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July 14, 2017

ELEVATE: Celebrating leadership in the NHS

Leadership is alive and kicking in the NHS

A celebration of the achievements of talented and inspiring female NHS leaders from throughout the South West. After 2 years of hard work on July 13th 2017 we celebrated the success and achievements of delegates from The Glass Lift, NHS ELEVATE programme.  The innovative programme was developed specifically to encourage more diverse and inclusive leadership throughout NHS orgaisations in the South West. The two cohorts consisting of 22 talented individuals came together with cohort Critical Friends and other invited guests to share stories and experiences of their leadership journeys since starting the programme. They discussed the impact and outcomes of the ELEVATE programme and how they will use their learning in future leadership roles. We where also joined by Christina Quinn (Director of Leadership) SW Leadership Academy and our guest speakers Melanie Walker (Chief Executive) and Julie Dent (Chair) from Devon Partnership NHS Trust who shared stories of their successful and inspirational careers. Thank you to everyone for all…

July 7, 2017

Women Leading in Education

Reflections from Caroline Sherwood, Specialist Leader in Education

Many women leading in education will know that the gender gap in school leadership persists. Drawing on research into why gender gaps exist and the self-perceptions of both men and women, school leader Caroline Sherwood offers her own poignant and honest reflections. In 2015, women constituted 64 per cent of classroom teachers but only 40 per cent of headteachers (Department for Education, 2016). At its current rate, women’s representation in headship will not match their representation in the teaching workforce before 2040 (Fuller, 2017). Why? What barriers are women facing? And what do these look like in an everyday school setting? Admitting I am plagued with self-doubt makes me feel vulnerable. I often feel out of my league. I often feel out-classed, but I very rarely talk about it. In Age and Gender Differences in Self-Esteem: A cross-cultural window, Bleidorn et al, having completed an eight-year study analysing data from…

April 10, 2017

Gender Pay Gap Reporting

Gender Pay Gap

Will your report make uncomfortable reading?

From 5th April 2017 UK companies with 250 or more staff will be legally required to calculate and publish the difference in pay between male and female employees, under The Equality Act 2010 (Gender Pay Gap Information) Regulations 2017. The new legislation is being heralded as a watershed moment for gender equality and an important step forward in the campaign to put promote gender diversity in the workplace. Minister for Women and Equalities Justine Greening said: Helping women to reach their full potential isn’t only the right thing to do, it makes good sense and is good for British business. I am proud that the UK is championing gender equality and now those employers that are leading the way will clearly stand out with these requirements” Public, private and voluntary sector firms will all be required to take part in the rulings. The data will eventually be available on a government database and the deadline…

April 2, 2017

ELEVATE Event: You and your personal impact

Attendees at Bristol ELEVATE Event in March: You and your personal impact

Our latest ELEVATE Event in Bristol looked at how we can feel more confident when presenting to an audience, and the skills we can develop to improve our performance. Our guest speaker, Maureen Casey, looked at physical issues, audience, environment and how to use technology as a tool rather than a crutch. Maureen returned to professional acting three years ago and now combines acting and coaching people in public performance with being an honorary fellow of the University of Exeter Business School. She is an experienced facilitator, team coach and spent many years as a senior manager in the public sector both as a commissioner and in mental health services. It was an enjoyable and informative session, and attendees were able to take away some really useful practical tips on how to overcome nerves and improve their presenting performance. After the speaker guests enjoyed further discussion and networking accompanied by a glass…

March 16, 2017

“Go for it!” says Sally Jones Evans

Sally Jones Evans

Former COO at Lloyd's talks to The Glass Lift team.

Sally Jones Evans, newly appointed NED at The Principality Building Society and former COO at Lloyd’s, recently came along to speak to Glass Lift members at an evening event. We were all inspired by her professional approach and enthusiasm about her successful career. Forgoing the expected University route she started in banking at the age of 18 and soon established herself as a one to watch as she enjoyed taking on all the many challenges handed to her. One of Sally’s stories was about a time when she was really keen to take on a new role and the job was  given to a colleague. Only when the successful candidate was announced did Sally realise she had not told anyone it was her dream job! She learned that it’s important to be open about your career aspirations and in fact soon after she secured the role she wanted most. She advised our Glass Lift…

February 28, 2017

Views from The Glass Lift: Balancing Leadership

Views from The Glass Lift: Intersectionality

Views from The Glass Lift - Winter 2017

2016 WAS A CURIOUS YEAR FOR LEADERSHIP: America voted for a ‘hero’ leader to save them, seduced by Trump’s personal promise to “make America great again”. Putin’s autocracy continued to be revered or feared. Britain’s second female Prime Minister was immediately likened to the first and the media took some time to accept that Mrs May will do it her way. We know more about leadership than ever before, yet good leadership is patchy in society and the corporate World. I guess that’s not surprising. Good leadership is difficult and we tend to choose the person who looks the part, promises change or has the ‘charisma’ to lure us into a false sense of security. Balance at the top stimulates innovative thinking, better decision making and ultimately more effective leadership. Good leadership is a process that comes from groups of leaders working together.  Yes, one person needs to endorse the…


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