IMPACT Newsletter: January 2023

We are excited to invite you to our upcoming event; Managing Difficult Conversations.

When: Tuesday 21st February 15:30 – 17:30

Where: Ninety One, 55 Gresham St, London EC2V 7EL

What: In collaboration with Ninety One Inspire, join us for a workshop designed to help you to get better at having difficult conversations. Whether you are looking for guidance on managing your compensation or on delivering delicate news to a team member, this session will cover it all! Duncan Coombe and Sheila Butterly will be leading this session and will be sharing their expertise on how to communicate challenging messages in a constructive way. Please note, spaces are limited and this is an in person event only and will not be recorded.

RSVP: To sign up, please do so here*:

*If you are a Ninety One employee please sign up internally

We would be delighted if you would join us afterwards for networking drinks at The Slug & Lettuce, St Paul’s, Corner of Wood St & Love Lane, EC2V 7JQ.

Please see below my top articles from January.

How to Talk with Your Team about the Elephant in the Room
No one mentions the hostility and blatant conflict between two team members. A colleague softens the data to avoid delaying the launch date of a project. At the Monday team meeting, the leader doesn’t mention the fact that two team members were fired the week before.
These situations occur at many organizations, and they are hard to address because they are uncomfortable to raise and discuss.

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Is Maternity Leave Still a Career Killer?
This podcast rehashes some of the known themes, but is a good refresher that flexibility is key to stop women leaving their careers.

The overarching message is that it shouldn’t be a gendered issue. Flexibility and paternity leave is key for male and females workers to share the balance of parenting and address the gender pay gap.

Host Isabel Berwick speaks to Janine Chamberlin, UK country manager at the social platform LinkedIn, and to Sarah O’Connor, the FT’s employment columnist.

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It’s a boys’ club’: South Korea’s woeful record on women in work
When Soo-jin’s manager wants to boost her self-esteem, he reminds her that she managed to secure the one place on his team that is reserved for a woman. “He told me that if there was more than one woman on the same team, they would start fighting and disrupt the rest of the group,” said Soo-jin, who works in finance at one of South Korea’s biggest corporations.

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UK financial boards increase diversity faster than EU
The UK is leading Europe in increasing both female representation and women leading sustainability initiatives at board level in financial services companies, analysis shows.
A significant proportion of investors – 44% – believe that gender diversity in the boardroom significantly influences their decision to invest in a financial services company, with only 16% stating that it does not have any influence.

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The Path to Inclusive Capitalism: An Asset Owner Guide for Investment Portfolios
Women- and diverse-led firms control only 1.4% of the more than $82 trillion managed by the US asset management industry. The road to achieving a diverse, equitable, and inclusive (DEI) investment value chain is long. As the ultimate owners of capital, asset owners have the ability and responsibility to drive DEI within investment management teams and portfolios and across the asset management industry.

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