting in womens’ leadership and in the business case for diversity (gender and more) in executive teams. Female soccer is a key player in this game. Our family is cheering for the French in 2019 FIFA Female World Cup. Are you watching the matches too?
Twenty years ago, women and girls represented less than 2% of the soccer-playing population in France. Today, close to 8% of the players are female.
Whereas the number of total French soccer players grew 15% from 1999, the number of women players multiplied fivefold!
What’s the big deal? According to CEO Magazine, 95% of Fortune 500 CEO’s played sports in college. I am trusting we can get more women into the boardroom by getting them on the field.
The French fashion magazine Elle has added an entire section “Les Bleues” (The French women’s soccer team) to their website. Great pics and daily updates. That’s where this photo of “Les Bleues” comes from.
(Trivia: the men’s team is called “Les Bleus” without the second “e”)
This week in France all high school seniors are taking the Baccalaureate test. It began on Monday morning with Philosophy.
On Sunday evening, around the dinner table, our boys tested each other on philosophy quotes. Here is a quiz for you:
Who said, “If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of Giants.” ? (scroll down for the answer)
Food for thought:
On who’s shoulders are YOU standing?
My parents, among others.
What have you been able to see that you could not have envisioned without him?
The world. They took us traveling as kids and I have not stopped since. We now live on different continents!
How will you thank them?
I call them…try to do so weekly. In several decades, I want my kids to call me too. 🙂
Of course Isaac Newton (quote above) inspires me…and I wanted to share wisdom from a woman too. Please, in the comments, share what woman inspires you!
I had the pleasure of hearing Leymah Gbowee speak in Paris after she was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2011. As leader of the Women in Peacebuilding Network in Liberia, thousands of Christian and Muslim women prayed together for peace and held DAILY non-violent demonstrations. Their efforts contributed to the end of the Liberian civil war.
“We are tired of war. We are tired of running. We are tired of begging for bulgur wheat. We are tired of our children being raped. We are now taking this stand, to secure the future of our children. Because we believe, as custodians of society, tomorrow our children will ask us, “Mama, what was your role during the crisis?”
– Leymah Gbowee speaking to dictator Charles Taylor and officials.
Food for thought:
What are you tired of?
For what will you take a stand?
“You can tell people of the need to struggle, but when the powerless start to see that they really can make a difference, nothing can quench the fire.”
– Leymah Gbowee
Food for thought:
Where do you feel powerless?
What is One. Thing. YOU can do TODAY to make a difference?
It’s a double graduation year. Here I am with our son graduating with a Master in Management from HEC Paris and with our youngest who is passing the Bac. (He’ll have his eyes fully glowing when the baccalaureate exam is over!)
Great memories of lots of work and lots of fun.
Wishing you a great week.
P.S. PLEASE share what woman inspires you in the comments below. Thanks.
Neat & New Stuff
Insights from Vice-Dean of Sciences Po Management School
In this interview, Olivier Guillet of France’s prestigious Sciences Po School of Management and Innovation addresses the 21st century leadership needs. The Internet has revolutionized the management criteria and requires new skills for success. Read on…
How to move from Book-Wise to Street Smart
There is knowledge to gain AFTER the degree. It’s the wisdom of applying what we learn.
At work that translates into changing habits, like disciplining ourselves to gain a fresh perspective. Tips to open our eyes, ears, and minds. Read on…
Looking for Interview Suggestions
Can you recommend a wise leader with a message related to building constructive conversations at work? Many of you appreciate the interviews I led with tried and tested leaders who overcame challenging conditions.
- Elisabeth Moreno addressed taking risks.
- Steven Sels shared how his executive team integrates diversity.
- Lorin Gresser talked about intergenerational teamwork.
- Dominique Grelet spoke of managing remote teams.
- And more…
It would be an honor to know about them and to possibly interview them. Please send me an email.