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8 Tips for Managing Your Perfectionism

Understanding the difference between healthy striving and perfectionism is critical to laying down the shield and picking up your life. Research shows that perfectionism hampers success. In fact, it's often the path to depression, anxiety, addiction, and life...

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Leaders as learners – The F-word…

Leaders who learn - transforming failure! Remember the F-word? “Which F-word, in particular?” you ask. I’m talking about Failure. Are you a leader who learns from failure? And if so, how? How do you define and respond to failure? And how does this manifest in your...

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Managing Your Inner Critic

Critical voices and managing your inner critic ‘The critical voices in our own heads are far more vicious than what we might hear from the outside. Our "inside critics" have intimate knowledge of us and can zero in on our weakest spots.’  – Susan Ariel Rainbow Kennedy...

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Leveraging your network: ready, set, grow!

“Sometimes, idealistic people are put off the whole business of networking as something tainted by flattery and the pursuit of selfish advantage. But virtue in obscurity is rewarded only in Heaven. To succeed in this world you have to be known to people.” – Sonia...

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Gender balance for women leading in global health

Hope you enjoy this infographic on women and leadership, with a focus on gender balance for women leading in global health organisations. Have a look at some of the challenges women face in unbalanced environments, and of course, let’s not forget the benefits of...

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8 Leadership Intentions for a Successful 2019

Leadership intentions - resolutions....   Have you heard this joke? “What exactly is a New Year’s resolution? – It’s a ‘to do’ list for the first week of January.” For those of you leading, how about setting intentions - leadership intentions for the coming year?...

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Reflect, celebrate and plan for the New Year

A great time to reflect, celebrate and plan It’s been a roller coaster of a year with events echoing around the world – continuing political unrest, natural disasters from wildfires in the USA to earthquake and tsunami in Indonesia, and the devastating sadness of the...

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Mentoring women in global development

Mentoring women in global development - It pays off! “There is a ‘glass ceiling’ in the international development sector. It’s not as pronounced as in the Fortune 500 or the tech worlds … but it’s real.” — Fiona Macaulay, founder and CEO, WILD Network Recently I had...

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Happy World Kindness Day: A Kinder Kind of Work

Kindness at work   It’s World Kindness Day today. However, wouldn’t it be great if there was kindness every day, in all spheres of life?/! In Harvard Business Review (Jan 02, 2018) Make Civility the Norm on Your Team,  Christine Porath says, “Unfortunately, my...

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Resilience: How to create your own super power

‘People are like teabags, they don’t know how strong they are until they are put in hot water.’ Eleanor Roosevelt   Are you working in a high stress environment where the demands are overwhelming and/or never ending? Are you working long hours at headquarters, in the...

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Imposter Syndrome – Are you faking it?

  “I can’t believe that I am responsible for working with these donors, I have no idea how I got this job?!” “Anyone could have prepared the monitoring and evaluation plan on such short notice …it was nothing.” “All my colleagues are more talented than me, it is...

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Leadership Coaching for Women in Global Development

Women Leading in Global Development    Do the technical skills that helped you to rise to where you are, help you to lead? Why has hard work alone not advanced your career? How do you lead as a woman without impersonating a man? These are just a few questions we...

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Getting the best out of your mentoring experience

How to get the best out of your mentoring relationship I’d like to follow up on my previous post Mentoring for a Change – Mentoring Exchanges, and talk about how to get the most out of your mentoring relationship, or to ensure an effective mentoring experience. In...

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7 (+3) Techniques to Effectively Tell Your Story

 “Storytelling is the most powerful way to put ideas into the world today.” Robert McKee At a recent conference I attended, I heard numerous emotional stories from speakers, about overcoming their challenges and how they transformed their own lives and their paths,...

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Building Charisma – Yes, it can be done!

  I am an introvert, can introverts learn how to be charismatic? Can I build charisma, and if so, how? I am a technical expert, do I really need to worry about charisma?   The short answer – yes, to all! In my experience as a coach specialising in working...

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Goldilocks and the 3 Coaches: Finding the right coach

Once upon a time their lived 3 Coaches: Too Nice Coach, Too Direct Coach and Balanced Coach... Their lived Goldilocks, a professional in a newly appointed leadership role at Forest Industries. An international company with expanding reach and rapid business growth....

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Building a Culture of Purpose

In his book, A Culture of Purpose, Christoph Lueneburger states that “the most important challenge for a twenty-first century leader” is to build a ‘culture of purpose’. This goes for the organizational purpose, the leadership’s sense of purpose, and the purpose...

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Planning with purpose for 2018

Happy New Year! You've probably done some stocktaking of your past challenges and achievements in 2017, so this new year is a great opportunity for making a fresh start and moving forward in an even more positive direction – or planning a with purpose. According to...

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World Kindness Day – Celebrating Kindness at Work!

Celebrating kindness at work They say that money makes the world go around – but how about a kindness revolution, instead? Or what about celebrating kindness at work? At work, kindness could be the key to keeping staff happy and generating more customers – thereby...

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Debunking common coaching myths…

Recently, I was chatting with a friend who is a senior executive, and he mentioned a serious challenge his leadership team was encountering. Suddenly, he said, “There you go! You’re a coach – here’s a problem for you to fix!” When I pointed out that this is not...

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