I’m about to head off to the 2013 BlogHer Conference in Chicago, my first major business trip (on my own!!!!!!!) post child. And since it’s been 4 years in the making I just CAAAAAAAAN'T WAIT!!! But if you’re the kind of person who saves for long-term goals, you better check your bank account. Pronto! Because if you haven’t touched it for 3 years there’s a good chance that the Government has drained your savings account. Completely. Zippo. Gone. Read More
Obviously. If this FULL-PAGE ad on page 10 of the Australian Financial Review’s Weekend Edition is anything to go by, that is.
Flip it: instead of justifying "why diversity on boards?", let's ask the current homogenous cohort to prove "why not?"
A lot has been written about tokenism and diversity on boards. Ann-Maree Moodie, an expert in Boards and Governance, has recently explored the topic in the context of what it means to “lead for diversity”. In other words, what additional skills does a chairman, experienced only in leading a board composed of men similar to him, need in order to accommodate a greater range of people on the board? (You can read her thoughts here.) Read More
Marie was an ordinary, unassuming woman, in her sixties I would guess. She was well dressed, clean and neat, and wore a hat on this cold winter’s day. Standing outside a city office tower, she was so normal she could have been anyone’s aunt or grandma or sister, waiting to meet them for lunch. So normal I barely noticed her as I dashed toward the lift well, late again. Her hand gestured forward, and the motion caught my eye but as I spun around she withdrew, turning away. My gut made me ask: “Do you need help?” Read More
I'm not a Woman For Gillard, I’m not a fan of her policies in general and I will never understand the timing of many of them. But there’s at least one thing I will always regard Julia Gillard for: the introduction of Disability Care. I wish my Grandmother was still alive to see it’s introduction; after a lifetime caring for a child – and then adult – with Down’s Syndrome she deserved but never enjoyed this level of assurance and support. My late auntie Janice deserved it, she was a joy and an inspiration in the small town where we all grew up. And even today, millions of Australians with disabilities and their families and carers absolutely deserve Disability Care, and it’s enactment will be a lasting legacy of Ms Gillard. Read More
Perhaps the only good thing to come out of yet another Defence scandal this week is the blistering speech by Lieutenant General David Morrison who delivered a clear and candid message to his troops: “those that think that it is ok to behave in a way that demeans or exploits their colleagues have no place in this Army”. And for those who don’t see the vital role women have played in current engagements and in maintaining our capability now and into the future, his message is clear: “Get out!” Read More
Abortion is an electoral issue? Australia needs political leadership focused on moving forward, not the ghosts of the past
According news this week from Prime Minister Gillard, Australian women (and indeed men, in so much as they are impacted by it) should be very afraid that after September 14 we’ll lose control of our reproductive rights. Gillard’s campaign assertion that women should be concerned “with abortion again becoming the political play-thing of male politicians” appears to be aimed at rallying women against the tide of anti-Labour sentiment. But is it anything more than an ill-informed grab for a media soundbite? Read More
Here’s a big tip for those of you charged with measuring and monitoring gender balance in your organization: the new Guidelines for Gender Balance Performance and Reporting Australia developed by Women On Boards will save you loads of time and money and give you access to leading practice tools (finally!) all in place. Read More
If you're thinking of working from home, then here's another free resource that you might want to review before you give up your desk in the office. We've heard a lot about why people want to work from home... now this infographic from Internet Provider gives us an insight into some of the challenges you might face if you do.
A survey of 24,000 workers in 95 different countries highlighted some of the most common challenges for those working from home, and found that :
- 59% were impacted by children or family demanding attention
- 43% had trouble concentrating on work issues when in the home environment;
- 20% suffered from bad postur;e
and maybe this one relates to me... 12% were impacted by pets demanding attention!!
It seems to me that none of the obstacles are so significant as to avoid working from home; though some consideration of these issues BEFORE you make the big move could certainly help you with planning the transition, and maybe even save you some heartache down the track. Read More
Kate Malonyay lived – and died – about 200 metres from my home in Sydney. I didn’t know Kate, but I’ve walked past her home hundreds – if not thousands – of times. As the news broke first that her bruised body had been found, alone, in her apartment, after work colleagues raised the alert, my heart sank. As the story evolved, and her ex-boyfriend jumped to his own death yesterday to evade arrest for her alleged murder, I felt anger. What sort of selfish and gutless bastard is this guy, to take away the life, the promise, the joy that this woman brought to the world? Read More