If you don’t think you’re worth it, then read this.

Because you are.

One of the biggest blessings in my life is that I get to be a part of people’s stories of success and failure. When I first started working with Carolyn, I was impressed by her kindness, generosity and genuine interest in having positive relationships with others.  Our conversations soon turned to feelings of helplessness.

She had been a solid achiever over many years and even progressed to senior leadership.  She was the mother of 2 young children and her husband was the main carer for their little ones.  She had the responsibility of financially providing for the family.

One morning she met with her Manager for what she thought was a routine meeting.  “The organisation is restructuring, your role is being made redundant ………………and there are no redeployment opportunities”.

She had a sick feeling in the pit of her stomach.

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Is fear of failure keeping you from making a career change?

You’re not alone

Have you ever wanted to make a big life change, but you didn’t because you felt afraid? Maybe you were afraid you would fail. Or afraid that you weren’t perfect for that, just yet. Or maybe you were afraid you weren’t good enough, smart enough, or experienced enough.

I had landed at a cross road in my career where I was considering two different paths. One really excited me and the other not so much. I was head down, bum up working diligently in my office one day when a familiar face walked in of a leader who I really admired. His style, his coaching, his authenticity. He sat down at my desk, looking at me very intently.

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Defining Moments

I recently had the privilege of speaking at and attending two interactive and insightful days at the Women in Risk Management Summit in Sydney. The theme for this year’s event was ‘Defining Moments’. Risk, audit and compliance industry leaders gathered to discuss some key leadership advice.

The summit was rich in collaboration, practicality and influence, inspirational stories of unexpected turning points that became career and leadership ‘Defining Moments’.

female rock climber

The summit was packed with thought leadership content, from innovation techniques, to mental toughness to authentic leadership. Sharing personal career journeys and individual lessons for navigating the paths to senior roles. The ‘defining moments’ highly resonated with myself and the delegates. Vulnerable moments and valuable failures are hard to grasp when you’re trying to learn from some book or formula, it was refreshing to hear real life stories of success and hardship from like minded women in the industry.

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Confidence With Confronting Conversations

A simple framework to be assertive

Recently I was coaching with a client and she shared with me that she had been approached about a promotion. She explained to me that this was her dream job. Everything about it was what she wanted, it played to her strengths, her skills, it was the recognition of all of her hard work but she had concerns about one thing, the Hiring Manager.


She had been told by people in the Hiring Manger’s team that this Executive was quite aggressive, out for himself and over-managed. She felt that regardless of the role she would be very unhappy and disengaged working for a manager with this leadership style.

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Burning the candle at both ends

Be ‘on fire’ but don’t burn out. 

Over the last year, I have felt so alive and energised about what I’m doing. I’ve been able to push myself at work and through exercise to the point where I’m learning everyday and I’m constantly improving my fitness.


Just recently I awoke one morning to exercise and I felt nauseous, my eye was swollen and I had a headache. I had pushed myself too far, mentally and physically. The morning prior when I was working out, I felt dizzy a number of times but kept pushing myself through. Over that day I felt lethargic, but didn’t stop to rest. Instead I soldiered on. I had reached a tipping point between being energised and thriving, to feeling worn out and exhausted. But I didn’t listen to my body and rest. It was time to stop!

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Do you focus on things that are outside of your control?

Let go of the things outside of your control

I regularly hear clients talking about how other people are behaving and the impact that it is having on them, what choices their Manager or CEO is making that they don’t agree with, or how a co-worker is irritating them. Really? Is this a good use of your time, when you can’t control how those people think or behave?

There was a period to time where I was feeling increasingly frustrated, negative and I really hated going to work each day. I was a Senior Leader in a large organisation with a number of direct reports and a team of about forty people. One day I had an out of body experience, I actually watched how I was behaving, listened to what I was saying and noticed how I was feeling.

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