Poldark Actress Questions Gender Pay Gap

Poldark Actress Questions Gender Pay Gap

OK... I love watching Poldark! Equally so does my husband, my friends and my mother and father-in law. Yet even this addictive Sunday night viewing doesn’t seem to be unscathed from the ever-increasing diversity and gender gap debates. On screen of late, Demelza Poldark appears to be holding the fort in Cornwall, running the mining business as well as running the home and being mother to two. She is also seen positively influencing important wealthy dignitaries for her husband as he takes up his seat in as an MP in Westminster. Scenes appear on our screens of Demelza reading forlorn letters from her husband as he tells her of his time in London and of his appreciation that she is ‘a much capable equal to he’.  Yet step into 2018 and according to an article in the Guardian, actress Eleanor Tomlinson isn’t considered ‘equal’ to her co-star when it comes to her remuneration.  The BBC defended their policy stating that Aiden Turner...
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Leadership Lessons from a School’s Sports Day!

Leadership Lessons from a School’s Sports Day!

It's that time of year again when the annual Sports Day looms. The excitement had been building for weeks at my son’s school ahead of annual Sports Day. The children had been practicing in their weekly sports/PE sessions and all that remains (I thought) was for me to attend on the day and cheer everyone on as houses competed against each other in order to win points. The sun was shining and the parents' chatter was warm and friendly as children valiantly competed in race after race. The team spirit really shone through as parents congratulated their children, not only for winning, but also for taking part. (more…)...
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Gender equality in the boardroom

Gender equality in the boardroom

My take on Gender Equality is featured this month is Shropshire Business, I’ve heard some excuses in my time, but never those more shocking than ‘The Top 10 worst excuses for not appointing women executives’ which featured on BBC News (31st May 2018).  These so called ‘explanations’, from a range of chairs and CEOs were heard by the team behind the government-backed Hampton-Alexander Review, as the review reaches it halfway stage. The review was established to increase the number of women in senior positions and has challenged all FTSE companies to ensure at least a third of their board members and leadership are women by 2020. The Top 10 worst ‘explanations’ included: I don't think women fit comfortably into the board environment There aren't that many women with the right credentials and depth of experience to sit on the board - the issues covered are extremely complex Most women don't want the hassle or pressure of sitting on a board Read more in Shropshire Businesses...
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A New Take on the Role of CFO

A New Take on the Role of CFO

The Recruitment and HR media have been quick to pick up on an interesting news story this week (4th July 2018) regarding a ‘pioneering Tech Company’ advertising for an interim CFO.  But this time it's not a Chief Financial Officer… it’s a Chief Feminism officer (CFO). Spurred on by increasing government and media interest in gender equality the advert stated that the hiring organisation, having investigated how it treats its female workforce, found that the firm was in fact ‘part of the problem’. A bold move indeed to put the spotlight and focus on one role to improve diversity in the workplace.  Whilst this affirmative action is to be applauded it raises some questions in my mind as to whether there was a better way to create an inclusive and diverse culture. (more…)...
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How Singing Improves the Body and Mind

How Singing Improves the Body and Mind

I love to sing!  I might not be the best, and I prefer to sing when no one is listening (usually in the car or shower), but I do love to sing!  A friend of mine, who recently joined the local ‘Rock Choir’ absolutely loves it!    She says it’s such a stress relief for her and the team spirit which it fosters is just wonderful.  And so, I ventured off to a local choir group to experience it for myself and wow… it was brilliant. At first, I really didn’t know what I was doing, I don’t read music so was worried that I’d be out of tune, but by the end of my first session, when we all came together having practised our separate parts the sound we made collectively was angelic. Truly inspiring. So how can we take this experience and translate into the world of work? (more…)...
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Who is Responsible for Diversity at Work?

Who is Responsible for Diversity at Work?

Well the short answer is everyone! But particularly C-Suite executives, the Chief Officers, the CEO and all the other board members because it is important that they advocate and implement the strategy and act as positive role models. Yesterday (20th June) a new report ‘Breaking the Deadlock’, by the influential group The 5% Club, made a number of recommendations to improve the diversity of the workforce. It was interesting that People Management, the leading journal for the HR Profession picked up and reported on one of key recommendations that I completely agree with. (more…)...
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