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Is it time to have a word with yourself?

I often get asked by women, how do I become more confident? Confidence underpins how we feel about ourselves and motivates us to step into our power, to take steps to develop ourselves, take risks and challenge ourselves. When we’re confident we trust ourselves and take the action that leads us to grow. It helps us go further, and rise in our careers. In the workplace it can be the vital component to succeed , especially in those moments of doubt. But it can be elusive for so many women, especially when it can sometimes feel like...

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Is competition stopping you from collaborating your way to a successful career?

When I started out as a lawyer 20 years ago, before I got my training contract, I was taken on as a paralegal in a small music law firm. I felt like I’d hit the jackpot after finding it really challenging to get my training contract.   It was just a small firm with three partners and a trainee who was about to qualify and I’d been told at interview that there was a good chance of getting a Training Contract if I did well as a paralegal. So I was a bit surprised to see another paralegal in my office when I arrived on day one. It...

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Queen of Careers

This week we’re celebrating the Queen’s platinum jubilee in the UK. Hoorah! Let's get the bunting out, take a few extra days off and sit back and relax. Or maybe you don't feel like celebrating her at all, maybe you're no royalist, but whatever your take on the Queen and the Royal Family, you can't get away from the fact that we're actually celebrating a career delivered, over 70 years. Whether you're a fan of the Queen or not, she has certainly invested in her career and given it her all over a time period that most of us will...

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Why hard work isn’t enough to progress in your career

What if I told you that in order to get ahead in your career you need to do more?   How would that feel?   You might be considering taking a swipe, especially if you’re already at breaking point, feeling snowed under with the sheer volume of work, the constant stream of emails that you’re battling and the long hours you’re already putting in. More, you say?   Well yes…but not necessarily more, in the way that you think.   For a lot of women I work with, they think the answer to progression in the workplace is to...

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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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