Author Archives: maitland

Supporting the next generation of women

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 … Continue reading

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Heels of Steel – book review

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 … Continue reading

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Women as sports role models

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 … Continue reading

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Want flexible working? You’re not alone

I recently wrote a cover piece for Financial Times Executive Appointments about the mismatch between rising demand for flexible hours/location and job vacancies advertised as flexible. Recruiters and managers are failing to keep up! The piece is available to read … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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