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Chickens Can’t Swim – Can They?

‘Why do you think the chickens would like the water?’ the young mother asked 4-year-old miss. Curiosity got the better of me. My head turned as my husband and I stepped onto our local family friendly beach. I had to know the answer to this one. So, I tuned in … okay I eavesdropped. Apparently Little Miss Molly had wanted to bring the chickens to the beach because it was hot, and she thought they’d like to cool off in the water. Now there’s a thoughtful and entirely logical proposition. Except, we all know chickens can’t swim. A fact this …

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Women Mentoring Women Creates Positive Change

The women who inspire us in life aren’t always those with high profiles and slick makeovers. I, like many, was inspired by my mother. I now realise she wasn’t merely my mum but a role model and a mentor. She guided me to think for myself, listen to my intuition, reject limits others imposed upon me, and to reach out a hand to others less fortunate. Mum did what women and mothers have been doing for millennia. It worked in that world and in those times, and women successfully developed other women who succeeded at their role in life. While …

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Not Another Self-help Book For Women …

I pressed the snooze button on my clock-radio and gathered the bedclothes up to my chin. The comfort of my bed was made appealing by the icy breath of winter creeping through the window. I’ve had the ensuing conversation with myself hundreds, if not thousands, of times. You know the one, ‘It’s still dark outside. Do I really have to get up now?’ This decision was more difficult than usual as I didn’t have to get up – it was a matter of choice. At stake was the small amount of money I’d paid for a business breakfast, one of …

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Be Yourself – It’s Who You’re Meant To Be

Those words were among the many farewell wishes written inside the oversized card. My manager had intended to be inspirational, instead I felt annoyed. What did he know anyway? Whatever I was doing it was me doing it, and I was trying hard to be good at it, all of it. I was trying to be a good daughter, a good wife, successful at work, plus a few other things. Situation normal for most women I knew. I’ve since learned to pay close attention when I have a strong emotional reaction to something. It’s my spirit’s way of shouting at …

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This Simple Exercise Helps Women Overcome Stereotype

He guffawed at my suggestion because he thought I was joking. I wasn’t. An operations supervisor position had become vacant and I’d express interest in having a crack at it. When my manager realised I was serious, he blushed, dropped his eyes and murmured something about it ‘not being an environment for a woman.’ I felt myself shrink and disappear into the small child who lives inside me. ‘Maybe he’s right. It’s a tough environment,’ I thought. It wasn’t as if the position would’ve been a promotion (I was already at a higher level). I was interested in the development …

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Why I want to help women find their success

I’d like to introduce you to my mother so that I can properly explain why I want to help other women. Mum was a formidable lady with piercing blue eyes and untamed curly brown hair. She was a determined and intelligent dynamo who whirled through our lives making sure her four children and her husband had what they needed. I was fortunate to be her last child. As well as giving me love, security and education, she strongly encouraged me to be my own person. Mum had to resign from her career when she married dad. This wasn’t because dad …

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Simon Sinek, Bagels, and Gender Equity

Yes, they’re all linked. Let me show you how. This morning I attended the most energising discussion about overcoming the barriers to gender equity I’ve experienced. I’m slightly ashamed to say, I almost didn’t go. What deterred me wasn’t the icy 8-degree temperature, or the pre-dawn darkness outside – it was the subject. The source of my shame is, as a woman I ‘should’ be interested in the topic. I don’t know about you but … I’ve seen the data and heard it all before. Enough with all the talking. What did get me out of bed on this cold …

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