ForbesWoman Online Magazine Launches

Woman raising profile Doing my last Internet trawl during a lunch break, I found that Forbes magazine, that long established publication on all things corporate, has just launched a new online magazine dedicated to women in business, ForbesWoman. It is being published by Moira Forbes, established business woman and granddaughter to the scion who started the magazine originally. 

I had a little browse, and while it was understandably very heavily focused on women in corporate settings, it had lots of good articles ranging from How To Manage Money And Marriage and A Circle of Advice on how a group of senior Wall Street women are helping rebuild the US economy to Seeking The Perfect White Shirt. I give it a thumbs up as being interesting for many of the professional females I coach and those interested in women and work issues more generally. 

Ask for Help or Forever Be the Helpmate

Balance wheel of paper clips Tomorrow night, in conjunction with Women in Technology, I am leading a workshop on the "Art of  Delegation", - one the trickiest lessons we women have to learn. Much of the executive coaching for women I do revolves around stress management dealing with work life balance. Many women th take great pride in managing everything from their careers, to their children's schedules, the running of their house, to the maintenance of social relationships single-handedly and without any help. It is almost a badge of honour to say you have no help. However, self-reliance when taken to the extreme of many working women, can cause a sense of isolation that is neither helpful in the home or workplace. How often have you heard  yourself say "it's just easier if I do it myself". Well it may be the first time, but if you invested the time in asking for help and giving guidance on how to do the task, it surely will take less effort on the second and all subsequent occasions.

Men ask for help and don't take it as a sign of personal failure. Before you do the next task "Am I the only one who can do this? Or, "Can I train someone and delegate it?" If you try to do everything yourself, you will never have time to do the things you are actually good at and enjoy doing. For example, I could do my own accounts – but realised early one that it would be far better to employ a specialist who will be more accurate, takes less time and probably saves me money! She loves the nitty-gritty of bookkeeping and sees each spreadsheet as a puzzle and that enthusiasm makes her a great asset to my business, leaving me time to do the things that I actually enjoy like speaking, writing and one to one coaching. What do you want to do more of and what can others do better than you, if you just asked for help?

Women with MBA’s Earn Less than Male Colleagues

Man and woman arm wrestle The Independent recently had a piece about career women entitled UK Business Schools Still Struggle to Name any High flying Female MBA's that looked at the shocking pay disparity for women at work among other things. The article by Hilary Wilce explained " According to the 2008 Career Survey by the Association of MBAs, which looked at the salaries of 2,000 MBAs worldwide, women gain much less from the qualification than men. In the UK a woman with an MBA can look forward to an average salary 18 per cent lower than that of a men, while in the USA the gap is 13 per cent, and in Germany an astonishing 40 per cent. The figures are, says Mark Stoddard, accreditations project manager for AMBA, "quite striking." The disparity came from the number of women who work until they have children and then either leave work completely, work a reduced schedule or choose to work from home - all of which can drastically reduce the salaries of capable women…and the profits of those companies that would do better to work with professional females than force them to choose between family and work.   

“Art of Delegation” – Evening Workshop in London at Women in Technology

WIT logo In conjunction with womenintechnology.co.uk, I am running an evening workshop on the "Art of Delegation" on May 27th. Would you love to be able to delegate to others successfully and without feeling guilty? For many women, delegation is a dirty word; in reality it’s about sharing workloads effectively so that everyone has enough time and energy for the people, projects and goals that are most important to them.  In this practical and interactive evening workshop, you will learn how to build strong, supportive relationships that enable you to assign tasks and distribute workloads effectively and efficiently to get the right things done…in less time. Through a dynamic blend of training and coaching, I will help you learn how to decide which work to delegate, to whom, and how best to do it, in order to achieve the results you and your teams need to succeed, both in your professional and personal lives.

The workshop runs from 6pm-9pm at womenintechnology offices in 114 Middlesex Street, London, E1 7JH and the cost is just £57 + VAT (£65.55) There are a maximum of 14 places available on this course and spaces fill up fast, so please get in touch asap if you'd like to attend. For more information and to download the booking form please go to: http://www.womenintechnology.co.uk/the-art-of-delegation or please email Sarah Lilley on slilley@womenin.co.uk or call on 020 7422 9213. See you there!

Where is the Time you “Save” on Your Blackberry Going?

Womanwithblackberry_2 The main attraction of a Blackberry is that it can help ensure a healthy work-life balance. The idea is that you can still work whilst freeing yourself from that greatest symbol of "corporate oppression" – the desk. A blackberry allows you to take work away with the average blackberry user converting up to an hour of normal downtime – commuting, walking between meetings and so on into productive work time. Theoretically, this should in turn give professionals more free time with their family and friends. The reality may look a bit different however, with many people still working on their blackberries whilst they are with the aforementioned friends and family:)

That freed-up time translates roughly to 250 hours per year, enough for a 10 day holiday! However, there seems to be a real question as to whether users seize the potential of that "free time" - especially in today's uncertain economic climate, with nearly half of blackberry users planning summer holidays saying in a recent BBC poll that they would be taking their blackberries with them on holiday to stay in touch with work. Will you be taking yours with you this summer?    

Are Women Following in Dad’s Professional Footsteps?

Daddy working on computer When I did my PhD looking at what drew some of the few females engineering students into the field, I often heard stories about scientific fathers or other male relatives who were influential to their interest. Clearly, I'm not the only one according to a podcast within Scientific American. Researchers from North Carolina State University and the University of Maryland examined surveys of more than 40,000 women who were born between 1909 to 1977. There was a clear rise in the number of women entering previously male-dominated fields, and as time progressed, there was a distinct change. Women born in the 1970s were three times more likely to follow in their dads’ footsteps. Researchers can’t say exactly what this means about father-daughter relationships. Maybe dads are investing more time in educating their daughters. Maybe they’re talking more about their own jobs.  But dads and daughters appear to be taking career paths that bridge both the generation and gender gaps. Do you have a father who influenced your career path?

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