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How to identify and overcome complex cultural issues: Conflict avoidance and being too nice

The challenge of getting your company culture right has spawned many a blog and article. I’ve found in my gender diversity consulting that one’s workplace culture will often be a major concern for executives, but one they’re not sure how to effectively grapple with. This article explores the prevalence and problems of conflict avoidance in […]

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Hook clients, coworkers and employers into your ideas and get ahead. Time to stop selling yourself short

From high school to retirement, you’ll hear different iterations of the same sentiment – “men sell themselves better then women do” or “women struggle to promote themselves in interviews/performance assessments/in conversation”. Selling oneself short is something that I’m sure every working woman has had experience of. And hopefully learned from and decided never to do […]

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Watch out for these! 10 body language mistakes women leaders make

The body language cues that people register and look for, and judge by can be put into two key categories – warmth (empathy, likeability, caring) and authority (power, credibility, status). And no surprises here ladies, but this article reports that whilst there are some exceptions women triumph in the first, and men in the second. […]

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“I got sunburned at a nudist beach and can’t wear any clothes”. A list of the most creative excuses to look out for!

As a manager, having a team member take the day off can be a bit of a hassle, especially as when the pressure mounts, people get stressed and often sick. As a manager you’ll also hear your fair share of excuses, including those excuses that need about ten sentences to make the reason why they […]

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Communication skills and focus areas: direct from successful corporate women to you. Highlights from the conversation happening on the sphinxx LinkedIn group

I’m really excited about the sphinxx successful women LinkedIn group, because there are all kinds of discussions, ideas and experience swapping going on. Recently, Hilary Thompson started a discussion about communication, asking the sphinxx network what they would like to see from a communications workshop.  There has been a great conversation happening ever since about […]

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“Women just aren’t aggressive enough to make it to the top”. HBR article on the delicate art of being perfectly assertive

Who hasn’t heard that before? Or how about the contradictory comments about female managers being too bossy or domineering? Assertiveness is a difficult skill to master. Who has sat quietly in a meeting feeling the discussion was missing something, and not spoken up? Or perhaps wildly overcompensated afterwards, either in the “I told you so” […]

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1 month ago

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

Jen Dalitz

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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– They let me go at 42 because they told me I was too old to represent women's dreams. #kvinnedagen

Watch our talk show interview with Isabella Rossellini here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=zRa7UptZ3qw
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