Women Entrepreneurs At The Top – I’m Still Hungry

Women Entrepreneurs At The Top – I’m Still Hungry

Watching the concluding episode of BBC 2’s Women at the Top with the fabulous Hilary Devey, I felt unsatisfied. A bit like the feeling you have after a Chinese meal. You feel full as you stand up from the circular rice covered table, but then hours later you are rummaging in the fridge for something else to eat. (Or is that just me??) Last night, Hilary and the production team at the BBC did a wonderful job of exposing us to innovative employers who think differently about how they can provide flexible working for their employees and cost effective and convenient childcare. These are fantastic places to start and I am sure would encourage more women to stay longer and work their way to the top. Or would it? I still don’t think the ultimate issue of corporate culture has been addressed enough. Why is it that smart, ambitious women who have their home lives organised to enable them to have a career still decide to leave? Yes, I know from my research that for those who are mothers, the flexibility of running their own business is appealing. And I also know from that research that these bright, ambitious women get fed up. They don’t want to play in this sandpit anymore, growing tired of the games and politics needed to elbow their way to the boardroom table. Here we have a conundrum, or do we need to be more patient? Do we hope that the innovative flexible working and child care solutions exposed last night do the trick, as more employees are exposed to this new way, that...
Why I do sometimes miss the office….

Why I do sometimes miss the office….

In a previous existence, my Monday mornings would follow a similar pattern. Commute – made more bearable because I was fresh from the weekend Walk to the office – grab coffee and maybe a pick me up on the way Arrive! Greeted by hellos and queries of my weekend activities Get into my office, unpack bag and have team in for a quick chat and catch up before we determine the week ahead Refuel with more coffee mid-morning, and on way go and chat to my peers for same catch up Now, my Monday’s look like this…. Meditate, journal and set my intentions Rush the kids out the door to school and maybe bump into some other parents Make my own coffee and start work Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE running  my own business, but this morning strangely, I missed my old routine. And when I pondered on it some more, I realised that in fact, it’s not the routine I miss, it’s that social contact and inquiry into my life. And does all the other great stuff – freedom, flexibility, total control over one’s destiny and a much more stress free life, yet making more money make up for it? I think yes, and I also think how grateful I am for that chance to check in this morning and make sure. How do you feel about your transition – is there anything you miss?      ...
Toxic Culture or Glass Ceiling – Why Do Women Leave?

Toxic Culture or Glass Ceiling – Why Do Women Leave?

Why did you leave? I know that most of you probably left corporate to set up your own business to escape the toxic culture and to have more freedom and flexibility. I would love your views on my interview on BBC Radio 4 Women’s Hour – listen to the debate and let me know what you think! Click here to listen! [new_line] Would you like a weekly burst of momentum delivered straight into your in box? Simply click on the button below, we’ll send you the latest tip each week! Sign me up for weekly Thrive!...
Thrive! TV Tip ~ Feeling lonely? Reach out and connect!

Thrive! TV Tip ~ Feeling lonely? Reach out and connect!

This week’s Thrive! TV Tip speaks to a real issue that I had when I first set up my own business. I was lonely. Yep, in a city of 10 million people, I was feeling very alone, isolated and cut off from the ‘real’ world…i.e. my old work mates and all the social support they gave me. I had to do things I had never done before – join groups of people who I thought I might like and share my values. having worked for a long time in a job, I was an absolute stranger to networking groups. But over time I found my new work mates and started to thrive! I wish you the best on your journey to connect. I would love to know what your experiences have been and what has worked well for you. Please comment below! Would you like a weekly burst of momentum delivered straight into your in box? Simply click on the button below, we’ll send you the latest tip each week! Sign me up for weekly Thrive!...
What does success look like now?

What does success look like now?

If you have left corporate to start up your own business have you redefined your criteria of success? If you were working for a company for many years chances are your success criteria were defined by your role, your departmental objectives and the company’s targets. Or maybe not…..maybe you defined your own success based on job title, salary and benefits package, overseas trips, class of business travel and number of staff reporting to you. So what happens when the constructs that we defined our success (and sometimes ourselves) by are no longer there? Does this mean we aren’t successful? Starting up your own business means redefining many things, finances, working location, tax status but often we forget to redefine how we will judge ourselves to be successful. From my own experience and working with many Corporate Crossovers®, (women starting a business who have left corporate) not redefining our success criteria can leave us with that nagging doubt wondering if we made the right decision to leave. If left unchecked, it can also grow into vacillation about whether to stay self-employed or to go and get a ‘real’ job again. Personally, I went through an 18 month period of wondering if I should ‘get real’ and get a job again and it wasn’t I took stock and thought about what success meant to me now in my own business, did I realize how successful I was! Taking stock for me involved: examining what was REALLY important to me about the life I wanted to live (my values) how much time I spent working now vs. before (daily hours and vacation) my income...
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