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2 Ways You May Be Self Harming By Staying in the Wrong Career

‘My heart sank. My boss was talking about new clients he wants me to work with and a course that would be good for me to do and every fibre in my being wanted to yell out ‘no way’ but instead I found myself smiling and saying ‘OK’, I found myself confiding to a friend.

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Purpose in Work is More Than Just a ‘Nice to Have’.

Helen found herself dreading going to work each day. She was working in a fast paced industry in a role she ‘fell into’ after University. While she was good at her job; meeting client deadlines and satisfying their demands, the role was all consuming – encroaching on her time with her family – and brought her no fulfilment or happiness, only stress.

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Why nearing burnout in your career can be a good thing.

‘I didn’t realise when I started your career coaching programme that there would also be so much personal development and support for my wellbeing’ Mandy commented during our consolidation final session together. She was delighted with her new lease of life but hadn’t appreciated from the outset that this would be the outcome – along with the renewed career direction that she had signed up for.

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Six things you need to know if you feel stressed at work.

‘I used to pride myself on my ability to think creatively and make decisions – and now I’m struggling just to get through the day’ Angie told me during our coaching consultation. A high achiever, Angie’s default response was simply to push herself harder when facing difficulty, putting in longer and longer hours just to keep up, but feeling in reality like she was just spinning her wheels and not getting anywhere.

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Why speaking up is so hard – And what you can do about it.

‘I find myself in meetings becoming conscious that I haven’t said anything. I know what I want to say but then a male colleague will utter what I was thinking and I miss my chance’ Lily confided in me during a coaching consultation. She was feeling frustrated with herself and I knew just how she felt.

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Nervous about meeting influential people? Try this.

As I’m preparing to go to a new networking event in the City I’m feeling daunted; this group is for senior executive women and entrepreneurs who are serious about their personal development. Whilst I recognise that I have been on a major development journey since taking the leap to become self-employed, this event is further outside my comfort zone than I’m used to and so my gremlins of fear and doubt are rousing.

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Six Signs That It Is Time to Leave Your Job

I can still vividly remember that familiar, sinking feeling in the pit of my stomach as I drove into work after the Christmas break. I dreamt of being in a role where I would have more freedom to express my full skills and abilities, and flexibility over how I used my time. As I reflected on my then role the feeling of being stuck grew heavier and my mood grew despondent.

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Playing At Your Role? Here’s Why That’s A Good Thing

As busy professional women, submerged in juggling the responsibilities of work and family life, and an ever expanding to -do list, we often forget to play, feel we don’t have time for it or somehow believe it is no longer appropriate for us. Instead we are always on the go – hustling for success – and then feel overwhelmed and struggle to achieve all we set out to do.

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Being Bold: The Truth About Confidence

Being Bold: The Truth About Confidence As it is International Women’s Day today, with the theme of Be Bold For Change, celebrating the power of women to lead and succeed, I am mindful that what often stops us from boldly stepping up to advance our careers orRead more

Three Steps to Make a Powerful Start to 2017

Three Steps to Make a Powerful Start to 2017 I’m conscious as I write this post, and as we prepare to welcome in the New Year, of my need for stillness, rest and reflection following a busy year and the frantic build up to the Christmas festivities.Read more

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