Dealing with the shock of job loss

Job loss is a shock. One minute I was a favoured corporate princess™ and the next, I was a nobody. I didn’t even tell my closest friends what happened for about a week, as I didn’t want to go through the twenty-questions routine. But when I did tell them, they asked: Didn’t you see this coming? What really happened? How did this happen? What did he really say? (Like I obviously had made up something this terrible. Really!)  Didn’t I try to rebut? Didn’t I try to negotiate to stay?  Oh, and my personal favourite:  You must have done something to cause this. Comments like...

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Hope for women starting their career again

I look back now and see the humour of what happened five years ago. Having been in the human resource profession for thirty three years, I had often advised people when they had lost their job. The phrase “Those who can’t do, teach.”

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Is there a “you” after your career ends?

When you lose your corporate career, you lose a lot of rewards and excitement from your life. The beginning of my book tells the hectic story of one day in my life as a corporate princess™. Dear diary Here I am in First Class, Dom Pérignon in hand and expecting a typhoon to hit in a few minutes. Hmmm, even if we don’t make it out safely, what a way to go! What do a Harrods bear, Dom Pérignon champagne and a Level 7 typhoon have in common? Answer: my day had all three. Two out of these three, I love. The third, I could have done without. Having said that, I enjoyed the first two and...

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The joy of building a small business

After I began building a small business, I experienced the joy of using all my talents and managing my own future. My book tells about the wonder and exhilaration I experienced as this happened. Dear diary,  I just realised I have fallen in love and I never knew it was possible! Who? What? How? OMG, you say. What happened to Jim?  Please calm down. I am not talking about being in love with a person. I did that fifteen years ago when I met Jim, but that is another story.  What I’m talking about is I never thought, after all these years, that it would be possible to fall in love with a...

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Hints about small business leadership and management

I have created hints for small business leadership and management, based on the lessons I learned as I started my small business. There are 20 rules – I call them Princess Rules – that give you some excellent guidance that will enable you  to create success more quickly and without the learning curve I went through. Dear diary,  Woke up with a start and a yell this morning. You know when you have tripped or stumbled when you are dreaming? Mine was more along the lines of having a whole lot of books, heavy files or billiard balls fall on and bounce off my head from a great...

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