How to be a Leader – The Alternative View

Whitney Wolfe is a confident and strong minded female who originally worked on the launch of the highly successful dating site Tinder which has an estimated 50 million users.  She eventually became its Vice President of marketing. Whilst climbing the career ladder, Ms Wolfe also formed a relationship with Tinder’s co-founder. Unfortunately both work and…

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Rejecting harassment – a must for the curriculum

The very positive outcome of the current sexual harassment furore regarding Harvey Weinstein and the film industry, is that the door is now wide open for women or men to take action when subjected to this.  The natural reaction, especially in the popular climate of ‘name and shame’, of spreading the word loud and clear,…

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Step OFF the Scales

We’ve all heard the expression ‘work-life balance’ and know how hard it can be for working women to achieve it.  I would go further and suggest that in many ways it is a contradiction in terms.  The word ‘balance’ implies a kind of equality but I would argue that even when you are a successful…

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Adverts are NOT us!

My reputation on Twitter is illustrated by tweets about anti ageism, anti sexism and self- esteem improvement and they all  come from the heart. Being over 60, female and someone whose self- love has had more downs than ups, I feel qualified to shout about these issues. Speaking of shouting, do any of you readers…

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Facing Forward

I often find myself looking back on life and feeling that I’ve missed out on certain things that I haven’t achieved or acquired. The ‘things’ tend to be connected with career or educational achievements or with elements of my childhood experience that were negative and contributed to my equilibrium as an adult. This kind of…

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Little by Little

Have you ever been overwhelmed by the idea of making a career move or a life choice that involves a large corporation, a hugely competitive profession or merely an activity or group you have no experience of?  To be put off by something that feels like Mount Everest, when you just about manage a few…

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Feminism – A Taboo Word?

FEMINISM – A Taboo word? Inspired by a feature in a well- known Sunday paper that proudly displayed a line of women of various ages, all in glamourous evening wear and all with incredibly courageous stories to tell.  The thing they have in common is that they all served in one or other of our…

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Why Can’t A Woman Be Just Like A Man?

You may or may not be familiar with these words from a song in the musical My Fair Lady.  In this light-hearted musical, the character Professor Henry Higgins comes across as a bit of a sexist chappie to say the least, but of course our heroine Eliza Doolittle eventually triumphs by transforming from cockney flower…

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A Reverse Wake-UP Call!

I feel we must all agree that anything that is bad for our health will impact on our ability to achieve our goals, everyday tasks or in fact just quality of life.  A short piece in a major Sunday newspaper caught my eye with the heading ‘Retail boss blames her insomnia on email’.  The item…

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CHARISMA on the curriculum?

Throughout my learning and working experience as an actress, I can remember more than once uttering the words ‘basically, you can either act, or you can’t’.  What I meant was that although there are some fundamental skills that need to be in place, the ability to convince an audience that you are a character other…

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