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June 17, 2014

Attitudes in the workplace: Nov 2013

Gender stereotypes limit men and women pursuing certain occupations This challenging study of 2,000 people shows how gender stereotypes and discrimination affect people’s views and perceptions of the role of men and women in the British workplace and that sexism still exists. The survey revealed a number of concerning facts: Both sexes are still being…

June 17, 2014

McKinsey Quarterly April 2014 – Gender diversity and corporate culture

Increasing gender diversity in top management means moving corporate culture This influential report asserts that more women at the top means changing collective values, beliefs and principles i.e. changing corporate culture.  The report outlines the findings from a survey of 1400 managers Worldwide.  The findings suggest that corporate culture plays a critical role in gender…

June 11, 2014

Women on Boards

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The Davies Report: Women on Boards Feb 2011 In 2010 women made up only 12.5% of the members of the corporate boards of FTSE 100 companies and Lord Davies of Abersoch was asked by the Government to investigate the barriers preventing women from reaching senior decision making roles in business, including at the boardroom level….

June 11, 2014

Leadership Trust Report: Leadership Think Tank Nov 2012

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 The nature of leadership needs to change This report from The Leadership Trust summarise the conversations over two days by renowned academics in the area of leadership research. The report proposes radical change to the way we think about leadership. The underlying theme was that business and society is changing rapidly and the practice of…

June 10, 2014

The Glass Lift in Development

The Glass LIft Focus Group

Margaret Davies at a recent focus group in Exeter

During the the Glass Lift development Margaret Davies and Kaye Welfare met with a range of senior managers, HR leads, learning and development and diversity and inclusion managers to test the idea of a membership based leadership programme for women.  They also ran focus groups to seek feedback from professional women interested in the Glass Lift…

May 21, 2014

Number of female headteachers declining

Tristram Hunt

Labour's Tristram Hunt urges school governors to "'uphold their moral and legal duties'”

The proportion of female headteachers in English secondary schools has declined since 2010; only a third are women.  Hunt cites evidence from a survey by a leading teaching charity showing many school governors simply do not know they are not permitted to ask questions about women’s personal circumstances and family commitments, especially if they are…


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