Asking for Help

I have no problem when connections ask me for help.  I enjoy helping people and am generally happy to help others.  It’s a big part of leadership.  This is something I recognise and embrace when I have formal roles.  Humility is an essential trait in good leaders – realising that just because you’re the leader […]

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Communication Congruence

If you’ve ever done some kind of communication training, you’ve probably heard some discourse on the relative importance of the content of what you say, how you say it (tone of voice) and what your appearance conveys (facial expression and body language). You may have seen this chart: This is based on research by Professor […]

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Appreciating your natural talents

Putting together an application for a non-executive director role recently, I was asked to demonstrate examples of when I’d used “strategic thinking”.  I do love a personality test and have done quite a number over the years.  In determining what might be next for me career-wise, I reviewed all my results for strengths, weakness and […]

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Practice Makes…Proficient

I am a perfectionist, there is no way of getting around that.  It’s in my nature and if not managed, it can hold me back from moving forwards, due to a need for everything to be just right before finalising a report, making a decision, putting something new out there. Contrast this with learning, which […]

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Starting with Why

I first joined a voluntary organisation because I wanted to do something good for my community and meet some interesting new people.  As I got more involved, I was quickly drawn into attending workshops and putting the skills being trained into practice via projects and committee roles.  I realised the benefits these activities could bring […]

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Realising Your Strength

At a yoga class the other week (before the shut down), I realised that I was getting into positions without thinking (too much) about them that I never could have achieved a year ago.  With regular practice, my strength and skills have gradually improved and I’ve come a long way without having noticed. Practice makes […]

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Lessons from “Happily Unemployed”

After finishing up a maternity cover role towards the end of last year, I’ve been referring to myself as “happily unemployed”.  By this I meant unemployed by choice – I could go out and find a similar job to those I’ve done previously, but wanted to take some time out to properly consider what I […]

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