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  • White Water Group Birthday | White Water Group
    Women in Business Blog News Research Shop Free Resources Our Shop Free Resources Tag White Water Group Birthday Home Top Founding members of the Association for Coaching Enter your details below to sign up to our blogs First Name Last

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  • Women in business blog - White Water Women | White Water Group - Part 13
    jobs this Read more Sponsorship the new holy grail for women By Averil Posted on 14 08 2012 Categories Blog Leaders in action Tags Business Catalyst Gender diversity Glass Celling Harvard Business Review Sponsorship Definition SPONSORSHIP a more intensive and higher stake form of mentorship We re now 9 months on from Catalyst s ground breaking report on Sponsorship Sponsoring Women to Read more A career a family or both what do women want By Averil Posted on 13 08 2012 Categories Blog Leaders in action Opinions Women Tags Averil on Radio Listen to Averil taking part in the discussion in the Global Russian Radio Service the Voice of Russia Read more It s all over but does it have to be By Averil Posted on 12 08 2012 Categories 12 ideas for 2012 Blog Tags Habits Olympics So much has been said by so many about the Olympics Tonight the closing ceremony will bring two wonderful weeks to an end The country Read more Happiness By Averil Posted on 24 07 2012 Categories Blog Great reads links Tags BBC Radio 5 Workplace Happiness Averil was talking on BBC Radio 5 Live this morning about Happiness for several seconds The Office of Statistics brings out a Read more Up at the O2 By Averil Posted on 23 07 2012 Categories Blog Real People Tags Climbing Team Building Up at the O2 One of my chief concerns about my clients is that they often have no time to reflect to take stock of themselves their life and Read more Give girls better role models By Averil Posted on 19 07 2012 Categories Blog Women Tags Female Role Models Last month the Girl Guide Association published a follow up to its 2011 study Girls Attitude Survey More than half of the 11

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  • I just can’t think! : White Water Group
    just did are often met with assent but are ruinous to both concentrated intellectual activity and creativity Apparently those who are regularly interrupted make 50 more mistakes and take twice as long to complete tasks Personality comes into it too Some of us have a preference for going off into a darkened corner all alone before we can begin to get creative only emerging to engage the team by saying Here s an idea What do you think Others don t know what they think at all until they are in the middle of a discussion which sparks their ideas for them Yet most business thinking takes place in group settings with questionable results The word brainstorm is frequently used to describe what turns out to be a rather vapid and uninspiring discussion by a few people in the group followed by an agreement to act in a fairly predictable fashion Interestingly electronic brainstorming is much more effective using the internet to get a lot of people sitting by themselves somewhere to come up with ideas in privacy and get immediate feedback and further development of the idea You are also never truly alone these days With constant interruptions from phones e mail and forays onto the internet which then seduce you on to your Facebook page to check status updates that s what you are doing right now isn t it not procrastinating or time wasting there is very little space in the day for thinking Tunnel vision doesn t help Often people are so wedded to their work that they never read a book go see a film or take a ten minute walk at lunchtime and look at their surroundings no time you see As a result they get duller and narrower in their thinking Exactly the

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  • Second Hand Stress : White Water Group
    gauntlet say I don t do stress and give you a bit of tough love If you can demonstrate to me that it will be useful and lead to successful outcomes then I ll get stressed too Until that day I will make the choice to remain stress free Which means I will face the following assumptions challenges Stress is natural well yes if facing a sabre toothed tiger then the narrowing down of focus caused by fight or flight may well get you out of trouble The rest of the time those reactions will not help one whit and will lead to a very poor performance at work for you and your team So take control and choose your reaction What are you a bit thick Don t you get it while I do understand that the economy is in crisis that heating bills are going to be high that it can be hard to run a business etc etc I still don t get how running around like a panicking headless chicken is going to help anyone Again if you can tell me how it would help I ll work myself into a frenzy now to be of assistance You have no imagination Actually I have just as much ability as the next person to visualise all the most awful scenarios and end of days outcomes I choose not to think What s the worst that can happen but rather What can I do to get through this make it right succeed It s a much better use of my time and energy Visualise the best outcome and then put your energy into achieving it You have to be really anxious or your performance is no good Really And your evidence is When I got back from The

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  • When Networking is about life and death… : White Water Group
    the author and real life protagonist of the case This is a transfer from Edinburgh s Fringe that has not suffered from the rewriting for a West End format All four actors are excellent here is a review So what does this play have to do with networking skills Well once the journalists on the case have exhausted all the logical avenues and hit every possible wall they pause to think and actually reverse the problem If you have ever done the who do you want to meet exercise on one of our courses you will be familiar with the thinking In this case they need to get to Pervez Musharraf the then President who is the only person who can grant a pardon How do you get to him well you try and think who knows him The journalists focus on Prince Charles and having identified a way to him next think of an angle that will possibly prompt him into action Although we know that there is happy ending of sorts I won t reveal more as the process is truly fascinating Networking is a key leadership skill that takes many forms Fortunately is will rarely be as

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  • Selling Women Cheap? : White Water Group
    to the 49 increase in FTSE salaries for top directors David Cameron has suggested that this is yet another good reason to have women on boards as it will drive down pay Now we all know more women on the board is good for profits and innovation so more women is certainly good for business but I m not sure what evidence or argument there is for using women to drive down men s pay His argument seems to be that women would end the closed shop currently existing in most British boardrooms Wow that is going to make them a popular choice for board appointment isn t it Pick a woman she ll drive your income down One assumes women showing more emotional intelligence might be in touch with what the general public is likely to think of these enormous pay rises and resist increasing the differential between the most senior and the general hoi polloi the workers at a rather delicate time However it sounds a little like Cameron is assuming we can get senior women to do the same job as senior men but for much less money We know women have in fact been doing this

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  • Flexibility and Talent : White Water Group
    So far so good Further questioning revealed that Women wanted flexibility so that they could fulfil more of their other important roles in life homemaker carer and so on Men wanted flexibility to play golf or take up other personal activities So if a woman seeks flexibility in her organisation the chances are that a male boss is likely to perceive this as an opportunity for inessential extra curricular activities because that s what he might use flexibility for himself As a result women are often judged as less serious or committed because they want flexibility and the issue is not supported as it could be The other fascinating story was from a financial services firm that is very keen to become more diverse Every year they ask managers to put forward the people they deem Talent or High Potential Women have been making up about 24 of the final list despite making up 49 of the workforce in question This year when the request went out for the talent list they did one thing differently They didn t nag or exhort or introduce quotas The document for each manager just gave a break down of the percentage men and women who were eligible This year s final list had over 40 women on it Somehow seeing those numbers reminded managers that there women there with loads of talent merit even who were probably just quietly getting on doing a good job and not fighting to get ahead The debate about quotas keeps coming back to whether women will be appointed on merit Our argument throughout has been that the purpose of quotas is to make the situation transparent and visible Once you make the women visible and the system fair women get ahead on merit Related Posts Dealing with

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  • Are we there yet? : White Water Group
    This was written by Rebecca West in 1913 How women today deny that they are even feminists The business case for women in business is unequivocal replicated in repeated studies yet companies haemorrhage 50 of their women every five years We looked at what women had to do to help themselves map plan career progression build their confidence and self belief understand and work organisational dynamics find sponsors and the right coaches and above all take a chance I asked the audience how they would vote on Lord Davies 25 quotas for boards in the UK Only a brave few voted for Most cited the old concerns about this measure implying a lack of fundamental merit rather than being an invisible group So they almost 100 all male quotas continue Europe in general is working very hard to achieve balance Voluntary targets Denmark Germany Holland Government legislation Norway public boards 40 by 1981 Large private 40 by 2008 France 20 by 2015 40 by 2018 Spain 40 60 either gender by 2015 Netherlands 30 either gender by 2016 Italy third each gender by 2015 Belgium third each gender 1 8 years to comply In contrast the USA No quotas Governance rules May be asked to disclose whether diversity has been considered in choosing board candidates Conclusions We need to change the way we do business Open up to wider talent pool Actively invest in tailored development for women Find effective sponsors coaches and mentors Become market leaders in fostering female talent Make the numbers visible Keep filling the pipeline Value output higher than long hours I finished with some thoughts about the USA from Miss Representation especially You can t be what you can t see At age 7 boys and girls both wanted to be President of USA by

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