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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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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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Feeling a little frazzled? This may help.

There’s been some pretty crazy energy floating around in recent weeks. Of course, there was the US election which sent many of us into emotional meltdown. It’s still a sensitive topic and will be for a long time to come. I tried to make sense of it in this piece on Women’s Agenda, which might help if you are still reeling. Then there was the full moon last week, with the moon being closest to earth since about 1948. As the ocean can shift our energy as easily as it shifts the ...

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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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Stop becoming. Start being.

I have this piece of art on my desk. Actually it’s a print out of a PDF of a piece of art that I completely fell in love with but couldn’t purchase (Artist Alberto Sanchez: deep bow, thank you). The artwork is called Rapture. Rapture noun – a feeling of intense pleasure or joy. What I see when I look at this woman is freedom, rebelliousness, wonder, a woman completely in the moment like nothing else matters. She is a wild woman, a wise woman, a woman unto herself, untamed and ...

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What do you want to be known for?

Ask yourself this question: Is your personal brand taking you to the places you want to go in your career? How do people see you at work? Perhaps you have a reputation as the problem solver, the organizer or the deal maker – but is it serving you well? One of the most important questions you can ask when building your personal brand and looking at what’s next for your career, is what do you want to be known for? Personal branding expert, William Arruda explains that your personal ...

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What’s your gender mindset?

This week I want to pose a new concept called Gender Mindsets. When I was writing this chapter in my new book, and was thinking about all of the research and potential challenges that come with being a working woman, it occurred to me that along with other types of mindsets I talk a lot about in my work (fixed and growth mindsets for example, from Carol Dweck’s research), there are also gender mindsets that impact how we think about being a professional woman, and how those thoughts ...

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Why the world needs new leaders

There is a mountain of research revealing unequivocally that what people want from their leaders today is changing, and changing dramatically. And the good news is, women have never been better placed to lead, as we transition from an old style of leadership based on command and control, short term thinking and aggression, to one that is more in tune with feminine sensibilities of relating and empowering, sustainable thinking, and collaboration. In fact, we are wonderfully wired to do so. But ...

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Friday Soul Food: Rise

I’ve been meditating on the song Read All About It recently by Emile Sande. We live in a world where women’s voices are rising, but in no way are they rising fast enough, loudly enough or in large enough numbers. We still silence ourselves, and we still silence each other, in a million ways both conscious and unconscious. And it hurts us in ways large and small, like a million tiny paper cuts to our soul that we may not be able to easily articulate but that pain us to our core. ...

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What’s next on my reading list (hint: a lot)

Hello hello. I’ve come out of my writing cave for a nano second to share some reading inspo with you (and to give myself a mini brain break), as I had thousands of you who loved my post on my fav books of 2015. So here is some more goodness. I have 25 books on my desk right now. A pile of them are for research, and the other pile are the ones in the photo, that are either currently being read, or next on my list. Not much gives me greater joy than the anticipation of a really good book ...

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Get the career you want without compromising your wellbeing

We hear all the time about the struggle women face in getting to the top in their careers. We know it can be a hard push, with long hours, the double shift, competing demands, and the bias that can exist in workplaces. And we know that many women are saying that it’s just all too hard, so they are sidelining themselves, starting their own businesses, or opting out all together. We need more women in leadership roles – but we also need specific strategies to help them get there other ...

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Vision, planning & gut instinct? Gold.

Last July I was in Byron Bay doing some writing and then having a business planning retreat with my best friend and business partner Michelle McQuaid. We were dreaming up a new amazing lifestyle program to help women live with more fulfilment and wellbeing. We planned out the program over brunches and dinners and came home filled with excitement and energy about the next few months. But about a month in, something just didn’t feel right. I was excited about the program. I knew that the ...

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