What you can learn from Grayson Perry about being yourself

December 13, 2016

The other week I had the good fortune to meet leading British artist (and notable transvestite) Grayson Perry, at a talk he gave on mental health for social enterprise Talk for Health. He came dressed as Clare, his transvestite alter ego, and spoke very candidly about his difficult childhood (his father left when he was […]

Developing Women Leaders Through Leadership Embodiment

November 9, 2016

Women’s leadership coach Liz Rivers finds working directly with the body is one of the most powerful ways to enable women to become confident, inclusive, visionary leaders. An article published in Coaching Perspectives, The Association for Coaching global magazine, Issue 11, October 2016 My own journey with somatic work started when I was a young […]

How to handle a difficult conversation gracefully

November 9, 2016

Are you putting off a tricky conversation with a colleague that you know you need to have – but are dreading? I recently heard that the 3 main things that cause people stress at work are: lack of time technology, and other people! Learning how to handle challenging conversations gracefully is one of the most […]

When to STAY in your comfort zone: lessons from my meeting with TED speaker Susan Cain

October 6, 2016

“You need to get out of your comfort zone”. How often do you get told that by well meaning colleagues?  Frankly, it’s become a cliche. Of course you need to stretch yourself to develop, but maybe there are times when you need to stay IN your comfort zone? I recently met TED speaker and bestselling […]

Men championing women in the computer games industry – my interview with Dave Parkinson of Sony Interactive Entertainment

September 13, 2016

The games industry is full of geeky boys in their bedrooms playing violent games, right? That’s what I used to think. In fact, women now make up 50% of games players, the games industry is bigger than the film industry and computer games, if used well, are a fantastic educational tool. So, rather than just […]

Are women selling themselves short at work?
5 powerful tips for your next negotiation.

August 31, 2016

Negotiation is something professional women do every day and you probably think you’re pretty good at it. I’ll bet you’re great at representing your clients, team or organisation – pulling out all the stops to make sure they get what they deserve. But when it comes to your own interests, are you as effective as […]

Are you suffering from Post Brexit Stress Disorder? 3 guiding principles for leading in uncertain times.

July 18, 2016

It’s less than 3 weeks since we woke up to the news that Britain had voted to leave the EU and you are probably still grappling with the aftershocks of this seismic event. Whichever way you voted, this decision has catapulted us into uncharted territory. To be an effective leader you need to be able […]

3 tips I shared with BBC listeners on handling work emails

June 27, 2016

The other week, while travelling between meetings, I got a call from a BBC producer asking if I’d be interviewed on the radio about handling out of hours work emails. We all know the feeling of being expected to respond 24/7  – it can be extremely stressful, cuts into your personal life and makes you […]

Why Desmond Tutu Came To My Meeting Last Week

June 20, 2016

The late, great Maya Angelou died 2 years ago last week.  I was lucky enough to hear her speak in London a number of times and her stage presence was riveting.  I still remember those talks even though they were more than 20 years’ ago. When asked about performance nerves she said: “When I come […]

Women leaders making a difference: Fiona Scott of the EY Foundation

June 26, 2015

Fiona Scott of EY Foundation has her dream job. She gets great satisfaction from helping young people from disadvantaged backgrounds get started in their careers. Even better, she’s found a way to combine the best of the business and charity worlds to deliver this work, through a new UK charity founded by global professional services firm, EY. I […]

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