7 of my secrets to being a successful Woman in Business

Having been a woman in Business for over 3 decades I have seen, heard and experienced many changes over the years. Fortunutly unlike some women in business, I have never really found there to be any problem in dealing with male colleagues, quite the opposite actually, they have in the main been most respectful, although I do remember a couple of sexual harassments from a couple of dickheads (am I allowed to say that!) many years ago which was uncomfortable to say the least but dealt with it head on.  Being a woman in Business is not always easy but
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Women In Business can be successful

The world is full of strong, ambitious, committed, and dedicated women in Business. Some want to conquer it while others just want a better future for their loved ones and rightly so. In the business world women have become successful bosses; running their own companies or leading major ones.  For example  if you look at the early centuries, women have made their way to the top changing the world with their leadership qualities. Look at Katharine Graham; she became the first female CEO of the Washington Post in 1972, a 500 fortune company. Her legacy is an inspiration to women in
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How to ask effectively

How many times have you wanted to ask someone for something but to afraid to ask incase you dont ask effectively? Most people have an in built fear of hearing the word NO. My Father always used to tell me “if you don’t ask you don’t get”. How true this is. You would be amazed at the reaction you will get by straight forward asking for exactly what you want. Ask exactly but in a nice way so there is no confusion to how it can be interpreted. The person being asked must be under no doubt of what you
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Our Leaders of the Future – lacking soft skills

Hello everyone, hope you are enjoying this wonderful summer. The long holidays for the young folk are already here for some and about to start for others. Just thinking about our leaders of the future as it’s such an important time for them. Lately, I have been working with quite a few 6th formers who are preparing to take the next step in their future, be that onto Uni or out into the work place. It always amazes me how most are so un prepared at this stage, they are either looking forward to a long lazy holiday or maybe
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7 ways to increase your confidence

It never stops to amaze me when I am talking to company directors, CEO’s, HR folks through to the person on the shop floor how lacking in confidence they can be. The higher up in a business a person is the more they try to hide it and suffer in silence, true what they say – it can be lonely at the top! There are so many people suffering in silence from lack of confidence, you would be surprised, in fact what seems to you to be the most confidence person can really be quaking in their boots at times!
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Dealing with the unexpected

Walking along a beach in Barra Scotland recently I came upon an unexpected scene! These cows were quite happily standing on the beach minding their own business, having clearly escaped from an a joining field where the fence was down. It made me think about how we deal with things when we come across unexpected situations, which can take us by surprise! Do you find the unexpected throws you into a panic or are do you deal with situations calmly? Meanwhile…The big black heavily muscled bull was approaching over the fence onto the beach and I can tell you I
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Youngsters suffering with Exam Nerves and Anxiety

Are your Young folks suffering with Exam Nerves and Anxiety?  Unfortunately our modern day lifestyles pile pressure on to our children from such a young age with ‘Learning Journals’ from the age of 2.5 documenting every tiny development to ensure that they are ‘on track’, to exams and assessments from the age of 6. Such situations can increase anxiety in a child, however well rounded they may appear to be.  A developing lack of confidence could come from a 7 year old receiving a lower grade then their best friend, to a GCSE student feeling under pressure to study
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Are you getting a good nights sleep?

Are you getting a good nights sleep or laying awake looking at the ceiling? I wrote this a few years ago but some things don’t change so thought it worth a re visit! Many business people I have spoken to have reported not getting a good nights sleep as one of their top problems. We all know what its like having to concentrating the next day at work and finding it really hard due to being tired. How different it feels to wake refreshed and ready to hit the ground running after a good nights sleep. Sleep problems are often caused by
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4 Secret Steps to finding true happiness

4 Secret Steps to finding true happiness Isn’t it strange how we all crave to be happiness and are all happier when we have a label attached to us, be that Mum, Dad, CEO, Bank manager, shop assistant etc? Some people wander through life not feeling happy, knowing where to belong, never finding true happiness and fulfilment – that’s what it’s all about – knowing where to belong and what will make you happy and fulfilled in life. Following your own values in life is so important. Many people that I have coached over the decades have never reached their full potential
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7 ways to Increase your Confidence

It never stops to amaze me when I am in Exeter Devon and Bristol talking to company directors, CEO’s, HR folks through to the person on the shop floor how lacking in confidence they can be. The higher up in a business a person is the more they try to hide their lack of confidence and suffer in silence, true what they say – it can be lonely at the top! There are so many people suffering in silence from lack of confidence, you would be surprised, in fact what seems to you to be the most confidence person can
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