Luck needs organising – How to start building your partner case

Martina Weinberger on February 29, 2016

I had lunch yesterday with one of my coachees. He had just heard back from his firm, confirming him as new partner. Over a glass of wine and amidst humongous smiles, I asked him playfully, what advice he would give to younger professionals: “What does it take to make partner?” And his response was: “Luck …

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The uncomfortable comfort zone.

Martina Weinberger on February 17, 2016

Are you asking yourself whether you want to push for partnership? This blog is written for people working in professional services firms, who have been there for at least three years after qualifying, and who are undecided whether partnership is what they aspire to. What makes this a difficult question? For a lucky few, it …

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Four simple ways to surge from stuck to powerful

Sean Spence on November 3, 2015

Flattened? Exhausted? Striving for excellence means risking exhaustion or downright despair! Yet at any moment you have the power to shift gears and surge forward again. Being ‘overwhelmed’ can be part of the journey but it’s avoidable too. Of course I only learnt this the hard way! I flamed out at Christmas. At first I …

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“And then they burst into tears!” … on crying in business

Martina Weinberger on September 1, 2015

“And then they burst into tears!” This was the desperate statement of a participant of a workshop I ran about unconscious bias and the difficulty of getting more women to even want to have a career. The manager claimed that things are so much more complex with his female staff, “they demand more feedback, want …

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Beyond image consultants

Andrea Schüller on May 11, 2015

This post is going to have a very short shelf life. Or is it? I’ll take the gamble of using current news to make a broader point about what contributes to the perceived credibility of leaders. I’m currently in the UK, where the general election last Thursday created a night of high drama, a clear …

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Making sure that others hear your best thoughts – more often

Andrea Schüller on April 28, 2015

Making sure that others hear your best thoughts – more Have you ever asked yourself “Why can’t I be as confident as all the other guys who are listened to around here?” Well, there is one good thing about this question: you acknowledge that confidence is contextual. Apart from that, I’d be happier to hear …

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Plan what to do with your one wild and precious life

Andrea Schüller on April 27, 2015

American poet Mary Oliver coined a wonderful question: „Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life? “ It adorns one of our compliment slips, which takes pride of place at the pinboard just above my computer screen, providing both perspective and encouragement. I have numerous plans. In …

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Let’s stop being dopamine junkies

Andrea Schüller on January 28, 2015

We knew it all along. Daniel Levitin, a professor at McGill University in Montreal and author of ‚the organized mind – thinking straight in the age of information overload‘(2014) did away with the myth of multi-tasking as he appeared as a guest on a radio show on 26th January.( According to Levitin, “attention is a …

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How to be more confident in challenging situations

Andrea Schüller on November 4, 2014

The treacherous transience of confidence Easily one of the top five issues people ask me to coach them on is how to appear more confident in challenging situations. This could be in the context of an especially tricky meeting, a phone conference with lots of important stakeholders, a presentation that they feel could either make …

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Is your expertise invisible?

Charles Kingsmill on October 24, 2014

Throughout our education, most of our formal learning was at a desk. School, university, professional exams; they were all about deskwork. We sat at desks in the classroom, we studied at desks in libraries, and we did our homework at kitchen tables… or desks. Occasionally, we might have been taught something away from the desk. …

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