5 tips on how to be seen as a ‘Rising Star’ from your very first month!

Introduce yourself: Follow a French custom – If you have the opportunity, go and introduce yourself a few days before the official start. This will allow you to check your travelling time, view your work environment (including clothing) … Moreover, it will create a good impression with your Boss and your colleagues! Dress for the circumstances. It…

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What is coaching?

What is coaching? What benefits can you gain from it? What you can expect from it? For a start, it depends on what form of coaching and what area of activity… There are sports, music, voice, expat, language, financial, dating, relationship, business and life coaching – amongst many others! One thing that all coaching has in…

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Managing a Culturally Diverse Workforce

Benefits of a Diverse Workplace The evidence is all around us: The U.S. has become a multicultural society (35% of the population is now non-white), making it imperative to succeed at managing a culturally diverse workforce. Perhaps this is not news for you and you are already implementing a well-thought out diversity and inclusion (D&I) strategy.…

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Women Leaders: Leadership styles that play against us

Women Leaders: Leadership Styles that Play Against Us For a long time, I thought my colleagues exaggerated when they talked about some of the women leaders they had the misfortune of working under. They described abrasive leadership styles that,  instead of  eliciting cooperation and loyalty, turned employees off. Then I ran into a person who…

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Oxford International Study Centre

I recently interviewed Carolyn Llewellyn for WomenUP Ltd (my sister company which specialises in Better Balance for Better Business).  As she was telling me about her fascinating career path, obviously she included a lot of detail about the Oxford International Study Centre she co-founded with Robert Marsden.  As OISC has an excellent English Language Programme,…

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My international business dream – how I made it happen…

Dr Katherine Salazar is Marketing Director of Valeant Pharmaceuticals in America. She has managed brands such as Bedoyecta, Caladryl, Cortaid, Ocean and Insta-Glucose. She also manages the Valeant Pharmaceuticals cause-related marketing programme which donates a percentage of sales of selected products to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence.  Through this partnership, the NCADV has been…

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Empowering Women: Asking tough questions

  Even the best intentions sometimes fall short. This is often the case when it comes to empowering women. There are plenty of programs out there focused on empowering women that unwittingly play against their own missions.  Just recently, one of my clients brought into her company a three-day training program where participants where repeatedly…

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Want to Develop Effective Female Leaders? Turn on the Executive Leadership Switch

Qualities of successful female leaders Whenever the question comes up of what are the most common qualities of a leader research seems to agree with one particular trait: Internal locus of control. In other words, most successful female leaders share the notion that they can exert control over their circumstances rather than being controlled by them.…

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History of the English Language

. History of the English Language This is a wonderful infogram on the History of the English Language! Do you like history?  Do you know the history of your own language?  If you do, please comment in the box below, I would love to know more about other languages, and I am sure everyone else…

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As I See It: Class will out

Class will out Contrary to what some of our UK politicians would try to make us believe, the class system is still alive and well in England – it’s difficult to say definitively about Ireland, Wales and Scotland, though, because their national accents are so strong that it is impossible to tell whether they were…

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