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  • Aug 10, 2015

    For The Sake Of What?

    I’ve just spent the last week travelling around Australia speaking at different conferences, including one with Business Chicks at Uluru in Australia's outback (I posted some pics to Facebook yesterday - it was pretty spectacular!) A common thread that weaves through all my talks is the importance of being intentional

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  • Jul 29, 2015

    Five Leadership Lessons From A Week With Richard Branson

    Sir Richard Branson is a man I’ve admired as long as I remember. His books – jammed with stories of his entrepreneurial exploits and intrepid adventures on earth, sky and space – sit atop my bookshelves, their pages underlined with insights on taking risks, managing

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  • May 27, 2015

    Your Words Create Your Reality

    A woman recently came up to me after a talk to tell me how miserable she is in her job.  "But it's been impossible for me to get a new job," she said "There's just nothing out there. Absolutely nothing." While I had no way to

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  • May 19, 2015

    Avoiding Change? Making Changes That Stick

    Change is never easy, even change for the better. It’s why so many people choose to stay in jobs they loathe, in relationships that chip away at their self-confidence or sticking to habits that rob years from their life, rather than embrace the uneasiness, uncertainty

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  • May 07, 2015

    Take The Train The Brave Challenge

    I’ve made it a focus of my life to teach others how to be braver. Courage and bravery aren’t fixed qualities about yourself that can’t be changed. Much like building muscle, you can learn to have more courage and build your “bravery muscles.” Just imagine

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  • May 05, 2015

    Walk With Giants

    Walk with people who make you think bigger, feel bigger and act bigger. Yesterday I had the privilege of dining with movie director Oliver Stone at a Game Changers Symposium in Melbourne. If you're under the age of 30, like my kids, his name may

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  • Apr 20, 2015

    Talk More, Text Less

    A friend recently shared with me how she'd heard via her teenage son that one of his friends had been dabbling with drugs. She knew his parents would want to know but was nervous about how they'd react. She considered sending a text - it

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  • Mar 31, 2015

    Is Fear of Rejection Holding You Back?

    Yesterday my 15-year-old daughter Maddy emailed me to say she’d just received a rejection letter from McDonald's where she’d applied for part time work. She was feeling deflated. I emailed her right back. “Maccas Shmaccas,” I said. “One day you’ll look back on this and

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  • Mar 15, 2015

    Call Out Sexism When You See It

    We are all prejudice is some way. Every single one of us. All of us hold conscious and unconscious beliefs about other people - particularly those who are different from us in some way. Different heritage or ethnic background Different social class Different religion Different

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  • Mar 11, 2015

    Everyday Courage

    If we aren’t growing and changing then we cannot possibly thrive in this magnificent and mysterious experience we call life. If you do a quick audit of your life right now (your work, relationships, well-being, finances, home life, social life & daily joy), any area

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  • Mar 06, 2015

    Asking for Help is a Sign of Strength, Not Weakness!

    Do you need to ask for more help, more often? Last week I received an email from a woman I know professionally, asking if I would do her a favor. Her son moved from Australia to New York a year ago to pursue his ambition of working

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  • Feb 17, 2015

    Hard-won Wisdom: Resilience Isn’t What You Have, It’s The Mindset You Choose

    Last Friday my eleven-year-old son Matthew had a spill off his bike, broke his arm and needed surgery to realign the bend in his arm! He’s now in a full arm cast for the next six weeks and then has to wait another six weeks before he can

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  • Oct 21, 2014

    Fear is not less contagious than Ebola

    There’s no doubt that the Ebola virus is deadly. It has buried thousands of helpless victims in the western region of Africa and challenged the world’s best health specialists in how best to contain its spread. News of the tragic death of the first US

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  • Aug 26, 2014

    Mother Courage: Learning a new 'Brand of Brave' as my son spreads his wings

    So early this morning I kissed my sixteen-year-old son Lachlan goodbye. He has left our nest; he has spread his wings. Despite steeling myself for months for this moment, it didn’t lessen the wrench on my heart as I waved him goodbye. I am not

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  • Aug 05, 2014

    Prioritize what matters most… then say no to the rest.

    Ask most people how they are these days and they'll tell you they're busy. We almost wear it like a badge of honour, as though being 'not busy' is something to be embarrassed about. The bigger question we must continually ask ourselves is. "Busy doing

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  • Jun 01, 2014

    Are you making yourself miserable? What you focus on expands!

    I have to confess that I’ve been a bit ‘emotional’ lately. I usually share my ups and downs in my blog and newsletters but in this case, I haven’t.  Quite honestly, it’s all been a bit too close to my heart to wrap any words

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