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Why Don’t They Listen When We Speak?

Posted by on Dec 10, 2012 in Communicating to Connect, Connecting to Lead, Personal Performance, Self-Leadership, Stress Management, Thrive Strategies | 0 comments

Why Don’t They Listen When We Speak?

An issue that always seemed to come up whenever I got a chance to talk to other women working in my field was “what do we have to do to be heard?”.  It seemed that we had all experienced various forms of ‘invisibility’ at meetings and team sessions.  Of course one of the most irritating things was when what we said was ignored, only to receive praise when put forward a little later by a male colleague! If you’re a women working in what is commonly referred to as a ‘traditionally male profession’ you, like me, may have had times when you knew...

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Don’t Always Believe Everything They Say – Especially If…

Posted by on Nov 30, 2012 in Personal Performance, Self-Leadership, Stress Management, Thrive Strategies | 0 comments

Don’t Always Believe Everything They Say – Especially If…

Especially if  “they” are the men you work with!  This may sound a little harsh, but it’s a lesson I learned the hard way and it came back to-day when I read the initial results of a study released Tuesday examining women and leadership.  It’s being done by The Women’s College of the University of Denver and the White House Project, a not-for-profit that aims to advance women in leadership roles. They found that since 2009 there has been no net increase in the percentage of women in leadership positions, so given the...

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How To Deal With Change to Enhance Your Thrive-Ability

Posted by on Oct 27, 2012 in Personal Performance, Self-Care, Self-Leadership, Stress Management, Thrive Strategies | 0 comments

How To Deal With Change to Enhance Your Thrive-Ability

How do you view change – do you see it as something to fear, to try and avoid?  Or something that’s a part of life and can bring wonderful new experiences?  Recently I took part in a very interesting facilitated lunch time discussion on “change”.  It started off by setting the stage with an interesting vision of the future – one with NO change at all.  While the world would go on, each of us present was asked to visualize a life with no change whatsoever, no change for our families, our personal life, our professional life,...

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Are You Your Own Greatest Obstacle to Success?

Posted by on Oct 18, 2012 in Personal Performance, Self-Leadership, Thrive Strategies | 0 comments

Are You Your Own Greatest Obstacle to Success?

This is really directed to all the talented women out there that, for whatever reason, aren’t yet achieving at the level they’re capable of.  One thing nobody can deny is that women are under represented in senior leadership positions, both in the private and public sectors.  Study after study confirms this.   I’m currently reading a very interesting book on women and leadership by Linda Tarr-Whelan (Women Lead the Way.  Your Guide to Stepping Up to Leadership and Changing the World).  I guess I shouldn’t be surprised at how, even...

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How to Make Team Values Work for You – Not Against You

Posted by on Oct 4, 2012 in Communicating to Connect, Connecting to Lead | 0 comments

How to Make Team Values Work for You – Not Against You

Having a clearly defined set of values that everybody supports and adheres to as a guide for decision making and the actions of a group can be a great way to increase the ability of the group to THRIVE.  The power of values to align and support effective team work has been written about and promoted by many in the business world.  And when done properly, defining your team/department/organization values can be very beneficial.  For any team/department/organization to THRIVE it must have cohesion among its members.  Unfortunately too often the...

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Tired of Feeling Guilty When Family Duties Call? Maybe It’s time for a Frank Discussion

Posted by on Sep 12, 2012 in Personal Performance, Self-Care, Self-Leadership, Stress Management, Thrive Strategies | 0 comments

Tired of Feeling Guilty When Family Duties Call?  Maybe It’s time for a Frank Discussion

I just read a really interesting and though provoking article on “Why Women Still Can’t Have It All” by Anne-Marie Slaughter that appeared in The Atlantic, as well as her follow-up comments, “The ‘Having It All’ Debate Convinced Me to Stop Saying ‘Having It All’.  Basically her premise is that the predominate workplace cultures existing in to-days’ workplaces are not supportive of women, and men, who are committed to family values and make choices to pass up dream jobs or the fast promotion track because of their family.  And these two...

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ThriveSynergy – Have You Got It?

Posted by on Aug 30, 2012 in Personal Performance, Self-Care, Self-Leadership, Stress Management, Thrive Strategies | 0 comments

ThriveSynergy – Have You Got It?

How well are you leveraging your unique combination of your strengths, your knowledge, your expertise, your experience, your values and your passions so that you can truly Thrive? A THRIVER IS… someone who THRIVES, who is comfortable with who they are and what they are doing with their life.  They are flourishing, living life fully, with no regrets. Thrivers are… contributing to something that they believe in, a purpose that gives meaning to their life.  They understand what they need to be happy and what their strengths are, as...

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Is Your Summer Spoiled by School Year Conditioning?

Posted by on Aug 22, 2012 in Personal Performance, Self-Care, Self-Leadership, Stress Management | 0 comments

Is Your Summer Spoiled by School Year Conditioning?

Do you remember how you looked forward with anticipation to the end of the school term?  No more hitting the books, no more tests, no more long-winded lectures, just long lazy days to do what you wanted to do?  Last week I wrote about how summer vacations can be hazardous to your health and during a conversation this week I realized that once again I had fallen into a ‘summertime bog’ that could threaten my peace of mind if I let it.  I don’t know if I’m the only one who does this, but every year I set things aside to do in the summer, ‘when...

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Be Careful – Vacations Can Be Hazardous to Your Health!

Posted by on Aug 17, 2012 in Personal Performance, Self-Care, Self-Leadership, Stress Management, Thrive Strategies | 0 comments

Be Careful – Vacations Can Be Hazardous to Your Health!

It’s amazing the number of people that I’ve worked with that seem in worse condition after a holiday than before!  Usually they’ve looked forward to their vacation for ages and have spent considerable time planning and preparing for it.  In fact often the lead up to a vacation seems to create even more stress than their normal hectic life.  Then the big day arrives and off they go – with great anticipation – only to return after a week or in worse shape than they left. I must admit I once was prone to this ‘annual vacation woes...

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Balance is For the Birds!

Posted by on May 25, 2012 in Self-Leadership, Stress Management | 0 comments

Balance is For the Birds!

The issue of work-Life balance comes up a lot when in coaching conversations with people. And they seem genuinely shocked when I tell them that I think balance is for the birds – the feathered variety. I mean after all, have you ever looked at something that is balanced? Take a look at any bird sitting on a branch or wire – he’s balanced – but he isn’t doing anything, not even moving. The same holds when you get two objects balanced on a set of scales – when completely in balance, there’s no movement!...

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