A Plate of Salmon with Russell Reynolds Boss Ulrike Wieduwilt on the Conformity of Top Manager and their Fear of Conflicts
Russell Reynolds Associates Consultant Ulrike Wieduwilt is quoted on succession planning and gender issues in The Wirtschafts Woche Management Blog article, “A Plate of Salmon with Russell Reynolds Boss Ulrike Wieduwilt on the Conformity of Top Manager and their Fear of Conflicts.” The article is excerpted below.
Before we know it, we are in the middle of the topic, or rather in her topics. Wieduwilt is a headhunter and managing partner of Russell Reynolds. That is one of the eight largest general firms in the personnel consultant ranking in WirtschaftsWoche 2018.
She mentions, for example, what characterizes very successful firms: That the supervisory boards are continually concerned with setting up several possible crown princes simultaneously as successors to the current CEO in office. Not just a single one, but preferably a little squad. The companies are also well above average on the whole, she says.
The Cloned Dax-Company Executive Boards
Does she see it in the same way as many of her colleagues, that today the executive boards of the Dax companies are all pretty similar? And not only because so many of them are named Thomas or run the marathon. Or that they all want to get by with very little sleep and still be completely effective, as they themselves claim.
As do most personnel consultants, Wieduwilt is also concerned with the topic of women. Her observation: If a woman in a meeting has a good idea right at the beginning, the solution to the problem, and she speaks out loud, she leaves it. Nobody hears it anyway. Nobody picks up on the idea, it almost fades away. It's like she did not say anything. If a man brings up that exact idea half an hour later and many words on, naturally portraying them as his own, everyone is impressed.
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