In a true indication of how I’m struggling to find a balance between work and motherhood (and anything else), I started reading When Business Meets Baby, a relatively short book, about 8 weeks ago. I struggle to find the time to read these days! Continue reading
I was asked to review an advanced copy of American Dream: Interviews with Industry-Leading Professionals by its author, Jason Navallo. Don’t let the title throw you – it’s not just a book for Americans. It contains the transcripts of six interviews with business leaders, delving into their career history, business growth and daily habits, as well as their thoughts on success, goal setting and creating opportunities. American Dream Book Review
The six leaders came from different industries, however there were three interviews I found particularly interesting: Peter Mallouk, President and CIO of Creative Planning (a wealth management company); Scott Gerber, Principal and CEO of Gerber Group (a hospitality group) and Liz Elting, Co-Founder of TransPerfect (which offers language translation services for businesses). Although I’m sure they’re very large companies in America, I don’t actually know any of them, but their stories and advice were still interesting none the less.
Here are some of the lessons I learnt while reading this book:
Today I return to work after 8 months of maternity leave. I, of course, have mixed emotions. Some are positive – excitement at the opportunity to use my brain again and spend more time around adults. To be someone other than ‘mum’. But there have been tears (mine). There has been guilt and second-guessing.
I normally look back on my most popular posts of the previous year at the end of December, but I’ve been a little sidetracked (and by sidetracked, I mean a sleep deprived new mum!). Better late than never right? So if you’re new to the blog, or just curious to have a stickybeak at what other people are reading, then take a look at my 10 most popular blog posts of 2015:
Everyone seems to have a strong opinion about new year’s resolutions. On the negative side, some people argue that you shouldn’t wait until the start of new year to make changes to your life. Others argue that resolutions/goals are too rigid and new year’s themes or intentions are more practical.
My view? Do whatever works for you. And for me, that’s setting a few new year’s resolutions. I like them. While I agree that you can and should make changes to your life and/or your goals at any time of the year, a new year provides a reminder to reflect on the past year and what you might like to achieve in the new one.
As I mentioned in a previous post I recently attended Utopia Women’s Wellness – a holistic health conference. Today I thought I’d share Lisa Messenger’s thoughts on how to get started in an industry you know nothing about.
For those of you that don’t know Lisa Messenger, she’s the Founder/Editor in Chief of The Collective, a print magazine and multimedia brand. Prior to starting The Collective she had no experience in publishing and in less than a year, it’s grown to more than 50 countries. She’s also written numerous books.
Did you know that more than 70 per cent of women don’t have a career plan that’s helping them to achieve their goals, while 48 per cent of women are just winging it entirely? I recently listened to a webinar hosted by Megan Dalla-Camina which focused on developing a career plan. I’ve written about Megan on the blog before but if you’re not familiar with her, Megan is a business and career coach, and author of Getting real about having it all.
What do you need to be successful in life or business? I recently watched an interview with Melissa Ambrosini (part of the You Version 2.0 Summit) where she shared her tips for success.
I’ve written about Melissa on this blog before but for those of you that don’t know her, Melissa is an author and self love teacher, not to mention a genuinely lovely person.
A lot of what she spoke about in this interview were things I’ve heard before (having heard her speak a few times), but the new thing I took away was Melissa’s “5 P’s of success.”
A few weeks ago, I attended Unconvention, a convention for entrepreneurs looking to start and grow businesses.
I’ve already shared some of what I learnt by attending, but today I wanted to share a key point raised by Cliff Obrecht, Founder and COO of Canva. Cliff talked about how to come up with a business idea that works. Continue reading
New year’s resolutions
If you subscribe to my newsletter, you might remember that in last week’s edition, I wrote about the challenge of sticking with your new year’s resolutions when it’s only March. It’s been a while since you made those goals and your initial burst of motivation is probably waning. You probably also haven’t made enough progress on your goals yet to give your willpower a boost. That’s kind of how I’m feeling anyway, and I can’t be the only one right? So I thought I’d write a post about how to get passionate about your goals again and feel recommitted to achieving them. (On a cheeky side note, if you haven’t signed up to my newsletter yet, you can do so by entering your details in the form on the right hand side of this page!)