I wonder if the word 'bossy' is a western term, I can't quite imagine having been in the Kiberan slums someone ever being referred to as bossy. A survivor yes, bossy, I doubt it. So, if you are fortunate enough to have strong-willed girls in your life make sure your words and actions promote their natural leadership skills, empower them not destroy them.
Attending Cosmopolitan's 'Celebration of Female Talent' last week as part of Advertising Week Europe, I was struck by a pervading sense of 'growing up'.
This is the age of collaboration and reciprocity. Share what you know with others: send a link to an article you have read, order a book and put it in the mail, help someone who looks like they are having an attack of shyness across the corner of a cocktail party room. Above all, be interested in ideas and others, not just yourself.
We had to take this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, so we did. And six months later we drove down to London to pitch our make-up business to the Apprentices. They were looking for products they could take, sell and make the most money on.
London's Digital Advertising Women's Network (DAWN) hosted its first quarterly event of 2014, 'The Work Network' on Tuesday, February 25th.
It's been a year since I was nominated to receive a First Women Award in association with Lloyds Banking Group. The Awards, presented last year by the inspirational Clare Balding, recognise women with a passion and determination to do things right, and to do it their way.
Powerful forces are currently encircling women in the workplace, but rather than pulling them in the direction of the boardroom, the signs are they're actually pushing them towards the exits.
Many people cant find it within themselves to say anything positive and take pleasure from flagging up someone's shortcomings. Don't make it about you, as these people need to feel superior because they are so insecure and the only way they can do so is project their own flaws onto another person. They do it with everyone.
Over the years I have done extensive research, read endless authorised biographies, studied body language and carefully observed the communications skills of highly successful people. I learnt it wasn't about luck but about choosing the right attitude, taking action, changing behaviour, taking one step at a time, one goal, one priority at a time, a day at a time.
I've been asked a few times in recent months why we need a Responsible Business Week?
A wide range of women took part in the course at Imperial College. Most were active research scientists, working in fields as diverse as nuclear fusion and molecular biology. Some were tech startup bods like me, and there was even a science lawyer thrown in for good measure.
This blatant discrepancy between how we think people should be treated at work and how many women are actually treated at work makes workplace sexism one of the easiest forms to spot.
Society as a whole needs to work harder to help women to be seen and heard, and forward-thinking organisations must take bolder steps to show they are not only giving women opportunities but proactively promoting them and their work.
In the first couple of years of my business I went through a phase of signing up to every freebie out there. Every webinar, telesummit, free ebook, white paper or report that had anything to do with my business, I was there, handing over my email address with excitement and anticipation!
We find ourselves celebrating glacial progress, stalled in front of the question: do we want change enough? Do men and women both believe in the arguments for diversity strongly enough to accept the cost they incur?
We have a lot be proud of when it comes to gender equality and there are many signs that show how much progress has been made. Over two thirds of working age women are in work - more than ever before; nearly 60% of new graduates are now women, along with over 50% of new postgraduates... The workplace was designed by men, for men. The Government is playing its part too by helping to modernise the workplace. However, we still have much more work to do.