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Блог Ричарда, публикуемый на сайте Virgin.com

Women who seek to be equal with men lack ambition

Great debate recently regarding women in the boardroom, thank you for all your comments.

Glad to see the discussion about gender-based stereotypes growing wider across the web, media and hopefully offices around the world. Hopefully the message that greater diversity can boost performance will start sinking in at more companies.

The late, great Marilyn Monroe said it best though: “Women who seek to be equal with men lack ambition.”


Opportunity missed

Richard Branson

Although I'm known as Dr Yes there are plenty of opportunities Virgin has missed.

Five years ago I sent Oleg Tinkov,  a good friend of mine, to Virgin Money suggesting we start a credit card company with him in Russia. They passed.

Yesterday I was sitting in his delightful offices in Moscow, on the largest sofa ever, contemplating what might have been. That day his company had been valued at a billion and he was taking Russia by storm.

Then again, as I have said before: opportunities are like buses - there's always another one coming!


Blink and it's gone

Thanks very much for all your feedback on the climate change is real blog. It certainly sparked a lot of debate on a very important subject.

Here's another image that really strikes home how serious the problem is. It shows an unprecedented ice sheet surface melt in Greenland, with nearly the entire ice cover of the country melting in a matter of days.

Last month, Greenland's surface ice cover melted over a larger area than at any time in more than three decades.


At the base of Mont Blanc

Big Climb

At the base of Mont Blanc in Chamonix, getting ready to go up Mont Blanc for the Big Climb.

We are getting our bodies adjusted to the height to try to avoid altitude sickness. We’ll be spending tonight in a hut high up the mountain to help us acclimatise.

The weather conditions are quite interesting. There has been a lot of snow but hopefully by the time we actually do the climb on Wednesday afternoon some of the snow will have melted.


Civilians suffer in Syria

Civilians are still enduring horrific levels of violence in Syria. Amnesty International has published a new report that illustrates how the people of Aleppo are bearing the brunt of the fight between the Syrian government and the opposition.

This truly shocking video shows the situation in detail and really brings home how urgently the crisis needs to be dealt with by the international community, and why there must be respect for human rights by all sides.