There have been a few items in the press recently that have made me think about what diversity means to people. The Supreme Court case about triggering Article 50 prompted comments about the lack of diversity in the legal profession. This was shortly followed by former Football Association chiefs calling for change, as the FA is currently ‘out of balance’. In both cases, the number of middle-aged/elderly white men in positions of influence was the focus of comment.
My politically-correct sensitivities have been severely challenged this week.
The chairman of Saatchi and Saatchi has had to resign after starting a row over sexism in the media industry. He said that the lack of women in leadership roles is not a problem because women have a different type of ambition. He justified this by saying: Continue reading “Ambition – a strictly men only affair?”
A while back, I was on a train listening to the conversation of the people immediately behind me. Yes, if you have to talk that loudly, of course I’m going to eavesdrop! Continue reading “Assessing cultural fit: necessity or a block to diversity?”
“In the beginning created the & the ” was one of many tweets that greeted the publication of the emoji bible, which translates all 66 books of the bible into emojis and commonly-used internet language. Continue reading “The Truth about Millennials”
Looking at people’s profiles on Twitter, I rarely follow anyone who mentions their religion. Introducing faith so early on gives me the impression that they’re going to preach at me or worse still judge me, both of which make me defensive and uncomfortable. Does this make me narrow-minded? Perhaps. Continue reading “The etiquette of self-disclosure”
It would seem ridiculous to argue that one style of leadership is superior to all others. Different situations require different approaches, and most people accept that organisations actually benefit from diversity. But just how different can someone be, or do we still have a very narrow perception of what it takes to be a leader? Continue reading “Save us from leadership conformity!”
Despite repeated recommendations that companies should improve the number of women on their boards, two-thirds of FTSE 100 companies have failed to do so. Is however gender diversity at board level a real priority in the current economic climate? Continue reading “Is institutional inertia holding back diversity?”