Gender Diversity Consultancy
The Success Group offers many years experience in developing organisational talent. Following critical projects with several clients TSG is channelling this experience to address the challenge of gender diversity – from an individual, departmental and company perspective...to ensure that personal development and career management, for everyone, is at the core of any organisational talent focus.
The Success Group is pleased to introduce 'Women In Business'.....
Women in Business Report
The latest 2012 research from The Success Group. The focus of
this investigation has been to explore in-depth how
inequality has been confronted by women. This document is primarily
for aspiring women but will be of interest to anyone concerned with
the under-representation of women in senior management positions
and the resultant ethical, legal and commercial impact.
Download the 'Women in Business Report' PDF
Women In Business
'What do we do about this ever increasing focus on gender
diversity and the progress of women in the company? Why is it such
an issue?' This question is now being voiced in most board rooms
across the globe. The focus on women in business is ever
increasing, resulting in many board level executives feeling
exposed and unsure of the next steps.
Today over 50% of graduates are female and over 50% of first
degrees are obtained by women. Over 45% of the UK labour force is
female. This leads us to conclude that by not optimising the female
talent pool a business opportunity is missed... ...and yet to
achieve a gender balance means understanding why the balance
changes so dramatically from 50/50 at professional levels to almost
negligible at board and executive levels. After years of discussion
and research, focus on gender pay equality and, most recently,
recommendations as to the percentage of women who should be present
on a FTSE 100 board, the retention of senior women still remains a
real challenge for the majority of organisations.
Research has shown that companies who hire and retain more women
can also gain a competitive edge. There is a correlation between
high numbers of female senior executives and stronger
Why is it then that companies start to lose women as they move
up the career ladder so that at board level in the UK women still
only fill 15.6% of FTSE 100 board places - a figure which has
increased very slowly over recent years? Why is the retention of
talented women such a challenge?
Public opinion has demanded that this issue is on the HR agenda
of every company. Therefore leadership competencies for high
potential women are more critical than ever. There is now a
recognition and consensus that the glass ceiling is more myth than
reality. The challenges facing the progress of women occur at every
level in an organisation.
More and more companies are realising that they need to take
positive action to enable and support the progress of women to
reach the higher levels of the organisation...
At The Success Group we offer programmes to
help individuals, management and organisations develop a commitment
to gender to help grow, retain and promote high potential women.
Our approach has been developed from our own research and working
closely with talented women in many large and often global
Working with our Clients TSG has launched a series of programmes
to address the gender challenge at all levels of an organisation.
With these programmes as the cornerstone to an effective gender
programme, TSG will always prefer to fully understand the current
client challenges and then develop a customised approach to address
Some of the commonly addressed issues we invariably tackle
- Understanding and managing the underlying gender diversity
prejudices and barriers to progress particularly unconscious
- Actively identifying and managing key stakeholders
- How gender fits within the broader diversity agenda?
- How gender fits with the talent and business agenda?
- Developing a fluency in a wider range of leadership styles
The Success Group Gender Diversity Programmes
Understanding the Challenge
We strongly believe that to develop a highly effective gender
strategy an organisation needs to first understand the current
picture regarding the progress of women and the barriers they might
be facing. We have developed a methodology to enable us to identify
- Diversity diagnostics
- Developing the right strategy
- Gender metrics
Female Executive 1:1 Coaching
Our heritage is based upon coaching both female and male
executives and we continue to coach senior women in all aspects of
professional development. Senior females are now finding that their
responsibility as a female role model is an additional skill which
we now help them embrace.
Coaching clinics offer an affordable option to enable women who
are not executives but have been identified as high potential to
benefit from personal coaching. This programme uniquely focuses on
supporting and developing women to feel confident about achieving
challenging career goals.
Effective Career Transitions
TSG offer a proven methodology for supporting both men and women
as they change role within a company. A particular emphasis on
preparing for and returning from maternity leave is addressed as
part of this programme.
Development Programme for High Potential Women
Years of experience from our individual, team and conscious
leadership work have enabled TSG to identify the most critical
skills required for women to lead successful teams. The shape of
these programmes is determined by the agendas already being run by
an organisation but would typically include:
- Female Career Management Programme
- Self Discovery and Leadership Style
- Career Planning and Ownership
- Conscious Leadership
- Skills Masterclasses eg....
- Unconscious bias
- Powerful communication
- Rethinking the worklife balance
- Two-Way Mentoring
Advocacy Programmes for Senior Management
Following significant research TSG strongly believe that
organisations are now at a point where inviting male executives and
management to understand the diversity challenge better is
critical. This programme not only explains and debates why
addressing gender balance is important but also develops skills to
help understand the gender differences between men and women and
how to work with those differences to support an individual's
career development. The programme includes an exploration of the
- Understanding the business imperative
- Unconscious bias explored
- Effective career conversations
Building Women's Business Networks
Many organisations today are grappling with the question 'How do
I introduce a women's business network and will it really benefit
our business?' Through working with several major organisations to
address this question TSG are now experienced in developing the
business case, exploring the objectives and implementing the most
effective way of introducing a women's business network to a large
Please do not hesitate to contact us to discuss further your
gender diversity journey.