The playing field that women operate on in the workplace is shockingly unlevel.
Let’s start with some stats to see the real picture of the current environment we work in.
I learnt some very interesting facts on this from Why Women Win At Work by Gill Whitty-Collins – a book I highly recommend.
At the beginning of their career, 43% of women and 34% of men aspire to reach top management. Surprisingly, it's actually more women than men aspire for that.
Just two years later, 34% of men still aspire to reach top management. However, the percentage of women has dropped to 16%.
The question on my mind is what’s happening in those two years of experiencing the workplace that is changing women's minds about what they want to do or what they think is...
However, many people don’t know how to use their voice to its full effect.
If you want communicate powerfully, then it’s time to give it some attention.
In the latest episode of the Influence & Impact for Female Leaders podcast, I interviewed Sharon Stacey, a Voice Coach and Musical Director.
Sharon teaches people how to use vocal clarity, attentive tone and confidence for delivering in person and online meetings, keynote speeches and business pitches.
She shared six ways you can use your voice to boost your gravitas in meetings:
Warming up is not something reserved for singers. Before your meeting, practice saying a few sentences using the full range of your voice and emphasising different words....
For years I thought that I was doing well in my career because I worked so hard and held myself to such high standards. Then I realised that those strategies were actually perfectionism in disguise and were causing as much harm as they were good.
I coach a lot of high achieving women, at all levels and perfectionism in its various guises, crops up all the time. If you struggle with overworking, trying to be in control of everything in your life, procrastinating and fear of failure, you might be a perfectionist.
There are many definitions but essentially, people who experience perfectionism are very focused on how things should be done and feel that they need to perform perfectly every time with nothing short of this being acceptable.
I love this quote from Julia Cameron, author of The Artist’s...
The number of people who struggle with anxiety is rising each year and the pandemic has certainly heightened this. If the past year has made you feel more anxious and you’re feeling apprehensive about a return to “normal”, you’re not alone.
Although anxiety is something that is very personal, we experience it in all sorts of situations, including the workplace. Many of the managers and leaders that I work with mention anxiety as one of the things they struggle with.
I know how they feel.
I’m naturally quite an anxious person which I think was triggered by my tendency to want to be in control combined with my shy personality.
We all feel different physical symptoms for anxiety. You could have a racing heart, feel very hot, sweat, be unable to think straight or...