During this week's Energy Innovation Summit at National Harbor, just outside of Washington DC, keynote speaker Thomas Friedman (The World is Flat and The World is Flat 2.0) had several challenges for members of the audience. Among them was the notion that CQ + PQ is always greater than IQ -- an individual's curiosity quotient (CQ) and passion quotient (PQ) together will always be greater than intelligence quotient (IQ). He proffered other guidance as well: act like an immigrant every day, using paranoid optimism to create opportunity.
It's a nice counterbalance to a recent article in Bloomberg Businessweek in which a human resource data analytics expert reported on a study of the impact gender has relative to opportunity. Ben Waber says data indicates little difference between the performance of men and women in the workplace -- except when it comes to pay and jobs. On average, women still make 77 cents to each dollar earned by a man. And when applying for or being considered for a new position, men are rewarded for having children and women are penalized.
Switch now to a third recent career story -- I'm Not Dave. This nascent effort in Silicon Valley points to the fact that for every 10 individuals named Dave in the valley’s tech industry, there is one woman. And according to the movement behind the campaign, women in Silicon Valley are even further behind than women on average -- they're making 49 cents to every dollar earned by men.
Did you really think we'd still be having this conversation today?