Expat Executives: the Secrets to Being Happy and Successful Abroad

12/09/2014career transitions, Employee engagement, expatriation, Leadership, talent management, work-life balance

As more and more companies are expanding operations across borders, there is a growing need for executives to become global managers with a global perspective. It often means a global mindset with a deep understanding of international perspective, cultural portability and cultural intelligence. The biggest challenges faced by global managers working in a 24/7 interconnected … Read More

Assertiveness: do you speak up?

10/11/2013Employee engagement, entrepreneurship, gender equality, Leadership, personal branding, soft skills, talent management, Uncategorized, work-life balance

“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

Eight lessons from Deauville

29/10/2013Employee engagement, entrepreneurship, gender equality, Leadership, networking, soft skills, talent management, Uncategorized, work-life balance

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?

12/08/2013Employee engagement, entrepreneurship, Leadership, networking, talent management, work-life balance

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

Dealing with redundancy

30/06/2013career transitions, job search, redundancy, talent management

Sadly, redundancies are a fact of life in today’s workplace.  A lot of industries and sectors are downsizing, and the cuts often focus on countries with the highest employee costs, starting with France and Belgium. Redundancy is never an easy process to undergo and is usually quite upsetting for the employee. Upon hearing that you’re being … Read More

Lean into Life, your unique style

04/06/2013career transitions, Employee engagement, entrepreneurship, Leadership, talent management, Uncategorized, work-life balance

Despite the mountain of controversy and publicity around Sheryl Sandberg’s book “Lean In”, I’ll admit that I enjoyed reading it.  I liked the author’s accessible style and the generosity with which she shared personal stories and experiences. Many of those stories revealed a different, more human and less perfect, face of Facebook’s Chief Operating Officer. … Read More