Burnt Chops

Burnt Chops. I grew up in Scotland with 4 brothers. I’m the youngest, and the only girl. We didn’t do breakfast as a family. In fact, I don’t think I started eating breakfast regularly till I was about 30. But I remember dinner time really well. We always ate dinner...

A Girl Called Marion

Marion was her name. We went through high school together. She didn’t have many friends – in fact, I don’t recall if she had any friends at all. What I do remember is how Marion looked. Matted hair, dirty clothes, her school bag was torn. And she...

People Power

FIONA’S THOUGHTS: PEOPLE POWER MindValley is one of the world’s largest online publishers in the personal growth industry. They have a small team, mainly based in Indonesia. They are renowned for the company culture and when they recruit for a new role,...

Quality Time Creates Quality Relationships

FIONA’S THOUGHTS: QUALITY TIME CREATES QUALITY RELATIONSHIPS I’m the youngest of 5 children. I’m the only daughter and I’ve got 4 big brothers, 4 sisters-in-law, 8 nieces and nephews, a great-nephew and a great-niece. All of my family live in Scotland, and I’ve...

Getting Real About Resilience

FIONA’S THOUGHTS: GETTING REAL ABOUT RESILIENCE The world is a tough place. Bad things happen. Look at what’s being going on across the world recently – terrorist attacks, fires – the loss of life and ongoing ripple effect of these recent incidents is truly...

The Importance Of Being Heard

In 2014 ANZ introduced a program to help their senior women become more visible. Their study of women in Australia and New Zealand showed that visibility may be a missing link in promoting more women into senior leadership roles. The survey ANZ undertook found that...

The Real Competition is YOU

Soccer season has started again and I’m spending (mostly) sunny Autumn Saturdays trekking the Northern Beaches suburbs of Sydney watching my boy play in the Manly Vale Lions – his Under 8’s team. This is his 3rd year of playing and he loves it. He clearly thrives on...

The Boss Who Makes A Difference

I’ve been working since I was 15 (I blame my Saturday job in Saxone Shoes, Falkirk for my lifelong shoe addiction), but my first professional job post University was with large Scottish law firm McGrigor Donald. One of 13 trainee lawyers, I arrived in the Glasgow...

Leave The Judgement At The Door

My son started Year 1 last week. He was so excited to go back to school – it was cute, hearing him talk about his new teacher, and which kids ended up in his class from last year. We’re fortunate to be part of a strong school community on Sydney’s Northern Beaches....

How To Have A No Regrets Career

It’s no secret that we are working longer and longer hours (an Australia Institute study found that Australians work the longest hours in the developed world with an average of 1,855 hours at work each year, which is 200 hours more than employees of other countries),...

Blueprint For A Successful Career

Work Hard and…Hope? A few years ago a client told me the story of how she came to be a partner in her current consulting firm. She had been with the firm her whole career, since graduating. She was great at her job, well respected and she worked really hard to please...

The Secret To Doing More With Less

In 2012 Google received over 2 million search queries per minute. By 2014 that number had doubled. Every minute: ·     Email users send over 200 million emails ·     YouTube Users upload 72 hours of content ·     Facebook users share nearly 2.5 million pieces of...