Career

Tips, Tools and Strategies
for Mid Career Professional Women

Your Busy Period Survival Guide

As we begin the run down to the end of the year, are you beginning to feel the pressure to get projects completed, lift the team to new levels or ramp up efforts to meet KPI’s and budgets?

Women often tell me they are already running hard and are not sure how they can do even more – both in and out of work…

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Why you’re not being promoted

I’ve had a number of conversations this week with smart, mid-career professional women who have fallen into the trap of being the “go-to girl.” Perhaps you too are the go-to girl. Or you might be known as the Jack of all trades, the fix-it woman or have earned the label of “reliable”…

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Are you the “go-to girl”?

I’ve had a number of conversations this week with smart, mid-career professional women who have fallen into the trap of being the “go-to girl.” Perhaps you too are the go-to girl. Or you might be known as the Jack of all trades, the fix-it woman or have earned the label of “reliable”…

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Breakthrough Your Career Plateau

A career plateau, if left to fester too long can damage your reputation, minimize your career opportunities and leaving you feeling miserable about your work. Although it doesn’t happen overnight, it can sneak up on us and take us unawares. For a time we can hum alone – having and impact, …

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Elementor #2360

Opportunity Is Knocking.Will You Answer The Call? The time is now! Opportunity is knocking for professional women. Ladies, our time is now. A change has been brewing over the last couple of years and now it’s knocking loudly on our door. Do you feel it? Women all over the world are refusing to play small …

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The number 1 mistake mid career…

The number 1 mistake mid career professions make when job searching. Job searching. I don’t think it’s anyone’s favourite thing to do. It takes effort. It takes time. And it takes mental and emotional energy. It requires soul searching and at times it can be soul destroying. We’ve all experienced the …

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How to own your value and…

How to own your value and leverage your talent Almost every week women tell me that they are capable of more but are struggling to make their mark within their organisation or industry. These women are brilliant and their unique talents are much needed in the modern workplace. Their CV’s document …

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Are you ruling yourself out without…

Are you ruling yourself out without even realising it? Is it possible that you are ruling yourself out or holding yourself back from getting that next big break, exciting opportunity or promotion? I’m not saying you’re doing it consciously. Most often it’s totally unconscious. We don’t mean to hold ourselves back. …

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3 Mistakes that can see you…

Have you ever thought … if I work hard, I will get noticed and soon I will be promoted and get the pay rise I deserve? Unfortunately career and leadership success and getting the recognition you deserve doesn’t only come through hard work. Yes it is part of the equation but …

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What to do to be considered…

What to do to be considered for the best roles Picture this. There is a group of senior leaders sitting around a table discussing some new exciting projects. They are throwing around the names of people who they think might be suitable for the role. The role will be the perfect …

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Why being busy is killing your…

Why being busy is killing your career progress With the rate of change, the volume of work and our always on and available work culture, being busy has reached epidemic proportions. But the question that must be asked is “Are you being effective and is being busy impacting your career progress?” …

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Future proof your career. How to…

With the world of work changing at an ever-increasing rate, learning how to future proof your career has never been more important. Many roles are becoming extinct, being replaced by technology while brand new roles are popping up every day. Economists have predicted that over the next two decades, the jobs …

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How to position yourself to protect…

Change in the corporate world is the one constant we can rely on. No job is 100% secure. No role will remain exactly the same one year to the next. Cultures change. Corporate structures and strategies change. Boards Change. Executive leadership teams change. And all of this change will directly or …

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Protect your professional reputation. Why you…

What is your professional reputation? Are you known for your exceptional leadership skills or are you known as someone who can be relied on to get the job done? Sadly too many women are being overlooked and missing out on the best opportunities because they get caught up “doing” the work. …

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Being overlooked? Here’s why

Ever wonder to yourself “why am I being overlooked?” You are working hard. No… you are working really hard. You know you are good at want you do and you are getting great results. Your team members are engaged, love you and you know you are doing a great job building …

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Career Crossroads: Should I stay or…

Have you been asking yourself; Should I stay or should I go? It’s a question most of us ask more than once in our professional career. And it’s never a particularly easy question to answer. You’ve hit a rough patch and you’re wondering is it bad enough to start looking for …

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How to reclaim control during a…

With the rate of change occurring in the world of work it’s very possible that at some stage in your career you have or will experience the uncertainty that comes with a business restructure or a round of redundancies. It’s not fun to be part of and it can leave you …

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Reflection to finish the year

If you could find the magic pill to create a powerful, productive and amazing year ahead… would you take it? But before we go there… I wonder how this year turned out for you? If we were to focus on your career just for a moment, are you satisfied with what …

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The conflict between productivity and creativity

Have you ever wondered how much easier work would be if you could supercharge your productivity and creativity? But your to do list is getting longer and your time is getting shorter. And getting it all done seems harder than ever. You get into the office early and you leave late. You’re working hard but to what outcome …

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How to make the most of…

The days are getting warmer and the evenings longer which means we are on the downhill stretch to Christmas, the silly season and the end of the year. But this does not mean that it’s time to put your career aspirations on hold, swan off with a cocktail in hand or …

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Are you in a role that’s…

You know it’s time to move jobs but here you are in a job that’s well past its use by date. Understanding exactly when it’s time to move on can sometimes be difficult to determine but most of us know deep down when the time has come. We may try to …

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Career success. How do you define…

How do women define success? What does career success mean to you? It of course means something a little different to all of us depending on our values, experiences and stage of life. But are you clear on what it means to you right now? Given we dedicate so much of …

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How to make a miserable job…

Unfortunately most of us have found ourselves in a job at some point that is unfulfilling and leaves us feeling miserable. At it’s worst, people will say that they flat out hate their job. Some say that they are bored, or have stopped being challenged. Some are frustrated or disillusioned by …

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Are you listening to your intuition?

How often do you find yourself doing what you think you should be doing rather than listening to your intuition… and later wishing you had followed your gut instinct? Women are intuitive beings. We have an inner compass, that when given the chance, can really guide us in the decisions we …

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Are you brave in your career…

Are you brave in your career choices or are you constrained by your self imposed limits? Do you sit within your comfort zone, doing work that you could do with your eyes closed? Or are you consistently taking on new and interesting projects that stretch and challenge you? There are times …

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How to position yourself for promotion

If you are thinking that this is going to be your breakthrough year where you finally get that promotion you have been craving, it is time to start positioning yourself for what you want. Staying silent, flying under the radar and purely working hard and doing a good job simply will …

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5 career moves to make now……

With only a few weeks to go before Christmas and the summer break, now is the perfect time to start thinking about your career and where it is heading next year. Yes… I know it’s a busy time and career planning may not be right at the top of your “to …

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Are you networking in the right…

Having the right people in our network can help us to up level our income, open up career opportunities and elevate our personal impact and influence. Some people seem to do this with ease but many of women I speak to either do it poorly or not at all …

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Massive change ahead. Are you ready…

Massive change is ahead (or maybe it is already here.) Change in our workplaces, change in our society, change in how we live our life, change in how business operates, change in the type of jobs that we will be doing. You name it … we are living within a time …

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Why This Job?

Why is it that you do what you do? Of all the jobs and all the companies; why this one? If you were to think back to when you said YES to the role that you are now in, what was it that excited you? Can you remember? Interestingly, research has …

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5 Questions To Ask To Get…

Has your career come to a grounding holt, where you are no longer being recognised, rewarded and promoted? Perhaps you are feeling bored, lacking challenge and missing the opportunity for growth. Are you wondering why it is that your career progression has plateaued over the last few years, leaving you less …

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3 things to let go of…

So often when we think about getting ahead in our career we think about what we need to do more of or be better at or what new action we must take, but very often the place to start has more to do with what we must let go of. The …

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Networking isn’t just about events!

When you hear the word networking do you immediately start planning the stunning outfit you’ll wear so you look your best to meet and mingle with really gorgeous super cool people? …

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5 keys to creating momentum for…

Have you ever wanted to create change in your career but felt overwhelmed by the enormity of the task ahead? The idea of stepping up to the next big thing, changing career direction or creating some new results, can at times seem totally daunting and a task too large to begin. …

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Are You Battling The Back To…

I am wondering, are you battling the back to work blues? Are you like so many of us who have returned to work this week after some precious time out, reconnecting with your friends and family and immersing yourself in all those activities that truly bring you joy? As you step …

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4 Steps To Overcoming Fear

Lack of education, lack of opportunity, lack of desire; these are not what hold us back from achieving success, reaching our potential or creating significant impact in our work. The number 1 thing that holds us back is our silent struggle with confidence, self worth and faith in ourselves. I had …

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The Mid Career Crisis

Many of the women I work with are in their early 40’s and are questioning their career. They have achieved a great deal of success but are now agonising over how come they don’t feel more delighted and excited given that they have achieved all they planned as they danced into …

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Is Your Career by Default Or…

Do you love your work? Does it fulfil your needs for professional growth and personal connection? Do you wake up each morning and leap out of bed with a feeling of excited expectation when you think about your schedule for the day? Does it bring meaning to your life and a …

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What got you HERE, will not…

You have worked out what you want for your career. You are ambitious, driven and courageous. You have your future mapped out and high expectations around what you and your team can achieve. You have tasted success and you have “lucked” into some really great opportunities by being in the right …

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Find Your Career Fulfilment Sweet Spot

Your professional career sometimes seems like the holy grail that ebbs and flows with the cycle of our life and the whims of corporate decision makers. At times we have it all together where our career is skipping along filled with accolades, satisfying challenges and exciting opportunities. Then there are those …

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Changing The Way We View Success

“Woman will lead the Thriving Revolution.” This was Arianna Huffington’s opening statement at the yesterday’s Melbourne Business Chicks event. What an amazing, warm, genuine woman on a mission to lead the way to change how we live and more specifically how we view success. Success is currently viewed through a masculine …

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Why Aren’t You Being Promoted?

You’re a smart, intelligent woman. You are extremely loyal and reliable and you are good at your job. You work hard and you have all the qualifications and experience needed to get promoted, so why is it that you keep getting passed over? It used to be the guys with all …

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The Risks Of Ignoring Your Network

Most of us recognise that having a strong professional network is an important element of achieving our career goals and aspirations. But how many of us actually make time to develop, nurture and grow our connections. It is all too easy to get busy being busy in a rush to get everything on the “to do” list done, while neglecting the benefits that come from truly connecting and sharing with other professionals. …

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Are You Waiting For Career Success?

Have you ever found yourself waiting for career success? Waiting to feel smart enough, good enough, old enough, or for someone to notice how great you are at your job? Every day I speak to leaders who are waiting. It shouldn’t surprise me … because I remember a time when I …

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5 Signs That Your Career Has…

Have you been wondering whether your career has stalled? Our career, like our lives, go through natural cycles and stages. At times we fly along with free flowing momentum where results, recognition and promotions come easily. Then there are times when our career seems to hit a plateau and we find …

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Working hard isn’t the answer but…

Have you ever thought … if I work hard, I will get noticed and soon I will be promoted and get the pay rise I deserve? Unfortunately career and leadership success and getting the recognition you deserve doesn’t only come through hard work. Yes it is part of the equation but there is more to it than that …

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What To Do When You Feel…

Is it possible that there is an epidemic out there in workplaces around the country, of people feeling bored, stuck and unfulfilled by the work they do? A lack of meaning seems to be causing increasing numbers of people to be disengaged and unproductive … not just for a couple of days …

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5 Career Critical Questions

Why is it that we can sometimes work really hard putting in long hours, contributing enormous value to the team or achieved extraordinary results and still we feel invisible at work? It doesn’t matter how great you are at your job if no one is noticing you. It is impossible to …

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5 Keys To Getting Noticed At…

We ask ourselves dozens of questions each day: what will I have for lunch, have I got time for exercise, what will I wear to the meeting? These questions are all important. They shape who we are and influence the type of life we lead day by day. But we often …

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