Women, Time to Drag on Your Swimsuit and DIVE IN!

Posted on April 15th, 2015 by

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What constitutes the next step up for you? If you’re a woman reading this, you’re statically likely to be only thinking about the grade above you. That’s what we women do, apparently. Furthermore, we wait at least a couple of years and feel we must know our current role inside out before we apply for another one.

This is not advantageous to us in the world of work. Men don’t do it. They’ll take a risk on a job (generally) several grades above their current position and not get overly worried about whether they know their current job inside out.

It’s a matter of confidence when it comes down to it. Knowing tasks inside out is not always a great asset for your next role. Having transferable skills, the ability to learn, to adapt and change, that is. Couple that with an attractive dose of self belief (not arrogance but a healthy knowledge of one’s strengths and potential) and you’re a formidable candidate.

Take five minutes now to down tools. Think about your current set up. Leap frog in your mind to two promotions above where you are now. What qualities do you need to let people know you have in order to be on the radar? I bet you have far more than you imagine.

Remember, no one walks into a role fully formed; it takes at least 6 months in my view.

Take a risk, dive in!

RenewYou is my one day confidence building course, especially designed for women, to help you learn to ‘dive’ safely and with grace.  Our next licensing event for trainers /coaches and Learning & Development specialists is in June. Click here for details.

 

A Helpful Tip When You Need a Break

Posted on April 13th, 2015 by

You know how important it is to take a break now and again, but, like me, you probably get engrossed in your work and before you know it hours have slipped by with you hunched over your desk. I use a wee gizmo to remind me to take a break. This one is particularly for Windows but you can also get something similar to suit Macs. An image, as above, will pop up on your screen and remind you to

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Fancy a bit of ‘renewal’ in Paris for the week end?

Posted on April 11th, 2015 by

We’re very happy to announce that we’ve just licensed our very first RenewYou specialist in France. Barbara Wilson is running the very first RenewYou in Paris on Friday May 29th. I think that would make a very good weekend break; RenewYou on Friday and the sights and delights on Saturday and Sunday. Hmm, I may have to make an appearance myself. But don’t worry, if Paris is too far we have loads of courses in the UK. Click here for

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How To Be Renewed!

Posted on April 10th, 2015 by

Just before Easter we recruited two new trainers, one in France and one in Botswana. I can’t tell you how excited we get about that here in the office. Even the office cats pick up on the general vibe of excitement! Every time a RenewYou course is delivered anywhere in the world, we’re empowering and helping women to be their best version of themselves. It feels like a kind of magic. Changing People has some really wonderful women delivering RenewYou;

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Women Duelling on the Radio?

Posted on April 8th, 2015 by

From time to time I’m asked if I’ll appear on a radio show commenting on something in the news about women.  I really enjoy  local radio because they often want to have a slightly longer discussion, and are genuinely interested in a point of view. A dialogue occurs. Recently I was asked to comment on something by a national radio prime time, current affairs programme. They wanted me to take a particular line on a news story, relating to a

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How Can Women Ever Be ‘The Best’?

Posted on April 6th, 2015 by

Let the best be best. Every time I hear someone say, let being the best decide, I wonder who defines best. It continually crops up in debates about feminism. Merit should be the final arbiter. I agree, if merit, if what constitutes the best is agreed upon by a representative group of men and women. Unfortunately we are not in that place. The definition of what or who is ‘best’ is still rooted in the past; decades upon decades of

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