women in business
Since the Lord Davies report there has been increasing focus on board compositions and the apparent lack of women moving in to senior positions. Over the past 3 years we have witnessed various organisations and events focusing on how to address the gender gap at board leve
When I read the comment from Hilary, I was pleased, excited and just a little bit proud. For the moments before I started to find all the reasons to doubt whether or not it was as significant as it felt like it was, I was seriously, properly chuffed with it.
Last week, I was befriended on LinkedIn by someone I didn't know. This usually happens because someone wants me to do some technical writing work for the company or introduce me to their services.
At the request of Vince Cable and Theresa May, Lord Davies of Abersoch published his first 'Women on Boards' report in March 2011, recommending that companies should set targets to ensure that more of the UK's exceptional women are able to secure the country's top jobs.
I urge banks to work to ensure women have access and support to be able to obtain finance. I call on the G20 leaders to create the environment where women receive the support they deserve and require in order to continue to build on their contribution to the global economy.
We women have to employ a stealth approach to using humour in the boardroom, on public platforms and to build our relationships with friends and families. When we group together in tribes, professional networks, social or family groups, we are funny - gobsmackingly, hilariously funny, funny, funny.
For women in business, building a strong personal brand is a critical investment in the rise to the top. As Rita showed us so powerfully through the annual Interbrand Brand Index, strong brands have held their value even in difficult times. There is less risk in a strong brand and more chance of a return.
It's my personal view that all the while the men are busy bantering with each other at work they are missing out on some of the richest, funniest and, dare I say, filthiest observational comedy that comes naturally to women. The men don't get a look in! Humour is very definitely part of a women's method of communicating but we do it our way!
What you wear to work not only reveals your taste in fashion, but demonstrates the quality of both your judgement and decision making. Your appearance conveys how professional you are, while the effort and time you put into your 'look' ultimately demonstrates respect.
To succeed in The Apprentice you must prove that you have the skills to survive the schoolyard politics of the show, it's as important as demonstrating your business acumen. The women on Team Sterling lived up to the worst prejudices about what women are like when they work together without men.