The 3 Questions To Ask Yourself If You Want To Change Careers

Article on Ten Daily by Claire Isaac on 9 October 2018

I was interviewed once more for Ten Daily and this time on Career Changes

Many of the women I speak with tell me they are hesitant to make big changes in their career. This is not unusual.  One factor could be needing stability around raising children and taking on the responsibility of a mortgage. With the ABS indicating that the median age for having your first child is around 31 years old (the same as taking on a first mortgage), that’s also right at the same age that many start taking their career more seriously.  I’m confident this impacts on our appetite for risk.  The old maxim “better the devil you know” is still a popular, and change is hard for many.

However the benefits of change are significant including opportunities to negotiate an increase in salary, plus it’s far easier to change perceptions around your performance or track record in a new organization. You don’t need do carry all that baggage with you when you change.

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PMI Adelaide - 4 Great Reasons to Network Smarter

Thanks to Sudha Bhat for inviting me to write for the PMInsights Magazine for the Adelaide Chapter of PMI.

PMInsights June 2018

4 Great Reasons to Network Smarter

There is a famous saying - your network is your net worth. Yet most of us conscientiously put our head down and backside up and get on with the work. Why is this? And networking for networking sake - is it worth it?

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Stop getting distracted at work | ten daily by Claire Isaac

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Article on Ten Daily by Claire Isaac on 24 September 2018

I was featured on Lifestyle Career again  and this time on the issue of focus and productivity.

“Many of the executive women I work with tell me that focus is a real issue. They frequently wonder “when will I get the work done?”  because they feel they spend all their time in meetings. Combined with open plan offices and time on LinkedIn and you have a recipe for disaster -- which leaves many wondering if creating a career that really counts is all it’s cracked up to be!

But don't worry, it turns out you can train yourself to stay focused. You just need to stay focused long enough to do it... “

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#LookOutCSuiteHereSheComes #feminineambition #success #career

>> My Interview with Jane Jackson, Career Coach – for those curious about changing careers

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Thanks to Jane Jackson for the interview.

One of the best things about being the host of YOUR CAREER Podcast is getting to know amazing professionals and chatting about their fascinating career journeys. Amanda Blesing, women in leadership coach, is one of those amazing professionals with great energy and positivity to help her clients, and is my latest guest on the show. Amanda shares her fascinating #career path from her early days in teaching, to dance, to fitness, to corporate, and on to #entrepreneurship as a successful coach and mentor. Interestingly, our career paths have taken a very similar route so we share some wonderful memories too (yes, they do include dance, fitness and leg warmers! 🏻)

Vive la révolution! #ambitionrevolutionrocks #LookOutCSuiteHereSheComes #feminineambition #success #career #executivebranding #personalbrand #standout #leadership  #executivewomen #careerfutureproofing

You can listen to the podcast by clicking below:

How to create flexible working hour arrangements – Lifestyle

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By Claire Isaac, Lifestyle

I was interviewed by Lifestyle magazine on the issue of flexibility. It’s a big issue for women and many women are hesitant to ask for fear that they will be rejected, or may rock the boat with their current job.  See below

While we're told flexible working hours are the way of the future, the reality is many of us struggle to put that into practice. Here's how to negotiate to get your work-life balance back in check while keeping both yourself - and, crucially, your boss - happy.

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What do you stand for? Connected women at the NAB

Thanks to a couple of women at NAB for sharing great content and inspiration via linkedIn using my special formula. Love your work Genevieve and Johanna! 

Be sure to get involved in the conversation on LinkedIn. 

I loved speaking in front of an audience who really get involved.

Well done to the organising committee! And well done to those who implemented learning immediately.

Expert Advice On The Best Age To Change Careers | ten daily

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Image by Getty and ten daily.

By Gillian Wolski ten daily Lifestyle Reporter

“There's a common line many people tell themselves when toying with the idea of a career change, and it goes something like, "I've always wanted to be a <insert dream role here>, but it'll never happen because <insert excuse here>."

One of the most common excuses is not knowing when it's the right time to make the big leap. Timing, we're told, is everything.

The issue around timing is particularly pertinent to women, who often have to juggle their career with the demands that come with raising a family .

Regardless of gender, there has to be an ideal window of opportunity -- the perfect age to switch careers -- right?

To find out the answer to what seems like the 10 million dollar question, we spoke to career expert and c-suite mentor, Amanda Blesing, who boiled it down to the magic age of ... nothing.”   READ MORE >>>>>

3 Steps to Get The Top #Job You Really Want 💪🏼💗 - interview with Warwick Merry CSP

Warwick Merry and I caught to interview each other around our areas of expertise. 

He asked me about some of the issues that women face.

So many women know they are ready for the next job up the ladder but they struggle to land that next big role.   He asked me "how can a woman/person get that top job they really want?" 

Here are my three top tips

Research tells us that executive women struggle with self advocacy and self promotion - it's a potential minefield when you get it wrong, yet hard to navigate easily for women with a socialised archetype for helping others.

So my three tip tips? 
Learn to -
1) Back Yourself
2) Sell Yourself
3) Express Your Value in a way your target understands

Check out the video for a bit more detail and drop me a mote if you need some help.

The communication habits that can undermine women's power - DAILY LIFE

Thanks to Karina Lane - Daily Life, SMH & The Age for interviewing me.

NOVEMBER 12 2017

 Article by Karina Lane

Article by Karina Lane

I'm pretty passionate about helping women into the C-suite, and sometimes it's our language and mannerisms that can get in the way. Firstly because they are different to those of the incumbent at times which can contribute to "exclusion" and secondly, because they've not been a problem before if you worked in mostly feminised industries or in lower level roles, so you may not know that there is any difference or what is going wrong.

Being able to sharpen all the tools in your leadership toolkit is awesome.  Language and communication habits fit in this toolkit. Sometimes it's as simple as one small change to a verbal habit and it can make ll the difference.

As someone heading into the C-suite, self awareness and personal development will be part and parcel of your journey. There are times when you need to acknowledge that another way might be more helpful.  

Thanks to Karina for interviewing me for her article in Daily Life.

 

"I spent years working on my confidence, and knew the ins and outs of assertive communication. I was all about girl power. Apologise for taking up space? Not this lady.
But then I read Tara Mohr's book Playing Big: Practical Wisdom for Women Who Want to Speak Up, Create and Lead. Mohr argues that women constantly diminish their power with speech habits that make us appear apologetic, surprised or even uncertain about what we're saying. This means our ideas and opinions are unappreciated and not valued."
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The Great Debate: It’s not about the money, money, money…

From the Broad Agenda Blog and published on 30 June 2017

Written By: Megan Deas

COMMENTARY:  Actually, it was all about the money at the AIM Great Debate Canberra on 23June 2017 when six strong, intelligent and passionate women from various backgrounds got together to debate whether equal pay will close the gender gap.

With great wit and light-hearted banter, the panellists kept the audience entertained while providing evidence for both sides of the pay gap argument. A friendly and fun debate, the sense of camaraderie was evident on the podium, with zingy one-liners as the only daggers fired.

We here at BroadAgenda naturally love us a good debate, and were more than happy to cheer our Chief Editor Virginia Haussegger AM on as she joined forces with the negative team. Here’s our recap of the day.

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SMH 2015 - Annabel Crabb: I'm proud to be a feminist despite my regular lapses

From time to time I find articles that express the sentiments in my community, or that answer some of the questions my readers are asking. Here are the links to the source.

Thanks to Sydney Morning Herald, MARCH 7 2015 and Annabel Crabb for this gem.

 

I'm Proud to be a Feminist Despite my Regular Lapses

"Feminism is messy and imperfect, and has people you love, as well as people you can't stand.

I am a feminist because to be one seems perfectly obvious and reasonable to me. I am a feminist because it bothers me that women are more than 50 per cent of the population and more than 60 per cent of university graduates but somehow only 3 per cent of chief executives. I am a feminist because it bothers me that a woman gets killed by her male partner every single week, and somehow that doesn't qualify as a tools-down national crisis even though if a man got killed by a shark every week we'd probably arrange to have the ocean drained. I am a feminist because it bugs me that "working mum" is a phrase I hear every day but I never hear "working dad"."

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What’s really holding women back when it comes to money

As I prepare for the AIM Great Debate in Canberra on closing the gender salary gap on 23 June 2017 I've been looking at the economics of gender.  Our team is researching and exploring the data and arguments for both sides of the coin - Whether closing the gender salary gap will close the gender gap itself. I'm on the negative.

There is so much to explore including -

  • The data around the gender salary gap,
  • Bias, gender stereotypes and negotiating,
  • Is the gender gap all about money?
  • Where else might women be penalised purely as a result of gender including the tax on being female (products for women that are more expensive and GST on feminine hygiene products)
  • Domestic violence,
  • Career choices,
  • Career breaks,
  • What happens industries or sectors become feminised,
  • Representation of women in positions of power including public, NFP and
  • And the superannuation gender salary gap - the legacy that takes years to emerge.
Money, power and freedom by Dr Richard Denniss

The link below contains excellent information from a speech that the Dr Richard Denniss, Chief Economist at The Australia Institute, gave for the Breakthrough 2016 event on what’s really holding women back when it comes to money.  

Thanks to The Victorian Trust for their article The Three Big Lies Holding Women Back.

"Denniss’ keynote address breaks down the untruths we’re sold about women’s economic security. In short—the time for research and data collection is over—we need action!"

 

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Decision-making under adversity - AusIMM Bulletin

Featured in October 2016 in the Australian International Mine Management Bulletin.

Decision-making Under Adversity - By Amanda Blesing and Russell Boon

Learning how the brain interprets and processes stressful situations can help the decision-making process in high-pressure environments

We initially became interested in decision-making as a topic because of insights and evidence from the gender diversity debate. Organisations with both women and men on the leadership team in relatively equal numbers perform better on a range of measures including profitability, productivity, risk, customer satisfaction and staff engagement. And the reasons why? Researchers put it down to better decision-making:

  • ‘companies with strong female leadership deliver a 36 per cent higher return on equity, according to the index provider MSCI’ (World Economic Forum, 2015)
  • ‘companies ranked in the bottom quarter in terms of gender diversity on their boards were hit by 24 per cent more governance-related controversies than average’ (World Economic Forum, 2015).

However, women are frequently criticised for their decision-making. They’re allegedly slower at making decisions, wanting more evidence and are more risk averse. This is seen as a negative by organisations that are used to more masculine models of leadership.

 Complexity vs Uncertainty

Complexity vs Uncertainty

On the flipside, we know that testosterone drives a bias toward action, competitiveness and risk taking, so men tend to make decisions faster. However, a too-fast decision isn’t always a better decision, and certainly a too-slow decision doesn’t get anyone anywhere fast. Additionally, when stress, anxiety or fear is added into the mix, no one is great at making decisions. In fact, we’re wired to bypass the logical parts of our brain when under pressure, which makes great decision-making really challenging.

 

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Five minutes with Amanda Blesing - C-suite mentor for women

By Emma Gardiner on International Women's Day March 8, 2016 in Supplier News, Spice Magazine (events & tourism)
 

Amanda Blesing, creator of The Ambition Revolution, shares her tips on how to step up, speak out and take charge.

“My mission in life is to help women to play a much bigger game – change the world if you will – and do so with big ideas, big vision and big, audacious bucket loads of confidence,” said Blesing.

The former CEO currently works with, and speaks to, busy and ambitious professional women to help keep them focused on their strategic goals around their leadership aspirations.

One of the things she said she noticed while working alongside those in professional roles and larger organisations was that the women tended to require a different style of encouragement in order to step up into leadership roles or opportunities.

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Sheryl Sandberg, Lean In 2.0 and Corporate Gender Bias - Entrepreneur

Every now and then I find a great article that takes a sightly different perspective or slant on solving an old problem. Gender equality is an old problem. I like the more masculine appraoch that this author takes to tackling biases.

Jonathan Segal, Contributor, Entrepreneur and Partner in Employment Practice Group of Duane Morris

OCTOBER 25, 2016 on Entrepreneur Magazine.

Research finds we are still 100 years away from gender equality in the C-suite. That's unacceptable.

It is now more than three years since Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook, wrote her ground-breaking book, Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead. “Lean In,” I believe, is shorthand for “Go for it, if you want it.”

In her book, Sandberg acknowledges that there are many systemic obstacles to the advancement of women in corporate America. However, her focus is what women can do to maximize their chance of success in spite of these obstacles.

Well, more and more women are leaning in. That includes applying for leadership positions and/or negotiating for more equitable compensation.

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Women Entrepreneurs Making Waves - Huffington Post by Alex Pirouz

Delighted to be featured on Huffington Post for my work.

Article by Alex Pirouz published on 11 October

"I’m not saying anything groundbreaking when I say the Entrepreneurial scene has really taken off over the past 5 years.

This in turn has seen more and more women start and grow businesses, in Australia alone that increase has been phenomenal.

Recent Australian Bureau of Statistics Data shows women make up just over a third of all business operators, which is close to a 50% increase over the past decade.

It’s inspiring to see so many women Entrepreneurs start ventures and share their missions with the world.

After coaching and mentoring thousands of Entrepreneurs men and women alike, it’s clear to me that the reason so many women are beginning to start businesses and do so well at the same time is due to their passion to transform industries."

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People Expect Men to Be Struck By Genius—And Women to Work For It - Time.com

A great reflective piece on Time.com by Nate Hopper @NDHopper

20 October 2016

How we describe inventors influences what we think of them—and what they did

We love us our geniuses. And we really, really love us the kind of genius who experiences an epiphany of almost divine origin—like being struck by lightning or a falling apple. This framing places the origins of innovation in a character trait, instead of depicting it as the result of effort and endurance. Geniuses are blessed heroes. The rest of us are incapable.

All of that, according to a recent study by Kristen Elmore of Cornell University and Myra Luna-Lucero of Columbia University, is wrapped up in how we most often describe genius in everyday life—as flashes or strikes, or as a lightbulb turning on. When compared to a different metaphor that implies long-term work—that “the seed of an idea” then “took root” and “has borne fruit”—the researchers found that the lightbulb metaphor led people to believe an idea was, they write, “more exceptional.” We feel that a lightbulb genius is a better genius.

The authors write that, “For a female inventor, the seed (vs. lightbulb) metaphor increased perceptions of her genius, whereas the opposite pattern was observed for a male inventor.” In essence: Men are struck by genius, while women must work for it.

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