24 Oct 2017 Newsweek has just published a thoroughly researched and readable report, Achieving Results: Diversity & Inclusion Actions with Impact, by specialist consultants Veronika Hucke and Lisa Kepinski. There’s a section on flexibility at work, and an interview I gave them on ‘Agile Work as a Business Enabler’ (page 32). The report provides an excellent perspective on the strategic (instead of piecemeal) approach needed to make corporate cultures more inclusive and enable businesses to draw on the strengths of all their people.
17 Oct 2017 In this column I write about the importance of humility in leaders, and why, despite being out of fashion, it is a key ingredient for long-term success.
First published by IWE, September 2017
24 August 2017 The devastating Grenfell Tower fire in London revealed ignorance of the vast divide between rich and poor in Britain’s ‘advanced economy’. If we know little about the everyday struggles and dangers of people in our neighbourhoods, what does that say about our knowledge of life in other parts of the world? And what can we do to overcome our blind spots to put greater pressure on policy-makers to close the divide?
You can read my full column here.
11 May 2017 In my latest IWE column, I write about the continuing discriminatory practice of obliging women to wear high heels at work, and some useful ways of tackling it.
13 March 2017 Encouraging more women to take up careers in science, technology, engineering and maths, and to stick with them, would do much to address serious skills shortages in these areas. In my latest column for IWE, I investigate ways to make this happen.
24 January 2017: Employee networks can be a powerful way to influence change in corporate culture. Or they can be ineffectual. A lot depends on how they are positioned. This column examines new research into what works, and what doesn’t, in gender and other employee networks.
23 November 2016: There’s a buzz in business about creating inclusive work environments. The need for inclusion in society, and the difficulty of achieving it, have meanwhile been highlighted by the huge divides revealed by the Brexit vote and the US elections.
This column, published by IWE in November, examines why inclusion matters so much at work and looks at innovative approaches to making it happen.
The idea of mid-career breaks is one answer to the question of how to sustain longer working lives. Jim Luetkemeyer, a 42-year-old PR consultant from Washington DC, is taking a year’s break to travel round the world with his wife, and writing a blog about it. In this column, I consider Jim’s plans alongside the thought-provoking messages contained in The 100-Year Life, the new book by Lynda Gratton and Andrew Scott.
I wrote three articles for the FT’s 30 June special report on The Work Revolution. My overview is about how technology is banishing old, static ways of working in favour of agile innovations. There’s an article about how to manage virtual and dispersed teams, and a Q&A on key tips in implementing agile work in an organisation. My pieces are below and the whole report can be read here (FT paywall applies).
4 April 2016 New research from two experts in Diversity & Inclusion shows that many corporate women’s networks fail to live up to expectations, due to a lack of funding and recognition. Ironically, an initiative put in place to support women’s advancement can end up doing the opposite, as female employees become disenchanted and frustrated. How can companies do a better job? Read my column here.