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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 … Continue reading

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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, … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Closing the gender pay gap

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.

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End of the all-male panel?

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.

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Corporate man: challenge the stereotype!

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 … Continue reading

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Opaque path to the boardroom

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 … Continue reading

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Rethinking Diversity & Inclusion

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 … Continue reading

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