by on 3 April, 2020
Entrepreneurship is great for various reasons. From being your own to having flexible working schedules and everything that comes with it, clearly explains why more people are starting their businesses, particularly women.  You might have heard of a person’s business success story who truly believes and makes it happen.   However, running a business, whether big or small, is not a walk in the park. Here are a few helpful tips that come in handy for experienced female entrepreneurs.   ...
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by on 17 March, 2020
There are many qualities that make a great leader. Whether you head up a small team in your office, are the CEO of a large corporation or a leader on the world stage the same qualities apply: clear vision, sound decision-making and the use of team strengths through delegation. Unconscious bias limits all leaders, as beliefs and attitudes that go unacknowledged and unchallenged undermine a leader’s impact and effectiveness. And it is at this time in world history, that we need leaders working at ...
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by on 11 March, 2020
When I first began researching and speaking on unconscious bias, I found this Chinese proverb insightful: A fish is the last one to know what water is. Water is an unquestioned environment for the fish. As are our unconscious biases. We seriously sabotage our ability to be productive when we first, lack awareness of our own unconscious bias, second are reluctant to identify what our biases may be and third are unwilling to change when confronted with our biases.   When I first went to Nauru, ...
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by on 6 March, 2020
The aim of many leaders is to have a cohesive team. By that they mean a team that has similar values, is on the same page in terms of culture and goals and has little conflict. While cohesion is a worthwhile goal, having it as an over-arching focus can mean that valuable assets can be lost because we can’t see the trees for the wood, we confuse unity and uniformity and we do not recognise the need for healthy conflict. The old saying, “You can’t see the wood for the trees” infers that focuss...
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by on 3 March, 2020
Most of us would be familiar with the old adage that actions speak louder than words, where what we really think and feel is seen so clearly in what we do, regardless of what we say we believe. This is nowhere more readily seen than the area of gender bias. The push towards gender equality has been advancing since the early 20th century when women across the globe demonstrated for the right to vote. While, on the surface, gender equality is touted as the norm, gender bias is still operating in m...
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by on 27 February, 2020
An old Chinese proverb says that a fish is the last one to know what water is. The fish swims and breathes in water. While water is essential for its life, the fish is oblivious of that fact, taking its environment for granted. But more than this, water shapes a fish’s entire life. Unconscious bias works in a similar manner. Unconscious bias is the tendency each individual has to privilege certain people and ideas and to dismiss others. Bias unconsciously shapes our lives and decision-making in ...
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by on 10 February, 2020
8 Factors when selecting a Mentor  With International Women’s day around the corner, we are still seeing a bleak picture for women’s equality. In corporate Australia, the statistics have hardly changed in the last decade and female entrepreneurs have declined in the last year. Whilst companies now have diversity targets it seems what can really make a difference is you. Take charge of your career & your business. Invest in yourself & seek the help you need to progress. One of the key sol...
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by on 23 January, 2020
Processes and Procedures are not really cool and it’s definitely not sexy! It is one of the most overlooked aspects of business when starting out. In the long term you will save yourself time by establishing a process and procedure for every task that you find yourself repeating in your business. The purpose of a Business Procedure Manual is not only to help staff do their job efficiently and accurately, but also to improve business results. So where do you start? It's best to start with ...
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by on 22 January, 2020
  1.      Meet People. It sounds obvious but many business people are too shy to get out from behind their desks and venture into a business networking space for the first time. If this is you, bring some friends along and be courageous together. It gets easier every time and remember – we’ve all made mistakes!   2.      Collect Every Business Card. Once they’re in your hot little hands, write on it the date you received it and where you met the person. Next, store them alphabetic...
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by on 21 January, 2020
If you're like me, it sometimes feels like there's waaaaaaay too much on your radar. And when that happens, it's hard to know where to start. I've previously written about using Stephen Covey's urgent/important matrix to prioritise – it's an oldie, but a goodie. Recently, a client shared with me her way of prioritising and it's fabulous so, with her permission, I am sharing it with you. Essentially, it has three criteria: Urgency: inner circle is more urgent (to be done sooner); o...
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by on 9 January, 2020
New Year is a time for reflection & if you are anything like me it’s the perfect down time to get planning. I love having a plan which is full of goals. In fact, I love this more than the fireworks, the BIG parties and about the same as my NYE cocktails. On New Year’s Eve most of us feel obligated to trot out the usual resolutions; “I want to get fitter, I want to lose weight, blah blah” and rarely do they happen. Why is that? Well often they are said in the heat of the emotion which you ...
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by on 10 December, 2019
It's end of year. And the last thing you need is another event to go to! Luckily, this is not an invitation to an event. It's an invitation to reflect on the year that was and set your intentions for 2020. And RSVP is the formula to help you do this. Review. Look back over 2019 Superpowers. What are you awesome at and should do more of? Values. What are the emotions/feelings you want more of in 2020? What are the key values that underscore this? Purpose. Start with the end in mind...
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