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Yearly Archives: 2018

Qualified success?


Schools, colleges and universities are all places of learning. As August looms and the public exams in the UK publish the results, the focus is very much on qualifications. My social media feeds are currently full of smiling graduations posted by proud parents. Our household is waiting to find out A level results. Pathways to the future are being set. My training role finds me most weeks in universities working with researchers, teachers and those who support them. In short, the people who make these fascinating places work. I feel given I am writing this in the summer, I am [...]

Qualified success?2020-07-08T21:13:50+01:00

Values that fascinate


Personal branding. I admit I am still deciding whether I like the term. Branding always reminds me of black and white cowboy movies or it brings to mind ‘80s’power dressing’. And both of those remind me of my age! But whether we like it or not the world experiences us. We have a brand. It isn’t as simplistic as what clothes we wear. Our attitudes, personalities and approaches feed into our brand. The Springboard programme builds confidence and assertiveness to help us move towards our personal goals but having explored values and strengths as the cornerstones to our building. These [...]

Values that fascinate2020-07-08T21:13:51+01:00

Accepting and owning our assertiveness


Why do so many of us lack the self-confidence and self-belief to seize new challenges or deal with the issues that impact our professional development? I have listened to successful women speak about their amazing and diverse career journeys and then admit that even they aren’t able to negotiate their own salary effectively. What is it that is holding us back? Is it the fear of rejection, is it not ‘owning’ our personal value and self-worth or is it the fear of the practical process? I believe that it lies with the fact that negotiation skills are never explicitly taught [...]

Accepting and owning our assertiveness2020-07-08T21:13:52+01:00

Self-help isn’t selfish


This world is a strange, scary and complex place as well as being the most beautiful, amazing and inspiring one. How you view it will impact how much you enjoy it and how much you can are able to achieve. How we approach our situations allows us to either be prepared for the pressures it throws at us or be renewed by the new experiences. We can learn from our failures and successes. Every one of us will experience dark days and great days and resilience is a muscle that we can build on. Taking time to reflect and learn [...]

Self-help isn’t selfish2020-07-08T21:13:53+01:00

The Art of saying No


One word that seems so hard to say – no. The art of saying no is a skill that you need as part of your own self-development. It is central to understanding and being able to articulate your own self-worth. Why do we feel guilty when we say no? How can we learn to feel more comfortable about saying no? Saying no is not negative, by understanding the power of no we can save ourselves and others time and energy. Often we struggle when asked to do things. It has been said that ‘no’ is a sentence in its own [...]

The Art of saying No2020-07-08T21:13:54+01:00

‘Visualising your Wings’ – Jacqueline. A. Hinds


“It doesn’t matter if you start on the rocks or the rooftops. Spread your wings and let them take you to new heights.” ~ Sue Krebs ~ Have you ever been in a situation where you’ve really wanted to do something… be it apply for a job, or venture into something new and exciting like… changing your appearance or style…   You really wanted to do it but, were too frightened to do it or even, attempt to take that step forwards? What about being presented with an opportunity to move into something exciting, adventurous and challenging?  Something that would give you a great opportunity [...]

‘Visualising your Wings’ – Jacqueline. A. Hinds2020-07-08T21:14:10+01:00

‘The Calm in the Midst of a Storm’ – Jacqueline. A. Hinds


Even in the midst of life’s many storms, we have the capacity To Stand in the Centre of Our Own Peace ~ Anon ~ Have you had days, weeks or months where things seem to be happening one after the other?  As soon as you’ve sorted one issue out, another one comes along like the famous London buses… you wait for one, and then three come along at the same time! Well, I have!  For the past three months, there seemed to be ‘things’ popping up out of the blue, catching me off guard and, to a certain extent, needing [...]

‘The Calm in the Midst of a Storm’ – Jacqueline. A. Hinds2020-07-08T21:14:12+01:00

‘Mindfulness in a Mediocre World’ – Jacqueline. A. Hinds


In a world full of consistent trials and tribulations, ups and down and directives for doing, doing, doing… it’s important to take time out for yourself, breathe and just be… ~ Jacqueline A. Hinds ~ I had a conversation recently with a friend of mine who, like myself, runs her own business. As we conversed, we touched on so many subject matters and, after a while, came to the same conclusion that since the beginning of 2018, the days seemed to be flying by! We both spoke on how there is not enough hours in the day to finish the [...]

‘Mindfulness in a Mediocre World’ – Jacqueline. A. Hinds2020-07-08T21:14:13+01:00

‘Inspiration or Dehydration?’ – Jacqueline. A. Hinds


When I saw the lovely inspirational quote below about people draining or inspiriting you and to choose them wisely, it lead me thinking about my whole career thus far, the people I have met along the way and, the cornucopia of knowledge, skills, guidance and disillusionments that I have come across in what I call my ‘Journey to Empowerment’. The truth of the matter is my journey has been one of highs, lows and lulls. If I get you to think of the Kübler Ross Change Curve… and that lovely dip at stage 4, which takes one into depression. There [...]

‘Inspiration or Dehydration?’ – Jacqueline. A. Hinds2020-07-08T21:14:14+01:00

‘How to thrive and not just survive’ – Zoe Thompson


This month we have celebrated International Women’s Day.  A time of reflection as well as celebration, much like the Springboard programme. Women are incredibly strong, powerful and a lot more resilient than they give themselves credit for! We are women, wives, partners, mothers, daughters, bosses, leaders, influencers, negotiators, and multi-task masters, and so much more! As we live, we learn and grow; we develop and evolve into who we want to be.  One of my favourite parts of being involved in the Springboard programme is watching the participants take time out to explore their identity, reflect on their experiences, identify [...]

‘How to thrive and not just survive’ – Zoe Thompson2020-07-08T21:14:15+01:00
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