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#METOO FOCUSES BUSINESSES ON FEMALE LEADERSHIP

Growing numbers of forward-thinking businesses are turning to coaches and mentors to develop their female employees, as the business community is rocked by yet more damning revelations of widespread sexual discrimination and harassment at work. Liz Hall Leadership coaches Hetty Einzig and Eunice Aquilina are among those reporting a rise in the number of organisations seeking help with developing female employees, and from women leaders seeking coaching. Aquilina, founder of EA Consult, said, “We’re currently seeing a renewed commitment in organisations for a greater presence of women in senior leadership positions.” Liz Dimmock, CEO and founder of social enterprise Women […]

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OPINION: GENDER – DOMESTIC ABUSE PART 2

How abuse affects work In Part 1 of our report on domestic abuse, we defined abuse and its various forms, and described the episodic cycle of abuse; codependency; and the self-perpetuating nature of abuse. In Part 2, and the final article in our Acts of Balance series, we explore creating workplace solutions to domestic abuse. By Nicole Berg We won’t achieve gender equality in the workplace if it’s not present at home, behind closed doors. Domestic abuse has an impact in the workplace. Did you know that 74% of those experiencing domestic abuse are targeted at work through social media, site […]

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RESEARCH MATTERS: COACHING WOMEN AT WORK

Claudia Filsinger, lecturer at Oxford Brookes Business School, Trudy Delamare and Christine Vitzthum, student researchers as part of the MA in Coaching and Mentoring Practice at Oxford Brookes Business School, summarise recent research findings on coaching women at work   Organisations increasingly introduce gender diversity targets and coaching for female staff. This article reviews relevant research by seniority and subsequently the lens of life transitions. Gender diversity policy was initially focused on increasing female non-executive board members. Recently this has broadened to executive board members and their direct reports (Hampton-Alexander Review, 2016). Initial interventions in organisations concentrated on preparing female […]

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GENDER: THE CYCLE OF CONTROL

Nicole Berg concludes this column on gender with a two-part exploration of domestic abuse, a pervasive issue, yet still very much unreported. Part 1: setting the scene This column began one year ago as part of Coaching at Work’s Campaign for Gender Equality. Over the year, we’ve examined gendered personality traits, gender conditioning, expansion into our respective ‘feminine’ and ‘masculine’ ranges, life balance, emotion and social group dominance. Together, these have shaped our thoughts on culturally ubiquitous beliefs – and actions that stem from these – and how we may begin to address these in our lives, the lives of […]

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IDEAS IN ORBIT

In this two-part series, angel investor and coach/mentor Bridget Connell explores why and how to support women entrepreneurs. Part 1 highlighted the untapped potential in this group. In Part 2, she delves into what supporting women start-up entrepreneurs means in practice I’m passionate about supporting women in business. As I highlighted in Part 1* of this series, women represent an untapped potential contribution of £10.1 billion to the UK economy alone. However, they’re held back by unconscious bias, lack of confidence and access to the right networks. Drawing on my work as an angel investor concentrating on technology businesses founded […]

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SOCIALISATION, NOT BRAIN DIFFERENCE, KEY TO GENDER BIAS

Leadership coaches Megan Evans and Lindsay Wittenberg, with neuroscientist Dr Geoff Bird, examine the neuroscience of gender in the latest in a series of workshops   Diversity challenges in our society and organisations, and the lack of equal opportunity, exist not because male and female brains are as different as we tend to think, but because of socialisation, suggested practising neuroscientist and coach Dr Geoff Bird. Among some of the confronting myth-busting concepts presented by Bird at a recent workshop was the concept that the relationship between societal factors (including cultural factors) and gender differences – nurture rather than nature […]

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GENDER: SOCIAL DOMINANCE

Men as a group hold disproportionate power and freedoms compared with women. Many societies have group-based dominance, in which a social group enjoys special privileges while at least one other group has relatively little power. Coaching can help dominant clients ‘self-parent’ that critical voice – and instead listen to their compassionate inner child By Nicole Berg I was at an evening networking event some time ago where I met a man called Matt (not his real name). A fellow entrepreneur, he and I were swapping stories and tips, when he brought up the topic of people management. Steeped in my […]

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WOMEN ENTREPRENEURS: READY TO LAUNCH

This two-part series explores coaching women entrepreneurs. Part One: Setting the scene. Angel investor and coach Bridget Connell reports By Bridget Connell   The World Bank 2020 Goal of Universal Financial Access recognises that financial inclusion is a critical tool to promote economic growth. Yet universal access to finance has a huge gender gap. Women find it harder than men to raise capital to grow a business and are half as likely as men to start their own. Access to finance is one of the key reasons given. Research by the consultancy firm, Development Economics, estimates that 2.7m women in […]

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TOOLBOX: TRIED & TESTED – TRANSFORM YOUR STORY

A two-day workshop, Women in Leadership: Purpose, Power and Presence, with Hetty Einzig and Liz Rivers, examines a new kind of leadership, with women at its centre By Liz Hall I’m in the heart of London with a bunch of sassy women leaders, participating in a coaching programme on developing purpose, power and presence. As we share our experiences of power plays at work, I’m struck by how forceful stories can be. Not only in how they land in the moment when spoken, but in how they take root in our psyches, shaping how we show up, and what we […]

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GENDER: FEELINGS UNDER PRESSURE

Men and women, from a very early age, are encouraged to express different types of emotions. While women are ‘allowed’ to show their feelings more than men, the latter are taught to ‘man up’ rather than cry. Yet it is socially acceptable for men to show one emotion – anger. How do these gender-specific differences affect our clients, ourselves and our work as coaches? By Nicole Berg As I sit down to plan this article on emotion, it comes to my attention that here’s an opportunity. Perhaps I could write this piece in a more emotional way. Immediately I think […]

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