Get in the driver’s seat of your career!

(First published in the international women’s business magazine, BusinessOFeminin.) How are you feeling about your current job?  Let me guess. The chances are you are not very satisfied.  If so, you are not alone.  Studies show that up to 75% of employees globally feel unhappy at work. At a time of high unemployment and lacklustre job growth, many employees feel stuck in their jobs and unable to consider a career move even if they are unsatisfied. Employers who want an engaged and productive workforce need to find ways to help employees feel challenged and rewarded by work, for example by […] Read more »

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

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 »

New Year: think of new habits, not resolutions!

Why do so many people hit the gym and buy more self-help books in January (both gyms and the self-help books’ publishing see a huge jump in sales in the first 2 months of each year) and then… go back to the old habits?  Why, for most people, New Year resolutions stay just as “resolutions” and do not turn into habits? Here are a few reasons: 1. People often motivate themselves from the “I should, I must, I have to” place and don’t take time to connect their goals to their bigger ‘why’, to the reasons why it’s important to […] Read more »

Eight lessons from Deauville

1300 business women gathered earlier this month in Deauville for the ninth Women’s Forum. The sun was shining on the sea, the champagne was glittering in flute glasses, and the participants who came from around the globe exchanged, debated and networked in powerful ways. What did we learn? What beliefs were confirmed? What myths were thrown out? According to the latest study by McKinsey women’s group, women are as ambitious about reaching the top as men. What is different is that women are not as confident as men about their ability to reach the top. For instance, only 58 percent […] Read more »

Smart Leadership: how good are your people skills?

A twenty-year old study of leadership effectiveness conducted by Stanford University’s School of Business concluded that about 15 percent of one’s success in leading organizations comes from technical skills and knowledge, while 85 percent comes from the ability to connect with people and engender trust and mutual understanding. Through my coaching and leadership training work, as well as in interviews with successful women entrepreneurs and CEOs for my forthcoming book, I noticed that indeed people skills top the list of the attributes of successful leaders. Today’s leaders do not need to know everything there is to know. They want to […] Read more »

What is blocking the path to your big goal?

Now that you know your number 1 goal (see the post from last week), the next step is to create a strong and clear strategy, a roadmap towards your goal. However an action plan on its own won’t do wonders. It needs to be founded on strong solid self-belief and confidence. If you don’t believe in achieving your goal, you will not follow up with the action steps and even if you do, they will be half-hearted ones and won’t bring the desired result.  Even the best strategies fall victim to inner blocks such as fears and and limiting beliefs. […] Read more »

Do you have an elevator pitch?

Whether you’re looking for a job, run your own business, or want to find new – better paid and with more challenge – opportunities, you need to have a well-crafted elevator pitch. What is an elevator pitch?  It is a short 30-second to 2 minute long preplanned statement that you use in response to the question “What do you do?”   It needs to answer the questions “Who I am? What I do? What I am looking for?”  Ideally, it also makes it clear why you are the best candidate.  You want to be able to deliver your pitch anywhere […] Read more »

Personal Value Proposition and why it matters

Your Personal Value Proposition – or PVP – is at the heart of your career strategy.  It is the foundation for everything in a job search and career progression – getting promoted, targeting potential employers, attracting the assistance of others, and explaining why you are the one to choose. It shows right employers why they should hire you, not someone else. Showcased in your CV, LinkedIn profile, elevator pitch, it is a powerful tool that attracts headhunters, HR directors and alike, and helps you attract new opportunities. So, how do you develop a powerful PVP? Amanda, a PR and communications […] Read more »

Dig Your Well Before You’re Thirsty

At networking events in Paris I keep meeting people who were recently made redundant and are now looking for a new job. I often hear them asking people they have just met “If you hear of an opportunity or a company that needs my services, please let me know”.  This is what I call ’emergency networking’.  Unfortunately, it rarely works. People usually do not rush to recommend someone they have just met and chatted for a few minutes, someone they don’t know or trust to their network. It takes time to build your trusted connections. And frankly, that energy of […] Read more »