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 »

On the Power of Story-Telling

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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 reach your goals in 2016

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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 »

Lost your ambition? Don’t feel confident at work? Here’s what to do.

“I don’t have any ambition left.”  “I don’t dream anymore.”  Have you heard those words?  Do these thoughts cross your mind sometimes?   If so, it’s a stark contrast to the surge in enthusiasm you must have felt when you first started your current job/career, isn’t it? Recent studies  show that women tend to lose their ambition and self-confidence after 2 years on the new job. We enter the workplace as confident of our abilities and as ambitious as men. But after a while women’s aspirations drop by more than half (among both married and single women), while men become more […] 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 »

7 things you need to do before you quit your job

There is no going around it: the warm and fuzzy feeling of excitement we get when we start a new job inevitably goes away. The work that felt fresh and exciting starts feeling stale, boring and old. That’s when we feel we can no longer stand an obnoxious colleague or a micromanager boss… We notice that the company’s mission has nothing to do with our deepest values… We hate Monday mornings, feel taken for granted, and count days till next vacation… Two things can happen when we hit this point: we either disengage or start looking for a new challenge […] Read more »

Make your career more meaningful in 2015

Typically this time of year, in early January, many of us set resolutions and goals for the year ahead.  We ask ourselves, “What do I want to create over these 12 months? What do I want to accomplish?”  Resolutions and goals don’t always work, reason being, they are not supported by consistent action steps or not broken into clear manageable mini-goals. What if you asked yourself a different question. This one: What can I do with my time this year that is important to me? This question immediately taps into your unique values. It starts (or boosts) your quest for deeper meaning. Numerous studies […] 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 »

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 »