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Five trailblazing female entrepreneurs honoured with NatWest everywoman Awards in 2015 share the personal and professional advantages of winning one of these coveted Awards.
Ayesha Vardag, President, Vardags – Winner of the Woman Of The Year Award
My dream was always to be a paramedic, but a degenerative spinal condition meant I was unable to follow that path. So instead, I started my career with the emergency services in a control room. Though I wasn’t supporting people face to face, I found it hugely rewarding to be able to help people over the phone. The prospect for career growth was excellent too, and over the years I was promoted numerous times until I came to head up our staff training division, responsible for the development of over 600 members of the service.
Oprah Winfrey, Mark Zuckerberg, Richard Branson, Bill Gates and Sara Blakely. All household name billionaires – but that’s not all they have in common: they all attribute a portion of their success to the invaluable guidance and support of a treasured business mentor.
They earn more, are more likely to be noticed in the workplace and occupy an estimated 96% of leadership positions. Extroverts, it seems, have the edge when it comes to thriving in the modern workplace, with its open plan office layouts and emphasis on group work.
More than three quarters (79%) of everywomanNetwork members describe themselves as self-saboteurs, with one in four admitting they frequently engage in behaviour that interferes with their long-standing goals.
“The tell-tale signs of [of self-sabotage] are when plans grind to a halt for no rational reason. The skill, ability and desire is there, but something stops you moving forward,” says
With a looming skills shortage in the STEM industries, the race is on for young Emirati females to study science, maths, engineering and technology at the educational institutions now open to women.
Those already making strides in their careers are role models to the young girls coming up behind them. We delve into the educations and careers of star players from the fields of oil, aviation, space travel, nuclear and environmental engineering to understand the challenges and opportunities for women in the United Arab Emirates.
Having a mantra you silently repeat to yourself in stressful times not only has a motivational effect; it’s also scientifically proven to bring about a meditative mind state, in which you feel calmer, relaxed and more self assured.
Award-winning women across the everywomanNetwork share how they discovered their personal mantras, and what they mean to them.
As the first woman to row the Atlantic twice from east to west, everywoman Associate Sally Kettle knows a thing or two about rebounding after a fall.
In our webinar Regaining motivation after a setback (log in to listen on demand), she shares her insight into how you can rediscover your drive after a personal or professional upset.
Today, 22 of the most inspirational role models within the transport and logistics industry have been announced as finalists in the 2016 FTA everywoman in Transport & Logistics Awards. The Awards aim to demonstrate the breadth of career opportunities offered by the industry, particularly for women, and those shortlisted are prime examples of this with careers ranging from engineers to warehousing managers and HGV drivers.
What gets you out of bed in the morning, spurs you on to do a good job even when there’s no pay rise on the horizon, pushes you to stick your hand up for a stretch assignment when you’re already approaching full capacity? It’s motivation – a workplace characteristic that’s easy to spot in both abundance and its absence.
Workplace motivation can be an elusive thing indeed - what makes some individuals more and others less motivated is something scholars, economists and psychologists have been asking for centuries.
Find out where you sit on the motivation scale, before turning to our workbook 60 minutes to motivation where you’ll learn the five crucial ingredients that make up the perfect recipe for workplace drive.
1. Which of the following statements best describes your attitude to setting personal goals in the workplace?
You can’t win them all. That was one of the insights put forward by Jacqueline de Rojas, Citrix Systems UK’s VP & General Manager, Northern Europe, at the 2016 everywoman Forum: Advancing Women in Technology.
“I swerve and avoid difficult people,” she said. “There’s no point banging your head on a door that won’t open.”
Finding alternative routes past your non-believers is certainly one way to compensate for stakeholders who just don’t ‘get’ you. Here we look at additional strategies for dealing with those naysayers you’re obliged to work with.
Good compensation is a cornerstone in how to make employees feel valued; after all, few of us want to – or could - work without salary. But if a guaranteed pay cheque at the end of each month were all it took, well-reimbursed positions would seldom be left.
The manager who pays attention to what makes their employees feel valued will be rewarded with greater loyalty, productivity and motivation among their team members. The following strategies, backed up by scientific data, are designed to be incorporated into your daily managerial duties.
It was the largest event of its kind in Europe, attended by over 600 women in technology from across the world, presided over by key players from the most exciting and changeable industry of our times. The second annual everywoman Forum: Advancing Women in Technology saw thought leaders share their advice for the sector and its would-be leaders.
“Alpha males need to get on the page”
“The future belongs to young people with an education and the imagination to create,” said US President Barrack Obama. But for the young or youthful of appearance trying to make headway in the workplace, the more pertinent question is likely to be: How do I make a difference now?
All the research shows that first impressions do count, appearances can matter, and your level of skill and experience is a factor in how seriously you’re taken. But that doesn’t mean you can’t make your mark as the youngest kid on the block.
Up to 85% of all jobs are secured through face-to-face networking, or because of someone a candidate already knew – that’s according to a study by Harvard Business School.
You can’t afford to leave your professional network to chance – commit to growing and nurturing it both online and offline, with a little help from the tips of well-connected women around the world.
Managed well, a performance review has the power to supercharge your direct report’s motivation, confidence and ambition levels. And yet, for many employees, the very idea of a performance review elicits “frustration”, “anxiety” and “boredom”.