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

Workplace diversity

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

Nature vs nurture: What makes a good leader?

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

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

Networking – make it work to your advantage.


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

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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Man up to secure the best venture capital

Posted on Mar 30, 2017

Woman in boardroom

Ultimately, the VC investor has one goal: to make money. So why does gender even enter the equation?

Women who start companies attract considerably less investment than men.  A major gender gap – in excess of 20pc – was highlighted in a Bloomberg analysis of US venture capital funding between 2009 and 2015.  According to Bloomberg’s figures, investment for companies founded by women average $77 million compared to $100 million for start-ups run by men.

Irish statistics paint a similar picture. An investigation by the Irish Independent last year revealed that less than 3 per cent of tech venture capital in Ireland goes to companies led by women. And, as is the case in other markets, the average investment seen by male-run firms dwarfs that seen by female-run companies.

Uncomfortable as these figures are, this is not a new story.

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Silence not golden for women

Posted on Mar 15, 2017


Woman radio presenter

Silence not golden for women

There’s a magic to radio that draws in the listener.  Invisible voices spin a tale, debate an issue or captivate their audiences with a personal story.

But why are some voices so notably absent?

A 2015 report into gender balance on Irish radio found that male voices accounted for 72 per cent of Irish news and current affairs radio broadcasting.

Almost two years on, new research conducted by DCU’s Institute for Future Media and Journalism (FuJo) on the gender balance of business radio programmes points to little change.

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