Got a Mentor?

Posted on September 30th, 2014 by - 0 comments

women supporting women. Still from 1980 film 9 to 5

When you read the career stories of many famous high profile women a common strand emerges: most of them had a mentor.

Have you?

The extract below is from an IBM report ‘The Business Case for Gender Balance':

Make Mentoring Meaningful

Ideally, high-potential women should be offered their own mentor. This
mentor should be trained or up-skilled to understand what career
support is most effective to help women progress in their careers.

Non-specific mentoring involving general career guidance helps create
a general feel-good factor, but rarely helps women progress. Mentors
who can provide access to stretching, high-visibility roles; provide
introductions to networks of senior decision makers; and encourage the
mentee to seek new opportunities can be powerful career accelerators.

Any formal mentoring program should be clear about what it expects
mentors to do and should set clear targets against which success can
be measured. That evaluation of mentoring programs should be regular
to ensure they are working optimally.

So, if you want to get ahead, get a mentor! If your organisation doesn’t operate a mentoring scheme, maybe it’s time to ask for one.

P.S. Have you heard about my one day course for women RenewYou? Check it out here. A great investment in you!

Photo Credit: The photo is a still from the 1980 film 9 to 5.

A Message To Emma Watson: We Salute You

Posted on September 25th, 2014 by - 0 comments

It’s a sad fact that if you are prepared to stand up for what you believe in you will get attacked. Not just a debating of your views, which one must expect, but personal attacks. These are all the more vicious if you are female: women’s voices are not heard easily. (See Mary Beard on this – Do You Listen to Women?) The actor, Emma Watson, has been experiencing this lately. She has spoken up for gender equality in a

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Pregnant Women Penalised at Work

Posted on September 23rd, 2014 by - 0 comments

One in four mums who have returned to work believe they have been subjected to discrimination, either before or after the birth of their child. This is the startling conclusion of a survey undertaken by law firm Slater & Gordon. Below is a summary of their findings. Researchers found 51 per cent consider that their employers’ and colleagues’ attitude towards them changed when they fell pregnant, while two thirds said things have been ‘difficult’ for them since they returned from

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New Beginnings

Posted on September 22nd, 2014 by - 0 comments

Do you find September a great month for new beginnings? I know January is traditionally the big month of resolutions but not for me. I’ve always loved September; it must be a throwback to my times of school and university but the Autumn always sees me full of life and raring to go. I’m not really a great summer lover and heat makes me slothful and sleepy. But give me that first nip of a slight chill in the air,

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It’s Not You, It’s Them

Posted on September 19th, 2014 by - 0 comments

Well, OK sometimes it just might be you…but I work with so many women who feel they are not getting a fair crack at work and closer examination reveals they are facing some classic, albeit often unintentional, examples of sexism at work. If that sounds familiar, this post is for you. An interesting snippet which might be of use: Women get talked over by men at work. Yet both men and women think women talk most in meetings. Research shows

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Fall Down, Get Up, Fall Down, Get Up…

Posted on September 16th, 2014 by - 1 comment

Some years ago there was a pop record out with the chorus ‘I get knocked down but I get up again, you’re never gonna keep me down‘. I used to sing it at the top of my voice when it came on the radio as it so epitomises my attitude to life. (The family were not amused.) If we want to succeed in anything we have to learn to keep getting up, stronger and more determined than before. If you’d

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