International Women's Day - Interview with Madeleine Price, Talking Talent

Frazer Jones is proud to be supporting International Women's Day 2017. We have interviewed a series of our female clients asking them how they have been bold for change #BeBoldForChange

Frazer Jones interviewed Madeleine Price, Head of HR, Business Partner Groups, APAC; Executive Coach at Talking Talent

Madeleine Price

Do you have any secrets to having a successful career?
I have tried to balance my career and personal life so that I can thrive and be happy in all aspects of life. I have been open to new opportunities, learning and travel and always maintained my fitness and exercise, even when working long hours. I have incredibly supportive family and friends who have helped me through sticky patches in my career, which has helped me bounce back – resilience is key.

I have also been lucky enough to love the work I do, most of the time.

What do you think is the most significant barrier to female leadership?
There are a number of barriers. One of the most personal ones for me is around having children. Before I had children I felt I fitted into how organisations operated. Now I am looking at more flexibility and working in different ways. Women need to be courageous and ask for what they want and organisations need to think differently and go deep into all their values, processes and systems to see how they may be putting up barriers to gender equality. It’s time to be creative.

Who inspires you and why?
Lots of people inspire me – I have many role models.

Of the well known names, people like Nelson Mandela for his wisdom and resilience (his quotes are so incredibly simple and wise) and Cheryl Sandberg for her leading the charge on gender equality and her heartfelt TED talks.

On a personal note, some of my HR bosses have been supportive, decisive and elegant even when times have been tough. And my father for his wisdom, integrity and always challenging me, encouraging me to be an independent thinker.

What do you think will be the biggest challenge for the generation of women behind you in the workplace?
Technology, social media, pace of change. This can enable more flexibility but everyone needs to know their borders and boundaries to switch off. Many of the challenges may be the same as we still have to crack gender equality.

What advice would you give aspiring women in your industry?
Never give up. Keep healthy, keep doing what you love, inside and outside work. Take time out to reflect on your life and what you want. Always be curious and open to change and learning – the world moves very fast.

How do you achieve work life balance?
When I was younger I achieved work/life balance by working really hard on projects for 12-18 months, then taking a few months off to travel the world and recharge my batteries. With children, this life style is more difficult, so I try and work flexibly – working at home one or two days a week and sometimes working from UK and Australia where my family and friends live.

What were the main drivers in helping you succeed in your career?
I loved my work. I was open to opportunities and travel and took risks. I built strong networks and relationships.

What have you learned about leadership, entrepreneurship and mentoring others?
I am an accredited coach as well as HR leader and have mentored and coached many people. I learn so much from the people I coach - how different generations think, new technologies etc.

I have recently started working for Talking Talent – an innovative coaching and consultancy at the forefront of developing and maximizing the female talent pipeline. They have offices in UK and US and have 10 years of experience and research specifically around gender. The company is very entrepreneurial, flexible and fun – I am learning so much.

If senior management within your industry or sector is historically weighted towards males, have you noticed any changes in the last several years?
I have become more involved with The Women’s Foundation, I have met so many amazing women and men who are working passionately towards gender equality. The biggest change I have seen is how men are becoming involved in achieving gender equality at work and how men’s roles are changing at home.