In The Press

Passionate about the difference that women bring to the world of business, both of our coaches are often asked to speak and talk about the challenges and opportunities which currently exist in the work place.

Below are a few of their most recent articles, if you would be interested in an opinion piece or would like to know more about how Bec or Dannie could bring a fresh perspective to a women’s leadership event or conference then please contact.

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How are gender equality issues affecting boardrooms?

Posted on Feb 18, 2015

Who wrote the rule book?

What gender equality issues at board level do you think have been dealt with well so far in the UK, and how? What obstacles have we successfully overcome? Since 2011 the UK has made significant progress in addressing the gender equality issues at board level, moving from 12.5% to 22.8% of the FTSE 100 companies having female representation on their boards. However, we still have a lot of work to do to achieve the government’s 25% target set for the end 2015, and even Denise Wilson, CEO of the Davies review steering group said that this is unachievable if we carry on as we are doing and is urging companies to not be complacent in the quest to improve gender balance on boards.

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How to be assertive in business meetings

Posted on Feb 18, 2015

Dannie-Lu Carr explains how to negotiate powerful personalities and get your voice heard at business meetings, in an extract from her book ‘Brilliant Assertiveness’.

One of the trickiest environments to be your own priority, first and foremost, is the classic business meeting. Most of us are so busy trying not to upset the apple cart and managing the big personalities and hierarchical dynamics that we forget about our own needs altogether.

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Women in Business: Why we should be breaking the rules

Posted on Feb 18, 2015

So much of our lives are spent in the quest for meaning, the definition of who we are, and if you are a female in business it can appear more like a quest for the Holy Grail – an impossible task trying to live up to a definition defined by other people’s perceptions of who we should be, and also shaped by the landscape of business in which we find ourselves.

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The Apprentice 2014 episode 10 review: How to make business friends and influence customers

Posted on Feb 18, 2015

Dannie-Lu Carr, co-founder of female leadership programme The Five Gateways, reviews the latest episode of BBC TV's The Apprentice.

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Change your assertiveness habits in 14 days

Posted on Feb 18, 2015

As with starting anything new, the first thing to do is to decide what you want the end result to look, sound and feel like. Close your eyes for a moment. Imagine yourself standing in a room after a full day of interactions. All of the interactions have gone perfectly and you are smiling, confident and content. Now think about what it was about the interactions that is making you smile. Take one interaction at a time and work through the day in detail. When you have got to the end of the day in your mind’s eye, slowly open your eyes.

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How to be assertive in business meetings

Posted on Feb 18, 2015

One of the trickiest environments to be your own priority, first and foremost, is the classic business meeting. Most of us are so busy trying not to upset the apple cart and managing the big personalities and hierarchical dynamics that we forget about our own needs altogether.

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How to negotiate in business

Posted on Feb 18, 2015

When walking into a negotiation, it is very easy to put yourself at the bottom of your priority list. In fact, why would you be thinking of yourself at all? You’re there to do business, right? And at the top of the list should be the business imperatives (usually financial) you are seeking from the deal?

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How to stay assertive in different situations

Posted on Feb 18, 2015

So what about when things just fly at you like a bolt from the blue and you’re in an emotionally charged place before you know it? Here are some quick-free tips and tricks of how to handle those difficult moments when the emotion has already kicked in.

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How to be confident and assertive, but still be yourself

Posted on Feb 18, 2015

In many cultures, particularly in the UK although not solely, we are pretty bad at 'bigging ourselves up'. There's still quite a Victorian stoicism that runs deeply in our veins and whilst it is a quality in many ways, particularly when it comes to our resilience, it certainly lets us down when we need to step up in terms of our confidence and assertiveness.

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The changing face of the career woman

Posted on Feb 18, 2015

Edge asks women from across the decades how their gender has influenced their careers - and if they think women today face the same struggles that their working mothers and grandmothers did in bygone years.

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What Percentage of Yourself are you Taking to Work? Why Women Hide their Softer Side

Posted on Jan 12, 2015

Picture a typical boardroom. A long, wide table with ten people of varying ages and races, all at senior level — seven of them are male and three of them are female. An important discussion takes hold and becomes fairly vocal, with several people debating the most effective way forward for an issue with high consequences. The likelihood is that there will be one woman out of the three who is speaking up and there will be six out of the seven men speaking up for what they believe to be the best course of action.

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How to Negotiate in Business

Posted on Feb 18, 2015

When walking into a negotiation, it is very easy to put yourself at the bottom of your priority list. In fact, why would you be thinking of yourself at all? You’re there to do business, right? And at the top of the list should be the business imperatives (usually financial) you are seeking from the deal?

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The Apprentice fakers put female entrepreneurs off business

Posted on Dec 2, 2014

Aggressive, 'shouty', one-dimensional women in BBC show put women off starting a business argues leadership coach Bec Howard

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How to Unlock your Creativity in Leadership

Posted on Dec 8, 2014

Leaders: need to get the creative juices flowing? Dannie-Lu Carr has a few simple pointers.

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You don’t need to be a ball-breaking battle axe to succeed in business

Posted on Nov 27, 2014

It has to be said, women have come such a long way in business. We are doing well on the surface of things and yet, if we scratch this same surface, there are many things that still need to be addressed. Dannie-Lu Carr, co-founder of The Five Gateways, explains further...

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