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Are you following the bread crumbs?

A decade before I wrote my first book, I was walking around the streets of New York. I’d gotten lost in the back streets of SOHO and was meandering along my way when I came across a big bookstore. In the large window display were a whole range of books on how to be a non-fiction writer. At this stage I hadn’t even dreamt of writing a book. But something about this display intrigued me. So I found the writing section, and before I knew what was happening, I was walking back on the ...

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Want to start a side hustle? Bust these myths that will stop you.

Danielle sits at her desk each day in between meetings sketching designs of the jewellery she longs to make but doesn’t, because she thinks to herself again and again that no one will ever buy it. Georgia works in a bank but secretly dreams about starting a baking business and becoming the next cupcake Queen. But she doesn’t, because she thinks she needs to have a commercial kitchen and a retail store and lots and lots of money. And then there’s Mary, who gets woken up at ...

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Is it time to build your exit strategy?

If there were one hot topic that is coming up a lot in my coaching enquiries, women’s groups I lead and with Q&A’s after speaking gigs, it’s that of career change. To be more specific, I keep getting questions about how to build an effective exit strategy. In other words – can you please help me get the **** out of this career I hate?! And whilst it has been a consistent theme in my coaching practice over the past three years, it is definitely heightened at the ...

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She was blocking her own possibilities…..are you?

Picture this: A woman sits in front of me. She is amazing, but doesn’t fully realise it. We start talking. She has come to see me because she wants more for her career than what she is experiencing. Secretly, she actually wants more for her life. She feels stuck. Stifled. And more than a bit over it. We unpack what’s going on currently. Work. Home. Wellbeing. Life. And then, as the time passes, we go deeper. “If there were no limitations regarding time, money, commitments or ...

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WLW 016 Dr. Adam Fraser on The Importance of Diversity

Are you ready for a refreshing conversation about the importance of diversity that we don’t often get to hear? For too long now, the conversations around gender parity and diversity have largely been held by women and we don’t often hear from the men in this space who are standing with us and working alongside us to increase diversity for the benefit of all of us. In this conversation I talk with Dr. Adam Fraser about his work as an advocate for women as well as his area of expertise, which ...

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Are you focused on the right things at work?

Think about the work you have done over the past week. How much of your agenda did you actually get done? Give it a percentage. Now think about how much of your time was spent focused on other people’s stuff. Emails, meetings, last minute requests, random favors etc. Rate that as well.The first list is the important stuff. Your agenda. Things that are important to your work, your life, your career. But when you really think honestly about your day, it’s often pretty clear that this stuff ...

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The truth about becoming more confident

I was recording a bonus interview for the upcoming launch of The Career Toolkit program with a dear client yesterday. The topic was confidence. We were talking about her 26 year career journey and how confidence has impacted her throughout – both negatively and positively. It was a juicy and super helpful conversation that I know members will gain such great insight from. And right toward the end, she said the truth that all women need to hear, something that we had been working on and ...

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Unhappy with your career? You’re missing these 6 CRUCIAL things

It’s just your typical day: clients, meetings, deadlines, office politics, overwhelming to do list, stress and anxiety, not to mention your boss, your team and just when do you get that coffee break?! It can be pretty overwhelming, and leave you little time to focus on what really matters, or get intentional about your career. But you need to make time and space for yourself. Here are six things to focus on for career success – no matter how you define it. 1. Get clear on your life vision ...

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Can you be vulnerable at work?

Seth Godin legendary business thought leader and major ruckus creator said this: “Everyone you interact with is changed forever. The only questions are, how will they be different, and how different will they be.” Think about how profound that statement is. The way you choose to show up each and every day, regardless of the position you hold, impacts not only your life but also the lives of everyone you come into contact with. This doesn’t mean that in order to be a good leader you have ...

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The relationship that can make your career

A few weeks ago I wrote about how to make mentoring work. Today, we get into sponsors. Whether I am out speaking at an event, or coaching a client, one of the most frequently asked questions I get on careers is, “What’s the difference between a mentor and a sponsor?” Just in case there is any confusion, a mentor is a person who will advise you and share their knowledge, whereas a sponsor is someone who will advocate for you on your behalf, using their influence and power to do so. ...

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8 keys to mentoring success

Mentoring has been getting a bad rap over the past few years. As the battle to get and keep more women in leadership positions rages on, and endless versions of the same strategies and programs are tried with mixed results, mentoring seems to have been labeled as an old school strategy and no longer something that will contribute to cracking that proverbial glass above our heads (it’s so far beyond time for a new metaphor, how about an entire new paradigm?). When Sylvia Ann Hewlett published ...

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Quick & easy wins for your personal brand

Last week we looked at the path to building your personal brand. Hopefully you have thought about what you want to be known for, and are starting to work through what that might look like for you. There are two more important building blocks to the personal brand journey that will help you significantly as you piece this critical part of your career together.  The first is to get a really clear picture on your current personal brand. The best way to find out what people think is to ask. ...

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