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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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Being our authentic selves – key in today’s workforce

by Christina Wedgwood Being authentic means being in touch with our instincts, sticking to our values and living by our own standards of success and happiness. In our first article tackling this topic, we took a look at why women feel like they have to act in certain ways for work, and we explored the […]

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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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What Professionelle’s mentoring programme brought me

by Emily Trent As a long-standing member of Professionelle, I was delighted to learn of the launch of the new Professionelle Mentorship Programme. Targeted at early career women, the programme featured team-based mentoring where a small group of mentees spent a year with a senior career woman, meeting monthly to discuss a range of issues.  […]

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Networking, but not as you know it!

[subtitled: BGSD for “Bitches Get Stuff Done”] by Marieke Esveld, with input from Briar Lawry If you’re anything like me, you will have spent your formative years in the workforce fervently attending networking events, hoping to learn something new, meet someone interesting, or, ultimately, land yourself a job in your chosen field, instead of slogging […]

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Be Bold!

by Sarah Wilshaw-Sparkes International Women’s Day is almost upon us again.  If you’ve been with Professionelle for some time, you’ll know that this date usually prompts me to check on the latest stats on New Zealand women’s progress. I dig into the data about how many women are participating at senior levels in a variety […]

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The People behind Professionelle

By Galia BarHava-Monteith I don’t know about you, but my year has started with a bang!  There’s so much on, and all of it is shaping up to be very exciting and invigorating.  As I was reflecting on what we are planning for Professionelle this year, it occurred to me it was high time we […]

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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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