New Beginnings

Posted on September 22nd, 2014 by - 0 comments

little girl in leaves

Do you find September a great month for new beginnings?

I know January is traditionally the big month of resolutions but not for me.

I’ve always loved September; it must be a throwback to my times of school and university but the Autumn always sees me full of life and raring to go. I’m not really a great summer lover and heat makes me slothful and sleepy. But give me that first nip of a slight chill in the air, the rustle of fallen leaves, the smell of bonfires, and I’m up and at ‘em. I’m like a demented squirrel, happily gathering nuts from all over!

How about you? Is the Autumn/Fall an energising time for you or do you feel like hibernating?

I’m very much ‘up’ today. It’s my favourite time for revisiting my aspirations and aims and that includes my one million project and RenewYou for passionate trainers. I have a licensing event running early next month and I genuinely can’t wait to get going. Watch out the Midlands!

In truth, it doesn’t really matter when you do it; a little stocktaking of one’s aims and aspirations is welcome any time. Try and give yourself 10 minutes today to reflect, and ask yourself this question: am I living my life consciously, doing the things I want with passion and energy, or is time drifting by?

You can see all the details on RenewYou licensing by clicking this link.

It’s Not You, It’s Them

Posted on September 19th, 2014 by - 0 comments

Well, OK sometimes it just might be you…but I work with so many women who feel they are not getting a fair crack at work and closer examination reveals they are facing some classic, albeit often unintentional, examples of sexism at work. If that sounds familiar, this post is for you. An interesting snippet which might be of use: Women get talked over by men at work. Yet both men and women think women talk most in meetings. Research shows

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Fall Down, Get Up, Fall Down, Get Up…

Posted on September 16th, 2014 by - 1 comment

Some years ago there was a pop record out with the chorus ‘I get knocked down but I get up again, you’re never gonna keep me down‘. I used to sing it at the top of my voice when it came on the radio as it so epitomises my attitude to life. (The family were not amused.) If we want to succeed in anything we have to learn to keep getting up, stronger and more determined than before. If you’d

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Stay Young & Beautiful, Bella, If You Aspire to Politics?

Posted on September 10th, 2014 by - 0 comments

A very small item in The I Paper caught my eye this week. It read: Prime Minister (of Italy) Matteo Renzi, 39, has been accused by the opposition of appointing female ministers on the basis of their youth and beauty rather than their brains. Good heavens, I thought, I’m so glad I don’t live in Italy. That would never happen here in the good old UK. Imagine if people got appointed to Government just on basis of…oh, I don’t know,

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Q: Girls Can’t Do Science Because? A: We Tell Them So

Posted on September 9th, 2014 by - 7 comments

Science is losing out on the input of women because of the mistaken belief that “men are from Mars and women from Venus” Professor Gina Rippon is a leading neuroscientist based at Aston University and recently announced that it was time to debunk the myth that gender differences are hard-wired into our brains. Hear hear! Such a lot of tosh has been written about that topic. (see Men/Women, Nature/Nurture? Who Cares) In reality, Says Prof Rippon, there is no significant

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Women Are Doing The Wrong Jobs so Therefore No ‘Equal’ Pay Issue?

Posted on September 4th, 2014 by - 1 comment

I wonder what you make of this below. It’s a riposte to the CMI who estimate that women will have to work longer than men by 14 years to achieve same pay levels. This entire article appeared in the HR Grapevine in August 2014 In response to the figures from the Chartered Management Institute – which revealed that female managers would have to work 14 years longer than their male counterparts to achieve the same career earnings – the CEO

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