The four lists you need to make now The four lists you need to make now The four lists you need to make now

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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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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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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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Don’t ask ‘What do you do?’…..Ask this.

I get a lot of questions from women about how to network. The questions usually come with a groan, a sigh and an eye roll. I get it. Most of us hate the thought of networking. It’s tiresome, potentially a waste of time, and usually pretty boring. So let’s reframe it. Because as women, we love the idea and opportunity to connect. Most of us, even the most introverted, like to meet new people under the right circumstances. But if you are like me, you hate the small talk. The ...

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What will you declare?

If you were going to declare one thing that you absolutely must get done before the end of the year what would it be? Think about it. It might be something that was a big goal for the year. Or it could have come up later, but you know it’s the game changer. The one thing that, if you complete it or achieve it, you will feel content, accomplished and that your year has been a success. If you had to name it, what would it be? Is there just one thing, or are there a number that you are ...

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Time to reignite your career? The ten steps that matter.

On any given day in your work life, there is a lot to focus on. Clients, meetings, deadlines, office politics, stress and anxiety, not to mention your boss, your team and just when do you get that coffee break?! It can be pretty overwhelming. So it’s not surprising that my research shows that 70% of women don’t have a career plan, and more than 48% of women are just completely winging it when it comes to what’s next for them work wise. Not only that, more than 70% of women are ...

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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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Three keys to finding your purpose

We hear a lot of people talking about purpose. How you need to find your purpose, be on purpose, work and live with purpose. And I’m one of those people. Because it matters. It matters deeply. But so many people are walking through their lives with a greyness about them. No colour. Like ghosts living in the machine of their life. They may have given up on their purpose, discarded it in the trash one evening, thrown out with the dinner scraps. Or maybe, as is the case for so many, they never ...

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Are you working with love or loathing?

We all have things we do to make a living. Some of us do them with love. Some with pride. And some with joy. But many, sadly, do it with loathing. And they do it just to get by. In my work as a strategist, I spend a lot of time helping people deal with work or workplaces that are soul destroying. Toxic bosses. Overloaded schedules. Chaotic work environments. Manic or apathetic employees.  And sometimes, it’s all barren. Barren of meaning. Barren of pleasure. Barren of just about everything ...

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How to mind your emotions at work

When we think about emotions at work, our minds usually go straight to that emotion – crying. God forbid we should ever commit one of the all-time cardinal sins of the workplace, especially if we worked in PR maven Kelly Cutrone’s New York office. Kelly is famous for saying: “if you have to cry, go outside”. But there is more to the discussion on emotions at work than just shedding the odd tear or two. There has been a huge amount of research done in recent years about the ...

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