A couple of weeks ago (10 October) the first female chairman of the Institute of Directors, Lady Judge, caused controversy when she said that mothers risk losing their jobs if they take long maternity breaks. She argued that the American system, which entitles new mothers to 12 weeks of unpaid leave, was better than its UK counterpart because it ensured that women's careers did not "come off the tracks".
Back in 2014 I published a post about myth-busting, Learning Styles and Other Myths in response to seemingly endless adverts and articles from trainers, consultants and dare I say it, other coaches, promoting the great virtues of VAK learning styles. These promoted, in a seemingly authoritative factual manner, the importance of determining people's learning styles in order to support their development effectively. Endless books, training courses and assessments followed in organisations and schools around the country as people became swept up in the fad. VAK learning styles are not only inaccurate, with an extensive body of evidence to debunk this particular myth, but can actively impair effective learning.
Legal careers are changing. The pace and nature of client work, the impact of new technology, global markets/Brexit, diversity targets and career aspirations are leading to changes both in opportunity and expectation for lawyers.