Good News for Women & Boards (good news for shareholders too)

Posted on April 17th, 2015 by

Good news for women and boards (and shareholders too)

More women on boards is good news for all of us.

The latest figures to be released show that there is something to be pleased about when it comes to gender equality. There is improvement!

An annual benchmarking report from Cranfield University School of Management,  said 41 firms in the FTSE 100 and 65 in the FTSE 250 had now met the 25% target.

Drinks firm Diageo and Intercontinental Hotels Group jointly topped the Cranfield ranking, with 45% female representation on their boards.

Lord Davies, the former trade minister, said women now accounted for 23.5% of FTSE 100 board members, up from 12.5% in 2011. The increase means that companies are on track to meet his 25% target for 2015.

“The voluntary approach is working – boards are getting fixed,” Said Lord Davies.

The government report found that there were now 263 female directors in FTSE 100 companies, meaning a further 17 women need to be appointed this year to meet the 25% target.

However, Dr Elena Doldor, co-author of the Cranfield report, said she expected women’s representation on boards to stagnate at about 28%.

“There are still not enough women on executive committees or in the executive pipeline. Introducing aspirational and measurable targets for women at all levels is the only way to achieve real progress,”

Nonetheless, let’s celebrate the good news and hope that smaller companies begin to follow suit. The challenge for business is to bring sufficient women into the seniority pipeline or else we will truly stagnant. May I suggest they take a look at RenewYou Means Business? Designed to do just that, at every level in an organisation. You can bring in one of our trainers or get licensed yourself. Click here for more information.

Women, Time to Drag on Your Swimsuit and DIVE IN!

Posted on April 15th, 2015 by

What constitutes the next step up for you? If you’re a woman reading this, you’re statically likely to be only thinking about the grade above you. That’s what we women do, apparently. Furthermore, we wait at least a couple of years and feel we must know our current role inside out before we apply for another one. This is not advantageous to us in the world of work. Men don’t do it. They’ll take a risk on a job (generally)

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A Helpful Tip When You Need a Break

Posted on April 13th, 2015 by

You know how important it is to take a break now and again, but, like me, you probably get engrossed in your work and before you know it hours have slipped by with you hunched over your desk. I use a wee gizmo to remind me to take a break. This one is particularly for Windows but you can also get something similar to suit Macs. An image, as above, will pop up on your screen and remind you to

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Fancy a bit of ‘renewal’ in Paris for the week end?

Posted on April 11th, 2015 by

We’re very happy to announce that we’ve just licensed our very first RenewYou specialist in France. Barbara Wilson is running the very first RenewYou in Paris on Friday May 29th. I think that would make a very good weekend break; RenewYou on Friday and the sights and delights on Saturday and Sunday. Hmm, I may have to make an appearance myself. But don’t worry, if Paris is too far we have loads of courses in the UK. Click here for

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How To Be Renewed!

Posted on April 10th, 2015 by

Just before Easter we recruited two new trainers, one in France and one in Botswana. I can’t tell you how excited we get about that here in the office. Even the office cats pick up on the general vibe of excitement! Every time a RenewYou course is delivered anywhere in the world, we’re empowering and helping women to be their best version of themselves. It feels like a kind of magic. Changing People has some really wonderful women delivering RenewYou;

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Women Duelling on the Radio?

Posted on April 8th, 2015 by

From time to time I’m asked if I’ll appear on a radio show commenting on something in the news about women.  I really enjoy  local radio because they often want to have a slightly longer discussion, and are genuinely interested in a point of view. A dialogue occurs. Recently I was asked to comment on something by a national radio prime time, current affairs programme. They wanted me to take a particular line on a news story, relating to a

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