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Why is so hard for women to get into the boardroom

Gillian explores some of the challenges women are facing in the workplace on route to the boardroom, and the compromises that still seem to be prevalent to balance family life and career success.

Many women face challenges when trying to progress their career, often organisation don't put enough support in place to help women plan their careers. Gillian talks about some of the factors that can often hinder women, some of them structural and some that are down to their own life choices and desires. We talk on the topics of Debiased Recruitment practices and the whole topic of Meritocracy in hiring and progression that often discriminates against those with less typical characteristics. Gillian also talks about her lockdown project of writing and publishing a book that was her daily journal from the past 6 months, including some topic observations and ironies from this COVID-19 shared experience we've all endured.

 
Published Published: 17.09.2020 Recorded Recorded: 04.08.2020 Episode Length Duration: 1:00:52 Downloads Downloads: 17
 

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How to Simplify Inclusion by Focusing on Behaviours

It was an interesting conversation with Jackie where we talked about how we can focus on the language used in our organisations over and above focusing on Unconscious Bias training as our only tool.

Jackie talks about her views on how organisations can develop their diversity and inclusion programmes by expanding on the baseline of unconscious bias training to look more intersectionally with a focus on the power imbalance and privileges that exist in the workplace. Jackie feel that that only by using a collaborate strategy that involves everyone and being proactive in our ally-ship is the only way we, as a society and our organisation can truly more a shift change in attitudes on inclusion. All to often diversity is focused on without looking at the underlying culture issues that need to be overcome first.

 
Published Published: 10.09.2020 Recorded Recorded: 31.07.2020 Episode Length Duration: 0:42:28 Downloads Downloads: 29
 

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Finding your courage and voice to speak out

I caught up with Madeline who is a survivor of a gang rape she experienced in her teens. She talks very candidly about how she found the courage to overcome shame and speak out.

Madeline shares how she overcame her own shame and stigma of being the victim of a gang rape at the age of 13. She is now an activist for speaking out for other victims of rape to challenge how these victims who are most often women are treated by both the system and society. Through her own strength, that took many years to find, she is a storyteller with the Forgiveness Project that works to shares stories of forgiveness in order to build hope, empathy and understanding. Madeline is also a patron of “SAY Women” and “Justice is Now”. At this time of lockdown with COVID-19 we have to recognise the increased level of domestic abuse and be able to actively support those victims to speak out and be heard.

 
Published Published: 03.09.2020 Recorded Recorded: 27.07.2020 Episode Length Duration: 0:48:20 Downloads Downloads: 19
 

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Why Love, Respect, Connection and Acceptance Matter

A conversation with Ling where we talk about her experience with Mental Health and Wellbeing and how we can create environments for people to speak out.

We are all living in an online world, connected 24x7 without much chance to switch off and recharge. When I caught up with Ling we discussed the impact of living in this connected world on our mental health. We explored the additional pressures that have been introduced by COVID-19 through travel restrictions, wearing masks and the impact on our daily lives. Ling is a former Mental Health nurse of Chinese decent and has foundered a social enterprise where she works with people to help them rediscover acceptance, love and respect to connect back with themselves and society.

 
Published Published: 27.08.2020 Recorded Recorded: 27.07.2020 Episode Length Duration: 0:59:53 Downloads Downloads: 23
 

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Understanding the conflict between Culture vs Humanity

Joanne has a chat with Hend where we discuss her perspectives as someone who was brought up in Egypt, as a Muslim in an Islamic Country who now lives in the UK

In this episode Joanne talks to Hend Halim, a Muslim woman who was born in Egypt and now lives in the UK with her husband and young child. Hend talks about how she was raised in a society that was intolerant of LGBTQ+ identities and how she found the UK and Western Culture around inclusion alien to her at first. She talks about how she has invested her own time to learn and embrace an open culture where there is freedom of expression. Hend also talks about her surprise at the levels of intolerance in the UK culture when it comes to LGBTQ+ and Trans people in the UK and is herself a passionate ally and dedicating her career in the D&I arena.

 
Published Published: 23.07.2020 Recorded Recorded: 23.07.2020 Episode Length Duration: 0:48:06 Downloads Downloads: 40
 

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Why we need a more open dialogue on race

A chat with Gamal 'G' Turawa where we discuss his perspectives of the world as Britain's first openly gay black (former) police officer on the world of today.

We are in the midst of a world dealing with the effects of COVID-19 and in the middle of this the shocking images and videos of George Floyd hit our screens. A man, a black man murdered by Police Officers in the US has now reignited the global #blacklivesmatter movement. Gamal doesn't speak for any one but himself, and we talk about the world we are in now, the impact of Grenfell Tower, Windrush and now this, together with about how White people need to understand what it means to be white and how they can help push the bolder up the hill to help take the strain of racism. Please join in the conversation and leave your comments below.

 
Published Published: 14.06.2020 Recorded Recorded: 11.06.2020 Episode Length Duration: 1:09:48 Downloads Downloads: 96
 

Jo sat down to talk to Gamal ‘G’ Turawa an openly gay black (former) police officer about why we need a more open dialogue on race.

Gamal’s key piece of advice is that we need to learn to ‘hear each other rather than tell each other’. It used to be that the black community were being asked to be the medicine and the cure, but people are now looking at what it means to be white; what does privilege mean and this opens the conversation.

We all want integration and to be able to build an empathy bridge between experiences but to do this we need to use something we relate to and apply it to what someone else is saying. Otherwise, although we hear each other we cannot empathise as we have no frame of reference. 

Gamal believes the word ‘understanding’ is a barrier to building this bridge, we will never truly understand the world someone else lives in but to him it is about appreciating the fact that we do live in different worlds. People want to be recognised for who they are, not who you think they should be. Also, identity is not fixed, we all have multiple identities and Gamal believes you need to be clear on where you are speaking from and how you are communicating.

He frequently hears the phrase ‘when I see you I don’t see your colour’ something he finds offensive because although he doesn’t want to be judged by it he does want recognition that it is part of his identity, by dismissing it you are not seeing a part of a persons’ identity.

With the recent BLM movement Gamal believes it is important to recognise the past, we may not like what has happened but it is a part of our history and he believes that if we don’t know where we have come from, how do we know where we are going?’ We are not condoning the past it is about recognising it and using it to change the future. It is through others past endeavours that we have the right to voice our opinions today, a privilege that many do not appreciate the origins of. This highlights that privilege comes in a variety of different forms, not just skin colour and will ultimately affect our reactions; our fight or flight response is instinctive and will often surprise us, but by recognising when it surfaces and how you react to it you are able to question your own bias and potentially change your response.

Diversity has been likened to pushing a boulder uphill- with recent events a few more hands have joined but the question is how long the extra hands will stay and how much further they must go.

In his closing remarks Gamal says be angry but chose to do something with it, rather than let it become destructive.


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How the term queer became cool again

Joe talks about how he feels that Queer is an inclusive term now it has been reclaimed by the community together with his thoughts on where the world is going with LGBTQ+ acceptance.

In this episode Joe talks about his career and times spent in the pursuit of LGBTQ+ visibility as a journalist, editor of gay times and most recently as the co-founder of Queer Britain, which is the first fixed location museum of Queer History based in London. Joe also talks about the onslaught that trans people are facing at the moment and the struggle that some queer people are having during lock down. We are even joined at one point by Joe's mum who interrupts us with a "hello son" phone call - the joys of bringing out whole family to work with out remote working environment. Please join in the conversation and leave your comments below.

 
Published Published: 14.06.2020 Recorded Recorded: 02.06.2020 Episode Length Duration: 1:03:38 Downloads Downloads: 40
 

Joanne sits down to talk to Joseph Galliano the Co-Founder of Queer Britain to discuss ‘how the term queer became cool again.’

When Joe and his team were considering names for Queer Britain, they decided upon queer because they felt it was the most inclusive term within the acronym LGBT and the only moniker that everyone could stand underneath. Going back to the early 90’s people started to embrace the word queer, almost as an act of defiance and claiming it back as an identity to be proud of, rather than being used as slur. This allowed for it to be embraced and used to mean something to each individual, it is all about where the power resides with a word, the intent.

Both Joe and Joanne note that the lockdown restrictions we have faced due to COVID-19 have be particularly tough for some queer people, who may find themselves in a hostile environment, or one where they are not able to be themselves, especially if closeted. People may be ‘out’ at work, but not fully at home and lockdown will really magnify this as they do not have the rest bite their workplace may have offered. Joe feels as a gay man that workplaces are getting better at allowing people to be more authentic and feel celebrated, although this can be hugely variable and situational. A quote by William Gibson says, ‘The future is here, it is just not very evenly distributed’. People’s experiences can be quite different based on race/sex etc.

Joe feels that a lot of progress has been made in terms of acceptance – when he was growing up a boyfriend he lived with aged 23 could have been arrested just for living with him. But he is aware when progress is rapid, it can also be undone quickly and he wants to lockdown the gains that have been made, something he is working towards with Co-Founding Queer Britain. Queer Britain is the first fixed location museum in London and has been set up for everyone, regardless of sexuality or gender identity to create a sense of community. People do not want to be the subject of debate and a lot of the rhetoric in the media regarding trans people, echoes how gay men were once spoken about. You can almost read history to make sense of what is happening now.

Both Joe and Joanne believe we need to be conscious of the language we use – for people that question their identity there are quite a few intricacies to navigate in everyday conversation. When someone is misgendered, do you automatically correct them? How do you introduce partners? We all make automatic assumptions when we meet someone, and you project these. We all have multiple identities which make up who we are but these are all social constructs and labels, they are not intrinsic to who we are. At the end of the day everyone just wants to be allowed to be who they are. Joe hopes we come out of this pandemic with a better sense of community.


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Insights from the science of happiness and positive emotions

Nic talks about how the use of statistics and people science allows us to look for trends and opportunities to see how people are likely to react to certain situations.

Nic is a statistician, a trained therapist, TED Speaker (without the X) and the founder of Friday Pulse, who specialise in measuring and improving team morale. Nic says that his super power is being able to see the patterns between things, and then being able to communicate that simply without being simplistic. In this episode Nic talks about his TED Talk experience and how his organisation is working with companies to measure the impact of people focused initiatives.

 
Published Published: 14.06.2020 Recorded Recorded: 29.04.2020 Episode Length Duration: 0:49:46 Downloads Downloads: 22
 

Joanne sat down with Nic Marks a statistician, trained therapist, TED speaker and Founder of the Friday Pubs to discuss his insights on the science of happiness and positive emotions.

Nic starts by reasoning that you need to ask ‘what is happiness’ and do people have different definitions. Happiness can be considered as both an emotion and a thought and people project their own things on to it. Nic’s work predominantly focuses on trying to help people lead better lives and he uses his statistical background to assist with this, looking at patterns and tracking peoples’ behaviour.

He does warn that when evaluating statistical evidence, you need to ensure you don’t hide individual variability. He cites previous population researchers who looked at happiness compared to age which showed that the least happy age is 42, however this fails to consider the number of people that are happy at this age and may be unhappy in their early teens or retirement years.

We can change the plasticity of our brain by your behaviour and mindfulness/meditation are meant to help with this.

We all have biases, and these can be seen especially in friendship groups. You instinctively trust someone that looks/sounds similar to you. Our biases are almost like a sorting algorithm – we categorise as we cannot pay attention to every detail as it would be too much information.

Everybody has a negativity bias where we pay attention to negative news/information more than we do positive. From Nic’s experience he believes when there is an overwhelming about of negative news (such as with the COVID pandemic), people tend to switch off as they simply cannot process the information or feel like they can cope. He has found that 7 weeks into lockdown many of his clients seem to have absorbed the shock and are now working towards acceptance of the new ‘normal’, but people’s bounce back ability will vary depending on their individual experiences. There are some elements of this that people may want to remain, i.e. working from home, however people are missing human contact.

From studies that Nic has conducted on happiness in populations and at work he has found there to be huge differences between groups of people. Within the workplace professions with higher human contact are happier than you would expect for their income and happier than those with minimal human contact despite their income. Income does have an impact as it can protect you from misery. The results showed differences between size of organisations, with people preferring the autonomy smaller businesses bring. It also showed that London is the least happy region within the UK, and this is affected by the density of population, impacting stress levels, and highlighting inequalities. Rural people tend to be happier than urban with the happiest region being Northern Ireland where they have a bigger sense of community and belonging.

Nic has found during this pandemic that he checks in with his team more – ensuring he makes time to speak to them all. People want to be able to share and the ‘how are you?’ conversation has really changed. He believes that the currency of happiness and wellbeing is time.


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It’s all about Acceptance and Authenticity to be able to Achieve

Michael talks about his ‘Triple A’ mantra through which he coaches people to fulfil their potential and his own personal story as a bisexual man

Michael describes himself as a Transformational Life Coach who's super power is being an active listener that is full of compassion. Through his coaching he helps people find a way to achieve what has been holding them back. During his journey he has also had to face his own challenges of coming out as Bisexual and confronting misunderstandings from many. Michael talks in this episode about the work he did managing stages at Bi Pride in London in 2019 and the value he gives back to the LGBTQ+ community through his coaching and support as The Rainbow Coach. Please join in the conversation and leave your comments below.

 
Published Published: 14.06.2020 Recorded Recorded: 29.05.2020 Episode Length Duration: 0:51:13 Downloads Downloads: 25
 

Joanne sat down to talk to Michael Cerasi who describes himself as a Transformational Life Coach to discuss ‘It’s all about Acceptance and Authenticity to be able to Achieve’.

Michael’s philosophy is Triple A, an easy abbreviation to remember where he hopes to super charge people’s journey into success and achieving. He believes it is important to know your own value in order to navigate success and know which direction to go in. Michael lists one of his superpowers as being an active listener – where someone is able to talk through the issue with him and come to their own decision, something that people often believe they are doing, when they are actually giving advice. To be an active listener you need to dedicate time to the conversation and switch off all distractions, reflecting back is also important to make sure you have understood what was said.

As a coach Michael works with clients for up to 6 sessions, allowing them to go deep into the challenge they may be facing. This can depend on how vulnerable the client is able to be from the beginning. People tend to go to Michael when they are stuck, and don’t know what their next step should be. Counselling is helping to cure past trauma, whereas coaching looks at what is going on for you now and how that is affecting your future, it is non advisory. You need to be careful how you frame the questions in coaching as you do not want to be giving subconscious advise. A coaching session allows people time to invest in themselves and can often be cathartic.

During this pandemic there has been a lot of push and pull with conflicting priorities, so Michael has his clients concentrate on achieving a better balance. Each conversation he has with a client is unique with the goal being to empower people, so that any limiting beliefs or stumbling blocks that may be stopping them reaching where they want to be can be navigated around.

There is still a lot of stigma around bisexuality, especially being bisexual as a male. Awareness needs to be raised around sexual orientation and not judging each other. Michael calls himself the Rainbow coach, where your journey is to find the ‘pot of gold’ at the end. The rainbow flag is meant to be all encompassing, bringing people together – so many ways that people identify with their own gender and it is their own conscious choice to live authentically. Authenticity is having the power to be your true self, and this is something you need to find for yourself. It is about embracing our whole self, something that often takes work.


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Swimming upstream against the flow!

From Holiday Rep to Recruiter Lewis talks about some of the challenges he found coming out as gay in the workplace and how he found his place to thrive.

Lewis started his career as a holiday rep, but soon he was back in the UK for a "proper job" and found himself working for a company that bullied and discriminated against him, because he was gay. Lewis moved on to a new organisation where he has been embraced by the company and now helps to organise his local Pride and has even started up an LGBTQ+ football team. Listen to Lewis as he describes these experiences as a person who isn't just going to go with the flow. Please join in the conversation and leave your comments below.

 
Published Published: 14.06.2020 Recorded Recorded: 24.04.2020 Episode Length Duration: 0:52:01 Downloads Downloads: 26
 

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