On Thursday we received a couple of plain looking boxes without any content indication. A few minutes later screams all-round: our latest book had finally been published! So on Friday we trotted to London’s National Portrait Gallery for a Champagne Tea celebration. This is our fourth book in four years but somehow it feels more important: it addresses key issues that will make a difference to the way we work for years to come.
- Western European economies are becoming critically short of leadership talent and emerging economies can’t help them. The numbers are scary.
- Women are the most under-represented group at senior level even though there is good evidence that they perform well in leadership roles.
- Companies need to take the long view: a balanced gender senior workforce must be built over many years by managing the pipeline. It is not about maternity.
- With a bit of help, it is relatively easy to model women’s attrition and define company-specific solutions; but the implementation is complex and requires serious senior management commitment.
- Those companies that develop robust business cases and support them with career-stage specific policies (including coaching and leadership development) will be well placed to win the next stage in the ongoing war for talent.
So we’ll bask in the glory for a little while and then turn to the next leadership challenge. If you have an opinion, please comment here or on our Facebook page