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The early days of my career were some of the happiest of my life. As well as loving my job, the social life that revolved around my industry was fabulous. There were always parties and restaurants to go to with a great bunch of friends and mentors. But I always had a yearning to do something on my own - a desire to change the face of the industry and be at the forefront of its revolution.
‘Work hard on your network from the get go,’ says UBM Managing Director, Nina Wright, echoing a sentiment of many everywomanClub members, when considering the advice they’d give their younger selves. ‘It’s just as much a part of your career development as being good at your job is.’
Ask yourself which nationality is home to the most confident women (log in to access), and Americans will more than likely feature somewhere close to top of the list. A straw poll of everywoman’s London headquarters is certainly in agreement that Americans have the edge when it comes to projecting high self-esteem. Cue emphatic nods from the stateside members of our team.
Human resilience (log in to access) is the ability to bounce back. In business, a leader's capacity for resilience affects the whole organisation's ability to resume normal service after a setback. Here we look at how leaders can develop resilience in themselves and their teams, with the help of John Lees, career strategist and author of ‘Secrets of Resilient People’.
A recent survey of New York recruiters found that ‘executive presence’ accounts for 26% of what it takes to get promoted. Clearly then, there’s a lot riding on our abilities to portray ourselves as possessing those leadership traits that can be so hard to define.
Resilience is the ability to bounce-back from difficult times and re-emerge with a positive outlook. In the workplace and our personal lives, it’s inevitable that we will face challenges that set us back, but it’s learning how to gracefully accept and learn from them that defines exceptional leadership and a healthy mind.
The 2015 FTA everywoman in Transport and Logistics Awards recognises the talents of remarkable women in the transport and logistics sector. Fleet planning engineers, operation directors, drivers to graduates have all received recognition from the Awards, bringing to light the wealth of role models for women in the industry.
None of us are 100% confident in every area of our lives. We may feel confident in building relationships, yet lack assertiveness in the workplace or shy away from networking - but like any skill, it can be learnt.
Anna’s ‘sparkle’ was always obvious to her colleagues and clients, from her first boss after moving to the UK, to the clients who nominated her in the 2014 FTA everywoman in Transport & Logistics Awards. One thing is clear to our Rising Star of the Year, however – the industry needs more sparkle, by the truckload.
The reasons why an employee might be working at less than optimum levels are varied. Lack of adequate training, feeling undervalued, low self-esteem, office politics or career path dilemmas can all lead to diminished performance or undesirable workplace behaviour; but often these fundamental reasons are shrouded in mystery, disguised by surface frustrations.
The everywomanWorld series makes a pit stop in Ghana’s capital, Accra, where we caught up with Iris Owusu-Manu, 38, for a chat about her working life as HR Business Partner (Corporate Functions) & Diversity & Inclusion Lead at Vodafone Ghana.
Many of us can relate to the idea of taking on a project only to find ourselves cast adrift, feeling our way through the dark, unsure of ourselves and the desirability of the path we’re heading down. A lack of clear and explicit direction can leave us feeling insecure and demotivated, and result in dubious outcomes.
There’s a widely held assumption that women are less comfortable than men with promoting themselves and their skills – a premise we put to the test during our everywomanNetwork webinar ‘Building Your Relationships’.
The old adage of never working with family isn’t one you’ll find haircare empress Jo Hansford MBE agreeing with. The everywomanClub member, whose eponymous London Mayfair salon is now in its 21st year, puts her success down in large part to the formidable partnership she’s fostered with her only daughter and Managing Director, Joanna.