The year in review – top posts from 2016

by | Dec 31, 2016

2016 has come and is nearly over and 3Plus issued a post almost every day this year. So a huge thanks to all our main contributors and staff writers for their inspirational content.

[Tweet "For some, if 2016 had been a fish they would have thrown it back in."] For others it was a time of change and opportunity.When we look back at the topics that were most popular we can get a sense of  what is going on for our readers and which topics are top of mind.  So here are some of our top posts from 2016.

Our top posts  in no particular order related to these topics are:

Gender balance and diversity

This issue continues to be of interest to many women as the gender balance needle barely moves. Set against a  year of extreme misogynist rhetoric from President Elect Trump, the world was horrified. Many of our US colleagues are concerned about what a new government will bring and how it will impact women. The US is a strong international influence,  so how this shift will spread across borders captured your attention. Light sentences for rape, a spike in attacks on women globally and sexist coverage of the Olympic Games in Rio were all causes of  significant concern.

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  1. Disrupt yourself. 5 Good reasons why by Whitney Johnson
  2. The angry white male is not who you think - by 3Plus Writer
  3. The return of a misogynist culture - by 3Plus writer


Women want to have the opportunity to carve out their careers in a way that suits them. The prevailing message for their organisations is that they are not adapting fast enough and many want to understand how they can get more support from their male bosses, and colleagues. Others are not prepared to wait the 217 years predicted by the World Economic Forum for gender parity. Women are still struggling to reduce the gender pay gap  and overcome the latest barrier to entry, the 24/7 presence culture. Companies complain of skill set shortages but many are still uncertain how they can tap into their under utilised talent and stop the mid level churn, that is becoming so common in the female talent pipeline.





  1. Why women leave - it's not complicated  by Dorothy Dalton
  2. Learning leadership skills is a waste of time by Marcia Reynolds
  3. The benefits of a heart based career decision by Gilly Weinstein
  4. Why we choose tall men – from Cavemen to CEO’s - by Dorothy Dalton


 The never-ending clothes war

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[Tweet "2016 was a year for control of women's appearances."] Too much, too little, on or off, it was never right. So whether it was wearing a burkini (or not), make-up or flat shoes, women had to put up a tough fight to protect their right to decide what they want to wear on their own bodies.


  1. Can women really win the clothes war  - by Esther Myers
  2. Every day sexism and high heels - 3Plus Writer

 Health and wellness

This was clearly a major concern in posts from 2016. How to combine a working life, relationships and a healthy lifestyle continues to be a major challenge. Many are being seduced into the gig economy by the new "F word" flexibility with many unforseen negative consquences in later life.

top posts


  1. How to avoid the chore war by Alice Bell
  2. Time to get up and move! by Sofie-Ann Bracke
  3. Life-Long Health – Increase your productivity in and out of the office by Kerry Madgwick

Career planning

Women are no longer sitting around waiting to be taken care of. It was obvious that large numbers are interested  in improving their skills as well as creating a strategy around their careers. The response to our career assessment and Executive Presence downloads was indicative of women's desire to take control of their own destinies.


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  3. 12 people skills you need to succeed without authority by Kate Nasser

Job search and Personal development

It is anticipated that more than two-thirds of all employees will be open to a move in 2017. Now with social proofing sites women can check which organisations have good gender balance and diversity policies. Women are active on social media and companies with poor records will not be able to escape exposure for much longer. Women who have taken parenting gaps now seek opportunities to retrain and employers are becoming more serious about tapping into this skilled demographic.

Become a sector authority and expand your horizons


  1. Social proofing by women and employer branding by Dorothy Dalton
  2. Are Seasoned Professional Women Given a Fair Chance at Career Success? by Bonni Crisfulli
  3. Unemployed? Here are 5 things you should do by Jacqui Poindexter

Finding role models

Whether on a macro level by looking at countries with advanced gender balance policies, or simply at a personal level, women are seeking role models to emulate. Internal and external mentors  or a career sponsor were of great interest to you.  There was a strong recognition that these relationships are valuable to career advancement and to business success for individual women as well as organisations.





  1. The mansplaining hotline controversy is a good problem by Staff Writer
  2. 7 reasons why mentoring programmes fail by Dorothy Dalton

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 Stress management

Stress management seems to have been a top priority in 2016, with many coaches reporting a spike in demand for their services in this area. The complexities of daily life and the uncertain political and economic climate that surrounds us are all contributory factors.

How to manage stress

How to manage stress


  1. 7 ways (and more) to reduce stress by D. A. Wolf
  2. A Simple Yet Powerful Way to Handle a Stress Episode by Monique Valcour
  3. 3 types of workplace burnout and how to avoid it by Sarah Arrow

Thank you for joining us in 2016 and we look forward to bring you more great content next year.

Happy New Year from all at 3Plus International!hny







Dorothy Dalton Administrator
Dorothy Dalton is CEO of 3Plus International. A specialist in diversity and bias conscious executive search, she joins the dots between organisations, individuals, opportunity and success.
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