Want to Succeed? First, Learn to Manage Your Mind and Emotions.

Unless you have been living under a rock, you know that practicing mindfulness is good for you. Mindfulness trains the mind just like physical exercise trains the body. It helps increase focus and creativity, reduces stress and anxiety, lowers blood pressure, boosts efficiency. In this post, you’ll read about top 4 reasons why I believe you should add this incredible tool to your life… asap. But first, let me ask you a question. How often do your thoughts wander off to something unrelated while you are listening to a client, colleague, your child or spouse? Do you ever hang up […] 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 manager at a large international company, who’s been waiting to get promoted for years in vain and who keeps postponing making a decision about what to do? Or Veronique, who hops from one job to another every two years, without taking a moment to understand what she really wants and […] 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 and is pondering if she should launch her own small business. I also met a manager who had been asking for promotion for the longest time. The fourth person, an expat artist, was struggling to connect with right people in the art world… Those four people had different challenges yet they shared one thing: none of them was clear […] 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 does to us: leaves us a little more enlightened, mind-blown, bewildered, reflecting and pondering, and in awe of what we heard. Business leaders and companies understood the power of story-telling long time ago and use it effectively to advance their goals. For instance, some of the ways you can use story-telling as […] Read more »

How To Be A Great Manager

A day after Saint Valentin, the day that celebrates romantic love, I feel inspired to talk about our need to feel supported and nurtured at work. Given that we spend the mind-blowing 23 percent or more of our total lifetime working, it’s only normal that we want a tiny dose of that fuzzy special feeling that we automatically expect from our love relationships. The person best equipped to give us that care and support is of course our boss, or manager. You are a manager, or used to be one, or will manage people at some point of your life. That’s why today I’d like to talk […] Read more »

How to reach your goals in 2016

Over last month I met quite a few people who told me they were motivated to change their lives or careers this year.  “It’s now or never” said one woman I met.  She was determined to leave her job of 10 years this year before she hit 50. I must have heard this phrase so many times, and especially in January, I couldn’t help asking myself “What will happen if she does not succeed? Will she close the door to her dreams and desire for change?”  In my experience of coaching people, what often happens when we set an ambitious goal and then fail to reach it is that we beat ourselves up hard […] Read more »

9 Blind Spots That Sabotage Your Career, and How to Beat Them

Sophie had been feeling frustrated and stuck in her current position for a few years now.  Yet, leaving behind the good salary and stable position for something unknown scared her, so she procrastined and did nothing.  When company-wide restructuring was announced with cuts across all levels, she was caught off guard. In the state of panic, she is now frantically applying for any relevant position she can find. Lisa, who’s known as one of the most conscientious and hardest-working managers by her colleagues, can’t understand why her boss chose an outsider for a new more senior role.  She is upset, […] Read more »

Dealing with difficult people in 6 simple steps

‘Difficult ‘ or unreasonable people and situations are part of our life – both at the workplace and outside. People who can’t stop talking and have an opinion on every issue. People who are demanding and critical, and intimidate others. Grumpy people who complain non-stop. People who don’t deliver or follow through. Or those that are quick to point out why a new idea or project won’t work. The ability to handle contrary people with diplomacy and determination is a valuable skill for everyone. It is an especially critical skill if you manage a team. Here’s one of the proven strategies on […] Read more »

7 mistakes new managers make and how to avoid them

At some stage in your careers, most of you will reach a point when you are promoted to manager or find yourself in charge of a team of people. If you feel inexperienced and unprepared for this transition, you could make a few mistakes that will cost your organisation time and money. Not knowing how to supervise others, for instance, often leads to negative experiences that later form limiting beliefs in our minds, like when you tell yourself “I hate managing”, or “I’m not a good manager”. Good managers are not born. We all can improve management and leadership skills – […] Read more »

Expat Executives: the Secrets to Being Happy and Successful Abroad

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 economy Cultural shock, adjustment to a new overseas office, longer working hours, late night phone calls from headquarters many time zones off, extensive regional business trips – those are some of the few well-known challenges that are enough to wreak havoc in anybody’s work-life balance. […] Read more »