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Interruptions or Engagement - Does How you Feel relate to your Gender?

A few years ago, I was pitching a new idea to a roundtable but left the experience of being routinely interrupted as I tried to get my key points out, feeling a bit battered, bruised and afterwards felt near to tears. The reaction from others, however was illuminating. A female colleague intuited how I’d felt and found me in the bathroom where she consoled me. Once I’d collected myself, a guy I didn’t know well, but who had been in the meeting, came up to me and said - ‘Wow, you certainly got people thinking!’  When I queried that with ‘But I could barely get a word out edgewise’. He brushed that off, saying the listeners - all men in...

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Who Says Bigger is Better? Larger Signatures Sizes are Associated with Increased Costs 

Who says size matters? Well, bigger, it turns out, is not always better - and indeed it can be a lot worse. It turns out that signature size is correlated to narcissism, and the bigger the signature a CEO pens, the more overconfident they are. So what’s the bottom-line impact? Well, it turns out CEO narcissism, as displayed by their signature size in their U.S Securities and Exchange Commission filings is associated with over-investment. This splashing the cash was particularly prevalent in the form of R&D and M&A spend. CEO's who used larger than average signatures were more likely to spend on Research and Development and Mergers and Acquisitions in order to embellish the reputation of themselves and the firm, while they spent less on capital to shore up the...

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Heard one too many ‘Manologues’?

No-one likes a self-important blowhard who can’t stop talking, but it seems we dislike it unevenly. A 2012 study of U.S. Senators, the findings of which may sound familiar to you, found that of the male Senators with the most leadership roles were indeed given the leeway to use the public forum to talk longer. People expected ‘manologues’ - particularly amongst those with the most power in the room.  However, female Senators with the same number of senior roles didn’t speak anywhere near as long when in the public forum. For the men, it appears, having seniority and demonstrating it was sufficient. For women, it appears there was a dual goal - demonstrating seniority, but also building rapport with others,...

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Getting inside the Mind of Tech Recruiters

Ever wondered why you should actually speak to recruiters who call? Are they a time-waste or the potentially the best source of intel you can get - even if you aren't looking for a new role yet? You may not even think of your field as being technology, but as we've seen with banking and law, most organisations are only growing elements their tech offering. Truth is, you may already be working in a field that's striving towards being a tech employer - even if it isn't now. Join Rebecca Hastings, 15+ year recruiter in the tech space and myself on October 1 at lunchtime, as we discuss when and how to work with recruiters. Your colleagues, particularly the guys certainly are -...

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Don’t Wait for a Break Until You’re ‘Worth It’ 

You likely have qualifications, or are aiming towards new certifications or likely both!  As part of working towards my MCC, the highest certification granted by the ICF (International Coach Federation) it’s humbling having to unlearn a lot of what I thought made me a good coach - especially when it comes to getting down to the actions. The actions are great, but my clients are smart people - they know what steps they need to do.However, my coaching clients get to it faster if we spend our time unpicking ‘why’ they want to do the things they say they want to do and the benefits they're aiming for - in order to drive those actions. This can sometimes involve asking ourselves some uncomfortable questions....

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