Women, work-life balance and neuroscience.

Recently I was interviewed for the International Women’s Day Business Leader of the Year Awards and I was asked for my answer to a question that I have been thinking a lot about lately.  The question was “What does work-life balance mean to me and how do I manage it, being a director of my business…

Why Working on Your Strengths is so Important

“…to avoid your strengths and to focus on your weaknesses isn’t a sign of diligent humility. It is almost irresponsible. “– Donald O. Clifton. From the very first day that we begin our formal education and schooling, homilies such as “practice makes perfect,” are used to impress upon each of us our innate abilities and…

Why women need to support women, not compete with them!

When power feels like a scarce resource, people will compete with one another to grab what influence they can. Historically, women have perceived that a small amount of power and opportunity are available to us—and that these resources are controlled and granted to us by others. So when some small door of opportunity cracks open,…

Why mentoring is important

“I am not a teacher, but an awakener.” ― Robert Frost Many of us were fortunate enough to have mentors as we grew into our leadership roles.  Now it’s our turn to pay forward. The mentor/mentee relationship must spring out of genuine respect and empathy because it’s quite a personal one which thrives on honest…

Why Innovation is Important for Your Leadership Style

Perhaps you’ve heard the phrase, ‘A rolling stone gathers no moss.’ In essence, it refers to the concept that a stagnant position quickly becomes useless, unable to move forward when the environment dictates. And in the arena of business, forward progress is key. When faced with change, the past place a leader wants to seek…

Why Caring for your Female Workers is Good Business

The Shriver Report and in particular an essay by Maria Shriver named Powerful and Powerless, addresses this issue in detail in the context of the US workforce, and identifies issues that are relevant all over the world. In the US, 70% of low wage employees do not receive any sick leave, as is common in a casualised workforce,…