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Women Executives: Leadership Role Models (Part 4)

So, you have arrived at a position within your organisation that has some degree of autonomy and responsibility. In fact, you now lead a team of individuals, with unique talents. Your boss has handed you a brief that requires your team to deliver on an important project on time and on budget. You know that …

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Women Executives: Leadership Role Models (Part 3)

If my 2 previous posts have seemed less than optimistic, let me assure you that there is hope (for us all!). Below is an article by Professor Ginka Toegel the Director of Strategies for Leadership Program, International Institute of Management Development, Switzerland. Companies are not setting themselves these targets out of some generalized notion of …

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Women Executives: Leadership Role Models (Part 2)

Just in case you are wondering if there is still a stigma attached to being a woman and aspiring to executive and management roles, please read the article below. I would be very interested to hear your thoughts Maternity leave will kill your career, recruitment companies warn women By Jane Hansen The Sunday Telegraph, September …

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Women Executives: Leadership Role Models (Part 1)

If you think 21st century women have it made as top flight executives, Chief Executive Officers and the ultimate holy grail of governance as Chairman of the Board of a multi national corporation, think again. Male captains of industry have been fortunate to have so many outstanding male examples to model as they ascend the …

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Book Review-7 Strategies for Wealth and Happiness

A timeless classic by Jim Rohn a motivator extraordinaire, that is written in an easy reading style for anyone who has had enough of being average (read beige) and wants a better life. This includes health, material success and most importantly a deeply satisfying sense of contentment. Click here to listen Book Review-7 Strategies for …

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Retirement: What happens after the farewell speech and gold watch gift

I was speaking to this lady in her mid 50s the other day about her retirement plans. “Retirement, what retirement?” she snorted. No, sir-she was launching herself into a new home based business after spending a better part of 30 years as a cog in the wheel of a giant multi national corporation. The first …

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Public Speaking: What You Should Know Before You Open Your Mouth: Part 2

In this post, we will consider the final three don’ts of public speaking. I have also included some tips on “selling the sizzle” of your message. 4. Enunciate Unless you are at a ventriloquists’ convention, do relax your jaw muscles and move your lips when you are speaking. When you slur or drop the endings …

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Public Speaking: What you should know before you open your mouth (Part1)

I am preparing a seminar where I will address an audience of professionals, predominantly male members of the medical fraternity. The room screams dark suits (single breasted), cuff links, polished leather pumps and old school ties. I check that my Powerpoint slides are in the correct sequence, with text of a size that can be …

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