Category: Development

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Professionelle’s Reflections and Lessons from 2017

This has been an interesting year by any measure, both locally and globally. Here are the Professionelle Board’s key reflections and lessons from 2017, compiled by Verity Craft. Galia Barhava-Monteith, Founding Trustee For me, it’s knowing our value; even though we are always helping women to realise their own value, we still make the mistake […]

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“How can you not represent women?”

By Verity Craft Earlier this year, Professionelle’s Better Work Stories event took place. Moderated by Hannah Ockelford, it featured senior speakers from a variety of industries. Hon. Paula Bennett, then Deputy Prime Minister; Inspector Tracy Phillips; Senior Police Professional Conduct Manager; Claire Neville, Head of Operations Northern for NZ Bus; and Susie Barnes, Wing Commander […]

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What’s distraction costing your career?

by Debbie Schultz, Founder of BlueSkyMinds Here is a challenge for you. Keep your attention span in one place long enough to read to the end of this article without being distracted by anything else. Chances are you may struggle. Here’s why. Attention span The ability to hold our attention to any one thing at […]

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Cutting through the BS

by Dr Natalie Flynn, clinical psychologist For 22 years I have been working with people who are suffering, emotionally and psychologically. Despite the differences among my clients, they share many of the triggers for psychological pain: rejection, relationship challenges, loneliness, poor coping strategies, trauma, mood disorders, addiction. But over the last decade, and particularly over […]

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Why do women pretend at work?

By Verity Craft [A look at why women feel like they have to act in certain ways for work] Why do we pretend to be anything other than ourselves? As women, we often feel we need to hide aspects of our personalities, or go against our own values in order to win respect and feel […]

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Finding strength and creating brilliant leaders

by Outward Bound Leaning in and leaning out Many of you will have read Sheryl Sandberg’s book Lean In, which talks about how women are hindered by barriers that exist within themselves in addition to the external barriers erected by society. Sandberg says that as women we lower our own expectations of what we can […]

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Tackling the imposter within

by Galia BarHava-Monteith Over the years we have written extensively on the topic of the imposter phenomenon. It’s that persistent feeling of being about to be found out when one gets a promotion or feeling like a fraud when being congratulated for doing well.  The ‘imposter within’ makes it very hard to take deserved credit […]

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Goal Setting that Works – 10 Tips

by Sarah Wilshaw-Sparkes Why New Year’s resolutions fail It’s late January, and all around there are gloomy thumps as people start falling off the wagons of their New Year’s resolutions. Stop smoking. Only drink at the weekend. Don’t waste hours binge-watching Netflix. Stop eating sugar. These are tough goals, and frankly, we’re setting ourselves up […]

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Career success that’s as easy as P.I.E.

As easy as pie? Hmm, that might be an over-statement. If career success were truly that easy, we might see more women in senior roles! Beyond our control There are lots of barriers out there, we know that. A fair few of them we can’t change in the short-to-medium term either, certainly not as individual […]

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The Female Leader

by Suzi McAlpine of McAlpine Coaching So: here’s what I’ve noticed in coaching highly successful women leaders. Yes, these opinions are based on my own observations only and may not be backed up by scientific evidence, although ironically a lot of them are. For two worthwhile articles, just for starters, try these: How to overcome […]

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