Government departments and public bodies should be set mandatory targets for the number of women on their boards and held to account in the same way as leading quoted companies, according to a campaign group.
Women on Boards has called for a 40:40:20 target — at least 40% of the members on each public board to be women, 40% men and the rest either gender by 2020. The target for FTSE 100 boards, set by the Davies review, was 25% women by this year.
“The government should be set a higher target than companies in the FTSE 100,” said Fiona Hathorn, managing director of Women on Boards. “Boards have to represent the people they serve, which in the government’s case is the taxpayers. These are boards overseeing tax spending, whether that is in health, the environment and so on. These are the boards that have oversight on how our country is managed.”
Read more in The Sunday Times
It took a client to teach Lyndsey Whiteside that there was more to her business than a simple public relations agency. She told Whiteside that she wanted her help on what to achieve with her company rather than just advice on publicity.
Whiteside woke up to the possibilities that the opportunity offered and worked with her client to create “VIP days”, combining public relations with personal coaching.
“She helped me see what it was that clients really want,” said Whiteside, who runs Inspired PR in Lymington, Hampshire. “I had thought of my business in traditional terms, but because I was open to her ideas rather than assuming I knew what was best, I can now offer something more.
“My business has become a lot more profitable — I am able to charge about £3,000 for a day’s coaching and I enjoy it more because people really value it.”
Read more about co-creation in The Sunday Times
What Britain needs is more leaders. Not safe, conservative, backside-coverers more interested in protecting their packages than moving their company forward, but “real” leaders. Men and women who are willing to make hard decisions, even if it means putting their jobs at risks.
Without them, no organisation can expect high levels of achievement over the long term, according to Graham Jones, the former academic who runs Top Performance Consulting.
“Effectiveness as leader is driven by motivation and mindset rather than skill and ability,” he said. “People exist on a continuum from very risk averse, where they always choose to look after themselves, to ‘real’ leaders at the other end who will take decisions that they know may be unpopular but which they believe are necessary for the organisation to succeed.”
Read more in The Sunday Times, which also has a great photograph of London Air Ambulance’s Graham Hodgkin.