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Kirstie McDermott

Kirstie McDermott

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Why do female leaders keep on stepping down?

03 Mar 2023

Nicola Sturgeon, Jacinda Ardern, and Susan Wojcicki are just three high profile women in leadership who have recently stepped down from their roles. New Zealand’s now former prime minister, Ardern said she was quitting because she “no longer had enough in the tank” to do the job. Scotland’s former first minister, Nicola Sturgeon, explained that “g...

3 ways to predict if you'll be affected by layoffs

24 Feb 2023

News last week that over 105,000 global tech workers have been laid off since the start of 2023 has, understandably, left many uneasy. The website was set up by founder Roger Lee during the pandemic to track tech layoffs and show the reality of life within this volatile sector. The site hit the news when its automatic counter showed tha...

To lead you need to cultivate your executive presence

17 Feb 2023

Steve Jobs and Jeff Bezos; these titans of tech do not appear to have much in common on a personal level, but both are responsible for founding and building two of the world’s most successful and recognisable brands in Apple and Amazon. Jobs was an aesthete with a love of simplicity and the work of Japanese designer Issey Miyake, while Bezos is a l...

How do you know when it’s time to walk away from your job?

10 Feb 2023

There have been many public resignations of late. In tech, Netflix founder Reed Hastings stepped down from his role as CEO in January following a 25-year journey with the company. Hastings’ resignation was remarkable in that he orchestrated it himself, understanding that good leaders know when it is time to hand over the reins to the next generatio...