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UK Law Firms - Never Mind AI - Watch Out For The Gender Pay Gap

Posted on October 25, 2016 at 5:05 PM

The writing is on the wall for UK law firms - covered by me on Forbes regarding digital transformation and the opportunity as well as the disruption offered by Artificial Intelligence.

But there's another very important transformation they face - meeting demands on gender diversity.

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Closing The Gender Pay Gap: As Elusive As Ever ?

Posted on June 20, 2016 at 2:30 PM

A lot of noise has been made around closing the gender pay gap in the UK - and here is the government's consultation.

The trouble with this approach, however, has always been that it holds huge potential for absolutely nothing to change, while simultaneously giving the impression that everyone has been very busy trying to bring about said change.

Now a ...

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Women On Boards of Co-operative Retailers Double Those At FTSE Companies

Posted on March 8, 2016 at 12:00 AM

Here's that rare thing: an interesting story for International Women's Day 2016, one to make us think diferently - because the old thinking really is not getting us very far.

Consider this -

Nearly twice as many women are directors of co-operative retailers as FTSE 100 and 250 companies

Half of co-operative retailers’ boards have 50% or more female directors, whereas no FTSE companies have over 50%

So I a...

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Women In Powerful Positions: A Small Snapshot

Posted on January 28, 2016 at 10:00 AM

It isn't very surprising that women often don't make it into positions of power and visibility. Put an intelligent woman at the top and there is no telling what she might say or do....challenge is deeply feared when there are entrenched ways of thinking that are essentially self-serving.

I give you two examples.

Since January 1st, Oxford has a new Vice Chancellor -

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1st Woman Chair For Europe's Confederation Of Directors

Posted on November 5, 2015 at 10:10 AM

It seems I keep good company. Well Done to Norway's Turid Solvang, who has been elected as the first female chair of the European Confederation of Directors Associations (ecoDa).

eCoda, which represents 55,000 business leaders across Europe has clearly decided to 'lead by example.'

Turid Elisabeth Solvang

Ms Solvang is c...

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Guest Blog: On EasyJet, Public Perception + Carolyn McCall

Posted on October 5, 2015 at 10:00 AM

Guest Blog:

Michael Hewson , CMC Markets Chief Market Analyst

"Budget airliner EasyJet celebrates its 20th anniversary this year and is anticipated to release another positive trading statement tomorrow, Tuesday 6th October:

Time flies: EasyJet sheds ‘SleazyJet’ image as it matures into a grown-up airline

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Calling It Like It Is On 'All Male' Boards

Posted on September 21, 2015 at 2:30 PM

I am a little surprised at the sentiments expressed by Lord Davies of Abersoch.

The Guardian recorded his 'disappointment' yesterday at the all-male boards of Hastings, the insurance company and Worldpay, the payment processing firm- both hea...

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'New Blood' In UK Boardrooms : Women

Posted on August 3, 2015 at 1:45 PM

Good news: the proportion of first-time FTSE 350 non-executive directors (NEDs) who are women significantly increased last year, according to new findings from Korn Ferry, the leadership and talent consulting firm.



Analysing all the first-time NED  appointments to FTSE 350 companies in its 'Class of 2014' report, it finds that 39% of first-time appointees in 2014 were women, up from 28% in 201...

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Calls For Collaboration In The Construction Supply Chain

Posted on July 26, 2015 at 8:00 PM

Construction is one of the UK's most important industry sectors. Yes, let's ignore the noise about financial services for a second. "The UK economy could be in better shape than estimated at the start of 2015 after construction output increased by 3.9% month-on-month in March" said This is Money in May (@MailOnline).



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Bank Of England In Top Work/Life Balance Ranking

Posted on July 25, 2015 at 1:00 AM

One should never have to feel that life stops where work begins. But we still talk about work/life balance as if it was somehow an impossible ideal. Now, at least, businesses are taking it seriously as something that can be dellivered.

A ranking created by surveying UK employees reveals an array of unexpected organisations working hard at changing the experience of work - all part of corporate governance, or the running of a business.

Take a look ...

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