What do you do when things don’t work out?

Last week I wrote a column for my local paper on ‘how to find your dream job’. The punch line was essentially: you don’t, you create it as you go. Here’s an extract: The job I do these days didn’t exist when I was choosing my degree...

On winning

Wow, what a week it’s been! On Thursday I had some local fame when my local paper ran a piece on my award nomination for Emerging SME Business of the Year in the Forward Ladies National Women in Business Awards. On Friday I celebrated being a finalist...

Reclaiming Good

A friend said to me the other day “I’m trying to stop aiming for progress.” It stumped me at first. I’ve always though of progress as a good thing - the antidote to perfection even. But what she meant was that she kept finding herself...

12 questions to start the new year

How are you feeling about the year ahead? Are you ready and raring to go, with some big, hairy, scare-the-pants-off-you goals? Or are you still getting your bearings and wondering what day it is? If it’s the latter, don’t worry about playing catch up. Just start...

Five Reasons to Celebrate

Need a reason to celebrate? Here are five to get you started: 1. Celebrate what you have achieved, not what you haven't What are your proudest achievements this year so far? And what qualities did you need to achieve them? Often our focus is on what hasn't been...

How do you know you are winning?

I often ask my clients, “What does success look like to you?” We talk about what they want to achieve, their goals and dreams. We talk about outcomes, and how brilliant life will be when they have them. But that’s not enough. It’s not enough to know what...

Failing well

“Failure is not an option, it’s a necessity.”  “Without failure there can be no innovation.” “Behind every success are hundreds of failures. You cannot have success without failure.” I know this stuff. Yes it encourages me to know that I have permission to fail. But there’s still a part...

Two and a half words that will improve your productivity

I’ll admit, I’m a bit of a word geek. I love language. And I notice language a lot. Friends and clients will testify to that. I’m trying to teach my son the art of speaking persuasively, especially when his little sister is being particularly annoying. Yes,...

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