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Your questions determine your life – are you asking the right ones?

If you’re seeking clarity in your life, take a look at the questions you are asking yourself. The questions you ask determine the direction of your inquiry. One of the reasons people work with a coach is so that they can work with someone who is trained in the art of asking quality questions. The better the coach, the more insightful the questions. Sometimes it just takes one question, the right question, to completely unravel a clients story, their assumptions about themselves, or what ...

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Five ways to get more energy (that you can start today)

Last week we started a conversation about energy. In a recent survey I did out to my community, hundreds of women told me that one of the main issues in their life is lack of energy. And let’s face, many women are just flat out exhausted. Yet we often don’t talk about it. We think we need to be all glossy and looking like we have all of our stuff together, and that doesn’t include talking about just how tired we really are. But the reality is that if you stop to have a real ...

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Five real reasons why you lack energy (and what to do about it)

Most of us want more energy. We want to feel more engaged, inspired and alive. Mostly, we just want to have the energy to get through everything on our plate, with some left over for the joyful things we want to do, not just to get through our long list of have to’s. But the reality is, that if you are like many women, energy is one of the things you are desperately in need of. You can feel tired even before you get out of bed in the morning. Even when you have had a decent sleep. And there ...

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Reflections on Power this International Women’s Day

I’ve long been fascinated with power. Who has it, why they want it, what they do with it. I even started a PhD on the topic. What I really wanted to investigate was women and power. How was the power that women hold when they are most aligned different from that of men in the same domains. I had seen nearly every woman I came into contact with in my corporate career deeply entrenched in the dominant power structures and behaviours yielded by the successful male leaders in the workplace: ...

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5 steps to achieve your (real) goals this year

We all know how it goes. We start the year in a sea of anticipation, ever hopeful that this year will be the year. You know, the year that we finally do all the things we truly want to do, and none of the stuff we don’t. We will hit the big career goals, make our business a success, lose the weight, find the guy/gal, get organised. Remove the stuff that doesn’t serve us. It all feels very idealistic and yet completely doable. But then a heartbeat later, when the enthusiasm burns off ...

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Oprah. That speech. And fierce feminine leadership.

The moment has been brewing for years. The sense, the energy, that the feminine is rising. That the world is waking up. That leadership is changing. There have been many signs. Malala. Beyonce. Hillary’s run for presidency. The fall out. The marches. The new women’s movement. Brene Brown and her game changing research about shame, courage, authenticity and vulnerability. Sheryl Sandberg teaching us to lean in. The Athena research showing us that what the world wants from leaders is ...

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The four lists you need to make now

It’s six weeks until the end of the year. For many people, it’s four weeks until the end of the work year. Don’t anybody panic! There is still time to ensure that you end the year feeling like you got things done, checked things off your list and closed some things out. As promised in my Friday Five last week (hop on my email list if you didn’t get it), I wanted to share some quick and simple ways to maximise the run to year end. Short and sweet, because I know ...

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Creating space when there isn’t any

I talk and write a lot about creating space for the things that matter. But what do you do when there is just too much going on and it’s really hard to get the space that you need? This is where I’m at right now. Between all the good stuff of businesses, gigs, clients, upcoming launches, overseas client travel, new creative projects and the hum of the day to day, creating the massive chunk of space that I need to finish (cough, write) this third book is pretty much impossible. It ...

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Mindset hack: Where are you winning?

Where does your mind go when you are busy, or having a big week, or just in the rush of a normal day: to what’s working, or to everything that’s going wrong? When you look for the signs that you are being ‘successful’ at work or life, what do you look for: the big moments, or the small victories? And just when do you celebrate those successes that you notice? Do you even celebrate them, or do they just whiz past in the busyness of your life? Here’s a mindset hack ...

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How are you defining success?

Take a look at your life. Your work. Your relationships. What is your definition of success? How does that definition drive your behaviours, your beliefs, your habits? What is it that you are working so very hard for? For money. For fame. For approval. For likes. For satisfaction. For meaning. For love. To please. To fit in. To be seen. To be heard. To move up. Level up. Step up. What is enough? When will it be enough? When will you know you have ‘arrived’? Do you know the answers ...

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Choosing your energy amongst the crazy

Everyone I speak with, and probably everyone you speak with, is B U S Y. We all know it. We all feel it. We’re rushing around like crazy, and just trying to do our very best to stay sane. And even those schedules that are meticulously planned to include downtime and space, can still have those periods of madness that can send us, well, mad! Case in point. October for me is one of those months. Last October, I committed to speaking for a valued client at their major annual event. 8 events, ...

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Are you stuck in ‘the permission gap?’

I’ve always wanted to…..? I’ve stopped myself because…..? What I needed was……? We all have things that we want to do, dream of doing, or secretly long for. But a lot of those things, big or small, never see the light of day. Take a moment and think about your answer to these questions. Just one minute. Go on, I’ll wait. I’ve always wanted to…..? I’ve stopped myself because…..? What I needed was……? This right here is ...

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