06 Mar 2021

    Many organisations advocate the importance of having an ‘open and honest culture’ and even run training programmes on taking a constructive approach to conflict.  But I find that people who attend such trainings and leave excited to put this new, empowering way of working into action often get shut down by their managers at first attempt.   This can lead to a culture of avo...

12 Mar 2021

In the early 2000s life was full on – I had 3 children under 5 and was contemplating a fourth but I turned round to my husband in exasperation and said ‘But no one works full time in Software sales and has four children!’.   He said ‘Why not? What’s stopping you?’   There was no reason not to have a fourth child, we were good parents, we could afford it, we had the house to accommodate a...

21 Mar 2021

Choosing to challenge the board, especially when you are a new board member is not easy. Choosing to challenge comes with the territory of being a board member. There is no one way to be a board member, you have got to bring your whole self to the role. I am one of two board members who are Diversity Champions and I am proud to say, we are doing the work. I have to say that being a board...

28 Mar 2021

  So IBM’s ConnectingWomen@IBM womens network had come a long way since its inauguration back in the early 2000s – the network was solid and had its respected place internally in UK & Europe but what was the next step?  How were we to keep it going?  What would be the key to its longevity? I felt we had to have more affect on everyday business so how could we be more integrated ...

07 Apr 2021

IWD2021 launched an invitation for you to #ChooseToChallenge.  I trust you have started on that journey and are learning new ways to progress through this invitation. Most often, challenge leads to a situation of conflict - either within your self, or with others. My eBook guide on how you can #ChooseToChallenge provides you with concrete strategies to transform any conflict situation in...