Weaving business and people together

Sponsors and mentors, bacon and eggs.

December 15th, 2017

 

It’s one of the topics du jour, the lack of women at senior levels. Researchers report, with frustration, that despite addressing the problem in multiple ways over many years, numbers remain lower than we all want. From the obvious means of rational persuasion about the business benefit, target-setting, offering women development, making promotion and HR… read more

 

Cisterns, systems and symbolic gestures.

April 3rd, 2017

 

I’ve just spent a delightful 3 days working with a group of Nordic people, just outside lovely Copenhagen. I’ve always found it very easy to work with Scandinavians, not least because of their ability to speak English so brilliantly, so that even in the more challenging territory of emotions they can express what they need… read more

 

Back to the plumbing.

March 2nd, 2017

 

My central heating has been on the blink for more than two months now. I’ve spent a small fortune, realised again the value of thermal underwear, learned a lot about the impossibility of influencing in certain contexts, and been impressed by a bewildering range of confidently expressed diagnoses.  I wish I had insisted on a… read more

 

Bias, partnership and blue patent brogues.

November 3rd, 2015

 

Why it can be hard for women to get on in professional services firms. I’ve been doing some really interesting projects recently with professional service companies, developing women leaders. I’ve really loved the work and it has led me to delve into the subject of unconscious bias. What particularly interests me is the intersection between… read more

 

On being very ordinary.

June 26th, 2015

 

Like many others, I was very saddened by the untimely death of Charles Kennedy, an ex-leader of a political party in the UK. Many fine words have been written about his character and qualities. I had no personal connection with him so I won’t presume to add to those, but I’d like to comment a… read more

 


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