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Posts Tagged ‘ Creativity ’

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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The start of a creative project…..it’s messy.

Every one of us, no matter what type of role or business we are in, has our own creative journey. Whether it’s starting a new business, developing a strategy, delivering a project or making art, we all have a process, even if we think it looks nothing like one – because processes are meant to be structured and linear and creativity is often anything but. If you’ve been here for a while now you know I am an author, and I’m working on my third book. Whilst my past two have ...

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Writing tips and inspiration (even if you’re not a ‘writer’)

It delights me how many women I meet who want to write. I see this desire arise in my private coaching clients, with women I meet at speaking engagements and through the women I connect with on social media. There are the conversations that are full of bold declarations from women who are sure they want to write a book. There are the shy side conversations from women who have a secret yearning to write but have not yet expressed it. And there are the silent ones who follow my work with an ...

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New Year Love Note #3: Commitment

Welcome to New Year Love Note #3. Hopefully you have checked out #1 on Surrender and #2 on Declare. This week I want to share some thoughts on Commitment. But not commitment to anyone else. Only to yourself. We can surrender and declare all we want, but if we don’t look after ourselves, and I mean really look after ourselves (not just pretend to), then it’s all for nothing. And as someone who has experienced the worst kind of burn out, you can trust me when I say that it’s a ...

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Books! What I read and loved this year (and what’s next on my list)

This could well be one of my favourite posts of the year because it’s on one of my all time favourite topics – books. As we round out the working year, I thought I’d share what’s been on my bedside table, in my bag, on my iPad and floating around my mind this year. Hoping you might find something in here that might spark some inspiration or provide some joy over the holiday period (even if you’re still working, and especially if you are one of the many people who ...

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Creating space for what you long for

I just got back from Byron, from a much needed break where I created the space and time to just be, to reflect, to do a whole lot of nothing and recharge my soul. I was pretty burnt out before I left and absolutely wasn’t showing up as my best self. Coming off the back of getting my latest book Lead Like A Woman into the world, launching two online programs in the past six months (The Career Toolkit and Lead Like A Woman), delivering a free career masterclass, and just the general stuff ...

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Are you pushing too hard? (the inside story…)

Here we are in a new week. Fresh mornings, new to-do lists, and potentially mixed emotions with what you have ahead. I feel you. I am arguably busier than I have ever been, all with things I am excited about, but lots of it nonetheless. I feel like I usually have a good balance between my work which I am exceptionally passionate about, and my life which I love. I spend good quality time with my family and friends, prioritise my kid over absolutely everything else, and make plenty of time for ...

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Looking for a good book? What I read and loved in 2015

If you have read my articles for a while, you will know I love a good book. Ok, let’s get real – I am completely obsessed with books. I have thousands of them in my house, piled up on every available surface. I buy them even when I know I won’t get to read them for months. I even have more than a few that have been on my shelf for a year or longer, unread (but waiting for me patiently, as books do). It’s a love affair really. Being a strategist, writer, and a PhD ...

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What’s driving you?

One of the greatest challenges in my business and life is my drive. To be more specific, my driver. She is that part of me that is constantly on, looking for the next creative project, the next business venture, working out how to serve my clients better, get the book written, the PhD done, get-everything-happening-like-yesterday (if not sooner……aren’t you done already???). Can you relate? I am yet to find someone who does not have some version of the driver in their ...

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8 ways to bust your creative blocks at work

Feeling creatively stifled? As you get stuck into your work this week, no matter what you are actually doing (working for someone else, setting the world on fire in your own gig, climbing a mountain – well ok, maybe not that one), have a think about how creative you are feeling. Are you in a creative rut? When was the last time you really made something new? So many of us find ourselves in that rut a good chunk of the time – even those whose job it is to create (that would be me). ...

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What triggers your envy?

Envy can be seen as a really negative state, one where you can feel inadequate or less than others. Actually it gets a pretty bad wrap. But it can also be an indication of what you really want. If you see something in another person or in a piece of work, it can open you up to a need or want that you may not be in touch with. There are simple examples. You might look a picture of a beautiful women in a magazine and think “I really wish I had skin like that”. Or you could look at the pool in ...

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Staying calm when things are crazy

I always remind my clients who complain about being busy that ‘you’re busy with what you said yes to’, which can sometimes be met with a defensive response. I get it. Because I had to say it to myself over the past few weeks (and I didn’t like it much either). Between running a business which includes a thriving coaching practice, speaking engagements, amazing corporate clients, running leadership development programs, writing not one but two books concurrently, ...

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