HCMx Radio 63: The Benefits of Gender Diversity

shutterstock_291349106Guest: Tacy M. Byham, CEO, Development Dimensions International (DDI)

Host: Rachel Cooke, Chief Operating Officer, Brandon Hall Group

In our recent episode, Tacy M. Byham discusses recent research that DDI has conducted, which underpins the differences between female and male leaders. The research shows no significant difference between intellect or ability. However, lack of confidence, opportunities, and an unconscious bias limit women from advancing in the careers. Tacy further points out the importance of training specifically offered to develop women leaders. These development opportunities need to provide diverse leadership styles and perspectives that address specific behaviors and root causes that help build confidence, alter social and culture biases, and other challenges that hold women back. “It is not a societal or social issue – it’s a business issue,” she said. Organizations need to recognize that if they are not recruiting and retaining talented women, it will have a negative impact on the business. The workplace performs better with diverse leadership and diverse teams.

To listen to our interview, you can download the podcast anytime at the HCMx Radio site.

Tacy M. Byham, Ph.D., is passionate about empowering leaders to declare their true worth and ignite their impact in the workplace, from the start of their careers all the way to the C-suite. She is CEO of Development Dimensions International (DDI), a global award-winning leadership consultancy that helps the world’s most successful companies transform the way they select, develop, and accelerate leaders.

Tacy is an energetic and thought-provoking presenter on topics such as innovation, mid-level leadership, mentoring, and the benefits of gender diversity. Her writing has been featured in Fast Company, Inc., The Conference Board Review, TD, and the ASTD Leadership Handbook. Her book, Your First Leadership Job, co-authored with Rich Wellins, was released in 2015 to excellent reviews. Tacy is enthusiastic about mentoring and other issues facing working women. She is a member of The Conference Board’s Leadership Council on Advancing Women in the Workplace.

We are grateful for Tacy Byham’s support and sponsorship of Brandon Hall Group’s, A Way Forward: Women In Leadership Summit , to be held June 15-16 at the Delray Beach (FL) Marriott. The event offers female corporate leaders a community experience designed to enhance skills and share ideas. The goal is to share best practices for creating inclusive environments with which to improve personal and organizational performance.

Brandon Hall Group’s research has validated the need to offer targeted development opportunities for women to grow and achieve their potential personally and professionally, and to address the unique internal and external obstacles they face.  The WIL Summit is designed for women in leadership roles — including mid-level to senior managers, directors, VPs, and C-level — in corporations, non-profits, and government agencies. The WIL Summit is also a great opportunity for men who lead diverse teams and seek greater understanding of how to better recruit, engage, develop, and retain talented women.

Click here for presenters and agenda:  http://www.brandonhall.com/WIL/


Rachel Cooke, Chief Operating Officer, Brandon Hall Group @RachelCCooke

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Chief Executive Officer of Brandon Hall Group Mike Cooke Prior to joining Brandon Hall Group, Mike Cooke was the Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of AC Growth. Mike held leadership and executive positions for the majority of his career, at which he was responsible for steering sales and marketing teams to drive results and profitability. His background includes more than 15 years of experience in sales, marketing, management, and operations in the research, consulting, software and technology industries. Mike has extensive experience in sales, marketing and management having worked for several early high-growth emerging businesses and has implemented technology systems to support various critical sales, finance, marketing and client service functions. He is especially skilled in organizing the sales and service strategy to fully support a company’s growth strategy. The concept of growth was an absolute to Mike and a motivator in starting AC Growth, in order to help organizations achieve research driven results. Most recently, Mike was the VP and General Manager of Field Operations at Bersin & Associates, a global analyst and consulting services firm focused on all areas of enterprise learning, talent management and talent acquisition. Tasked with leading the company’s global expansion, Mike led all sales operations worldwide. During Mike’s tenure, the company has grown into a multi-national firm, conducting business in over 45 countries with over 4,500 multi-national organizations. Mike started his career at MicroVideo Learning Systems in 1992, eventually holding a senior management position and leading all corporate sales before founding Dynamic Minds. Mike was CEO and Co-Founder of Dynamic Minds, a custom developer of software programs, working with clients like Goldman Sachs, Prentice Hall, McGraw Hill and Merrill Lynch. Also, Mike worked for Oddcast, a leading provider of customer experience and marketing solutions, where he held a senior management position leading the company into new markets across various industries. Mike also serves on the Advisory Board for Carbon Solutions America, an independent sustainability consulting and carbon management firm that specializes in the design and implementation of greenhouse reduction and sustainability plans as well as managing the generation of carbon and renewal energy and energy efficiency credits. Mike attended University of Phoenix, studying Business Administration and Finance. He has also completed executive training at the Chicago Graduate School of Business in Chicago, IL.