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Hello. My name is………….

As a child, I wanted to be a number of things, ‘when I grew up.’ A farmer (until I found out you had to get up early EVERY DAY), an artist (a distinct lack of talent put paid to that) and a spy (can’t confirm if that happened or not). Fast forward a few decades and I recently overheard my …

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5 Tips for Impact & Influence

My first gainful employment was at the Rose & Crown pub. I spent the summer liberally garnishing sandwiches with cress.  Every experience is a learning opportunity.  I learned that no one likes cress. As the opportunities for sandwich garnishing dried up like Mother’s Pride left out in the sun, I turned my attention to the corporate world.  Fast forward to …

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Every duck has its day

Pitching is fast, frenetic and unforgiving. It’s not for the faint-hearted. It’s also exciting, adrenaline-pumping, physically and intellectually demanding. It is not open to reason. You’re either up for it or out of it. Win a new client as a result of a pitch and the crowd goes wild. Out comes the Champagne, bells are rung (literally in some agencies, …

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A TALE OF TWO SALARIES

  As a woman, I feel uniquely qualified to share my thoughts on what it is like to be a woman, on this, the International Day of Women. For if the last few months have taught us anything, it is that we all have a story to tell. Even if your story, like mine, is that you’re white, middle class, …

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Coach Journey

  I’ve kept a diary since I was 14. Given the New Year is the traditional time of resolutions, in the interests of empirical research I took a trip up to the loft to review 30 years of progress. Turns out my observations were less Samuel Pepys, more Adrian Mole. (Example: “Went to village shop. Bought cat food.”) Every entry …

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The ABC of a Leadership Superteam

  This week we worked with a leadership team.  Their story might seem familiar to you. On paper, they had everything needed to be a successful and thriving powerhouse. They were talented and experienced. They were creating innovative work. They had good relationships with their customers. They had a large team below them to deliver the work. But…they were frustrated, …

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Fast Forward Female: Three success strategies for women at work

  If a cursory glimpse at the headline news over the last few months hasn’t been enough to crush your spirit, (Doctor Who aside), try typing ‘women/work’ into Google and brace yourself for a slew of discouraging statistics. As a working woman you are less likely to get the first, critical promotion to manager thereby minimising your chances of getting …

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Cross border pitching: how to avoid cross purposes

  You have been asked to head an international team from your company – spanning five regional offices – to pitch for a massive multi-cultural account worth millions.  Do you react: HOORAY!!! Your first reaction could well be unfettered enthusiasm for the task ahead.  But most people’s experience of working with their colleagues from overseas – many of whom they …