Recruiting Women Execs: Women 2.0

I recently attended Women 2.0, where female founders, CEOs, investors and executives gathered.  I was inspired by mentors Leah Busque of TaskRabbit and Glam Media cofounder Dianna Mullins insight into how they defined their company culture, recruited staff and built teams through various stages of growth. In the midst of all this leaning-in, one (male) panelist ,a  recruiter with well-known executive staffing agency, threw out some sobering stats: out of 330 searches only 16% were filled with female executives, and the majority of positions filled by women were in HR and Marketing. The candidate pool was reported to be a similar statistic - that only 15-20% were women for top executive positions.

His advice: more women should learn to code. This recruiter's firm has no female partners on the West Coast. He has worked with only 4-5 female investors, and less than 6% of their clients had women founders and CEOs.

I'm not sure if there's some comfort in pointing out that recruiters are sourcing candidates that their clients will hire. And finding candidates with the cultural fit, founder fit, fit with the hiring manager is what great recruiters do. The candidate pool and the hired executives are going to reflect what his client companies ask for not necessarily a representation of the overall talent pool.   So if you want to hire more women - and attention bros, diversity of your workforce has been shown to produce innovation, Silicon Valley's holy grail - start asking for more women. A good recruiter will fill binders for you.

Or if you don't want to hire women, you can always name the interview room the "Bromance Chamber."

WHY INVEST IN FUNDRAISING?

"Philanthropy is the Market for Love," says Aids Ride founder and activist, Dan Pallota, and we are looking at non-profits all wrong.    In this persuasive analysis of the way we handicap the non-profit sector in five areas, he presents a case that puts fundraising and capacity building on the same footing with investments in the for-profit sector.

But if it's a logical world in which investment in fundraising actually raises more funds and makes the pie bigger, then we have it precisely backwards, and we should be investing more money, not less, in fundraising, because fundraising is the one thing that has the potential to multiply the amount of money available for the cause that we care about so deeply.

 

GET MORE DONE, IN LESS TIME, MORE SUSTAINABLY

Be Excellent By Working Less In a recent Opinion Ed at NYTimes, Relax! You'll Be More Productive, Tony Schwartz author of “Be Excellent at Anything”  recounts the research proving over and over that performance is tied to rejuvenation and humans are "meant to pulse between spending and recovering energy."

Here are a few of the stats:

GET MORE SLEEP

- study of nearly 400 employees, published last year, researchers found that sleeping too little — defined as less than six hours each night — was one of the best predictors of on-the-job burn-out.

-  Stanford researcher Cheri D. Mah found that when she got male basketball players to sleep 10 hours a night, their performances in practice dramatically improved: free-throw and three-point shooting each increased by an average of 9 percent.

TAKE VACATIONS

- In 2006, the accounting firm Ernst & Young did an internal study of its employees and found that for each additional 10 hours of vacation employees took, their year-end performance ratings from supervisors (on a scale of one to five) improved by 8 percent. Frequent vacationers were also significantly less likely to leave the firm.

WORK In 90 MINUTE INTERVALS

- Professor K. Anders Ericsson and his colleagues at Florida State University have studied elite performers, including musicians, athletes, actors and chess players. In each of these fields, Dr. Ericsson found that the best performers typically practice in uninterrupted sessions that last no more than 90 minutes. They begin in the morning, take a break between sessions, and rarely work for more than four and a half hours in any given day.

To this I'll add one additional suggestion.

DELEGATE STRATEGICALLY!