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Personal Crises Affecting Your Career

I wrote an article for Australian Aviation magazine recently on managing hiccups in your career. It was on point, practical and clearly showed the level of industry immersion I am known for in my key sector, Aviation. I submitted it and received the proof later in the...

Dealing with Aggressive Clients or Colleagues

This week I had the pleasure of receiving a couple of aggressively worded accusatory emails from one particular new enquiry: a potential client, not an existing one. Probably only the second time this has occurred in my 18 years in this business. Just quietly… not a...

18 Things I have learnt from 18 years as a coach

  Life is about learning, it is essential in order to grow and change and prevent stagnation. Stagnation after all is smelly, and who wants to be smelly? So, at the end of another year with 2018 looming, I thought I would recap some of the gritty things I’ve learnt...

Employers Want Staff With Ego Maturity… Not Ego Maniac

But what the heck is it? If you have it, you will be much better at self-management and you will probably be solution focused rather than getting all caught up in the drama. One of the largest companies in Australia describes 'Ego Maturity' as: "A sound level of...

Are you a rebel? This is why the rebel is a great disrupter

I was recently called a disrupter. I had never placed that particular label on myself, however it instantly resonated. I am. I do things my own quirky way, I tend not to follow trends, I don’t watch my competition, I play devils advocate, I question all the time. Yes...

I Just Figured It Out – How To Smash It Out

  Can’t believe the “Ah ha” moment I have just had. Why the heck did it take me this long? I’m attempting to finish a project, you might have seen it, simply because I have been posting about it up the waaazoooo. It’s my book “The Albino Chameleon – Building The Story...

What I’ve learned from the Bachelorette

I watched the final Aussie version of the show, when “Sophie” professes her love for one of the two contestants remaining. Not sure why I watched it, it was on and I had subconsciously seen so much of the promo material that I figured "ok lets see who she chooses'....

So, What Are You Waiting For?

Fear, that’s what I’m waiting for champ, the fear to pass. I know cos I have this big bloody post on my notice board that says: “Be afraid and do it anyway”. In extremely big, super bold text. I have a couple of friends, talented, smart, savvy friends who want to go...

So, What Are My Strengths?

Just about every job interview involves some version of this question: “What are your strengths?”It is also the most hated question, simply because it is so vast! It may however, not come in those exact words, it could look like this:“Why do you have to offer, over...

I hate talking about myself

Everyone does – I know! We all hate it because it now means we have to blow our own trumpet and that just feels darn uncomfortable, who talks like that? Nobody really. Unless your ego is outa control most of us don’t go around spouting our wonderfulness and how good...

Do women need to behave like a man in order to succeed like a man?

On Tuesday evening I attended the inaugural Marie Clarie Success Summit. It was a truly inspirational evening with great speakers, focusing on women in business and equal opportunities for women and men in the workplace. A few things really stuck in my mind. Women...

Why parents need to prepare their child for job interviews

My friend's nephew has just discovered how difficult it is to get a job. I’m not talking a full time career; I’m talking about a casual or part-time job whilst still in school or university. Most large retailers have a rigorous interview process that will include...

What else do employers look for in candidates?

You have the experience and the qualifications. Great, but that’s only half the hiring criteria covered. I am often asked: “what do employers want?” It’s a tough question as employers differ depending on industry and the position they wish to fill. But I can tell you...

Is This A Date, An Interrogation Or A Job Interview?

Actually, as my 9-year-old nephew is prone to start everything with, it is all of those. A wonderful friend of mine was one of the first in our world to dive into the unknown waters of on-line dating 12 years ago.  Brave, brave soul we all thought inwardly. Outwardly...

The “I don’t give a shit-ed-ness” of aging

I call my clients mature, that’s if they are in or around my age bracket, mature, hmmmm it is a bit PC isn’t it? Personally I am still waiting to feel like a grown up, I currently feel about 27 most days.  When I use that word (mature) it's not about age, it's more...

Who Is Supporting Your Career Goals?

Last night I attended a Style Workshop prepared by a new Fashionista Entrepreneur, www.tribo.com.au. The owner is a friend of mine, and myself and other friends rallied around to help with filling the first workshop and promoting it. We did it without thinking as we...

Do women need to behave like a man in order to succeed like a man?

On Tuesday evening I attended the inaugural Marie Clarie Success Summit. It was a truly inspirational evening with great speakers, focusing on women in business and equal opportunities for women and men in the workplace. A few things really stuck in my mind. Women...

Nervous About Speaking in Public?

The Secret to Appearing More Confident   Whether it is meetings, presenting, conducting a lecture, attending an interview, or even going on a first date, we all want to project confidence. My niece recently started her own recruitment company and was invited to pitch...

Dealing With Career Hiccups

- Redundancy- Gaps or time away from your career- Being fired- Leaving due to lack of OH&S- Industry downturns or economic crises- Failing training- Serious accidents During my 12 years working with pilots, executives, pharmacists and government employees I have come...

How To Resign Without Burning Bridges

Resigning positively is a skill worth learning. In some cases it can be a challenge making it through without ‘letting loose’ about the actual reasons. Here are some thoughts to consider when you are about to resign from your job. You should never: Make it personal. A...

Is your workplace gender equal?

To progress in the corporate world takes focus, strategy, hard work and smart work. You’d like to think that would be enough, but for women in particular the cost can be much greater. Talk to any 30-something woman and you will hear about the sacrifices, the attitude...