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.   

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