Monthly Archives: July 2011

Liz Bolshaw

Laurie Penny, blogging for the New Statesman this week, writes: “Don’t worry about the glass ceiling – the basement is flooding.”

She argues that campaigns to increase diversity among senior management in the City of London and in the boardroom are “arrant twaddle” and based on false logic.

Liz Bolshaw

You might think that supermarkets in the UK, whose customers are 70 per cent female, would have more than the average number of women at board or senior management level. But you’d be wrong.

Rebecca Knight

Anna Protopapas is a rarity in the corporate world. Not only is she one of a small number of top-ranking women in the biopharmaceutical industry, but as executive vice-president of global business development at Takeda Pharmaceuticals, she is also one of only a few women at the top of a Japanese company.

Rebecca Knight

Korn/Ferry International, the recruitment firm, has just published a book for job seekers billed as an “exclusive opportunity to get behind-the-scenes insight from top consultants” on how to manage your career.  

Liz Bolshaw

A few days ago, The Sun reported on a survey undertaken by Stylecompare.co.uk, a fashion website, that found that about six out of 10 bosses cited women showing too much cleavage as the ultimate fashion offence. 

Liz Bolshaw

I am not much of a betting woman, but the leadership vacuum at the top of London’s Metropolitan Police has created something of a frenzy of interest at the country’s bookmakers.

The two top jobs at Scotland Yard are up for grabs, as Sir Paul Stephenson, commissioner, and John Yates, assistant commissioner, have fallen on their swords in the phone-hacking scandal. Two of Britain’s most senior policewomen are in the running; were either of them to be successful, it would be a first for the Met.

Liz Bolshaw

A new report by Northwestern University, Chicago, shows that both men and women still see women as being less qualified or less “natural” in leadership roles.

Rebecca Knight

A new course on leadership at Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University, will give more than a dozen of its female MBA students a taste of what it feels like to be at the top – the top of Mount Kilimanjaro, that is. 

Rebecca Knight

After I had my first baby, I was a wreck about returning to work. I was so tired from the middle-of-the-night feedings and the tormented crying jags that I could not imagine how on earth I would function again as a professional. But I was also so infatuated with my daughter that I could not imagine being away from her for nine hours a day. 

Liz Bolshaw

It may be more than 200 years since the Jacobins ran through the streets of Paris to the rallying cry of “Liberté, egalité, fraternité, ou la mort”, but while these principles still underpin our ideas of civilised society, their interpretation remains the subject of fierce debate.

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Liz Bolshaw

Liz Bolshaw is a business journalist and editor. She has been a successful book publisher, online editor, magazine editor and publisher.

She was launch editor of the Europe-wide online community Entrepreneur Country, has published magazines for PwC, 3i, dunhill and Bafta, and launched The Sharp Edge, a magazine for and about entrepreneurs, with Duncan Bannatyne. She is a regular contributor to Thomson Reuters’ Venture Capital Journal.

Her last project for the Financial Times was as editor of the paper’s Business Education magazine.

Rebecca Knight

Rebecca Knight is a freelance journalist based in Boston. She writes regularly for the FT on business education, entrepreneurship, and management.

Andrew Hill

Andrew Hill is an associate editor and the management editor of the FT. He was City editor of the FT and editor of the daily Lombard column on British business and finance from September 2006 to December 2010.

He was the FT’s financial editor from June 2005 to September 2006, with overall responsibility for coverage of companies and markets. Before becoming financial editor, he was the FT’s comment & analysis editor, in charge of the paper’s opinion and features pages.

From 1999 to 2003, he was the FT’s New York bureau chief. He joined the FT in 1988 and has also worked as foreign news editor, UK companies reporter and correspondent in Brussels and Milan.

Pino Bethencourt

Pino Bethencourt is a professor and leadership expert at IE Business School in Madrid. She is also an author and executive coach.

Lynda Gratton

Lynda Gratton is professor of management practice at London Business School.

Linda Tarr-Whelan

Linda Tarr-Whelan, former ambassador to the UN commission on the status of women, is a Demos distinguished senior fellow.