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Using Technology to Accelerate the Radiography Profession

Using Technology to Accelerate the Radiography Profession.

Using Technology to Accelerate the Radiography Profession

Originally posted on janicestjohnmatthews:

Having read “Watch What You Say” on the Society of Radiographers (SoR) webpages I have decided this evening to write an unscheduled blog to look at the positives of engaging in Social Media for radiographers.

This piece, written by Warren Town Director of Industrial Relationships for SoR, makes some very valid points about our professional responsibilities in on-line activities and made me reflect on my own Social Media (#SoMe) activity. In June 2014 I decided to embark on a project that looked to engage undergraduate radiographer learners in a level three professional practice module which has a 14 week clinical placement with academic weeks at either ends. Having been the module leader the year before, it was evident that when students were on placement they became disengaged with the module. Drawn by the back story of WeCommunities founder, Theresa Chinn MBE, and how she had used twitter to deal with…

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A Blog For ILM Inspire. Happenista Project: Starting Out

Originally posted on janicestjohnmatthews:

The Happenista Project is a unique online coaching programme for women who want to make things happen – in their own style. Janice St. John-Matthews shares her experiences with us from the very beginning

Two months ago I started a new departmental leadership role. Although I have had a similar position with another organisation five years ago and have been an associate member of the Institute of Leadership & Management for many years, I have been nervous taking on this commitment.  The reason for this is because I am now mum to a three year old and I realise that the traditional networking and work-life balance strategies I had employed in the past would need redesigning if I was to give this role and my family the commitment they both deserve.

I have been considering how to get this balance right for some time and having read Jenny Garett’s Rocking…

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9 Tips for Dealing With Impostor Syndrome

Originally posted on A Year of Living Academically:

I have been thinking a lot about impostor syndrome lately. Mainly because I see my fellow postdocs and assistant profs (and let’s be honest some associate profs) suffering from it. One of my last conversations with a fellow postdoc before I left for the summer was about how hir imposter syndrome kept hir from writing and submitting an article for review. I wanted to shake hir, tell hir s/he’s wonderful and smart (since I had read hir work and seen hir present), but some how I didn’t think that would do the trick.

Others have been thinking about impostor syndrome as well, such as Nate Krueter who defines it as, “the lurking, sinking, throbbing feeling that they will soon be exposed for the intellectual and professional frauds that they sometimes suspect themselves of being.” He suggests asking questions when transitioning into a new job and being honest when dealing with…

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19th February and I’m Up in the Air #dailypositives

Originally posted on Jess Positive:

I’m back! I said I would be and taa daa here I am!

It was a bit of a longer break than intended but I feel this is now the right time to pick up from where I left off and get positive again. A key motivator is being part of the #Happenista project. This is encouraging me to grasp my cyber demons and share my work on multiple platforms including a blog…

A Happenista discussion with Jenny Garrett and others taking part made me realise it’s not enough to be positive alone, I need to be productive too! I am currently in the fortunate if unexpected position of being up in the air. I have many landing options below me but am yet to plump for which one or perhaps which few options to go for.

I have so many motivating factors i.e. family, intellectual stimulation, family business… They…

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Happenista Homework


Moving blog that all should read to remind of us the importance of a few words and our humanity.

Originally posted on janicestjohnmatthews:

It’s that time of year again. Personal statements have been written. UCAS applications have been sent and the interviewing process has begun to recruit the next generation of diagnostic radiographers. It’s no secret that candidates will be asked why they are considering a degree in radiography. It will be no surprise to hear that for most it is the mix of technical skill and patient care that attracts them to the profession- I gave that very answer seventeen year ago. While my answer hasn’t changed during this time, my appreciation of the patient care aspect of our role has.

In 2002, less than a year qualified, my Mum passed away from a short illness. During this time Mum had became a hospital regular and came across a number of different departments and professionals. It was her account of a visit to the imaging department which made me further consider our…

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On the Move


Thank you so much to you for taking the time to read this blog over the past year.

The highlight so far was the day I received 4606 visits!

You may know that there are 2 sides to my business:

1. Reflexion Associates – Leadership coaching and coach training in organisations

2. Rocking Your Role – my book, speaking engagements, training and support for women executives, entrepreneurs and breadwinners

I have decided to consolidate my blog into my sites and would really appreciate it if you would subscribe to one or both of my blogs in their new home.

I won’t be posting here any longer.

1. Reflexion Associates blog – , register for updates via the newsletter sign up box at the top of the page

2. Rocking Your Role blog – , add your email in the subscribe box

See you at the house warming

Warm wishes


Jenny Garrett

+44 (0) 844 776 4744

Lean In or Retreat?

Sheryl Sandberg is currently advocating in her book Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead, that women should go towards opportunities. I agree that women shouldn’t hold themselves back, but I think that there are times when women should retreat.

You see going full steam ahead without conscious thought, enough physical, spiritual or psychological resource, can be more damaging than doing nothing.

Have you ever?

  • been up all night with poorly children and then had to work the next day
  • had to deal with a family or relationship crisis while being all smiles at work
  • felt unwell but afraid to take a day off

The fact is on days like those above, the answer is not to lean in, but retreat.

Think of it like a battle, when your soldiers are injured and depleted you don’t go into attack, do you?

The dictionary defines ‘retreat ‘as

*The act or process of withdrawing, especially from something hazardous, formidable, or unpleasant.

*A place affording peace, quiet, privacy, or security

*A period of seclusion, retirement, or solitude.

*Withdrawal of a military force from a dangerous position or from an enemy attack.

Sometimes you need to go back to go forward, so you at least have a fighting chance.

Retreating is the answer if:

  • You are at a turning point in your life
  • Seeking clarity or insight
  • Wanting to dive deeply within
  • You want to reconnect your inner life to your outer life
  • Slowing your life down
  • Needing rest, deep relaxation, healing and rejuvenation

How you do it is your choice, but here are a five ideas:

  1. Journaling
  2. Getting closer to nature
  3. Meditating/Mindfulness practice
  4. Yoga
  5. Taking a few days to take part in a retreat

When you are back to feeling fully resourceful and know what you want, then of course, take Sheryl’s advice and Lean In.

From the 11th-15th July, I will be leading a  Life Coaching Retreat at the Premier Luxury Mountain Resort, Bansko, Bulgaria. Come along to Relax, Re-energise and Refocus. See this video for more information

I am Jenny Garrett, Executive Coach, founder of Reflexion Associates, a leadership and coaching consultancy and author or Rocking Your Role – the how to guide to success for female breadwinners. Find out more about me, my programmes, speaking engagements and training at and sign up for my newsletter

The best time to be a female entrepreneur is NOW!

In 2011 a Government survey found that the growth in number of female entrepreneurs had stalled and that their numbers decline the more successful the ventures they set up become.

It discovered that only 14 per cent of small and medium-sized firms are women-led, the same as in 2007, the authoritative government survey of 4,500 businesses found.

While 21 per cent of start-ups in 2010 involved female founders, the proportion fell to 13 per cent for small firms employing more than 10 people and only eight per cent of all medium-sized companies.

So with these statistics in mind you might wonder why I endeavored to deliver a talk toCostaWomen, a thriving, award winning women’s network in Spain founded by Ali Meehanentitled The best time to be a female entrepreneur is NOW!





Well here are the 5 reasons that I shared on why I think that the best time to be a female entrepreneur is NOW!

  1. Feminine skills in feminine structures

Women are collaborators, we are heavily engaged, motivational, and extremely well suited to emerging, less hierarchical workplace rather than traditional large male structures found in the majority of large corporate organisations. In addition women have an eye on the future, we are concerned with the legacy we leave for the next generation, rather than short term gain.

  1. Women do the majority of the buying and we know how women think!

Women control 83% of all consumer purchases, including consumer electronics, health care and cars. Forward-looking companies understand they need women to figure out how to market to women. As women we know how women think nad have a direct link to our customers.

  1. Access to capital is easier

These days its unlikely that you’ll need a huge investment to get your business up and running with crowd funding and angel investors its easier than its ever been to by pass banks to get the seed funding that you need.

  1. Location doesn’t matter

You don’t have to be in Silicon Valley to start a business in 2013. You can even do it from your bedroom where many online businesses started. I coach clients online wherever they are in the world.

5. Achieving Work Life Balance

A recent LinkedIn Survey found that women value work-life balance more than salary or position. Entrepreneurship offers more flexibility to juggle work with your other responsibilities, such as a 3 day week, at night after the kids go to bed, or even from a coffee shop.

However, women are still holding themselves back, a third of the female population would start a business if it wasn’t for the fear of failure (‘Global Entrepreneurship Monitor’ London Business School, 2003)

I also shared in my talk the 3 A’s on how to combat this fear.  You’ll have to come along to one of my talks to find them out, or sign up for my newsletter as I’ll be sharing a resource on this very soon.

I’ll leave you with a video of my interview on Spanish TV, Mijas 3.40

and my radio interview on ItalkFM Radio in Spain with Verenina Conti

I am Jenny Garrett, Executive Coach, founder of Reflexion Associates, a leadership and coaching consultancy and author or Rocking Your Role – the how to guide to success for female breadwinners. Find out more about me, my programmes, speaking engagements and training at and sign up for my newsletter

Earth Day Offer – Heard of the Cucamelon?

Earth Day Giveway – Cucamelon

Every year on April 22, more than one billion people take part in Earth Day. Across the globe, individuals, communities, organizations, and governments acknowledge the amazing planet we call home and take action to protect it.

So, what  am I doing to celebrate Earth Day?

In celebration of Earth Day, I am offering everyone who books a Rocking & Shocking Session, some seeds to grow your very own Cucamelons.

Cucamelon is a new fruit the size of a grape that tastes of pure cucumber with a tinge of lime. The perfect snack and  really easy to grow even for real beginners.

This is a great way to start growing your own and reducing the carbon footprint of the food you eat.


Offer open from 00.00 to 23.59 on 22nd April, 2013 Only

I am Jenny Garrett, Executive Coach, founder of Reflexion Associates, a leadership and coaching consultancy and author or Rocking Your Role – the how to guide to success for female breadwinners. Find out more about me, my programmes, speaking engagements and training at and sign up for my newsletter

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