Leadership

20 percent

Equality in the workplace comes when women outnumber men – 4 to 1

When I first began coaching in male-dominated sectors, leadership thought it sufficient if women were 20% of leadership were women. Let’s be honest, at the time (and still in in some organisations!) a single women in a group of 4 other men was ‘real progress’. After all, for some that’s a move towards equality in …

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Suits

Handwriting analysis suggests larger signatures = higher company costs

Who says size matters? Well, bigger, it turns out, is not always better when it comes to handwriting analysis – and indeed it can be a lot worse. It turns out that signature size is correlated to narcissism, and the bigger the signature a CEO pens, the more overconfident they are. So what’s the bottom-line …

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reverse mentoring

Who exactly does reverse mentoring benefit?

Have you ever had a mentor or trusted ally who you suspect got as much, if not more, from the relationship that you did? Mentoring can be a fantastic way to get ahead and one I talk about routinely with my audiences. Someone to whom you gave a new perspective, advice or even connections? Good mentoring is …

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Dancing man

How jokes with a misogynistic meaning can be challenged

A distraught client of mine recently challenged a meme with a racist and misogynistic meaning sent by a peer in a private WhatsApp group. They were all very senior white male leaders of his organisation, the ’status quo’ as I call them in ’The Con Job: Getting Ahead for Competence in a World Obsessed with …

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Recovering from Interruptions at work

You likely heard about how well Yorshiro Mori, who recently departed the Japanese Olympic Committee, came across when he voiced his ‘concerns’ about female representation in high profile meetings by lamenting ‘When you increase the number of female executive members, if their speaking time isn’t restricted to a certain extent, they have difficulty finishing, which is annoying.” Galling stuff …

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