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Oxytocin: New Workplace Air Freshener of Choice in a Post-Covid World

Does success have a scent? It seems like the world has woken up to the power of our pheromones and oxytocin in particular. You may know the chemical peaks after sex and when mothers bond during breastfeeding with their babies - it’s not known as the killer hormone for building  ‘attachment and trust’ for nothing!However, if there’s a finding that caught my eye and should make you want to spray the hormone in the house of finance you use, it was this: a European research team found that if young men sprayed the odourless chemical up their noses before playing a game of risk; they were more likely to take ‘social risks’. More specifically, men who sprayed were more willing to share money with...

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Recovering from Interruptions

You likely heard about how well Yorshiro Mori, who recently departed the Japanese Olympic Committee, came across when he voiced his 'concerns' about female representation in high profile meetings by lamenting ‘When you increase the number of female executive members, if their speaking time isn’t restricted to a certain extent, they have difficulty finishing, which is annoying.” Galling stuff!    He was expressing a frustration far too many men seem to feel, borne out of their assumption the people to really listen to in meetings are the just guys. This sense of being ‘ignored’ if not outright silenced, as per Mori’s preference, is something many of my coaching clients have felt at work.  However, its nonsensical. After all,  you'll often hear women advised...

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Keeping your Foot on the Pedal -  Tactics for Maintaining IWD Momentum

International Women’s Day has come and gone, and its passage highlights a ridiculous assumption: Let’s honour women and all they've given us during a single day of the year! This is particularly salient given the the murder of Sarah Everard, and the police's heavy-handed response to those and the vigil and the ever increasing data about how much harder Covid has hit women, particularly Brown and Black women, as workers, as parents turned educators and as recipients of higher than ever domestic violence - all brought on by lockdowns.March is always the busiest month of the year for me, given my specialism around women working in male-dominated fields. Indeed, I spoke at IWD events for Hensoldt, DLA Piper, Engie, HSBC and...

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International Women's day 2021 #Choose To Challenge

Can you believe it's been just a year since last International Women's Day? It feels like a million years ago! A year ago, I was finishing several in-person 'Con Job' events in the last days before the first lockdown, as the city was shutting up shop. As I anxiously flew out of London, I knew I wouldn't return soon - but no one could have predicted how irrevocably the workplace would change. We do know one thing; we will never work again quite as we did. For IWD2021 this year, we’re talking about #Choose To Challenge. If there is one thing 2020 has taught us, it’s that we have to challenge antiquated systems more now than ever. In 2021, as we think about how we...

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Giving support, not advice

Most of my coaching clients, after several sessions, admit to me they’ve used coaching techniques they’ve learned in our sessions for working with their own direct reports. Mara, is a client who exasperatedly told me how skilled her team was; some simply seemed unwilling to take decisions until she told them they were on the right track. This, however, created a  backlog for Mara. Mara explained ‘Most of the time, I suspect they know exactly what they need to be doing...it’s just easier to ask me’. Mara found coaching effective in her own career, so wanted to use some of these techniques with her own people - even amongst those who routinely answered ‘I don’t know’ to her questions.  In the end, the...

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