28 Feb 2018

Allies in the Office Programme


The majority of senior business leaders are men, so who better to influence cultural and organisational change in the workplace? And yet most gender diversity programmes are aimed at women.

According to the Harvard Business Review, in order for men and women to be allies in the office, men have to take the lead in creating a more gender diverse workplace.


Visionary men have long been public champions and behind the scenes dealmakers for the cause of women’s inclusion. Today we need them more than ever

Melanne Verveer, United States Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women's Issues


Through force of numbers, men often have the most insider knowledge of the workplace. As business leaders, they also understand the commercial costs of inequality for individuals and the company.

To effect real change, however, they also need a commitment to doing what is right.

Debrett’s Allies in the Office Programme coaches in developing effective, positive working relationships with both male and female colleagues.

Led by two expert tutors, the course can be undertaken by mixed or single-sex groups and can be held over one or two days.

Through a combination of behavioural theory and practical exercises, it will demonstrate how to adapt your communication style to others in order to be heard and to listen, while developing the confidence to provide leadership and to encourage and motivate others. 

Topics include:


  • The confidence gap – how confidence is key to success and how men and women think differently about it
  • Confidence hacks for everyone 


  • What happens when men and women speak in the same room
  • Body language and silent signals – how they differ and why it matters
  • Approaches to conflict

Personal brand

  • How do others see you?
  • Identifying a role model, and becoming one to others
  • Influencing the culture of your organisation and how it fits with your values


  • Networking – how men and women do things differently
  • Identifying and generating networking opportunities
  • The secrets to successful face-to-face networking
  • Managing your digital network

Mentoring and sponsoring

  • Mentors and sponsors – why we need both
  • How to identify a sponsor and a mentor, and how to be one others

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Course details:

Programme duration: 1 - 2 days

Cost: from £450 + VAT per person for a minimum of 6 people; discounts available for larger groups.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text]


For further information and a programme outline tailored to you or your company, please contact OllyWalker@debretts.co.uk or call 020 3950 5240.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]


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