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Elaine Allison discovered she needed a different managerial strategy when she became one of Canada’s first female correctional officers to supervise inmates in an all-male maximum security prison at the age 19. She has developed a unique leadership approach for women -- as her life depended on it.

Elaine Allison discovered she needed a different managerial strategy when she became one of Canada’s first female correctional officers to supervise inmates in an all-male maximum security prison at the age 19. She has developed a unique leadership approach for women -- as her life depended on it.

Allison uses the many skills she learned and counsels women now to be direct and impactful like a hammer, but combine a velvet approach with diplomacy, compassion and warmth. She describes this in her book The Velvet Hammer: “PowHERful Leadership Lessons for Women Who Don’t Golf ($19.95 US / $24.95 CDN, Positive Presentations Plus Inc.) available at http://www.thevelevethammer.com

“Women do lead differently than men and when we acknowledge and leverage these differences in how men and women lead -- we grow healthier, stronger organizations and more effective leaders, says Allison an international speaker, author and corporate trainer.

Simply put, a ‘Velvet Hammer’ is a woman who gets things done and done well by leading with grace and eloquence. She has let go of trying to make what works for her male counterparts, work for her. Instead, the Velvet Hammer leverages her perspective as a woman to gain the trust, enthusiasm and support of teams, while getting things done without feeling the need to command or to take up golf.

Research bears out Allison’s theme. MRIs and PET scans comparing men’s and women’s brain activity clearly shows men use one side of the brain -- great for focus while women use both -- great for multitasking. In addition, different hormones are secreted into the bloodstream during periods of stress. Men produce adrenaline -- great for action and energy; women produce oxytocin, used more for collaboration and connecting.

Since her baptism by fire over twenty years ago, Allison moved on to corporate leadership roles which ultimately defined her effectiveness as at trainer, speaker, successful author and successful business woman. She won The Visions of Excellence Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 2002. She attributes her success directly to the “velvet hammer” techniques she shares.

The Velvet Hammer: “PowHERful Leadership Lessons for Women Who Don’t Golf is soon to be released. For more information, visit: http://www.velvethammer.com

Note to Editors: Allison is available for interviews, review copies available.

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