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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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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Strategies for changing the gender imbalance

Getting men to lead change is a key step in shifting persistent gender imbalance at the top of organisations, writes Alison Maitland Published by International Women of Excellence, June 2013

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Don’t forget your toothbrush

Tips for busy female professionals on travelling light and crumple-free, by Alison Maitland Published by International Women of Excellence (IWE), March 2013

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