Welcome to Margie's Insights and Interviews
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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’
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
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
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
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
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,
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
Mar 06, 2013
My Message to Women on International Women's Day: Don't Wait For Courage!
Tomorrow morning I am speaking at an International Women's Day breakfast hosted by a leading Australian bank. As I start to prepare my notes I can't help but still feel dismayed at the state of play for women globally here in the 21st Century. Whatever