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 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…

I Can’t Be SuperWoman Today

‘You become. It takes a long time. That’s why it doesn’t happen often to people who break easily, or have sharp edges, or who have to be carefully kept. Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in the…

Women@Work: Why You Need a Sponsor (Not the Sugar Daddy Kind)

Sponsorship is about putting your name and reputation on the line for someone else. It could be as simple as recommending someone for a new role, yet it’s one of the most powerful cultural tools any organization has ~ Lynne Doughtie You know that song by Teairra Mari in which she talks about finding a…

Women@Work: Competing Paradigms, Scrambled Brains and Michelle Obama

source “For me, being a mother made me a better professional, because coming home every night to my girls reminded me what I was working for. And being a professional made me a better mother, because by pursuing my dreams, I was modeling for my girls how to pursue their dreams.” ~ Michelle Obama Although…

Are You the Flea in the Lidded Jar? Am I?

“You have to aspire to something so great that you have to have God’s help.” ~ Steve Harvey I am planning for 2019 and in so doing, I have heeded to oft-repeated call to set goals so big that they frighten me. The trouble is this… they frighten me. I am genuinely afraid. Afraid of…

Women@Work: Show me your battle dress and I will show you mine

  I love every adaptation and variation of Sherlock Holmes. One of the more iconic moments made for TV happened in the episode of “Sherlock” in which Sherlock finally meets “The Woman”, Irene Adler. In anticipation of Sherlock’s arrival and the battle royale of strategy and wit that would follow, Irene is seen trying on…