Career: A word that makes your heart sink

Career:  A word that makes your heart sink

Does the word career leave you with a sinking feeling?  

I presented at the Business Woman’s association last week and asked an open ended question about the image the word career evoked in people’s minds.  I was surprised to hear that it left some with a sinking and uncomfortable feeling. A corporate lawyer turned entrepreneur and an accountant running a successful business for more than 15 years found it hard to even think of an image – the word felt constraining, corporate and not really what they did.   Why was this? 

6 Steps to unlock energy

As spring makes way for summer here in the Southern Hemisphere, I am reminded of the vigour and energy manifest in nature.  I am also so conscious of how the final quarter of the year gathers pace, and how much I want to arrive at the holiday period with energy intact and filled with joy.  Here are 6 steps to release fresh energy in the final stretch to year end.

Could you be overusing your strengths?

Could you be overusing your strengths?

Jake discovered his love for maths at school.  He also discovered his love for people, connection, his culture and helping others.  Ambitious from young, he was never constrained by circumstances or limited in what he thought possible for his life and career.  Navigating a career in a multinational organisation beyond being a technical specialist was was obvious given his strong IQ and EQ skills.  However the higher up the organisation he advanced, the more he realised the very strengths that had led him to his current success would not take him to the next levels.  He needed to see things differently.

When being perfect leaves you feeling burdened and exhausted

 When being perfect leaves you feeling burdened and exhausted

When Jane, a senior leader in a multinational consulting company, started coaching, there were never enough hours in the day.  Weeks saw her accomplishing a to-do list of impressive magnitude and the weekends engaging fully as mother, daughter, partner and friends.  Only problem was how long this could go on....  she could never switch off, was feeling exhausted but could not stop as there was always more to be done, always a role to play, and always someone depending on her.