The Ideas that Shaped Management in 2013

As we get the new year rolling, my eye caught an HBR article that reviewed some of the fresh management thinking from 2013 that really made an impact around the world (and in the Harvard Business Revie, of course). There

Film director Joss Whedon on strong female leads

Joss Whedon, according to his Wikipedia entry, is an American screenwriter, film and television producer, director, comic book author, composer, and actor. He is the founder of Mutant Enemy Productions and co-founder of Bellwether Pictures. He is best known as
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Women @ Work

It is the first work day of September, which means it is officially the end of ‘Woman’s Month’. However, I hope this does not mean that questions around how we can best maximise the benefits that the women inside our
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Really Beautiful Advertising

What I love about ‘new advertising’ is that it is so much more thought-provoking than advertising, sales and latterly marketing, has been in the past. In the the very early days of mass advertising companies focused on the sale of
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Three Things Leaders Can Do To Maintain Their Balance.

The captivating picture is of Licia Ronzulli and her seven-week-old daughter, Victoria. Periodically Licia would bend forward and gently kiss her sleeping daughter. It was an image that captured the media’s attention and was published worldwide. It was taken in

Women’s Equality is needed everywhere

If you know anything about me, you’ll know I am passionate about sport: especially cricket. You’ll also know that I am passionate about the roles and place of women in society, and our need to ensure equality and access to
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Do You Know the Enneagram?

If you do, then read on. If you don’t, read on too, for you will learn something about this ancient and profoundly accurate tool for understanding and engaging with the different ways in which people think, feel and intuitively ‘know’.

Women need more than words (and binders) to succeed at work

For women to bridge the pay gap in the workplace and to find their way into boardrooms and senior leadership positions they’re going to need men’s assistance. This is not to patronise women, but simply a statement of the reality
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When you strike Generation Y, you strike a rock

On the 9th August 1956 South African women marched to the Union Buildings in Pretoria in order to protest against the Pass Laws (legislation that required Black African people to carry an identity book which gave them permission to live
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Women and Mentorship Programmes

In celebration of National Women’s Day on 9 August this year, I thought I would write about women and mentorship programmes. There are various business imperatives for why there should be mentorship programmes which especially focus on female talent, despite
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Women and Mentorship Programmes

‘Women in Leadership’ has probably been a focus of discussion for decades and no doubt it has looked different in different eras through out history. However, I think that now, in the new world of work, more than ever that

Targetting the (ageing) Boomers: South Africa as a retirement destination

My good friend and colleague, Lynda Smith, sent me an article recently that got me thinking about how companies and countries need to have strategy for the ageing Baby Boomers. Lynda runs an excellent consulting firm, The Refirement Network, that
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A Woman’s World Beckons

Steve Pinker, Professor of Psychology at Harvard, famously wrote that ‘behavioural science is not for sissies’ and I agree. Although I wish somebody had alerted me to this fact before I embarked on a four-year long Sociology degree aged 19.
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A Woman's World Beckons

Steve Pinker, Professor of Psychology at Harvard, famously wrote that ‘behavioural science is not for sissies’ and I agree. Although I wish somebody had alerted me to this fact before I embarked on a four-year long Sociology degree aged 19.
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The Communication Revolution

In the 21st century I think we are all acutely aware of the significance of communication. It is all around us, in so many forms: face to face (both verbal and non-verbal or our body language), written, in various forms
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What’s the cost of a Glass Slipper?

The subject of women at work is fascinating and can be explored endlessly, because it is so nuanced and complicated and of course can be overlayed with culture, socio-economics, geographic location, generation, religion, education levels; and different eras in history
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What's the cost of a Glass Slipper?

The subject of women at work is fascinating and can be explored endlessly, because it is so nuanced and complicated and of course can be overlayed with culture, socio-economics, geographic location, generation, religion, education levels; and different eras in history
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The Changing Face of Business

I recently had the good fortune of being invited to the city of Durban, in KwaZulu Natal, to tour around what is probably one of  the biggest and most well organized informal markets in the world. Warwick Junction lies in
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When I Grow Up I Want To Be Miss Universe

I am not sure if that is what Jenna Talackova thought when she was growing up as a boy names Walter in Vancouver, Canada, but that is what she has been fighting for a chance to be – Miss Universe
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Only 1.6% of the World’s Billionaires are Self-Made Women, Why?

I have no idea! But according to Forbes magazine, the majority of self-made billionaires (as apposed to those who inherited their fortunes) who are women, got help from their husbands, fathers, brothers or other well-trusted males in their lives. There
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What Sport Can Highlight for Conversations on Gender

One of the things I am interested in is why women seem (generally) to earn less than men for the same kinds of jobs in similar industries with relative standards of qualifications. I think whenever one asks questions around gender
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You Wonder How These Things Begin?

Where does one’s socialisation start? Does it begin with one’s parents or primary caregivers? Do you unconsciously observe their codes of behaviour and emulate that growing up, thinking that is normal? Does it get added to at school and then
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Using Social Media To Market Your Brand: The Ups and Downs

The Twittersphere is a buzz with comments on the tweets put out my @DurexSA last week, which at best were lame and thoughtless and at worst were incredibly insulting to both men and women; and all this on the eve
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How Beer Can Offer Insights into Gender Difference

I read a few months ago I came across a YouTube advert from Carlsberg Copenhagen which portrays their latest beer offering to the market – especially the female market, a beer called ‘Copenhagen’. With the number of women who drink
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How the World Has Changed…

I am sitting in Hackney, London, writing this Blog, two days before it shall be published. Why, because on Friday when you read this I shall be on an airplane flying somewhere between Dublin, Amsterdam or Johannesburg (yup that’s my
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When all is said and done, who is Warren Buffett?

One lady or gentleman is about to walk the suspension bridge in the world of investing. In Omaha, Nebraska, the headquarters of one particular investment firm is buzzing. The alpha male, having valiantly grown his pride, is on the way
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Hello to the new boy (and girl) network

How do the new boy (and girl) networks coexist beside the old boy network that has historically existed and flourished for so long? This question is especially relevant in South Africa, which is an emerging economy and transitional society. I
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Time changes our perception of what gender, gender roles and gender identity means.

I came across an article entitled Are Women the New Men? which prompted some interesting questions for me in a time of constant and rapid change.  I believe both men and women are becoming more conscious of their gender identity;
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Where is the line between media and reality?

I read an article this week, ‘At 50, Ken is Sexy Again‘, from Time. It reminded me of my fascination with Barbie since I was at university doing gender studies. As a child I wanted a Barbie and thought of

People in politics

I was standing in a check-out line of a grocery shop the other day scanning the magazines and sweet selection as one does, when my eyes rested on something extraordinary. A picture of John Bercow’s wife, Sally, draped in a

Generation Mom X

How many Gen X women do you know well into their 30’s who are still completely focused on their careers, some married and some who don’t even have the time to entertain dating as they leave the office after 9pm,
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Women at work, does it work?

Here are some interesting facts: in 2007 Canada became the first country in the world with a majority female workforce. In 2010 the United Sates of America followed suit. Currently, 70% of China’s massive semi-skilled factory workforce is made up

The cost of women in the workplace

For the first time in social history women are more likely to be financially responsible for either themselves, their family or their extended family than ever before. Not just women, but mothers now make up two-thirds of primary or co-breadwinners