August 2017

When you type ‘Why do women __’ into Google Search, the first term that comes up is ‘wear makeup’. The second is ‘need men’, the third ‘pull away’. There is even one that says ‘play hard to get’. Clearly, some Googlers have issues … Interesting is how these terms resonate with other misperceptions about women floating around. In general, the worst stereotypes about powerful female bosses are that they’re icy, touchy, emotiona...More

July 2017

Why good leaders make you feel safe I recently listened to a Simon Sinek TED video in which he talks about what makes a good leader. He says it’s someone who makes their employees feel secure, who draws staff into a circle of trust. But creating trust, cooperation and safety – especially in an uneven economy – means taking on big responsibilities. Trust, cooperation and safety are all feelings (not instructions), so you have to instil thos...More

JUNE 2017

When times are getting tougher and every day more inexplicable stories start to appear in the media, we all wonder about the paradox of it all. This reminded me of a Huffington Post video in which Jay Shetty, a motivational philosopher, talks about how Albert Einstein famously remarked in a conversation with Werner Heisenburg, ‘You know in the West we’ve build a beautiful ship, and it has all the comforts. But actually the one thing it doesn’t ha...More

MAY 2017

Hitting rock bottom We’ve all heard the phrase ‘wake-up call’ before – either while growing up, or in articles, the news, movies or even songs. I’m sure we’ve all experienced a wake-up call in some way or another – the one where you know that you can’t ignore the signs any more – it’s time for a change. This wake-up call is when we hit rock bottom. In a way our country also hit rock bottom in the past few weeks with our sovereig...More

April 2017

Today we continue to find ourselves on the brink of a technological revolution that will fundamentally alter the way we live, work, and relate to one another. It’s already been termed the Fourth Industrial Revolution and in its scale, scope, and complexity, the transformation brought about by it will be unlike anything humankind has experienced before. Klaus Schwab, the founder and executive chairman of the World Economic Forum, says that we do no...More

March 2017

In life, it doesn’t matter where you’re coming from. The questions you should ask are where are you going and how are you going to get there. And aside from what you want to accomplish, what kind of person do you want to become as the result of all your work and effort? These are questions Brian Tracy asks in an article I read recently. Men and women who achieve great things in life are invariably those who give a lot of thought to their own dev...More

February 2017

Here at the beginning of 2017, we all face a new start – where you can get rid of old habits, start doing things differently or make a more meaningful impact. No matter what your goals are for the coming year, we should all aim to become more credible. Credible leaders have the uncanny ability to get others to do what they don’t want to do – and to like what they are doing. And as Steven Cohen writes in his article about being a credible leade...More