Come on into the Boardroom. Take a Seat at the Table

How many times have you walked into a meeting you are meant to be in and immediately removed yourself to a corner. How many times have you felt apologetic about your achievements? How many have you answered “what do you do” with a self-deprecating watered down version of what you actually do? How many times have sat “out of the way” in a meeting room? How many times have you avoided small talk with other participants before, during and after the meeting? How many times have you left a meeting thinking “I really should have said something about that” because I know the answer. How many times has an opportunity been floating there and you waited for someone to hand it to you directly? Have you ever wondered why? An awareness of the behaviour that has been reinforced in you as lady-like for years plays a powerful part in opening your eyes to the subconscious ways in which you may be holding yourself back. Just that… awareness.

The 6 Types of Working Genius by Patrick Lencioni

“If you want to be successful and fulfilled in your work, you must tap into your gifts. That can’t happen if you don’t know what those gifts are.” PATRICK LENCIONI, AUTHOR AND CREATOR OF THE SIX TYPES OF WORKING GENIUS According to Patrick, “Far too many people in the world suffer needlessly because they don’t…

How Your Creativity Can Survive its own Success

Be practical as well as generous in your ideals. Keep your eyes on the stars, but remember to keep your feet on the ground. Theodore Roosevelt Elizabeth Gilbert is the author of the extraordinarily successful book “Eat, Pray, love.” I loved the book. They made it into a movie and, to my surprise, I didn’t…

Scarcity Mentality – A Social Pandemic

For me, and for many of us, our first waking thought of the day is “I didn’t get enough sleep.” The next one is “I don’t have enough time.” Whether true or not, that thought of not enough occurs to us automatically before we even think to question or examine it. We spend most of…

The Gifts of Imperfection – Brene Brown

“Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are” Brene Brown in The Gifts of Imperfection Brene Brown is not only an extraordinary story-teller, she has harnessed the power of story-telling to make her PHD research into shame, authenticity and belonging relatable, engaging and educational for us plebeans. I…

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People (Stephen Covey)

“Sow a thought, reap an action; sow an action, reap a habit; sow a habit, reap a character; sow a character, reap a destiny.”―  Stephen Covey, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People This is one of those books that I genuinely believe can change a person’s life forever. It is also the book that introduced…

Fear in Adam Grant’s “Originals”

“The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown” ~ H.P. Lovecraft Fear. Who hasn’t been afraid? Not me. I have been afraid of many things: my mother’s slap. Embarrassment. Heartbreak. Failure. Being inadequate. A pack of rogue stray dogs (long story). Herdboys who…

In Closing – Michelle Obama’s “Becoming” (Book Review)

It took me a really long time but I finally finished Michelle Obama’s book, Becoming. It was a heavy, multi-layered, slow read that required me to pause and think deeply a lot. I don’t think it’s everyone’s cup of tea but despite some initial doubts, it turned out to be mine. About a third into…