While self-promotion is critical for one’s professional success, women face unique challenges and barriers (a lot of are internal) when it comes to promoting themselves in the workplace. Here are some of the reasons why women may be reluctant or find it difficult to self-promote: Cultural Conditioning and Modesty Norms: Cultural conditioning plays a significant … Read More
Ditch the Workhorse Life: Work Smarter, Not Harder
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
I want you to quit
“My company is firing a lot of people. What if my team members are on the list? What if I am among them?“ Maria (*not real name), was freaking out. She couldn’t focus on her work while waiting for the details. After 4 long days, she finally got the official … 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
Six Golden Rules for Successful Goal Setting
How does it feel to be back at work after summer holidays? Are you feeling full of energy and enthusiasm or frustrated about being in the same place and same role? Or are you feeling like… Jean-Paul, a senior executive at a private finance firm, who’s been dreaming of launching his own business for years yet does nothing about it? Or Christine, a … Read More
What is your brand?
Being an avid networker, I meet new people all the time. For example, in the past few weeks, I met a woman who is looking to change a career direction but is not sure about what would be the best fit for her and how to get there in France. Another woman told me that she felt fed up working for a low salary … 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
On the Power of Story-Telling
Last week during my trip to London, I was reminded of the incredible power of story-telling when I saw was The Encounter by Simon McBurney and his Complicite group. It was a transporting show and the story-telling in its most imaginative form. For days afterwards, I kept on thinking of its multi-dimensional plot set deep in the Amazonian rainforest. That’s what a well-told story … Read More
Assertiveness: do you speak up?
“I spoke up about the issue!” my client Julie looked radiant. She shared that she had raised her long-standing concerns about how a large-scaled project was being managed to the top management of her company. The issue had bothered her for a long time and she’d been speaking about it to everyone but… her bosses. … Read More