Welcome to my new site

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.

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Work? You can go your own way

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.

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The meaning of success

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.

Read about the findings, in my IWE column of June 2014, here: Meaning of Success

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Time to watch our language!

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….

Read my column, published by IWE in May 2014: Time to watch our language

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“She’s a girl, but she has brains”

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.

 

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Are gender differences an invention?

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

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Curbing our workaholic culture

The current single focus on work devalues those who are too young or too old to work, or are unable to do so for other reasons, while it ratchets up the pressure on us hamsters to spin ever faster in our wheels.

Read more of my latest Workspace column for The Conference Board Review at: http://tcbreview.com/winter-2014/workspace-everybodys-no-longer-working-for-the-weekend.html

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Three Reasons to Avoid Lists

1. They are lists. 2. See previous item. 3 Read below.

My “Workspace” column, lamenting the rising incidence of numbered online lists of management and career advice, was published by The Conference Board Review in October 2013 and can be found here:
http://tcbreview.com/fall-2013/three-reasons-to-avoid-lists.html

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Part-time bosses say they do a better job

A series of articles I wrote about the Timewise Power Part Time List of groundbreaking business leaders with innovative work styles appeared in the Financial Times on 5 December 2013:

http://timewisefoundation.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/FT.pdf?utm_source=Email+4+Did+attend+Other+from+Karen&utm_campaign=eba6fb6df7-Power_Part_Time_INVITATION8_30_2012&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_e418c6fd6a-eba6fb6df7-274296349

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BBC World Service discussion on the Future of Work

I’ve just taken part in a lively discussion programme about flexibility and the future of work on the BBC World Service. Fellow guests were the Guardian’s Zoe Williams and Microsoft’s Dave Coplin. The programme, In the Balance, presented by Colm O’Regan, can be heard here:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p01dnm4c

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