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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What Does The Future Hold For You?

What do you feel when you think of the future? Excitement? Trepidation? Confidence? Insecurity? Fun? Hope? Despair? Or nothing of great interest… I feel a mixture of excitement, curiosity, hope and nervousness mixed with a bit of worry as to how it will turn out. Whatever that mix is, I feel alive and interested. I…

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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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When the going gets tough… particularly professionally!

Do you find sometimes it is just too difficult to stay patient and positive? Particularly at work? Well I am sure it can be equally difficult at home… I had a situation like that this morning. Luckily it wasn’t a client but it was someone I was trying to help as a favour to someone…

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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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Where (and how) do you find inspiration?

So, this morning I am totally brain dead! Seriously apprentice zombie mode due to lack of sleep (still ill but getting better dog), rescheduling those clients I told you I cancelled due to the dog, 2 ever more imminent deadlines to meet and family about to arrive on me for holidays (ugh cleaning to do!)…

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HerStory – Ruth Sacks: From France to Construction, Consultancy and Academia

‘Would you tell us your story? How you got to where you are?’ WomenUP (Anna) asked so here goes: My professional life is rooted in the desire to enjoy my work, its content, the people and its lifestyle and culture, to learn and develop, to have fun and earn enough to have some fun. At…

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HerStory – Pamela Meekings-Stewart: Often When I’m Asked…

Often when I’m asked, “Who are you?” or “What do you do?” I’ll answer with, “How long have you got?”  This is not because I intend to launch into some long-winded explanation of my identity or my job but because I do rather a lot of things for a living: – Health Retreat Owner and…

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