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Stop being hijacked by your emotions.

Tuesday May 30th, 2017 in Ampersand Latest, Advisory

Mary and Jason were walking out of a client’s office after a difficult meeting. They felt exhausted after having worked on a complex proposal all week, staying late into the evening most nights, rehearsing the presentation multiple times and preparing for any difficult questions. They thought they had all bases covered. All went well until […]

Why you should take notice of introverts

Wednesday March 1st, 2017 in In the News, Ampersand Latest, Advisory, Ampersand Insights

Several years ago I went to one of those well-known health retreats in Queensland where one goes to detox and rejuvenate. I needed to get away from the daily grind, refresh and renew my energy levels.  I spent the first couple of days rising at dawn, participating in a meditative practice, swimming a few laps […]

The post-truth world of the older worker

Thursday February 9th, 2017 in In the News, Ampersand Latest, Advisory

Margie had just received some news that would rock her world. After 25 years in one organisation, rising up through the ranks from a fledgling graduate to a senior executive, she was unexpectedly dismissed. Like a house built on poor foundations, she felt her career crumbling in front of her eyes. She was in her […]

How stories can change lives: my own personal journey

Thursday February 2nd, 2017 in In the News, Ampersand Latest, Advisory

2016 was a year of writing stories. In December I completed an in-house publication: Unfinished Business – 11 Voices of Success at VicRoads and through this process met a group of delightful, talented and inspirational women at the top of their game. Which led me to reflect on the power of stories, some of which are […]

Coaching Vs Mediation

Wednesday December 7th, 2016 in In the News, Ampersand Latest, Advisory, Ampersand Insights

When coaching just isn’t enough, consider mediation Meet Michelle Michelle is a young, high potential sales representative working for a large pharmaceutical company. Patrick is a sales manager valued in the company for meeting or exceeding his revenue goals month after month and selling more products than any other sales manager in the business. Michelle is motivated […]

The Pursuit of Perfection & Motherhood

Wednesday December 7th, 2016 in In the News, Ampersand Latest, Advisory, Ampersand Insights

“We are not meant to be perfect. We’re meant to be whole.” Jane Fonda. We have all come across the perfect stereotypical mum or career woman. Perhaps she is the perfect stay-at-home mum you meet at the school gate, as you drop your child off, hurried and late as usual for the start of your […]

The futile pursuit of perfection – and how to get over motherhood guilt.

Thursday June 2nd, 2016 in Ampersand Latest, Advisory

By Norah Breekveldt, Director – The Leadership Agenda : Ampersand Advisory   “We are not meant to be perfect. We’re meant to be whole.” Jane Fonda.   We have all come across the perfect stereotypical mum or career woman. Perhaps she is the perfect stay-at-home mum you meet at the school gate, as you drop […]

Barbie’s had a make-over – does it really matter?

Monday April 11th, 2016 in In the News, Advisory

By Norah Breekveldt – Director, Ampersand Advisory   It is the 1960s. I am six years old and have just put my Barbie dolls away very carefully in their box, like a good, obedient and satisfied little girl. Today, I may not recognise my old Barbies. I have got so many options. Mum or dad […]

We know working women get penalised for motherhood. What if there’s a ‘daddy track’ too?

Thursday November 26th, 2015 in In the News, Advisory

  Few people would disagree that many women face barriers, if not outright discrimination, when they transition to the role of working parent. There is some emerging research, however, that suggests discrimination and unconscious bias in the workplace may not be entirely grounded in gender and it is the “caring element”, or more precisely the […]

Diary of a new CEO – First things first.

Monday November 24th, 2014 in Ampersand Latest, Advisory

Week 2 in my first CEO role and what a ride the first week has been! I met with the Board Chair to clarify expectations, priorities and deliverables for the first quarter, my EA has filled my diary with appointments with key external stakeholders, the CFO has resigned because he didn’t get the CEO gig […]

When your personal brand no longer works for you

Thursday July 3rd, 2014 in Ampersand Latest, Advisory

  Judith was an outstanding Communications Manager at the ACME Energy Company. She effectively prepared all of the company’s written collateral, media releases and advice to the external market, and had developed very strong relationships with managers throughout the business because of her ability to deliver quality documents on time in a brand consistent manner, […]

Challenging Stereotypes

Wednesday April 2nd, 2014 in Ampersand Latest, Advisory

  The world of work has changed significantly for women since the 1970’s when EEO and affirmative action legislation was introduced. More flexible employment practices exist, women now outnumber men a university graduates, women in Australia are amongst the highest educated in the world and they are increasingly becoming the norm in a growing range […]

Self-regulation strategies to help cope with interview induced stress

Wednesday March 5th, 2014 in Miscellaneous, Ampersand Latest, Advisory

  I am currently undertaking a Diploma in the Neuroscience of Leadership and personally I am blown away by how interesting the content is and how easily applicable it is to so many situations and circumstances across both my professional and personal life.  Frankly, the course is taking me to a whole new level of […]

Playing politics or being politically savvy?

Wednesday February 19th, 2014 in Ampersand Latest, Advisory

  Ask anyone if they want to engage in organisation politics, chances are they will answer with a resounding No! However we hear from many of our clients and candidates that they would like to become more politically savvy. So how do you become politically astute and engage in politics constructively without being branded as a manipulator, […]

Quotas for women – a meaningless numbers game?

Tuesday January 28th, 2014 in Ampersand Latest, Advisory

Women are powerful. They play a crucial role in leadership and decision-making roles in all spheres of life. According to a Boston Consulting Group poll of 23,000 women in 22 countries[1] women drive 70 percent of total consumer spending and decide how their families use financial services, insurance and health care. In Australia women represent 45 percent […]

A view from inside Jack’s brain

Wednesday December 11th, 2013 in Ampersand Latest, Advisory

In our earlier blog we read about Jack’s fall from grace following his appointment to what seemed like the perfect CEO role for him.  Within 12 months in this new role he had been fired despite an outstanding track record in his career to date. What went wrong? In his first few months he made […]

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