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…

Women@Work: Work, Race & Prejudice

“What is it you most dislike? Stupidity, especially in its nastiest forms of racism and superstition.” ~ Christopher Hitchens When I wake up most mornings, I take an extra few minutes to lie quietly and just allow my body to wake up. Often, I will say a little word of thanks to God while I wait. At…

Fertility, Equality, Biology and George Orwell’s Animal Farm

“Feminism is not a dirty word… it means you believe in equality” – Kate Nash  What Kate Nash says here is what I believe. I believe that being a feminist is simple. It means that I believe in the social, economic and political equality of the sexes. My boss thinks it means I support women…

Women@Work: Tailor-Made Mentorship beats the Off-the-Shelf Stuff

“Mentoring is a brain to pick, an ear to listen, and a push in the right direction.” — John Crosby I know sponsors are all the rage these days and we have already talked about them here. Despite that, I believe that one can never underestimate the value of the right kind of mentorship. I say…

Harnessing the Power of Criticism

source “The trouble with most of us is that we would rather be ruined by praise than saved by criticism.” – Norman Vincent Peale My friends and I had the most hilarious conversation some time ago about the most horrible things/back-handed compliments and all-round mean things people have said to each of us over the…

Women@Work: What Do You Want to be When You Grow Up?

picture source “Now I think it’s one of the most useless questions an adult can ask a child—What do you want to be when you grow up? As if growing up is finite. As if at some point you become something and that’s the end.” ~ Michelle Obama, Becoming I have been very unwell lately….

Women@Work: The Empowered/Disempowered Parent Debate

“Becoming a father is easy enough, but being one can be very rough.“ You know you are venturing into a touchy subject when it is necessary to begin with a disclaimer. My disclaimer is simple: talking about fatherhood and my perception of the issues I raise in this post, in no way diminishes motherhood and…

Women@Work: Check Yourself

“It takes courage…to endure the sharp pains of self-discovery rather than choose to take the dull pain of unconsciousness that would last the rest of our lives.” ~ Marianne Williamson, A Return to Love: Reflections on the Principles of “A Course in Miracles” I wrote a lot of exams over the course of my law degree. Like…

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…