• Unconscious bias hinders success

    Painting our daughters’ rooms pink, raising a quizzical eyebrow when they express a desire to study A-level physics or gently persuading the black sixth former that she might prefer nursing to studying medicine are, most of us now realise, devastatingly limiting stereotypical attitudes.
    Many of our prejudices we are aware of and can take action to […]

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  • Business & journalism

    Over five decades, public interest in entrepreneurs, innovators and SME leaders has continued to grow but the core relationship between bosses and journalists remains unchanged, writes Dominic O’Connell

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  • UK plc must improve race equality

    While most of British business struggles to improve the representation of women in boardrooms, focus is turning to another key diversity issue – race equality in senior management. The Labour Party has vowed to set ethnic targets for state-controlled bodies if it wins power. Although the IoD does not support quotas, we acknowledge that greater […]

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  • Try hiring returning execs

    You’ve lost your head of sales or marketing. You have a strategic project which somehow never gets off the ground. Your budget to hire someone with expertise is limited. What do you do? Go for ‘returners’.
    These are highly skilled female executives who have dropped out of the workforce to have children. According to the Women […]

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  • Look to sport for answers

    To improve performance, leaders should move away from hierarchy and focus on motivation – and to achieve that they could learn a lot from the world of sport, writes Adrian Moorhouse

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  • Equality is down to the ceo

    When you set your mind to something, it’s amazing what you can achieve – particularly if you’re the boss. At Lloyds Banking Group where chief executive António Horta Osório has made the pledge that 40 per cent of his top 5,000 executives will be women by 2020, the organisation is apparently totally galvanised.
    Now a target […]

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  • Want to be a NED? Speak up

    A favourite Catch 22 used to be that you couldn’t be an actor without an Equity card but you couldn’t get an Equity card until you were an actor. A similar conundrum faces many now wanting to become non-executive directors. The boardroom door may be open – but only once you are already sitting on […]

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  • Internet of Things – the third industrial revolution

    The ‘internet of things’ will affect global business profoundly. But the UK is well placed to take advantage – thanks to robust social enterprises and a strong not-for-profit sector, writes Jeremy Rifkin

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  • Bringing balance to British boardrooms

    Diversity in corporate life will benefit the wider economy, says Lisa Buckingham

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  • Level playing field for SMEs?

    Is the government doing enough to level the playing field for small- to medium-sized businesses when it comes to procuring public sector contracts?

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  • Don’t give away your expertise

    Free consulting is dangerous and costly for companies. It can create shaky foundations for young businesses, undermine larger firms and may lead to demise, writes Shaun Thomson

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  • How to protect your reputation on social media

    Jennifer Janson is the managing director of technology PR agency Six Degrees

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