Telstra Business Awards – nominate your own business or one that you admire

Two years ago my business sphinxx was a finalist in the Telstra Business Awards and it was an experience that I’ll always remember.  The process of being involved with an elite group of business operators; the reflection on my own business and its…

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Friday Freebie: Win a double pass to We Will Rock You – Tribute to Queen – Sydney 2nd March

If you’re a Queen fan then get in quick for this one… I have one double pass on offer to this event after work next Friday 2nd March – valued at $138. Not sure if you’ve been to the Taronga Zoo twilight concerts before, but it’s a very relaxed affair – perfect for meeting new […]

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Why Your Next (Tech) Board Member Should Be A Woman

Good questions have been asked lately of tech companies without gender diversity on their boards of directors. While women comprise 51% of the population, they make up only 15.7% of Fortune 500 boards of directors, less than 10% of California tech company boards, and 9.1% of Silicon Valley boards. Why add a 30-something female to […]

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Women on Boards announces new “traffic light index” of progress on gender diversity on ASX200

A new report out today from Women on Boards has found that 36% of top ASX200 companies surveyed have made no progress towards Australia’s ASX corporate governance guidelines on gender diversity.  A total of 82 companies from the ASX200 were surveyed to evaluate their response to the guidelines and progress in achieving a gender diverse […]

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Women make better leaders in turbulent times: true or false?

New evidence suggests that women may be better than their male counterparts in improving employee morale, motivation and performance – crucial factors that can enhance chances of organizations survival in turbulent times – according to Shabeer Ahmad on ChiefExecutive.net Ahmad says that during turbulent times, “a management style that is more characteristic of women leaders […]

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Women, work and leadership – will history repeat itself?

Thanks to those of you who commented on my post last week about Facebook shunning women on its board (and this follow up post), and my boycott request.  This comment from Katie I think is worth discussing, because it’s possibly been on your mind too: “I like the idea in isolation, but in the bigger […]

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Jen Dalitz

What are the lessons you’re teaching your kids? We took the opportunity of a holiday long weekend to visit my mum interstate as the timing of the trip coincided with my son’s favourite AFL team battling it out against my mum’s beloved team. Perhaps only those of you with the love for AFL will appreciate why we’d plan a long distance trip around a game of footy, but suffice to say it was a passion project! With every ounce of anticipation, the game was a tough, tight duel and could easily have gone either way. Yet when the final siren sounded, it wasn’t our team that was smiling. It sure is tough for a 10 year old boy to sit within a crowd 41,000+ people all cheering for the opposite side. It was tough for him to see the exhaustion and disappointment on the faces of the players he adores. And yet, it’s so important for him to learn that his team won’t always win. There’s so many lessons in that, but the one I chose to instil is that you won’t always back the team that wins but you’ll always back the team that you love. That’s why I asked him to wear his team colours home the next day, and show his support even when the chips are down. That’s the kind of commitment I want my son to learn and the kind of team player I want him to be. PS. #gotheGiants @GWSGiants #neversurrender ... See MoreSee Less

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3 months ago

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I haven’t been here in a while as the writing has been on hold. But I was reminded today that there are things in our life that light us up. That might take us out of our comfort zone but, once you sit with it, bring you both joy and a sense of “I can do this” achievement. These moments are such a gift. So I’m curious, what’s your special thing that lights you up?

Despite (or in spit of) my professional career, these moments for me normally involve my horses. I’ll never be an equestrian Olympian, but I take great pleasure in all the lessons my horses teach me. They remind me that it’s a team effort, we’re in it together, and that if I’m prepared to give a little bit more, they will too. That’s true whether we’re on the ground taking care of their feet, or grooming, or when I’m atop riding as one. Two hearts one team.
It’s hard to describe the adrenaline and joy they bring to my life. But I’d love to know, what lights you up??
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