How to lead with certainty in times of uncertainty

leadership Aug 28, 2020
There are plenty of things you can be certain of in these uncertain times, that make you a much stronger leader.
 
Right now, the world around us is dealing with a significant magnitude of change and it feels like there is a huge amount of uncertainty facing many of us.
 
How long will this last? Will I be safe? Will my family and friends be ok? Will I have a job? Will I be able to cope with working and potentially home-schooling for another 6months? Will I keep my sanity with this isolation? Will my business survive? What will happen to the economy if this continues for the remainder of the year AND beyond?
 
So many questions and some of them can’t be answered – we don’t have certainty.
 
But when it comes to executive leadership we need to lead with certainty even when it feels like there is none.
 
So, what can you be certain of at this time?
 
1. This too shall pass – it always does
 
2. You can and...
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The boundaries you need now are more than just physical distancing

Today whilst many focus on the physical boundaries needed to keep safe there is a significant lack of boundaries that many will feel the effects of far beyond the Corona Virus.
 
As we settle into this new normal the boundaries between work and life have become more blurred than ever.  Connecting with many of the women I work with, senior executives with established corporate careers, and I learned how much there is a significant need for more than physical boundaries.
 
The three biggest challenges they are facing right now are:
 
1. Overwhelm and Anxiety
 
Along with executive careers, they have now taken on the responsibility of not only doing a full-time job but now being on call whenever their bosses choose to – after all, now that everyone is at home, it’s fine to call at all hours isn’t it?
 
With teams to look after remotely, they also are now home-schooling, maintaining the ongoing functioning of their...
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Why resilience isn’t about bouncing back from adversity

resilience Aug 05, 2020
Most people would be forgiven for thinking resilience is about bouncing back after adversity and some may believe it’s about bouncing forward but in reality, it’s not about either.
 
Resilience is about re-adjusting your stance, about re-centring yourself and getting present to the current moment so you can acknowledge that you are still alive, still breathing and still human.
 
From that space there is much greater consciousness in the choices you make that will help you ease the pain from your past and help direct your future.
 
Let me explain….
 
There are so many things that challenge our resilience levels, a global pandemic, economic challenges, the programming of our childhood, traumas at the hands of others, natural disasters, accidents, loss of loved ones, our work environments, our home environments, setbacks we’ve endured, marriages that have ended, difficult relationships, people we have been let down by, our...
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Who Moved My Cheese?

Why is it that even though we know change is inevitable, we still fight against it?  Is it a fear of the unknown?  Is it a belief that the future isn’t going to be as good? Or is that we are happy and we don’t want things to change? Perhaps it is all of those.
 
Change is a fact of life.  Nothing ever stays the same, the seasons change, we get older, we grow in our understanding; we change our jobs, our homes, our friendships, our partners, our clothes, and our mind!  
 
We experience change on a daily basis and it is necessary for our evolution that we flourish in this ever changing environment.  Yet whilst we know change is a necessary part of life it is something we often find ourselves resisting. 
 
A number of years ago I read a book which was recommended to me called ‘Who Moved My Cheese?’  It’s one of those books that you could read at any age but one which is so profound that it...
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How women lead - powerful insights into the strength of female leadership in times of crisis

leadership Jun 28, 2020
In large successful organisations it’s very easy for mediocrity in leadership to be the norm. It sounds counterintuitive but it’s easy for leaders to lead when times are good, it’s only when you are required to lead in a crisis that the need for competence and demonstrable ability to perform under pressure magnifies. In these times there is usually no place to hide and any mediocrity is often surfaced.
 
It’s in times of crisis, hierarchies disintegrate, and people follow those leaders that bring down the emotional temperature of the organisation and demonstrate their leadership competence under extreme pressure.
 
Covid-19 has been a great example of leadership under pressure and we’ve all had front row seats to a world stage observing global leadership in a time of crisis.
What’s been interesting to observe is the impact female leaders have had and the recognition of their skills on a global scale. I’m talking about...
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What is imposter syndrome costing women?

imposter syndrome Jun 02, 2020
If you are an ambitious, driven and achievement-oriented women like me, you’ll know too well the cost of imposter syndrome personally, but the cost of imposter syndrome is far greater than most of us give consideration.
 
Firstly, what is imposter syndrome?
 
The term was first coined by psychologists Pauline Clance and Suzanne Imes in the late 1970’s and was originally defined as "despite outstanding academic and professional accomplishments, women who experience the impostor phenomenon persist in believing that they are really not bright and have fooled anyone who thinks otherwise”
 
Imposter syndrome is something often experienced as feelings of self-doubt, a fear of failure or success and the potential exposure of being seen to be a fraud and not good enough.
 
Thoughts can often include:
 
‘Who am I to think I can do this?”
 
‘Why would anyone be interested in what I have to say?’
 
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