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  • Dec 05, 2013

    Nelson Mandela: His Life Was His Message

    “I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.” ~Nelson Mandela As the world mourns the passing of Nelson Mandela and honors

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  • Dec 03, 2013

    Are Women More Emotionally Intelligent Than Men?

    Republished from Forbes.com It’s being described as one of the great diplomatic triumphs of this century. Iran has agreed to temporarily halt its nuclear program for six months in return for an easing of sanctions. The deal was done after weeks of diplomatic talks in

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  • Oct 29, 2013

    Avoiding a difficult conversation? 7 keys to speaking up about things that weigh you down

      We've all been there - feeling upset, resentful, frustrated, hurt or 'all of the above' with someone but loathe to say anything lest it be awkward, uncomfortable, or worse... turn into an ugly confrontation. For many people, they can  think of little worse! But

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  • Sep 01, 2013

    Need to toot your horn? Why self promotion isn't conceited but crucial!

      Growing up on a diary farm, with six brothers and sisters, it was drummed into my from an early age that humility is a virtue, and bragging, well… not so much. We were told that if we worked hard, and did a good job

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  • Aug 26, 2013

    What would you do if you were being courageous? The question that's inspired my last 10 years

    I realized this morning that I cannot let this month slip by without acknowledging the milestone that it represents. You see it was ten years ago, in August 2003, while I was living in Coppell (Dallas) Texas, when I officially began my second career. I

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  • Aug 20, 2013

    BUSY-BUSY-BUSY... For the sake of what? Why there's more to life than increasing its speed

    Yesterday morning I went out for an early morning run/walk yesterday with my friend Sharon (there’s nothing like knowing someone is waiting for you to get your tail out of bed when it’s dark, cold and ridiculously (5.30) early!) Sharon asked me how different Hanoi

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  • Aug 18, 2013

    Lead From Within: 7 Acts Of Courage For Career Women

      Earlier this month  I had the honor of speaking at a women’s leadership summit in Shanghai where I got to meet many women from around the globe. Smart women. Hard-working women.  Women aspiring to do more, be more and lead more. Women who also

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  • Aug 05, 2013

    Five Ways To Bolster Your Resilience For Tough Times

    In late 1996, when I was nineteen weeks pregnant with my first child, I found myself in the midst of a violent armed robbery in Papua New Guinea.  With a gun thrust into my forehead, I was commanded to open the company safe where the

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  • Jul 25, 2013

    Oh, how easily we can veer off the path of integrity.

    Earlier this week I had the rather odd experience of learning that one of my Forbes columns had been plagiarized…  by a school principal.  While I must admit to feeling a bit flattered that an educator – whose grammar is likely far superior to my

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  • Jun 23, 2013

    Is "False Pride" doing you a profound disservice?

    When I was twenty-two I returned from a year backpacking around the world after graduating university. It was a tough job market and after months of washing dishes in corporate cafeterias while looking for a 'real job', I finally landed one – selling incontinence ‘Kylie’

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  • Jun 11, 2013

    Do your big dreams overwhelm you? Focus on the step directly ahead

      This morning I spoke to about 270 senior students at the high school in the town (of Bairnsdale) near where I grew up.  I began by sharing with them four important lessons I’ve learnt since I was their age:     # 1. Don’t

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  • May 29, 2013

    Is Facebook making us lonely? Why we mustn't hide behind technology

      I love Facebook. Most the time anyway. It's a magnificent tool for staying in touch with friends far away and connecting with people I never otherwise would (perhaps you're one of them!)  But like all tools, we can't rely on it to do things

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  • May 23, 2013

    Why you are wired for inaction!

      I've come across lots of fabulous research about the psychology of risk-taking over the last two years as I was writing Stop Playing Safe. As I shared in the interview above, we human beings are wired to be risk averse. In other words, we find

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  • May 14, 2013

    How do you define success?

    As my friend Michelle drove me to the airport in Washington, D.C. this morning (headed for home Down Under... have made it to LAX so far!), she asked me if I thought my trip was successful.  I told her yes. I’ve met hundreds of wonderful people

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  • Apr 11, 2013

    Out of work? The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Job Seekers

    A friend recently shared with me how her husband fell into yearlong depression after he was laid off from his finance job during the global economic meltdown in late 2008. He’d worked hard all his life, thrived on the pressures and challenges of his work,

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  • Mar 18, 2013

    Do you have a Risk-Ready or Risk-Averse Mindset?

      While writing Stop Playing Safe I interviewed numerous business leaders and entrepreneurs for their insights about why courage—action in the presence of fear, doubt, uncertainty and risk—is important to success. In the process, I heard many tales of boldness, failure, resilience, perseverance and success. One of

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