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Finding a successor

Posted on Oct 6, 2017

“The career smart person who drives their own career will always consider who their successor could be, no matter what level role they are operating at,”

Handing over the reins

Whether it is setting up your own business, a move to a different employer or an internal move to another role, most people will at some point in their career jump ship.

Tempting as it is to pack up your desk and head for the hills, working with your successor to ensure a smooth handover is likely to make your move much easier on those around you. Aiding the transition is one thing, but should you be eyeing up potential successors long before you make a move?

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Don’t let your inbox hijack you

Posted on Sep 7, 2017

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“It sounds really simple but most people don’t do it, work on your priorities.”

Don’t let your inbox hijack you

We’ve all had those days when you arrive at the office, all set to tackle your to-do list but then one glance at your email sets you off on a different course for the day.

It’s a common problem, according to productivity expert Ciara Conlon.

“People spend their day reacting. They open their inbox in the morning and start reacting to what’s in it,” she said. (more…)

Gender diversity at board level

Posted on Aug 25, 2017

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“This perception that there’s not a pool of suitably qualified women has been around for years, and it is not something that I accept.”

Gender diversity at board level

How to get women into the boardroom

The latest batch of figures on gender diversity in Irish boardrooms paints a very disappointing picture.

More than a quarter of boards have fewer than 10 per cent female membership, according to an Institute of Directors in Ireland report.

There’s a gap between thoughts and actions too. Almost nine out of ten directors said gender diversity was important when recruiting new board members. Yet, two thirds of directors had fewer than 30 per cent female representation on their board. (more…)

Investing in women

Posted on Aug 11, 2017

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In 2016, venture capitalists invested $58.2bn in companies with all-male founders, while women received just $1.46bn

Why it’s time for women to invest in other women

Here’s something that we hope will catch on. A Boston-based venture capital firm has launched a new fund that will back only female-led start-ups.

It’s not the first such fund, either. Others, such as the Female Founders Fund and BBG Ventures, are also investing in female-led start-ups.

But, with a female investment team too, the XFactor Ventures fund from Flybridge Capital is a case of women investing in women. The $3 million fund intends to invest $100,000 in 30 companies, drive change in the venture capital sphere and generate a strong return to boot.

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Partners – The best career choice of all

Posted on Jul 28, 2017

Partnership is key, according to Facebook’s chief operating officer, Sheryl Sandberg.

Partners – the best career choice of all

Your clients may be important but your choice of life partner is key to business success.

Facebook’s chief operating officer, Sheryl Sandberg, in her book Lean In, identifies the single biggest career decision for a woman is “whether she will have a life partner and who that partner is”.

Sandberg puts forward a number of arguments as to how women can strive forward in their careers. Partnership, according to Sandberg, is key.

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Diversity Dividend

Posted on Jul 11, 2017

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“If women do not achieve their full economic potential, the global economy will suffer.”

Diversity Dividend

The $12 trillion gender gap

Bridging the gender gap in the workplace is not just a question of equality, but also a matter of economics.

In 2015 a private sector think-tank, the McKinsey Global Institute, estimated that a massive $12 trillion could be added to global GDP by 2025 by advancing women’s equality. (more…)

Women walk a tightrope to be heard

Posted on Jun 23, 2017

Women walk a tightrope to be heard

Women walk a tightrope to be heard

Women walk a tightrope to be heard

Imagine you are in a meeting, mid-way through making an important point, and suddenly a colleague cuts across you, disregarding your contribution. Understandably, you get flustered, lose your train of thought and feel your chance to make your voice heard slip away.

International research suggests women frequently face this scenario in the workplace. For example, a 2014 study by George Washington University found that women were more likely than men to be interrupted. Other studies point to women being judged more harshly than their male counterparts when they do speak up.

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Workplace diversity – a box-ticking exercise?

Posted on Jun 16, 2017

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do workplace diversity programmes really work or are they simply a box-ticking exercise?

Workplace diversity – a box-ticking exercise?

Irish business leaders agree that workplace diversity is a key to performance, but they are reluctant to invest in initiatives. One in three spends less than €1,000 a year on such ventures.

A lot of companies make a lot of noise about being employers committed to diversity and boasting an inclusive work environment. But do workplace diversity programmes really work or are they simply a box-ticking exercise?

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Leadership, Nature vs. Nurture

Posted on May 19, 2017

“It’s not about being power hungry but about being comfortable with power”

Nature vs nurture: What makes a good leader?

Are leaders born or made? It’s a perennial question and one that is often debated. In reality, the answer lies somewhere between the two extremes.

According to Dr Colm Foster, director of executive education at the Irish Management Institute and an expert on leadership and emotional intelligence, everyone’s leadership can be developed.

“But some people are just more naturally suited to it,” Foster says. “And if you provide someone with the right learning experiences, you can accelerate that growth. For organisations, early career leadership experience for talent makes a huge difference to where they end up 10 years later.”

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Networking – make it work to your advantage

Posted on May 2, 2017

“If you want to encourage more women, you need more role models”

Networking – make it work to your advantage.

If you groan when you hear the phrase networking, you’re not alone. Many women can’t stand it and actively avoid going to industry events and conferences.

“That’s a big mistake” says Margaret E. Ward, founder of communication skills training company Broadly Speaking. “You might miss out on meeting some really interesting people who might become friends as well as business associates.

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