Humble leaders are better leaders

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

 

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Do you know your basic global facts?

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.

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High heels – a matter of choice or obligation?

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.

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Why aren’t women flocking to science?

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.

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Why would men join a gender network?

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.

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Creating inclusion at work

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.

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Mid-career breaks and longer working lives

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.

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The Work Revolution – a special FT report

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).

FT OverviewFT Overview cont'dManaging remote workersGetting started with agile working

 

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Can women’s networks damage female advancement?

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.

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How male managers can spread equality

8 November 2015 Middle managers are an unloved group, often blamed for halting new ideas or strategies devised by the executive team. But new research shows that managers who practise consistent behaviour in confronting sexism and unconscious bias can be the catalyst for gender parity at the heart of organisations. Read my column on this here: How male managers can spread equality

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