[vc_row css_animation=”” row_type=”row” use_row_as_full_screen_section=”no” type=”full_width” angled_section=”no” text_align=”left” background_image_as_pattern=”without_pattern”][vc_column][vc_single_image image=”3447″ img_size=”full” qode_css_animation=””][vc_column_text]In March this year, we were asked by a number of our clients to do a special Master class based on our Elevate programme.  The reason for this was that they were seeing first-hand the impact that Elevate was having with 82% of participants surveyed in April 2019 saying Elevate has helped them develop and 45% telling us they have been promoted or moved jobs since joining the programme. The objective was to discover the appetite of women from a wider spread level of experience for our business led, virtual, leadership training programme.

The results answered this question loud and clear; a very strong yes.

Through the monthly Elevate webinars, we get instant feedback as to the issues women face in the corporate world.  To be clear this is not about the company’s policies such as the availability of flexible working or parental policies.  Our focus at Elevate is to empower women and to accelerate their career success. And we hear what they really want is the knowledge that gives them the access to the opportunities, support, guidance, information, safety net, stewardship, camaraderie, network… which they say their male colleagues get more easily.

So where do they see the support needed?  One issue which is repeatedly stated when it comes to women in business is confidence.  Yet the feedback we get is that women rate their performance at work highly. So what is it that needs focus?

Here is the response from the Master class.  The interesting thing about this is that around 1500 women are voting, from over 35 companies, many industries and many countries. These are not women following our current programme.  Only 9% felt that they needed to focus on skills that would boost their performance.  The rest were pretty evenly split between needing to focus on their exposure, their impact and how consciously they are managing their behaviour to increase their impact and in turn potential.

So the message is clear.  Women want to invest in themselves and are looking for the tools to enable their success. To date, many organisations are still only focussing on their senior women or ‘top’ talent.  The lack of women at senior levels is simple Maths: whilst many companies hire a balanced 50:50 at graduate level, there is simply not enough women rising through the ranks.  Companies who are investing across the whole of their female talent pool are already benefitting from the incredible contribution that diverse teams bring.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css_animation=”” row_type=”row” use_row_as_full_screen_section=”no” type=”full_width” angled_section=”no” text_align=”left” background_image_as_pattern=”without_pattern”][vc_column][vc_empty_space height=”100px”][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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