16 December 2014: At a recent event on “Nurturing Young Female Talent”, hosted by the 30% Club in London, a series of speakers set out the challenges facing the new generation of women, both in society and at work, and talked about some interesting initiatives to address these. My December IWE column, below, was inspired by the event.
Vanessa Vallely had a tough childhood growing up in the shadow of London’s financial district and vowed to make her fortune there one day. She succeeded, but discovered along the way that she was “an Alpha female desperate to find her inner woman”. She found herself by building an extraordinary network and online resource for women like her. This is my review of her spirited autobiography, Heels of Steel: Visibility & recognition at work
My column was published by IWE (International Women of Excellence) in September 2014.
18 Aug 2014
This summer column is about how women’s sports often take second place and lack both the funding and media attention given to male-dominated sports. It was inspired by a report by Women on Boards Australia on how to increase female representation on sports’ governing bodies – and why it matters.
I recently wrote a cover piece for Financial Times Executive Appointments about the mismatch between rising demand for flexible hours/location and job vacancies advertised as flexible. Recruiters and managers are failing to keep up!
The piece is available to read online here: http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/b8854df2-f16e-11e3-9161-00144feabdc0.html?siteedition=uk or here: FT-EA-Maitland-June 19 2014
Welcome to my updated and refreshed website. The old one did very well in withstanding the test of time, but this new one is much more flexible, which is a good thing.
As you’ll see, it has the same look about it, but with new features and lots of links, as well as this blog. Here I’ll be sharing my articles and columns, and commenting on ideas, interesting events I’ve attended and things I’ve read. I hope you enjoy it.
There are as many ways to get work done as there are workers. Read my TCB Review column from spring 2014 about why it’s time companies did some joined-up thinking about the future of work and how to manage the new workforce.
Society, as reflected by the media, measures success by celebrity status, wealth or power. But women leaders see it in rather different terms, according to a new survey. In particular, success for them is about staying true to your values whatever you do, and being in a position to lead positive change.
Tomorrow’s Company, the London-based sustainability think-tank, recently surveyed around 200 people working in large organisations, chiefly in financial services, the legal profession, and utilities. It asked who was selected for promotion, whether the process was fair, and whether they believed their organisation to be meritocratic. The results were revealing….
Diversity is only as effective as the way we talk about it. The language we use can reflect long-held and often unconscious assumptions. We need to dust it off, examine it thoroughly and give it a makeover.
My TCB Review article published in summer 2013.
Is it harmful to women’s career prospects to argue that gender balance matters because females bring different skills to the business world? The authors of a provocative new book argue that it is. Alison Maitland offers her own perspective.
Column published by IWE, March 2014