Her Own Glow - Soul and Sisterhood Blog Interview

August 14th 2019


“You are your own worst enemy. You need to get out of your own way.” Girl, this is hard to hear. What does this mean? You might be great at your job, but it will be your own beliefs, biases and baggage that will create blind spots, friction points and keep you from being even better. Not someone else. Yourself. Put systems in place to help you get out of your own way more easily.” - @amanda.blesing💫

Happy Wednesday ladies! Meet Amanda Blesing, a trainer, mentor, speaker and author! As the creator of The Ambition Revolution Program, she currently speaks with, and consults to, busy and ambitious professionals. What really switches her on is seeing these individuals step up, speak out and take charge of their roles, careers, aspirations and their communities. Let the mingling commence...


7 surprising facts about confidence - on Business Chicks

My guest article on Business Chicks. Looking forward to writing many more.


Women need to stop playing small and start believing in themselves, says mentor Amanda Blesing

When it comes to the differences between male and female brain biology, the experts still disagree as to whether the main cause is socialisation, whether we’re born that way, or that our hormones play a role. However no matter what the cause, there is still much evidence that we respond, behave and perform differently in situations that require confidence.

And while success correlates just as closely with confidence as it does with competence, as women we’ve been socialised to believe the opposite. Fortunately, we now know this can be part of the problem when it comes to women believing themselves ready for competing for promotions. So here are seven things I’ve learned that may impact on your confidence and help you tackle big, audacious plans more easily.


Fostering women leaders: A fitness test for your top team

McKinsey Quarterly 

January 2015 | byLareina Yee

Much has been written about the nature of the challenges.3 I want to focus on what companies can do to take action. In this article, I’ve distilled some forward-leaning practices into five questions that can serve as a fitness test for your top team. In my experience, an organization that is making progress on such issues tends to explore them in concert. At the very least, these questions can help generate the kinds of challenging conversations that executive teams around the world should be having. The stakes are too high not to have them. As I heard the CEO of a US healthcare company say recently, “The business case is simple: my company needs the best talent. Why would I handicap that by 50 percent?”    Read more ...

Three part series on gender differences in investing behaviour

As I trawl the archives for information and research that help us understand, interpret and apply the research on the differences between male and female brains, Nelli Oster provides us with some fascinating reflections the topic with regard to investor behaviour.  Extrapolate as you will.

Author: BlackRock, Director, Nelli Oster, PhD 

1. Men vs Women: Risk Aversion - 7 November 2013

In the first of a three-part series on gender differences in investing behavior, Nelli Oster, an investment strategist and specialist in behavioral finance, examines why women tend to be more risk averse and what this means practically for their portfolios.  You may have heard about the structural differences that have been discovered between men and women’s brains. What you may not know, however, is that differences in brain activity may lead the genders to perceive risks in life differently, which also has implications on investing behavior. READ MORE ...  

2. Men vs Women: The Confidence Gap - 24 December 2013

In this post, the second of her series on ways women and men investors behave differently, Nell drills down into the research behind the gender-related confidence difference and what people can do to mitigate its potential negative financial impact. Here are her responses to three questions you may have about what she's calling “the gender confidence gap.”    READ MORE ...

3. Men vs Women: Investment Decisions - 27 February 2014

In this post, the latest in her series on ways women and men investors behave differently, she drill down into the research behind gender-related differences in investment decision making, answering three key questions.   READ MORE ...