Lucy Schalkwijk

How to think outside the box

We have all heard this before: “Think out of the box! Come up with something new!”... Simple enough, right? Not so fast.  Thinking out of the box is easier said than done. What is the box actually? How do you know if your thinking is inside, or outside of it?  This...

Sunday, November 24, 2019, 12:00 AM

Ubuntu, Or how to get from diversity to belonging

Whether it is pressure from customers or employees, a fact is that the workforce of many companies does not yet accurately reflect the diversity of the customer base. This phenomenon is more pronounced the higher you go up the corporate hierarchy.  In fact, there are undocumented cultural...

Sunday, October 13, 2019, 12:00 AM

Are you lucky, or not?

What is good luck? Is it an excuse that makes us feel better when others succeed and we do not? Is it something we are born with or without and that determines our success in life?  Are some people really lucky at play or in love? Whatever your perspective, when talking about success and...

Sunday, September 15, 2019, 12:00 AM

“Shame on you!” The gendered experience of shaming

Besides the many insecurities any young person may feel, when you are a young woman there is the added bonus of “shaming”. From girlhood into womanhood and motherhood up until old age, it seems we are followed by a shadow of shame.  Not necessarily our own, but the strong...

Sunday, September 8, 2019, 12:00 AM

What empowerment is not

Empowerment is such an important concept and practice. Yet sometimes it gets a bad rap. When Akinwumi Adesina, President of the African Development Bank, tweeted: “I am determined we’ll create 25 million jobs for Africa’s youth in 10 years.  Forget ‘youth empowerment...

Sunday, September 1, 2019, 12:00 AM

Three reasons why you should speak up more

Women across the world, although much more represented in the workplace, on panels, in boardrooms, still struggle to be heard. Whether you are ‘mansplained’, ‘manterrupted’ or simply hesitant to speak up, make it your business to be heard. For those of you who have heard...

Sunday, August 18, 2019, 12:00 AM

If time is money, women are poor

Believe it or not, time is actually a more valuable resource than money. You cannot create more than 24 hours in a day, nor can you create more than 365 days in a year. When it comes to women advancing in their careers and competing with men as they climb up the career ladder, there is more than...

Sunday, August 4, 2019, 12:00 AM

What is “Intersectionality” and why is it so important?

My previous article was about diversity. Diversity is all about seeing difference, not as something to be feared, but as something that adds value to your organization, to your business. This seems perfectly logical and when things are going well, diversity is a topic that is easily accepted. What...

Sunday, July 28, 2019, 12:00 AM

Deal-maker or deal-breaker: The man in your life

One of the most important career decisions you will ever take in your life has nothing to do with your career at all. Or so it seems... Choosing your life partner has an enormous impact on your career trajectory, and whether or not you even have a work experience worthy of the name “career...

Friday, June 21, 2019, 12:00 AM

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