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

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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 »

Ditch your New Year’s resolutions!

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When I was younger, I was a big fan of New Year’s resolutions. I would make a list of things I wanted to improve or learn in the New Year. To improve my swimming, take up dancing again, find a new job, see my parents more often… I would make a step or two towards my resolutions in early January, then life would get underway and I would forget about them. My story is not atypical. We all know that New Year’s Resolutions have a very low success rate. In fact, studies show that 88% of people fail to hold on to their […] Read more »

Six Golden Rules for Successful Goal Setting

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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?

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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 »

LinkedIn got it wrong, or when is your next work anniversary?

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LinkedIn is an amazing social media tool if you know how to use it to your advantage, to find dream jobs and clients and to network. I absolutely love it. Yet LinkedIn got one detail wrong. On its home page, it features the box «Ways to Keep in Touch». The one that invites you to «Like» or to comment «Congrats!» to those of your contacts who have just changed jobs and those celebrating their work anniversaries. The problem is that the fastest growing professional social media tool does not distinguish between those who mark the 2nd or 4th anniversary and those who’ve been […] Read more »

Hate Your Job? 9 Steps to Follow Before Quitting

Do you hate your job?  You are not alone. This is the most common complaint I’ve heard in my work as a career coach. Just 30% of employees in the U.S. feel engaged at work, according to a 2013 report by Gallup. Around the world the proportion of employees who feel engaged and satisfied at work is a mere 13%. For most people, work is a depleting, dispiriting experience, and they feel victimised, undervalued, unappreciated and disempowered. So what can you do if you are in the unlucky majority who struggles to feel happy and engaged in their current job? Do not rush […] Read more »

Awaken a change-maker inside you!

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Minus 10, minus 8, minus 10 again. The temperatures in northern Tajikistan have stayed well below zero Celsius since mid-January. The snow-covered roads are hard to navigate, village schools are not heated. Children have been staying at home, with entire families squashed in one stove-heated room. Last fall it was the cotton harvest that distracted the school children from studies – they were sent to pick cotton and missed 2 months of school.  Now it’s the unusually cold weather that is the culprit. It’s not surprising that in this poverty-stricken ex-Soviet country, up to 25 percent of girls drop out […] Read more »

Feeling stressed? Do something different!

When Claire put down the phone, she was hyper-ventilating. Her heart was racing. It was 3pm on the last work day before the Christmas holidays and she just learned that one of the managers had not finished the report that was due by tonight and was leaving early to attend to her sick child. Claire was feeling the immense temptation to go out and have a cigarette. Instead, in line with the new stress management tools she’d been adopting, she took a few deep breaths. She looked out of the window at bare trees and Parisian rooftops, trying to de-dramatize […] Read more »

Gratitude + Low Expectations = Happiness

We all have challenges and issues in our lives to resolve.  A difficult colleague at work, a fight with a significant other, there is often a source of stress and frustration.  Thinking about those things adds to our stress levels and makes us feel anxious. What if we focused on what’s going right in our life?  We suddenly feel calmer and the unresolved issue shrinks mentally. In the recent book The How of Happiness, Sonja Lyubomirsky tells us that 50 percent of our inclination towards happiness is based on a genetic set point, something we cannot influence very much, 10 percent […] Read more »