Analysis

Top jobs

Ridiculous question #434 – Do women even want the top jobs?

This is one of the most commonly questions I get when speaking about gender equality- most often by men, but normally by people who assume that women who ‘want top jobs’ behave the same way as men who want top jobs. But for most women I know, the politicking, the self-promotion, the ‘mine is bigger …

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Abilities

Competence vs. Confidence

What if I told you, the only way to get that ultimate pipe-dream; “a confidence that lasts” is to ignore aiming specifically at confidence at all? The only way to get that feeling of ‘inner certainty’ is instead to focus on competence, or your ability to get things done, and I’ve got 3 quick and practical …

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Career help

Stakeholder Mapping Techniques: Find the People Who can Influence your Career – Part 1

In order to help progress your career, you need to identify the people you’ll need to impress and build the best relationships with. There are a variety of stakeholder engagement methods including stakeholder mapping. Stakeholder mapping techniques (aka stakeholder analysis, stakeholder mapping, stakeholder management) are an excellent way to learn how to influence stakeholders. If …

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What if it's a good thing

Under-confidence Benefits your Career

The truth is, under-confidence, as unorthodox as it sounds, can have real benefits. And I’m going to tell you exactly what they are and why you shouldn’t feel ashamed about being under confident.  It’s actually a huge superpower, and astonishingly could end up making your career more than you ever thought possible. The unconfident are …

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Like a boss

Impostor Syndrome and the Professional Woman

What might you, Maya Angelou and Michelle Obama all have in common? Self-doubt perhaps? Otherwise known as ‘impostor syndrome’, it affects women, no matter how accomplished or well-qualified they are, far more than it does men. On book tours for her bestseller ‘Becoming’, Michelle Obama exposed this frailty when admitting to feeling like an imposter …

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