Are women just bored of boards?

In June 2016, Oliver Wyman, the global management consultancy, released its second paper on women’s progress in the financial services sector. The report includes an analysis of 381 financial services organisations globally, including South Africa, and found that at the rate of current progress, executive committees in financial services industry globally will only reach 30% female representation in 2046.

Shocked yet? 2046! How is that possible?  Depending on which study you read, women in open economies make up between 47% and 51% of the workforce, so why would they only get to 30% of leadership positions in 30 years’ time? And why is it important that they do? Continue reading “Are women just bored of boards?”

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Same, same but different

There’s something really special about family holidays, maybe it’s the sleep; or the time; or maybe it’s the sea… whatever it is, the soul is somehow enriched and we most often come away remembering who we really are. It’s the “who really are” part that seems to be my focus right now and then that nagging question: “how do I keep remembering to be me when the holiday is over?” And: “why do I need to anyway?” Continue reading “Same, same but different”

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Daddy’s courageous princess

Being a princess has to be the best part of being a woman.  I love my mornings faffing and preening and choosing exactly the shoes and the blouse and the skirt and the heels I feel calling out to me for the day; and then changing my mind and starting all over again!  For all the challenges of corporate life as a woman, at least we can still feel pretty and feminine; albeit in head to toe black. Continue reading “Daddy’s courageous princess”

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How not to fail in corporate innovation…

This post was cowritten by the genius D’ave Meyer who also gets the point just right and makes work such a barrel of laughs.  At the FOUNDeRY, we’ve managed to celebrate a few successes in this morass we call corporate innovation (we’re lucky, we live within a brand that gets innovation), and we’re doing things that are actually shifting the business forward. But, it wasn’t easy… Continue reading “How not to fail in corporate innovation…”

Our book is yet unwritten

2016 has been a year of discovery, of adventure, of breaking boundaries.  For many it’s been a year of unparalleled innovation – especially for those of us that live in experimental spaces. We’ve long known that innovation is for the brave – those souls who dare to speak out, the curious ones asking “but who says?”  Continue reading “Our book is yet unwritten”

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