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.
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
6 September 2015 Mandatory reporting should help to close the 19% pay gap between men and women. But proposed legislation needs to be carefully crafted to have the desired effect. Read my latest IWE column here.
19 June 2015 All-male conference panels, and all-male executive lineups on corporate websites, are likely to find themselves lampooned on social media these days. Read my latest IWE column here.
24 May 2015 A friend of mine, browsing the UN’s HeForShe gender equality website, was surprised to see Matt Damon speaking out for women’s rights. The intervention by the Hollywood actor and ultimate tough-guy star of the Bourne trilogy went against perceived type. And it made a big impression. Read more about why corporate men should take a leaf out of Damon’s book …
24 May 2015 I recently wrote this article for the Financial Times about new research showing that women receive more advice and encouragement to join UK boards than men do, but are less likely to have powerful sponsors to push them through to the big table.
May 2015 Diversity & Inclusion should be the responsibility of everyone in an organisation, starting with every leader. But it also needs some rethinking and reframing if it is to become a more effective strategy. Read my column on the topic, published by IWE, here.
12 April 2015 My latest IWE column looks at a new book by entrepreneur and coach Bonnie Marcus that reframes workplace politics and self-promotion as essential leadership skills. Read it here: Can self-promotion ever be nice?
4 March 2015 HERE we are, well into the second decade of the twenty-first century, and the vexed topic of gender in corporate life is commanding more serious attention than ever before. Much of this focuses on why, so many years on from equality legislation, women have still not achieved parity with men at the top of the business world.
This spotlight on the pinnacle of big businesses is obscuring signs of a subtle shift away from the Western male domination that characterised the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. It is showing up in many different ways: the feminization of leadership styles, the importance of female purchasing power, the disruptive impact of the internet on business models, the shift of economic power from West to East, and the change in men’s roles and attitudes towards work and family life. Companies ignore these trends at their peril.
Read my article, A Gender Power Shift in the Making, in the new BBVA book, Reinventing the Company in the Digital Age, published on the BBVAOpenMind website.
15 February 2015 Why do some people manage career transitions well while others end up feeling events have conspired against them? My latest column published by IWE is based on new research by Hilary Lindsay of the ICAEW on the characteristics of career adaptability. Her findings are extremely relevant to the changing world of work.