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The hidden power of taking a pause

When I was a City lawyer I frequently felt like a battery hen, laying my 7 “billable hours” each day.  The pressures of a workplace that required relentless productivity took…
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Escape the Wasteland – how to energise your career by taking successful risks

It was a hot August bank holiday Monday in London in 1996 and I was stuck in the office of my City law firm. The air conditioning was blasting out chilly…
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Speaking at the House of Commons: 6 tips for high stakes presenting

Late one Friday afternoon at the end of a busy week, just as I was thinking of wrapping up and pouring a glass of wine, the telephone rang. I was…
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How to be more TED and less Tigger – How to Be the Best Speaker You Can Be

TED talks have become the gold standard for public speaking - powerful, touching and authentic. You’ve probably got a favourite talk - Brene Brown on The Power of Vulnerability or maybe…
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Are you a “Rescuer”? When helping doesn’t help

Jane is a typical coaching client of mine - early 40s, middle management role and looking to progress to a senior role in the next couple of years. She has…
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Are you suffering from “Tiara Syndrome”?

Professional women negotiate every day and when negotiating for others - whether clients or team members -  research shows that women do just as well as men.  But when it…
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And what does your father do…?

Walking through the vast, opulent lobby of a global law firm in the City I was stopped in my tracks by a huge noticeboard entitled “Allen & Out”, encouraging staff…
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From avoiding the limelight to being a guest on Desert Island Discs

My high profile interviewee this month is the inspirational change-maker Pinky Lilani CBE DL, who was a recent guest on BBC’s iconic interview programme Desert Island Discs.  Pinky is an…
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What fear do you want to overcome?

I love writing and it gives me huge pleasure when one of my newsletter readers tells me “I don’t read many newsletters but I always read yours”.  Sometimes they go…
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