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Women Leaders

Women account for only about 4% of corporate CEO positions in America today. This is not only sad but is also a major problem we as equal humans must find solutions to. Women have the same mental capability to make decisions and lead a team as any man. If this is true then why is it that only 4% of corporate CEO positions are held by women?

It is simple, women must come together and learn to empower themselves. Yes women face more problems in the workplace such as sexual harassment or degrading comments said by men, however, women must find a way to overcome these barriers and thrive to outwork these disrespectful people. By understanding that women have the same capabilities as men in the workplace, women must have the courage to challenge these men and show them how successful they can be.

Women have the same qualities and capabilities as men when it comes to leadership. They must be determined to make it to the top in order to actually make it to the top. Lack of determination is the most common problem holding women back from leader positions in the workplace. Women must find motivation in order to stay determined to succeed.

Being courageous and not afraid to speak their mind is another skill women must improve in order to hold leadership positions. They must not be afraid to put in the time and effort to become a leader. They cannot let others negativity get in their way. Women need to take this negativity and use it bravely to motivate them to further their leadership capabilities.

Just like men, women need to think bigger. They need to understand their organizations goals and look for long term result instead of just finding short term solutions. When men and women show they have the skill to seek future success in their organization it allows them to see the big picture and make better quality decisions. By doing so, women will often find leadership positions available to them because they have the right ideas in mind about where to lead their organization successfully in the future.



Every Good Conversation Starts With Good Listening

Listening is a skill we often overlook when in a leadership position. When we have control of our employees often times we don’t allow others to properly voice their opinions. The fact is, listening is one of the greatest opportunities we as leaders have to learn new information and ideas. Listening Aggressively shows respect to the other person and allows them to be more confident in their work.

If you do not listen aggressively to others when they speak, it can cause communication problems throughout your organization. Not only do you not miss important information that may be presented to you, you also can miss out on great innovative ideas that could benefit you and your organization.

I learned to listen as a young child as most people do. I can clearly recall my mother telling me to shut up and listen when I was in trouble. It is essential to listen in order to learn what mistakes you have made and how to prevent them from happening again. It is a very simple idea that in order to learn and develop yourself as a leader you must be able to listen. Make it a habit, remind yourself during conversations that there is a great chance the other person speaking has something important to say. By doing so you will notice that your relationship with other will grow and more opportunities will be presented to you.

Listening is a great way to show people you value their thoughts and opinions. It gives them a sense of comfort and makes them feel you really care about what they have to say. It shows them respect when you give them your time and focus which is important in any relationship. Listening to others in an organization will greatly benefits you as a leader and allow you to connect with your employees far beyond the basic yes sir and no sir. This skill is among the top qualities you can have as a leader and will help you succeed as a great leader.

Here are some video links that will further help you see the importance of listening for leaders.

Advertising and Intertextuality: Controversial Ads

Too Close for Comfort?

This Vogue cover from 2008 created a great deal of controversy and received a lot of media coverage as critics argued that it perpetuated age-old racial stereotypes. Arguments cited its shocking similarity to an American World War I-era propaganda poster dating from around 1917, which depicts a German soldier as a “mad brute,” a dark gorilla stepping onto the US shore, carrying the ravaged Liberty and a club with the words “kultur” and “militarism” written on it.  The intertextuality evident in Vogue’s cover changes the way we read it as a visual text.

Intertextuaity: A World War I-era propaganda poster and the controversial Vogue cover from 2008, feat. LeBron James and Gisele Bundchen.

More recently, Nivea’s recent ad campaign raised quite a lot of debate about whether or not we’ve come as far as we think.

Nivea's recent ad campaign was criticized by many for its racist message.

Compare the message and image in Nivea’s contemporary ad above to some of the ads from  “Top 48 Ads that Would Never be Allowed Today.” Do you see any similarities? Any differences?

Introduction to Visual Rhetoric

The poet Robert Bly once argued that the image was a particular form of intelligence, a nexus of emotional and intellectual information capable of presenting an entire in a moment of looking (or in Bly’s case, reading a poem).

Our culture is a visual one. Every day we are bombarded with thousands of ads, TV commercials, music videos, store window displays, and iPhone apps. Reading and analyzing these images requires its own unique form of visual literacy, one that asks critical questions about how such images reach their audiences and what they tell us about history, culture, and identity.


Refer to the handout “Analyzing Visual Images” from class while considering some of the images below as examples:


Dorothea Lange's famous photograph "Migrant Mother," taken during the Great Depression in the 1930s, is a portrait. Historically, only wealthy people could afford to have their portraits painted, but the advent of photographic technology made portraiture more readily available.



"John, Day of Release" by Michael Stipe is also a portrait, but it defies some of the conventions of portraiture by focusing on the subject's hands rather than his face, as we might expect.



The scale of the shoes in this photograph, compared to the scale of the man and the Eiffel tower in the background, capture our attention because they are not what we expect.


This photograph by Margaret Bourke-White employs the rule of thirds to make the balance in the picture interesting: 2/3 of the photograph are devoted to the billboard while 1/3 is taken up by the people in the breadline below. This photograph also makes use of contrast to make its argument.



As with written tecxts, visual ones acquire meaning from their immediate context, as well as the larger sociohistorical moment in which we read them and in which they were composed.


The unusual context of this ad campaign - printed on a park bench - makes a striking argument, especially at a time when more and more people find themselves unemployed and/or in danger of losing their homes.



This parody of a Marlboro ad depends on the reader's familiarity with the Marlboro Man and also with colonialism and an increasingly globalized economy.


Welcome to ENGL 106

Welcome to ENGL 106: First-Year Composition. For the next 16 weeks, this blog will serve as our class’s online center, where I’ll post lecture notes, videos and podcasts, and important announcements, so check it frequently. In addition, to the right you’ll find links to some class materials and to helpful resources like the Purdue libraries and the Writing Lab.

Looking for Thursday’s reading, “Preparing Minds for Markets”? Click on the link for Blackboard.