Career, charisma and crowning the C-suite

Same workplace, different realities...

The way in which men and women approach issues in business is often very different. Due to traditional predeterminations, women often feel at a disadvantage: they think they don’t know the ‘invisible rules of success.’ Whether it is conveying your abilities, being seen and heard, dealing with corporate politics, being (and being appreciated as) a productive team member, building an effective network or leading successfully, far too many executive women unknowingly undermine their credibility by making simple mistakes in their attitude and behaviour. The concepts and ideas we women have can affect our beliefs and the way we act in order to achieve career success.

Let me help you understand what is happening, and how you can flourish and advance in this often male-dominated, corporate environment.

In business, the majority of women executives feel they have a real disadvantage – something with which statistics tend to agree. Even though women are now in business in unprecedented numbers, they still find that being promoted at the same rate as men is difficult. Today, only a small percentage of women have reached the top. Of the 47% of the workforce that are women, only 15% of them are in executive positions. Becoming successful in the corporate world needs focus, dedication and commitment.

Corporate executives -- men and women -- should be measured by equality goals, as well as financial goals. Their performance -- and their pay -- should be impacted accordingly...

Susan Bulkley Butler, Huffington Post
Through coaching, women executives targeting vice president and senior director level reinforce their leadership potential and become more effective by developing their ability to:
  • Use their strengths

  • Develop leadership presence

  • Distinguish between assertive and aggressive

  • Show emotional intelligence

  • Build and nurture relationships

  • Think strategically

  • Achieve results and maintain success

  • Negotiate the different challenges of the upper levels of the organization, often dominated by men and governed by male leadership styles

Women's Executive Leadership Coaching

Are you a developing woman leader?

You might be asking yourself...

◊ How can I grow as a leader?
◊ What can I do to challenge, motivate and develop my team?
◊ Where do I go for objective support when I have challenges, difficult situations and choices?
◊ How can I balance/ align my core values with all areas of my life?
◊ I have reached the top, but now, at my age, with younger managers competing to take over, what is my future?
◊ At this stage of my career, can I make a major change and if so, how can I do it?

Women’s Executive Leadership Coaching is for you if you are a successful department manager or team leader and have fixed your goal on becoming a Director, Senior Executive or Board member.

Women's Executive Leadership coaching programme includes:

⇒ Goal setting
⇒ Executive women's leadership analysis with personalised feedback
⇒ Creating a career and personal development plan
⇒ Outline of specific and measurable goals
⇒ Development of strategic roadmap for measurable success
⇒ Customised programme based on your needs and objectives

  • Individual telephone/online coaching sessions, including skills development and attitude/behaviour modification, image/reputation enhancement
  • Monthly coaching/action summaries
  • Unlimited email support
  • Requires a minimum one year engagement. Coaching sessions twice monthly

It is especially designed to best suit your needs and goals so you achieve maximum success. Please contact me to talk about your situation, objectives and priorities.

Let's discuss what your particular obstacles and objectives are, and see if they are something we can work on together...

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Find out more about choosing and personalising the best program for you, your company and your personnel:

  • Individual coaching to high-flying women executives
  • Group training to nurture upwardly-mobile ambitious career women
  • Mixed group training for positive, productive integration and collaboration between women and men at all levels of the organisation.

Group (and/or individual) training for upwardly mobile women execs

If you are ready to move up the proverbial career ladder, you need help in finding the best way forward.  Women’s career development coaching will accelerate and improve your career, focusing on your values, vision and objectives.

You might be asking yourself:

◊  What is the right way to lead or manage my staff? ◊  How do I move up the hierarchy in a way that reflects my values? ◊  How do I manage pressure and competition while retaining a productive and fulfilling work-life balance? ◊  What are the right choices for me in both career and personal life? ◊  How can I be authentic and use my strengths effectively? With Women’s Career Development Coaching we work together, so you gain perspective on your situation, take the essential steps to identify what you want and develop a strategic career plan for getting where you want to go, turning your hopes and dreams into reality.  With effective techniques, strategies and actions, you create a happier, more fulfilling career.

This programme includes:

⇒  Goal setting ⇒  Executive Women's situational analysis with personalised feedback ⇒  Career and Personal Development Plan

⇒  Customized programme based on your needs and objectives. ⇒  Requires a minimum 12-hour engagement, 6 two-hour sessions (one session per month) or 12 one-hour sessions (two per month), to be completed within a six month time period.

Mixed group training for productive integration and collaboration between women and men at all levels of the organisation.

For real integration and good positive progress, women and men need to work together to build strong and complementary work (and life) relationships.

You will discover:

⇒  How a mixed team can achieve optimal results by complementing and refining their strengths.
⇒  How together, they can help and support each other to overcome their weaknesses and maximise their strengths.
⇒  What is the best way to successfully integrate the different values and priorities of a mixed team.
⇒  What are the right choices individually, and as a team member, in both career and personal life.
⇒  How the differences between men and women can be a catalyst for each others' ambitions while remaining collaborative and supportive.
⇒  Why understanding of - and exposure to - the differences between men and women heightens career engagement and productivity.

Working closely with Mariela Dabbah & RSM

For most of the group training offered we work closely with – and follow the principles of – Mariela Dabbah and the Red Shoe Movement. This training style offers countless benefits, including online, onsite, signature events and circles. The Red Shoe Movement is the ONLY women empowerment platform born from a movement and sustained by a movement

Please contact me today by telephone on +44 (0)151 528 5159, or email  so we can talk more about what you would like and to discuss the best options.

alc welc 2 sq 2Why me? Do I understand the problems for women wanting to get to the very top in their career? ⇒ Yes, I firmly believe that I do

I have experienced many of the doubts and challenges so often present for a woman seeking advancement and parity in their career. From the start of my working life, my mother was horrified that I even wanted a career – she was a lovely, capable woman but was adamant that women should marry, have children and be there to do everything to help their husband’s career. They should definitely NOT have one of their own. Her two sisters were dynamic successful career women, but they never married as they believed they had to choose between marriage or a career, and could not have both.

Luckily, my father was very liberal and supportive. As my brothers were high-flying businessmen, my father, when I was a teenager, never hesitated to tell me I was capable of achieving their level – or better! However, it did make for very conflicting messages in our household, because my mother was very strong-willed and never changed her ideas about women and work! Added to that there were strong cultural differences in our family as my parents were different of nationalities and from worlds with different values.

Having worked in challenging positions in international markets, receiving regular promotion, and now having managed my own companies for over 20 years, I have a particular interest in helping women to advance in their careers.