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Women in Boardrooms: Supply not Quotas.

Last year, Lord Davies of Abersoch decreed that businesses should have 25% of the seats around the country’s boardrooms occupied by women, and set a target of 2015 for the top 250 businesses in the UK to get there. A year on, how is positive discrimination going? Well, the FTSE-100 now has 16.7% female board […]

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RVP Vs the CEO

Later tonight, Robin Van Persie is likely to make his debut for Manchester United. The move has had universal approval (Emirates Stadium dwellers aside) with even the most critical of opponents secretly wishing their club could have stumped up the cash. The move will cost Man Utd £24m, plus wages of £36m over 4 years, […]

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Priority seating for Pregnant CEOs?

Last week, Yahoo appointed their 5th CEO in 5 years. They have chosen an outstanding candidate. Two degrees in Computer Science from Stanford, glittering, revered career with Google and value backed-up with the fact that at just 37 years old, the new CEOs remuneration will be significantly in excess of $1million per month. As you’d expect, […]

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Replacing Diamond as a “Gilt’s Best Friend”.

“Barclay’s CEO, Bob Diamond, resigns with immediate effect” the Sky News tickertape announced just before 7.30am a week ago today, 3rd July. I was at the gym and the whole place stopped to read the story before gradually nodding with the appearance of a David having finally defeated Goliath.  Over the following few hours, news […]

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Manchester: The True Second City

I’m a Yorkshireman. For those that don’t understand the War of the Roses and the 600 years of subsequent ‘discussion’, it puts in to context the magnitude of what I am about to say. Manchester is kicking a*se. I may be currently heading south away from Manchester at c120mph courtesy of Richard Branson, with my […]

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Things we learn from Men in Lycra

I was lucky enough to be a special guest of the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital Charity at yesterday’s Great Manchester Cycle Ride in recognition for the Charity Bike Ride I did last year, and as their reigning Many Hands Award Winner. The ride was made up of 4 laps of a 13 mile circuit around the […]

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“Stop Whining and Work Harder”

This was Prime Minister David Cameron’s message to business and workers earlier this week. Does he have a point? The opposition jumped on the missive immediately. Arguably the biggest whiner of the House of Commons, Chuka Umunna spoke of little else for the following few days. Perhaps the mantra could be adopted on the opposition benches […]

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Pick on the Big Guy(s)

We’ve currently got four FTSE C-Level searches live; three FTSE-100, one FTSE-250; two CFOs, two CEOs. It’s a great coup, but the stories behind them are also very telling of the market. Last year we saw what was branded as ‘Arab Spring’; the uprising in several ‘Arab’ nations, entire populations typically fighting against tyrant leaders, leading […]

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Question Time: Got Manchester Talking.

I was privileged enough to be a Question Time panel member at yesterday’s inaugural Talk of Manchester event. Great event harnessing just about everything that is great about Manchester….and the North West. The event opened with the perennially incredible, motivational and energetic Michael Finnegan, CEO of i2i – the Peter Kay of business speaking. Michael […]

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What happened to the ‘Job For Life’?

It’s my wedding anniversary today; four years, no time at all in the halls of marriage….. but in career terms, four years is now a well above average tenure. What happened to the ‘job for life’? Times move on, businesses move on and careers have certainly moved on. The average (median) tenure for people’s current jobs […]

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Charity Award Win – The Presentation

  Last night, I was announced as the winner of the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital Many Hands award in recognition of last September’s Charity Bike Ride. Details of the ride itself can be found HERE Getting recognition for your efforts is always welcome, but this was particularly emotive: The Charity and the Children’s Hospital as […]

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Turning 40

I turn 40 today. I would be lying if I dismissed it as ‘just a number’. It has been a milestone that has been on my mind for some time, but a source of positive reflection rather than mortal dread. Mostly. I vividly remember my father’s 40th birthday. I was 11 yrs old and 40 seemed […]

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Transferable Skills?

“Whilst I don’t technically have the experience you requested, I feel my Transferable Skills enable me to fulfil the role”. All of a sudden every other job applicant appears to have Transferable Skills.  So transferable and relevant, that they feel the need to highlight them……and then explain what they are……and then explain why they are […]

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Celebrating Success

In a session with a business mentor last week, he posed an interesting question: What is Success? It got us all thinking. Success appears to be an increasingly unused term, and the celebration of it ever rarer. A by-product of the current macro-economic environment? It certainly shouldn’t be.  Success is no more difficult to attain in tougher […]

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