Gravitas And Accents

I am always fascinated by accents and which hold the most gravitas. There have been a number of studies recently on who has the ‘best’ or ‘most sexy’ accents in the UK, with the latest from Big 7 Travel which found that the top five are Essex, Northern Irish, Glaswegian, Queen’s English and Mancunian and Read More >

Showing Emotion In Leadership – The Debate

I recently posted on social media about the image that dominated the press last weekend – that of an emotional Theresa May as she announced her resignation date. It’s had quite an emotional response (!) and so I thought I’d share. I asked the question: when is it appropriate to show emotion as a leader? Read More >

Be Humble?

What do you think of the term ‘IMHO’? Do you use it yourself? And if so, what message are you trying to convey? There is a school of thought that the H stands for Honest, so much so that there’s been a big old Twitter fight about it with the mighty Humble coming out on Read More >

Is Swearing Acceptable At Work?

On social media this week, we discussed the topic of swearing, and in particular swearing at work and if it’s acceptable or if it’s just a massive no, no? If swearing is OK in your workplace, are there any taboos or is it c-bomb central? Swearing is becoming more and more acceptable in traditional and Read More >

#BalanceforBetter – Aka Dealing With The Wobble Board

The theme of International Women’s Day (IWD) this year was ‘Balance for Better’ and as they put it: “The future is extremely exciting.” So much has happened just in the past year that has been a force for good –the #MeToo movement calling out inappropriate behaviour, the gender pay gap reporting, the sheer number of Read More >

How Do You Raise Your Profile without Sounding Like a Show Off?

Unfortunately, just being good and having the skills and expertise needed for your role isn’t enough to stand out and ensure you are getting the opportunities and growth you deserve. The need to ‘do your own PR’ is becoming increasingly relevant for leaders who want to progress, as it’s what will differentiate you and get Read More >

“Being Extra”- What To Do If You’re Told You’re ‘Too Much’

The other day, I was delivering a keynote to a room full of people and about half way through, broke off to ask the audience: “Why is developing gravitas important for career development?” Answers which came back included: “It gives me greater personal impact and visibility”; “It lets me have more influence”; “It enables me to raise Read More >

Gender, Inequality and Power: from awareness to action

Gender equality is – thankfully – being spoken about more and more in all sectors.  It seems that, finally, organisations are realising that there are not enough women at the top table and that something needs to be done about it. Of course, many individuals and organisations are hugely behind, whether because it suits those Read More >

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