Geraldine Gallacher
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Managing Director of The Executive Coaching Consultancy and a specialist in developing women leaders

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Grown-up Approach to Parenthood Requires Culture Change for Tech Firms

(0) Comments | Posted 27 October 2015 | (13:03)

There's a lot of activity around maternity policy in the tech sector recently.

The stars of Silicon Valley are seemingly falling over themselves recently to appear family-friendly.

The first rumbling was Facebook's slightly eerie offer to freeze their women's eggs. Soon after that came IBM's promise to ferry breast...

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The Gender Pay Gap Reporting Fails to Get to the Heart of the Imbalance

(0) Comments | Posted 31 July 2015 | (11:26)

What a pleasant surprise to read that David Cameron is looking to force companies into revealing the pay gap between men and women.

It's an eye-catching proposal which is attractive in its simplicity: by having to make pay gaps visible, companies will feel compelled to address the issue of...

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Dave Goldberg: A Powerful Champion for Women, Careers and Co-parenting

(0) Comments | Posted 6 May 2015 | (17:15)

Behind every man is a great woman, but behind every great women is a stay-at-home dad.

If you cast an eye across many of the role models held up as successful women today, you might be forgiven for thinking this was the only way to be female and forge a...

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Tackling the Shortfall in GPs - Flexible Hours is an Answer, Not the Problem

(0) Comments | Posted 3 March 2015 | (23:00)

There has been a lot of debate in recent years about GP hours, workload, salaries and the need to improve the provision of out-of-hours services. Most of us will have experienced how hard it can be to get an appointment at short notice and of course serious medical problems are...

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Are Employers Waking Up to the Talent Time Bomb?

(0) Comments | Posted 7 August 2014 | (11:33)

Employers are not planning enough for the talent 'time bomb' that is heading their way. At the heart of the problem are two central issues. A birth rate that fell for a whole generation combined with very different attitudes to work and careers among recent graduates. This is creating a...

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Flash Boys But No Flash Girls

(1) Comments | Posted 8 July 2014 | (16:35)

Being collaborative is often cited as something that women are better at than men. Now before I elaborate on this point I would like to start with the caveat that there are more differences among men and among women than there are between the genders. I think it's important to...

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Davies Report Highlights Boardroom Progress for Women But Important Gaps Remain

(0) Comments | Posted 26 March 2014 | (17:52)

Lord Davies today (26 March 2014) has published his follow-up report on the representation of women on FTSE boards. And there is some genuinely good news in it. Women now make up 20.7% of board members in FTSE 100 firms, up from 12.5% in 2011 when Davies brought out his...

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Ladies... Mind the Gap

(0) Comments | Posted 10 February 2014 | (10:56)

The common perception is that women are more collegiate than men; they're relationship-focused preferring collaboration over competition. I think, in my experience as a coach of both men and women, that this has been largely borne out; notwithstanding the usual caveat that there are more differences among women than between...

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Government Research Into Maternity Leave Discrimination

(0) Comments | Posted 12 November 2013 | (15:26)

I welcome the government's £1 million research into the extent and impact of pregnancy discrimination. I have spent much of my career advising coaches and employers how best to prepare for, and manage during, maternity leave - and handle their return to work afterwards. The more it is examined and...

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Arianna's Third Metric - It's More About Age Than Sex

(0) Comments | Posted 7 June 2013 | (11:21)

I hate to sound like a sycophant but I do think Arianna Huffington was spot on when she implored the all-female grad class of Smith College to "redefine success" rather than "climb the ladder of success". She could also have added, "throw away those ladders and build lattices of success"...

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Meyer's Misguided Attempt to Turn the Flexi-Working Clock Back

(0) Comments | Posted 5 March 2013 | (23:58)

I was taken aback last week, to put it mildly, by the CEO of Yahoo, Marissa Meyer's take on flexible working. It struck me as being an enormously retrograde step, based on mistaken views, and doubly puzzling coming both from the boss of a technology firm and someone who has...

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A Simple Solution to the Libor Fixing Scandal

(0) Comments | Posted 9 February 2013 | (21:16)

Regulators are all over the banks dishing out fines for the Libor fixing scandal. It does feel very much like bolting the stable door when the horse has already bolted. And the reforms feel incredibly flimsy particularly the one about allowing banks to keep their rates secret for three months...

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Is Adland Losing Its Madmen Image?

(0) Comments | Posted 5 December 2012 | (22:32)

The latest IPA (Institute of Practitioners in Advertising) census reports that the proportion of senior women (Chair, CEO or MD) has risen from a paltry 13.5% last year to a more respectable 21.5% this year. That's an impressive shift albeit from a frankly astonishingly low base. You would have thought...

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All Aboard? The EU Looks Again at Quotas for Women on Boards

(3) Comments | Posted 13 November 2012 | (23:00)

On 14 November, the EU Justice Commissioner, Viviane Reding, is due to announce revised proposals for European companies to appoint more women onto their boards. This follows an earlier attempt last month to achieve political consensus. The vote in October was delayed by legal concerns that the proposals went too...

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Julia Gillard Shows That Authentic Emotion Does Still Have a Place at Work

(0) Comments | Posted 8 November 2012 | (11:56)

I must say that I thoroughly enjoyed watching Aussie prime minister Julia Gillard's recent public demolition of her opposite number, Tony Abbott, over his call for the speaker, Peter Slipper, to resign. So often, we women feel we have to rein in our passion when we seek to influence in...

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