I’m a man, yet I’d like to think I see beyond gender, especially at work. Moreover, I have females in my family, so I’m “incentivised” to be fair. I’m sure many of the men recently engulfed in sexual harassment and abuse scandals form Harvey Weinstein to Roger Ailes probably told themselves that too. So, am I really as “unbiased” as I think I am? Continue reading “How Men See Women Differently and Put Them Down At Work”
I love podcasts. They’re one of my favourite ways of learning. They’re also incredibly efficient as you can listen to them while you’re walking or on the subway. I have my favourites, but I’m still scouring the world for new podcasts. This year has been great in that regard, and while there have many duds, these 12 are excellent: Continue reading “12 Great New Podcasts I Discovered In 2017”
Sometimes I feel like watching a movie that cannot hide behind flashy CGI and the hype of modern media. One such film I saw recently was the 1950 classic All About Eve. It’s the story of an ageing actress Margo (played by Bette Davis) and an ambitious fan Eve, who entangles herself in Margo’s life. It also features an Oscar-winning performance by George Sanders, who plays the theatre critic Addison. What’s amazing about the movie is its zippy and extremely sophisticated script which hasn’t aged at all. I cannot think of many movies with better dialogue. Here are of some of the memorable lines: Continue reading “All About the Zippy One-Liners (2 mins)”
I’m very partial to trashy action movies, including superhero ones. The trouble is that with five out already this year, it’s getting tiresome watching superheroes save the world yet again in CGI-heavy final showdowns. My way to get over the boredom is to add new subversive meanings to each movie.
The most recent one I’ve seen is Suicide Squad. On the surface Continue reading “My Subversive Guide To Suicide Squad”
When it comes to hormonal behaviour, unfortunately we often think of women. Indeed, in macho environments such as trading floors, this thinking is probably more prevalent. But in a nice irony, it’s been found that in such environments, men experience major fluctuations in two naturally-occurring hormones: cortisol (stress) and testosterone.
A fascinating study published in 2015 by a team of researchers further studied these effects in a simulated trading environment. Continue reading “Watch Out For Hormonal Men On the Trading Floor! (1 min read)”
I attended the annual Power Shift conference at Oxford’s Said business school earlier this week. It’s led by the excellent Professor Linda Scott and focuses on women and the world economy. While there was so much great content, here are the 4 things that stood out for me:
1) There’s an app to tell you how women-friendly a business is! Amy-Willard Cross has come up with an awesome app called the “Buy Up Index“(available on iPhone and Android). You type in a company and it grades the company across four categories: employees, ads, leadership and other. I typed in “Nike” and found that they score an “A” overall. They got “A”s for all categories except ads, where they got a “B” (let down by their Hurley brand, which mainly shows male surfers). Check it out. Continue reading “4 Things I Learnt About Women Recently (2min read)”
I’ve just started writing a book on finance! It has a chapter on women in banking and below is some source material. It’s from perhaps the most comprehensive book on the general topic of women and work: “What Works for Women at Work: Four Patterns Working Women Need to Know” by Joan Williams. The four patterns: Continue reading “4 Challenges Women Face That Men Don’t”
“The case for militancy as a political method is unassailable…Violence is wrong, say the anti-militants. Nothing could be more untrue. Violence has no moral complexion whatsoever. In itself it is neither right nor wrong. Its rightness or wrongness depends entirely upon the circumstances under which it is used.”
I’m using Tom Cruise as his career has been long, rather than singling him out. His most recent female co-stars, Emily Blunt (“Edge of Tomorrow”) and Rebecca Ferguson (upcoming “Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation”), were born when Tom Cruise made his first hit movie “Risky Business” back in 1983! Here’s his full history: Continue reading “Progressive Hollywood: Ageism Only Towards Women!”
I gave the speech below at a conference for Women Global Leaders in Germany back in 2013. It’s a five minute read.
“I must say I feel daunted speaking to an audience consisting solely of women. A question that springs to mind is whether as a man I can see the world from the eyes of women. I would think I may have advantage as I am from a minority group. Growing up in the UK with dark skin did make me stand out. Often it would elicit racial abuse. So I have often felt negatively affected by being different. In some ways, that has spurred me on. It has given me the mentality of “I’ll show you society” and” I’ll be as good as anyone else”. However, in the process of trying to measure up to the standard set by society, it has at some level forced me to repress something of myself and feel the opinions of the “other” is more important than myself. Continue reading “A Man In A Woman’s World”