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‘love’ is...underperformance

Humans unconsciously communicate up to 350 verbal and non-verbal micro-messages every 10 minutes. These messages will include the communication of the biases they have towards certain people and away from others. So, when you are a member of a group that is not expected to be of the same value as members of another group you will consistently receive micro-messages that you are of less value

Stop boiling frogs, start fostering creative conflict

I believe that most companies have a boiling frog situation in the guise of the comfort of working in teams and meeting groups made up of people who are too similar. This is the characteristic of organisations that persist in believing they can thrive in competitive markets while drawing on only a limited portion of the talent pool

The gender-balance delusion

Sir Philip Hampton’s reflections on FTSE board-member’s excuses for not appointing women:

“We used to hear these excuses regularly a few years ago, thankfully much less so now. However, leaders expressing warm words of support but actually doing very little to appoint women into top jobs - or quietly blocking progress - are really not much better.”

How to deliver positive gender ratio changes in a year

McKinsey’s analysis of the organisations pursuing gender diversity strategies shows that most are failing to achieve the progress they wantedAnchor. This means that they are either doing the wrong things or that they are being poorly implemented. We now have over 10 years of widespread experience of businesses trying to deliver gender balance and learning the lessons about what does and does not work. So if you haven’t embarked on your gender diversity journey, the good news is that your opportunity is to get it right first time.

This article will introduce you to the critical components which enable organisations who strategically and financially commit to accessing the benefits of delivering gender balance to start reaping the rewards within a year

Why should I consider company ‘politics’?

Last night I was reading John Le Carré’s novel ‘The Perfect Spy’, and came across these few lines:

"In every operation there is a ‘above the line’ and a ‘below the line’. Above the line is what you do by the book. Below the line is how you do the job."

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