As your trusty executve and leadership coach, today I want to address a topic that hits home for many of us: the constant struggle of working hard in our jobs while neglecting our career growth. I’ve been coaching women in tech, finance, and science since 2011, and I’ve noticed a common theme among my clients. … Read More
Get in the driver’s seat of your career!
(First published in the international women’s business magazine, BusinessOFeminin.) How are you feeling about your current job? Let me guess. The chances are you are not very satisfied. If so, you are not alone. Studies show that up to 75% of employees globally feel unhappy at work. At a time of high unemployment and lacklustre … Read More
LinkedIn got it wrong, or when is your next work anniversary?
LinkedIn is an amazing social media tool if you know how to use it to your advantage, to find dream jobs and clients and to network. I absolutely love it. Yet LinkedIn got one detail wrong. On its home page, it features the box «Ways to Keep in Touch». The one that invites you to «Like» … Read More
New Year: think of new habits, not resolutions!
Why do so many people hit the gym and buy more self-help books in January (both gyms and the self-help books’ publishing see a huge jump in sales in the first 2 months of each year) and then… go back to the old habits? Why, for most people, New Year resolutions stay just as “resolutions” … Read More
Eight lessons from Deauville
1300 business women gathered earlier this month in Deauville for the ninth Women’s Forum. The sun was shining on the sea, the champagne was glittering in flute glasses, and the participants who came from around the globe exchanged, debated and networked in powerful ways. What did we learn? What beliefs were confirmed? What myths were … Read More
Smart Leadership: how good are your people skills?
A twenty-year old study of leadership effectiveness conducted by Stanford University’s School of Business concluded that about 15 percent of one’s success in leading organizations comes from technical skills and knowledge, while 85 percent comes from the ability to connect with people and engender trust and mutual understanding. Through my coaching and leadership training work, … Read More
What is blocking the path to your big goal?
Now that you know your number 1 goal (see the post from last week), the next step is to create a strong and clear strategy, a roadmap towards your goal. However an action plan on its own won’t do wonders. It needs to be founded on strong solid self-belief and confidence. If you don’t believe … Read More
Do you have an elevator pitch?
Whether you’re looking for a job, run your own business, or want to find new – better paid and with more challenge – opportunities, you need to have a well-crafted elevator pitch. What is an elevator pitch? It is a short 30-second to 2 minute long preplanned statement that you use in response to the … Read More
Personal Value Proposition and why it matters
Your Personal Value Proposition – or PVP – is at the heart of your career strategy. It is the foundation for everything in a job search and career progression – getting promoted, targeting potential employers, attracting the assistance of others, and explaining why you are the one to choose. It shows right employers why they … Read More
Dig Your Well Before You’re Thirsty
At networking events in Paris I keep meeting people who were recently made redundant and are now looking for a new job. I often hear them asking people they have just met “If you hear of an opportunity or a company that needs my services, please let me know”. This is what I call ’emergency … Read More