A celebration! I’ve got some exciting news to share 😊

A celebration! I’ve got some exciting news to share 😊

After 13 years of pounding the stage to serve my clients at conferences, off-sites, conventions and summits, I’ve taken the plunge and applied to become a Certified Speaking Professional (CSP). Gulp. That’s right, I’m inviting industry heavyweights to adjudicate my speaking abilities, and assess their worthiness at a global level. Yikes!

3 steps to be more visible at work

3 steps to be more visible at work

Every year, at performance review time, I seem to get the same question from my clients.

“How can I be more ‘visible’ at work?"

Let’s take the case of Karen. Karen was a high performer in her organisation. Karen was capable, committed and ready for the next step in her career. The only trouble was - Karen was not visible enough. During a discussion with her boss, he had told her that he had to ‘go into bat for her’ in the talent review forums because most of his peers didn't know who she was, or what she was capable of. He found it hard to fight for her bonus, and recommend her for a promotion, because no one else really knew of her talent and potential. So his developmental feedback to her was to work on her personal branding, and become more visible, in order to fast track her career opportunities.

Are you defined by your performance or your process?

Are you defined by your performance or your process?

This has been a journey for me in my professional career, and a lesson brought home to me in my dance class last night. It appears I have come a long way since I was 12. :)

It was an adult jazz class. It started off well. Warm up, tick. Isolations and body rolls, tick. Stretching and limbering, tick. Then, on to the performance part of the class – the routine. We learn it section by section. Section one goes well. The moves are easy, funky, and I’m loving it. Section two, the pace picks up but I keep up. I’m connected to the music and my body. I am at one with the routine. And then, slowly but surely it begins to go downhill from there. Section three and four are not beyond my technical ability but the pace increases and I fall behind. I can’t remember the steps, I start to miss bits, then I become confused. I’m officially lost. 

The power of bloopers

The power of bloopers

If hours of youtube bloopers and blunders videos are to be believed, it appears that humans love to take great delight in others’ misfortune. We love a good laugh at someone else’s expense; usually secretly glad it’s not us. Most people try to avoid mistakes and looking silly, particularly in a professional setting, as they fear it will detract from their reputation and, on a deeper level, cause shame and embarrassment.

How to gently shock people into getting what you want

How to gently shock people into getting what you want

In negotiation there is a technique called ‘anchoring’. Anchoring is where the first offer you make becomes the anchor around which all other offers are considered. Anchoring allows you to set the boundaries of the negotiation, no matter how wild or unrealistic they may be. 

The real reason men don't feel biased and women don't feel disadvantaged.

The real reason men don't feel biased and women don't feel disadvantaged.

The issue with gender equality in workforces today is primarily the result of what researchers call ‘second- generation bias’. It is not overt or malicious, but it is why men don’t feel they are being biased, and why women may not feel explicitly or deliberately disadvantaged ... even if both are true on some level. 

How to take credit for your work when it feels boastful to do so

How to take credit for your work when it feels boastful to do so

Imagine you are suffering from a lack of visibility at work. Your boss tells you that you need to let people know the value you are adding. You need to “raise your profile and build a brand” with other stakeholders. The problem is, in order to do that, you need to draw attention to the good work you are doing. And this makes you feel icky. No one likes a braggart, and you don't like to boast. Tough situation. And you are not alone. 

Do you play favourites in your team? (Hint: the answer is probably YES)

Do you play favourites in your team? (Hint: the answer is probably YES)

Playing favourites may not be your intention, but with perception steering the ship, it could be the reality. As leaders, we need to make a conscious effort to include all our people. We need to spend time equally, engage with those we may not get along with, and ensure all our people feel heard, valued and included. It’s easy enough to do, once we realise we need to do it.

Hold your boundaries or others will keep crossing them

Hold your boundaries or others will keep crossing them

Shiva was frustrated. She had just lost her early morning work time… again. Her colleague had seen her arrive and had taken the opportunity to ‘pop in for a quick chat’ before the day started. The first time it happened, Shiva politely indulged her colleague in the early morning chit-chat, thinking it was a once off, but after three days in a row, Shiva began to get upset.  

Sign post for certainty - closing the gap between intention and perception

Sign post for certainty - closing the gap between intention and perception

Guess what? It turns out we are not as transparent as we think we are. We know what we are thinking, we know what we mean, we know what we want … but just because we know what we’re on about, doesn't mean that others do.

Why the invisible work you're doing is holding you back

Why the invisible work you're doing is holding you back

To be known as someone who does valuable work, we need to be seen as someone who does valuable work. When Executives and CEOs look to their talent pipelines for the next generation of leaders, the people who grab their attention are people who are known to them, or known to others who then bring them to their attention. They stand out not just because of the good work they are doing, but because they are known to be doing good work – their efforts are visible.