Quotas or all women short lists? In Academia?!

The disparity in the numbers of male and female professors in UK universities should be an embarrassment to any institution which values fairness. We have talked about equality of opportunity for so long with respect to our intake of students yet barriers to the equal participation of women at more senior levels of management seem to be unaddressed or stubbornly resistant to the few strategies employed. I’ve never heard the suggestion of quotas for women or all-female short lists for […]

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What’s in a name?

students

“The prime minister will announce on Monday that a series of leading employers in the public and private sectors have agreed to recruit candidates on a name blind basis (including the BBC, the NHS, the civil service outside the highest ranks, KPMG and HSBC). Deloitte will say that it is going a step further and blanking out the name of a candidate’s school and university during the interview process.” The Guardian 26.10.15 What is so dangerous in knowing the name of a […]

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Of course men make better leaders???

Woman climbing over fence

Discussing career development, advancement and progression I recently heard the sadly familiar opinion “It’s not surprising there are fewer women at the top, women just don’t make such successful leaders.”. My heart sank. How long does it take for facts to overtake stereotypical but outdated bias? We see men in positions of leadership so we assume men make better leaders – despite evidence to the contrary. A woman may have a different leadership style to a man though it is at least […]

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On being selfish

jigsaw puzzle of time

Many of my clients are simply run ragged. They have jobs and families and homes to run. Their to-do lists are literally without end and no sooner is one job ticked off the list than two more appear to take its place. Sound familiar? “When do you have time for you?” is a question frequently met either with a snort of laughter or a faint despair. It’s difficult to find a working mum who really does put herself first. The […]

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The End of the Imposter Syndrome?

Shadow woman removing mask

I came across a lovely blog recently by Leo Babauta on The Fear of Being Found a Fraud. It’s a lovely, well written and thoughtful piece in which the author discusses how to finally overcome the fear of being found out. He starts by unfolding a little very important piece of philosophy.  I guess it’s very similar to the NLP presupposition that the map is not the territory. When we get to know another person, we do so from the […]

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5 Tips for Getting Ahead in a Professional Career

Businesswoman standing on a ladder looking through binoculars

Yesterday I blogged about getting ahead in a professional career. The insights (I hope) are of value to all my readers. Women hoping or planning to succeed in a workplace where currently the senior posts are largely occupied by men might be particularly interested in this short, 4 minute video which summarises the challenges and my 5 top tips for success: Do have a look. Please share this link with anyone who you feel would be interested or would value […]

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Getting Ahead in a Professional Career

Climbing as a metaphor for career success

There is a very modern emphasis on getting a good education, a degree, a PhD, a professional qualification to set you climbing the career ladder to success. It feels as if we’ve been told that this piece of paper attesting to our academic achievement will open doors to success, reward and satisfaction. And for many it does just that. But the evidence proves that the other side of this magical door does not provide a level playing field where all […]

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Why Creating the Right Impression is Vital at Work

Businesswoman standing on a ladder looking through binoculars

“Reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated.” This wonderful quotation is apparently Mark Twain’s response to seeing his own obituary published in error at a time when it was actually his cousin who was close to death. It leaves us with a smile and yet another example of the author’s pithy wit. Another famous man who read his own premature obituary was Dr Alfred Nobel and he took no pleasure in learning how he might have been remembered. Do […]

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Can women make it to top grades?

Hillary Clinton

Following on from my earlier post wondering whether women want a successful career in Academia, I’d like to consider if the path to promotion is fair all the way to the top in (or out of) Academia. The answer to this is I think is complex but a qualified, no. The very fact that there are on average in the UK, less than 10% of women in Professorial grades when there are more than 50% female students  at undergraduate level […]

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