Six Steps to Retaining Your Promising Female Executives

686 Lord Mayor Fiona Woolf advises

The City of London retains its ranking among the top two global world centres, but Asian centres are snapping at its heels. The City is only as good as the talented workforce that joins, grows and leads it. The fact that too many promising female executives drop out is a problem that must be addressed as part of the ongoing work to boost its international appeal.

Dame Fiona Woolf, 686th Lord Mayor, instituted the Power of Diversity programme in her 2013/14 term, a strategy followed by subsequent Lord Mayors. Here are her six …

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Homage to Spain

Why recent local elections don’t change the investing scenario

All politicians are required to get out and “press the flesh,” as shaking hands with voters is dubbed. As my flesh was being pressed by Carmen,* my mother’s longstanding masseuse, the results of last Sunday’s local elections in Spain seemed a fit subject for discussion.

Mention the governing Partido Popular (PP) and her strength redoubles with indignation at the constant revelations of corruption in its midst. She pays little attention to the party’s labour reforms and austerity measures, which allied to a low oil price laid the seeds for this year’s …

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How to make your charity donations surge

A Google guru’s advice

One statistic stood out from all the damning ones included in the presentation. The charity sector’s digital spend on marketing is falling – now at a measly 1.7% from 2.3% a few years ago. Ludicrous, given that 75% of donors use online resources to look for information and the private sector has been increasing its digital spend massively.

Dan Cobley, author of the presentation, had one heartening message: there is a vast amount of free help available to boost the online presence and interaction of charities. The former head of European Marketing at Google, and …

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Time to call a halt to regulatory overkill

…and why even Archbishop Welby agrees

None can disagree with the need for a regulatory transformation of the banking sector following the 2008 financial crisis. Yet after seven years the blitzkrieg of rules continues amidst a confusion of overlapping and contradictory requirements. It beggars belief that the rules on too big to fail were only agreed in principle in November last year by the G20, while the details have yet to be made final.

Speaking to bank CEOs and Chairs in the UK and Europe, who dare not complain publicly, the regulatory fatigue that Bank of England Governor Mark Carney …

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Muslim Extremism and Globalisation

A call for higher wages 

The bomb that exploded in Stockholm, killing 123 people and injuring another 265, is the latest example of extreme Islamic terrorism under the auspices of ISIL. The 32-year old female suicide bomber was reported to hail from Lancashire and to have been trained in Syria. Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven insisted the country’s openness to other civilisations and the December 2014 cross-party consensus on freezing out Sweden Democrats, the populist anti-immigration party, were not under threat.

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Dear Reader, was your first reaction on reading the paragraph above, “Oh my God, how did I miss …

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Geopolitics and a Muslim narrative

Why there is nothing inherently wrong in deflation

The mountain guide promised us three things as we faced climbing Wildspitz, at 3,800 metres Austria’s second highest mountain, in glacial winds. That the glacier we were going to traverse on the way there in our skis-on-skins was flat. That there would be a Group A, determined to make it to the top, and Group B, those who couldn’t take it anymore and could quit with honour, to be lead down the mountain by the second ski guide. That it would be easy to climb, roped together with ski boots and crampons.…

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