Greetings from the Founder Dennis Kennedy

Dennis KennedyThe greatest opportunity one can receive is being given the honor of service to your community. I am proud to be in the role of Chief Executive Officer of the National Women’s Council (NWC), a non-profit organization, dedicated to developing and empowering women of all backgrounds, classes, and ages. The NWC was founded with a vision to be the premier organization for women’s equality. It is my goal to promote economic, political, and workplace equality. The NWC serves to advocate, empower and educate with an eye towards future viability. The workplace environment today is constantly changing.

How Did I End Up Here?

You graduate from high school, go to college, graduate from college and start your job search, in search of money because, well, that’s what you need to maintain a certain lifestyle — the fine car you drive, the nice place you want to live and the stylish clothes you wear. So you look for the job that pays well, not thinking about starting a career. After sending out hundreds of resumes, staying up all night drafting cover letters and making phone calls to Fortune 500 companies who have no idea who you are, you wait in anticipation of someone returning your call to schedule an interview, so you can tell someone who you are. Somewhere along the way you discover you are not what you thought you were because you lack the skill sets needed for the job or the experience required for the work you are hoping to do.

How Does Pride Shape Workplace Motivation?

In the modern era, employee recruitment and retention is a major concern for organizations. The most valuable resource of any businesses is its people; employee pride is a critical factor in the success of any organization. Pride is a psychological construct, intangible in nature. Pride is not a new concept. In general terms it is a positive emotion that accompanies personal or professional experiences and has the capability to impact motivation both positively and negatively. .Richard Lazarus in his book Emotion and Adaptation (Oxford University Press, 1991) suggested that pride entails the enhancement of an individual’s ego-identity by taking credit for a valued object or achievement, either our own or that of someone or a group with whom we identify such as a compatriot, a member of the family or a group (p. 271).

Increase Your Personal Pride

There is no doubt about it; unconscious bias is a huge problem in the workplace. It is the invisible sand in the gears of nearly every corporation that I have consulted with over the last 35 years. In fact, most of my work coaching women to successfully lead at the highest levels directly deals with the invisible forces that marginalize women’s strengths in hierarchical organizations. After all, most large organizations are led by white heterosexual men, and leaders that do not act a lot like white heterosexual men are not usually considered executive material. Most often this is not intentional. It is the result of how our brains work.


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