Summary of Water for Swans & Landings for Eagles

The Definitive Guide to Designing Successful, Inclusive Cultures

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Water for Swans & Landings for Eagles book summary
To make corporate culture more accessible, change its underlying structures.

Rating

7 Overall

6 Applicability

9 Innovation

7 Style

Recommendation

This intriguing, original book tackles a major and persistent problem: the underrepresentation of women in corporate leadership. Maureen R. Healy argues that the structures of corporate culture exclude women and make them feel out of place. These structures are linguistic, symbolic and conceptual as well as literal – such as the shape of a table. Healy integrates material from the social sciences and humanities. Some readers will find that her suggestions need testing and her supporting data seem selectively gathered, but Healy offers interesting tips along with PR for her consulting firm and discussion-worthy opinions. She has great information and sees great possibilities, but may lack scientific rigor. getAbstract recommends her imaginative, readable essay to anyone interested in gender equality, corporate culture and creative solutions.

In this summary, you will learn

  • What elements make up a culture’s structure
  • How structures shape corporate culture
  • How to make your culture more accessible and harmonious
 

Summary

Women in Business: The Paradox
The gender gap persists in business. Women occupy more than 53% “of entry-level positions in the US laborforce,” but men are twice as likely to be promoted and four times as likely to move from the executive committee to CEO. Half of all law school graduates...
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About the Author

Maureen R. Healy founded Signature Cultures Inc. She has a law degree from Northwestern University and is certified as an integral coach.


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