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Three little words to get clear in your career

In my line of work I come across a lot of people who are stuck. They’re not sure what it is that they want or what to do next, or they have a fear about whether what they want is really achievable. Sometimes it can seem far too fantastical to even go to the place of what they really want. So they tend to spend a lot of time letting the thoughts about what they want versus what they should be doing fly around their heads, keeping them confused, undecided and ultimately stuck. Indecision, fear, and not being clear, these are the...

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How to set career intentions that actually get results

This time of year is all about re-setting. Vowing to do things differently, better. Most common is the talk of setting new resolutions but for a while now the concept of being resolute about changes you want to make has been rejected in favour of the softer concept of setting intentions. The idea being that if you’re not so fixed on the things you should or shouldn’t be doing then you are less likely to “fail” in sticking to them.  Me, I’m a fan of the intention. It fits well with a feminine leadership approach and is more fluid,...

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Vision is everything

I talk about vision a lot. Because after many years now as a career coach I’ve come to realise that it’s the one thing that, if you haven’t got it, it can make every decision you take about your career feel unsure.  You see when we don’t have the vision of where we’re headed with our career, where we want to be, what we want to have achieved, how it fits in with the rest of our life - it can feel like we’re just floating around, doing what we’re told to do, day in day out. Just going through the motions. To a certain point this can...

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The 3 main reasons women feel powerless in their career

When it comes to power and women there can often be a disconnect. The idea of power has all sorts of connotations and for many of us it can feel elusive or something only leaders need. But the truth is that power crops up all the time. The need to have it and the feelings we have when we don’t.  Having now worked with women specifically for the last couple of years I’ve come to see there are key issues that come up again and again which cause us to feel like things aren’t fully in our control or affect our feelings of self-belief...

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What is Feminine Power?

Feminine. What does that word mean to you? Does it all sound a bit soft and fluffy, cutesy, pretty? Doesn’t pack much of a punch? If so, then what does Feminine Power sound like to you? Or you might have heard people talk about the Divine Feminine or Goddess Power and if like me, that sounds even more wafty and floaty and not much to do with power at all, then you really might start wondering why I’m even talking about this in the context of power in the first place. But bear with me. I wasn’t aware of the concept of Feminine Power...

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Knowing when it’s time to walk away

When I left my first career, just over 15 years ago, I didn't walk away lightly. In fact I'd fought really hard to get there and I was pretty devastated to learn that I actually didn't enjoy it at all. Law is a notoriously competitive profession to get into and progress in. I'd found it quite challenging to get a training contract in the first place like many who graduate from Law School. But I persevered and went on to secure what I thought was my dream job, believing that all the pain had been worth it.  Not only had I secured my...

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Take a Power Pause

Last week I decided to take a break. Not a holiday, or for a specific reason, I just decided to slow down and take some time to be with myself, pause and reflect.   Since March 2020 I’ve been on constant go mode, homeschooling and working and then catching up when the kids went back to school for pockets of time, limited childcare and living in each others pockets most of the time. So despite the media telling us that the lockdown has given so many of us time to slow down, reflect and sort our lives out, for me and the multitude of...

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Is being grateful holding you back in your career?

This is the year of being grateful. If you managed to survive the storm of the recent year and come out healthy and solvent then we should be thanking our lucky stars. There are so many people who haven’t. We should absolutely be grateful. In fact I see it daily on social media, I practice it in my morning routine and I constantly tell it to my kids.  Be grateful.  But where is the line between the benefits that gratitude brings to our our well-being and our ability to be present and appreciate all the important things in life, with...

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Do something! How to move yourself forward when you’re feeling stuck

It’s so easy right now to feel like giving up and resign yourself to the fact that life is out of your control. As a result there's a lot of women right now feeling stuck. Stuck at home. Stuck doing homeschooling. Stuck in a situation they frankly don’t want to be in. And it’s not surprising really given what's going on. So when you're feeling stuck and powerless to make a change that you really want to make, what do you do? First thing - do something. When you start taking action, even in the tiniest of ways, it enables you to...

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Ditch the job search and create a career around you

Are you tired of trawling job posts and not finding anything that's of interest? Or when you do it's in the wrong place, or it's the wrong hours, or it's too low level?  You're looking for something which is high level enough to interest you but not so high level that it's going to demand so much of you, because as much as you love working you also want to be around your family. So something ideally with hours between nine and two so you can make the school run? Sound familiar?Let's be honest. There aren't many of these jobs out...

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Get career clear in lockdown and one step ahead

  After the year we had in 2020, it was easy to think that as we entered 2021, all that world-wide pandemic thing would be over and we'd be back to getting on with our lives. Er, no. Instead, as we start 2021, it seems like it's just more of the same, and the same feelings of feeling restricted and stopped in our tracks seem to have re-surfaced. So where does this leave you, if you'd been thinking 2021 was the year you were going to finally take action and sort out your career? Well it leaves you where it left you last year. If...

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Is 2021 actually the year to tackle your career?

As we enter a new year in 2021, we also enter another lockdown here in the UK. After all the optimism that the end of 2020 started to bring us, and after what has quite frankly been one of the most tumultuous years in history, it feels like we've been slapped in the face and brought abruptly  back to ground zero. Really? We're going there again? Well I guess that's the choice we now face. When the first lockdown happened back in March last year I remember clearly thinking, this is it, bye bye business, no one will want to even think...

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