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 »

Redundancy: a sad event or a lottery ticket?

Most people, when faced with redundancy, feel upset, scared, anxious, shocked, powerless.  Like any loss, the loss of job and the status quo and security that come with it, is deeply upsetting. However it is possible to see redundancy not as the end, but as a door into a new beginning. A balanced, happy life and a fulfilling career are both possible post-redundancy. Here are some tips on turning your mindset over: Give yourself time and space: After any type of loss, we experience a grieving process. A job loss is not an exception. Allow yourself to grieve, instead of […] Read more »

Lean into Life, your unique style

Despite the mountain of controversy and publicity around Sheryl Sandberg’s book “Lean In”, I’ll admit that I enjoyed reading it.  I liked the author’s accessible style and the generosity with which she shared personal stories and experiences. Many of those stories revealed a different, more human and less perfect, face of Facebook’s Chief Operating Officer.  I liked the humility of her writing style as she shared her insights. Ever since the book’s launch, the biggest take-away seems to revolve around the question/title: Are you leaning in? That’s the question that a lot of young ambitious women seem to be pondering, […] Read more »

Are you prepared to bend geography?

A CEO who runs her company from Paris during weekdays but spends weekends at her home in the Alps. A journalist based in Paris who commutes to London every two weeks. A media trainer and consultant shuttling between Amsterdam and South Asia who’s chosen Chamonix, France, as his home base. A French project manager targeting the Brazilian job market for her next career.  An American entrepreneur developing solar energy in Senegal from his base in southern France. A Paris-based software specialist actively targeting Dubai-based companies in his quest to move to his dream location. The list can go on. What […] 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 »

The real reason you haven’t landed your “ideal” job yet

Deteriorating economies and a constantly rising unemployment rate across Europe are having huge ramifications for job-seekers. Those circumstances require individuals to take a fresh approach to their job search. According to an HR director of one of the Global 500 companies: “The game has changed : now, more than ever, job seekers need to turn their mindset from looking for ‘openings’ to looking for ‘opportunities’. Opportunities are born out of crisis and chaos, and exist even in the worst economy.” In my observation though, most job-seekers tend to concentrate a lot on the mechanics of the job search: polishing off their […] Read more »

Startups in France: solopreneurs or entrepreneurs?

Continuing the topic of starting and running own business in France…  Last night I was invited to a networking event of French entrepreneurs at one of the local town halls of Paris.  Dozens and dozens of dynamic businessmen and businesswomen came to mingle and exchange ideas . Most of them had recently started their own projects or enterprises. Quite a few launched only a few months ago. So, what the landscape of French startups is like these days?  If you’re – like some of my clients who’re frustrated mid-career professionals or senior executives – seriously contemplating to start your own business, […] Read more »

Why you want to manage your Personal Brand online

Last week I spoke as part of the panel on Promoting Your Personal Brand at IABC France (the International Association of Business Communicators). Three other speakers were a French headhunter, Anne-Céline Lejeune, director of career development at American University of Paris, Danielle Savage, and one of the leading French bloggers, Christophe Ginisty. At the end of the lively discussion, one of my main beliefs about personal branding was confirmed. The formula for successful management of your Personal Brand lies in mastering social media to promote your area of expertise. Personal Brand Success = Social Media Mastery + Expertise. If you […] Read more »