I've just finished watching the second and final episode of BBC's Girls Can Code and I have to admit I found it fascinating - although not for the reasons I'd expected. From the title I'd assumed this would be a look at 'coding' whereas in fact it was more about inspiring women to consider careers in the tech industry and female entrepreneurship. Something I wholeheartedly support.
Come to think of it we have been raised and trained to take decisions very very seriously. We were told, "If you make the wrong decision the sky is going to fall!" Oh, ok, not in so many words, it was probably more subtle, more like...
Is ambition a dirty word for women? A fascinating study by TIME and Real Simple unpicks the question with the help of a number of successful women, some of whom have 'dropped out' of high-powered jobs before reaching the corner office.
Things like maternity coaching to help with the transition in and out of work, making sure that before they go off on maternity the have the opportunity to have a valuable conversation about their aspirations, what the future could look like and closing off any development actions.
One of the things that leads to burnout faster than anything is being in a lousy fit job! We've probably all been there at one time or another in our working careers (I know I sure have). So, how do you know if you are in a lousy fit job? Well...
Today, many years on and I am passionate about helping other women to recognise the subtle signs of burnout that they might be too busy to spot. Because the good news is that you can do so much to support your body and mind to better cope with the stresses that life throws at you.
By autumn 2016, the 7,850 businesses employing 11.2m staff will have to divulge what they pay their men and women. I believe this new era of transparency will be a powerful driver of change.
Don't be so proud you can't bring yourself to ask for help. Take every opportunity offered to you and in the early years of your career, bite the hands off friends/connections/colleagues who offer to help you.
Like we said, sticky wickets, but the majority of our angst comes from cultural attitudes and beliefs about what is the 'right time' in life. That attitude is just sooo old! It is time to throw out the rule book. Give up the notion of 'right or wrong'.
The most controversial image in there is Michelle Mone posing in her underwear. OK potentially a source of controversy for some if it wasn't to promote a positive message and underwear is her business. I for one think she looks great.
It is often said by successful business figures in the public eye that they couldn't have achieved what they did without the support of others. I am a firm believer in continually evolving and learning from people in your business community and your own team.
I think flexible working is the new way forward and for us and our market, it is the only way forward. Now is the time for employers to be brave, to seize the opportunity and embrace the future model of working. Flexible working is not just about a better work/life balance, but about making us all - employees and businesses alike - more effective.
Wouldn't it be an incredible thing if businesswomen in cities everywhere saw how much good they could do their communities by creating programs like this? As women, we are generally nurturers. Shouldn't we be helping to empower other women contribute their gifts to society, whether in work or as volunteers?
I gave up perfectionism decades ago! What a relief. However, I will unapologetically try for 'perfect' on some things, like making sure there are no typos in this article. (Now I know for sure some perfectionist out there is going to search for one...should I give them one?)
Women have discovered that waiting for the world to do the right thing is not sufficient. That it's not enough to have equal rights and demonstrable proof that gender balance benefits employers. We have found out the hard way that only if you actively intervene do you begin to move towards true equality.
Companies can make a difference by acknowledging the issue and working on any internal imbalances. Adding talented women to the executive team, giving promotions and making women feel valued, as well as inspired.