What does it take to launch and run a successful business in France?

One answer could be “an MBA from Harvard Business School”. On a more serious note, the four extraordinary women entrepreneurs I met last week share not just the business degree from a top US school. They are driven by a personal mission, determination, an acute sense for business success, love of challenge and adventure. Those women — Margaret Calvet, the co-owner and Chief Financial Officer of the French Bordeaux wine distribution company Aquitaine Wine Company, Sophie Kerob, founder and general director of Direct Medica, Helen Lee Bouygues, founder of Lee Bouygues Partners, a consulting firm specialised in performance improvement and […] Read more »

Is 2013 the year you will change jobs?

What are your career goals for 2013? Having a career goal is like possessing a compass in the dark on an endless ocean; you use that compass to guide your progress in the proper direction (Victor Ghebre). Is your top career goal a better work/life balance that gives you more time with your kids and spouse? More money? A promotion? More impact? Better relations with your boss and colleagues? Does your current position allow you to fulfill those goals? If you have explored all the options and the answer is ‘no’, 2013 might be the time for you to design […] 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 »

Does your CV pass the 30-second test?

Do you know that employers and recruiters spend less than 30 seconds to scan your resume and determine whether you have what it takes to move to the next hiring stage? You may be a great candidate but your resume may not reflect that. So how do you grab their attention in 30 seconds?  Take the 30 second resume test: Step 1:  Take the Position ad and highlight 5-8 key skill requirements Step 2:  Fold the first page of your resume in half Step 3. Set the clock to 30 seconds and count how many key skill requirements and accomplishments […] Read more »

How much do you dream?

My client Sasha is about to lose her job.  Her company in London has announced severe cuts.  She has been frustrated and bored in her position for years.  Through our work together, Sasha has faced her fears and now sees the imminent loss of her job as a golden opportunity – to create a new career, to find an ideal job which will utilize her talents and which she will feel passionate about.  She is feeling positive and brave, looking into the future. What Sasha has in front of her – she is 45 years old and mother of two girls […] Read more »

Career Transition Success: from investment banking to bartending

Kai Nakamura followed the classic path of most academically gifted French kids – he did his baccalaureate in exact sciences. Seeing that the math and finance came easier to him, he went on to do a masters’ degree in finance. His first job was with a prestigious French investment bank in the City of London. “It was exciting. I liked the challenge of learning!” remembers Kai. Then in September 2008 Lehman Brothers filed for bankruptcy.  Kai’s bank downsized and sent him back to Paris. “The next two years I felt I was stagnating. I was bored. The mood in the office […] Read more »

Why do we need to know our talents?

We will know or have met people whose personalities transform when they perform or do something they love.  Sometimes it happens when they are at work, a lot of times we see this transformation when they are engaged in a hobby activity.  Why does this change happen – their eyes fill up with passion and enthusiasm, their voice changes and their energy is contagious?   It is because they are doing something a) they are really good at, b) they enjoy a lot. We all know Michael Jordan, as one of the most talented professional basketball players in the world. […] Read more »