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Brit in Auckland writing about leadership for new leaders, diversity, post divorce dating, and becoming a writer/entrepreneur. Warning: random humor included.


Similar to the oldest and youngest child in a family

Author’s photo — Spike (left) and Woola

My puppies are adorable. Cute and cuddly, like living teddy bears. To my surprise, they have adopted the birth order traits of human children.

How can that be? Toy poodles are the second most intelligent dog but surely not clever enough to do research. …


If working out who you are is driving you nuts, you probably do

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Every day I wake up and wonder who I am.

It’s not amnesia; It can’t be. I haven’t hit my head. I remember things. The handsome hunk wandering around my house looking for his cuff-links is oddly familiar. …

Design your ideal space

Author’s photo — My desk set up — two screens plus laptop, port.

When I sit down to write, I need it to be easy. I like to write and edit without distractions or irritations.

Dr. Ben Hardy writes about the importance of the environment in his book Willpower Doesn’t Work. The gist of his approach is that you won’t eat a healthy…

How to get the dates you really want straight away

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If you are newly single and struggling to navigate the murky waters of online dating, you are not alone. According to the American Psychological Association more than 50% of marriages end in divorce, so more than half of us end up back on the dating market at least once.


And impress the new boss too!

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Your first week as a leader is exciting but also scary. You aced the interview. Now you have to prove you can do the job.

Overnight your peers become your direct reports, and the big cheese boss becomes your line manager. You are expected to immediately add value big time.

Yes, it’s still a thing

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Many people, usually men, tell me that sexism no longer exists. They say that women have equal rights, equal pay, and the pendulum is swinging too far in favor of women.

After I’ve counted to ten, tried to stop my head from exploding, and gathered enough control to answer rationally…

Try these simple practices to get the best out of your team

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How do you know if you are a great boss?

And why do you need to be one?

For a start, why wouldn’t you want to be a good boss? If you are doing a job, you may as well excel. And your team will thank you for it. Working…

These useful strategies will speed up your writing

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My recent redundancy has rammed it home that it is wise to have more than one string to my bow. What organization would only have one client? Why would I only have one employer?

Medium is now my extra bowstring.

I’ve been writing since November 2020, and I’m learning new…

Mundane acts that threatened the patriarchy

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The other day I discovered that had I lived in prior times, there is a good chance that I would have burned as a witch. I was reading Are You a Witch by Carlyn Beccia and came across her quiz.

“So the Hammer served as the witch hunters’ manual to…

The workplace has improved but we still have a long way to go

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If my twenty-one-year-old daughter was whisked back in time, I’m sure she would be shocked. Not by the whisking itself or David Tennant turning out to be a Time Lord in real life. But by the working conditions.

The workplace has changed in the last forty years. …

Wendy Scott

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