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.
11 January 2015: My latest column discusses the importance of resilience in career success. Examining a new report, Tough at the Top, by Sarah Bond and Gillian Shapiro, it looks at what individuals and organisations can do to build resilience, particularly to enable more women to reach leadership positions. Just published by IWE, you can read it here: How to be more resilient
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.