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Leadership Roles – How to Mentor someone

It’s no secret that I am a big fan of mentoring. I mentor women as part of the ASPIRE programme, the Cherie Blair Foundation, CityMothers and individuals that have approached me. I was very flattered to be shortlisted for the PRECIOUS Mentor of the Year in 2012.

I see mentoring women as a duty to that I am delighted to perform, when the chemistry is right and my capacity can cope with it.

Perhaps you have thought of being a mentor, but weren’t sure if you had the skills or how to start.  I came across this 3 minute video which I thought you would find informative

I’ll leave you with my top tips for mentors:

  • Get down and dirty – you can’t mentor from a distance, you have to get your hands dirty and understand the nitty gritty of what your mentee does.
  • Open doors – use your connections and your networks to open doors for your mentee.
  • Don’t let your mentee off the hook, keep them focused and on track to act.
  • Meet regularly – weekly or bi-monthly to keep the momentum going, the sessions can be short and sweet.
  • Be prepared to learn as much as your mentee does.

I really hope that it helps

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 rockingyourrole.com and sign up for my newsletter

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Epitome of Motherhood – must watch for busy Mums

The only videos that I usually recommend are TED Videos, they are inspiring and thought provoking.

However this video really resonated with me, surprisingly it’s a FIAT 500L advert, but it’s entitled Motherhood.

The Motherhood rap video details the realities of life as a modern mum and has notched up over one million views

It made me chuckle anyway

Let me know what you think

 

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 rockingyourrole.com and sign up for my newsletter

Why you must take a holiday

Why you should take holidays

RockingYourRole_Jenny Garrett

I’ve just come back to work from 3 weeks off over the Christmas period, which was fantastic.  I had time with my family, watched films from start to finish, which I rarely do (Horrible Bosses had me laughing out loud, great film if you haven’t seen it) and took long baths and read for pleasure.

I confess, I checked my social media, responded to the odd email but I didn’t attempt to or want to get my teeth into anything workwise.  This took discipline because I run my own business, and it’s really hard to switch off.  Even if you are employed, you know what it’s like.  For me there are always exciting opportunities, collaborations coming my way, conversations that I want to contribute to and new ideas that I want to put into action.

The result?  My first week back has been really productive, I purposefully didn’t book any external meetings, so have been burrowed away in my office.  I called it creative and planning time in my diary.

You know those things that you keep meaning to do but don’t and often end up doing over your holidays, well this week I’ve done those.

Things like writing new assignments for the ILM Coaching and Mentoring Course that I deliver, following up with clients to see their progress, deciding what I will delegate, archiving, actually booking in meetings with those connections that I know I would benefit from chatting over coffee with and putting together a clear strategy for 2013.

What’s even better, is that I have done them with a clear head and relaxed body, I know I have been more productive and the quality of my output has been better than it would have done otherwise.  You see when I get too busy, too tired, I lose my groundedness, my centre, my connection to what’s important.  This is why I take regular time out to make sure that every connection is a good one, that my intentions are connected to what’s important to me: supporting women juggling work and home, particularly those who are the main earner. Ultimately, I want to be the best: wife, mother, daughter, granddaughter, employer, coach, colleague, speaker, author, friend, I can be without losing myself in the process.

So what am I going to do to keep working from this good place:

  1. Meditate at least 3 times a week in order to keep my mind clear and my focus sharp – the Chopra center does a 21 day mediation – only 5 minutes per day which is really effective
  2. Book in my holidays now – if I wait for a gap in the diary it wont come.  I am going to book three holiday slots in my diary when I will not be working.  These don’t have to be exotic holidays, you can be at home if you’re disciplined enough.
  3. Keep delegating – I know that family, friends, colleagues all want to help if I give them the space and guidance to do so.

So what about you? Reach for that diary right now and book those dates out, and feel the weight lift off your shoulders and your productivity improve. Even if you can’t control the amount of holiday you take, make sure that you take the maximum entitled to you.

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 rockingyourrole.com and sign up for my newsletter

Leadership Success programme for Women – 4th March, 2013

Want to live in state of contentment, happiness and abundance in 2013?

Want to:

  • feel truly present at work and in your family roles?
  • Have ‘me’ time?
  • Feel that you have choices?
  • That you can share the responsibility and it’s not all down to you?
  • Be guilt- free?

This one day programme is designed to help you Rock Your Roles in life

BOOK NOW early bird ends 14th Jan, 2013

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Speakers:

Andrew Priestley – international speaker and award winning coach will share the ten money managing skills that WILL make a profound difference to your relationship with money

Joanna Pieters – founder of Time Wizard will share how to choose, use and manage outsourcing to help you succeed at home and at work

Amber Khan – wellness mentor and author will set you on the path to living a guilt-free life

Jenny Garrett – executive coach, speaker and author will practical steps to move you from struggling and juggling to rocking your roles in life

Find out more about us here

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Learn:

  • How to have the ‘money’ conversation that you’ve been avoiding
  • Improve your communication
  • How your leadership preference is impacting your communication
  • How to avoid the pitfalls that most Women Breadwinners fall into
  • Strategies to succeed and feel in control

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Who is it for:

Women who are the primary earner in their home

Women entrepreneurs

Women executives

***LImited to 8 particpants***

Programme Overview:

The aim of the programme is to help women like you, lead themselves to success:

Using the 12-step process designed by Jenny Garrett from her work coaching hundreds of women and outlined in the research in her book Rocking Your Role, you will:

  • Focus on your Personal and Professional Leadership skills
  • Increase your critical leadership skill of Self-Awareness
  • Understand the Emotions that may be holding you back
  • Embrace your Femininity as a strength
  • Celebrate Success
  • Action Plan

Benefits:

  • Increased Confidence in your ability to cope and succeed
  • Freedom from the shackles of guilt, resentment and shame
  • Improved sense of psychological, physical and spiritual Well-Being
  • Sense of Direction and Purpose
  • Community and Belonging through the Support of the group
  • An ILM (Institute of Leadership & Management) certificate

What have you got to lose?

No quibble money back guarantee if you dont find the day valuable

What participants have said:

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A fabulous, supportive, empowering course for female breadwinners and entrepreneurs to share ideas

Hannah Foxley, Women’s Wealth Expert
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Empowering and an eye opener

Aina Khan, Family Law Consultant

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Enlightening, delicate, but rich

Cherryl Martin, CMO with FTSE 100 Marketing, Sales and Business Performance Expertise

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Reflective of my needs

Caroline Peryagh, Director, Global Client Strategy

Book Now ***LImited to 8 participants*** early bird ends 14th January, 2013

See RockingyourRole.com for more about Jenny, her speaking engagements and events.

Black Friday Offer

For Today Only  – Book your One Hour Skype Coaching Session for only £25

Use Your One Hour to focus on one of these areas outlined in my book Rocking Your Role

  1. Your Values – what’s at the heart and essence of what you do and your decisions
  2. Your Choices – what choices are you making, why you are making them and who owns those choices
  3. Celebrating – what is good about your current situation that can be built upon
  4. Ditching the guilt –  ways to stop guilt holding your back and sapping your energy
  5. Assumptions – noticing how others assumptions may impact your behaviour and strategies to combat this
  6. Stopping – crafting your don’t do list, what do you need to give up in order to take yourself forward
  7. Communication – what channels are you using to communication, with how and how, what can be built on, what has not been said
  8. Interdependence – ways to collaborate and recognise what and who you need to make things work
  9. Honesty – being honest with yourself about what you want
  10. Fulfilment – being clear about the fun aspects of your life and giving them importance
  11. Wellbeing – focusing on improving aspects of your physical, psychological and spiritual well being
  12. Sharing/ Planning – bringing it all together into a plan for success

I will also throw in access to a 15 minute video recording sharing the 4 keys to success for working women.

Find out more about me here – my time is usually charged out at £200 – £400 per hour to those working in corporate organisations.

I will not be repeating this offer anytime soon.

To book go to http://blackfridayskypecoachingoffer-eorg.eventbrite.com

Have a great day

Video Killed the radio star

Do you remember the song ‘Video Killed the Radio Star’, for those who want to reminise it was by Buggles, if you click on the link it will take you to their You Tube video

This song has come to my mind over the last week because I have appeared on a number of radio shows talking about my new book Rocking Your Role, which is a guide for female breadwinners.  Through this experience I would say that the radio star is alive and kicking:

I discussed whether women are the Richer Sex? – on web talk radio a US internet radio show

I was a special guest on You’re important to Sara talking about all aspects of being a female breadwinner – Canadian Web radio show

I engaged in Ola’s 7 moments radio show on Tycoon Women, this was great because I could choose my favourite songs, it was like therapy!

Next stop was Viv Oyulo’s Dream Corner, unfortunately their site is down so I can’t provide a link to the recording, but Jane Upward and I spoke about guilt and Viv was lots of fun.

This was all good practice for BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour which took place on Monday, that was very exciting, I met Cherry Healy and Vicky Price at BBC Broadcasting house. (the picture above is of us in the green room) I was given some tough questions, but am delighted that within only 5 days of my launch I had this interview – an achievement I think and my Mum was very proud.

On Thursday I have an interview with Newstalk, Irelands National Independent radio station.

So video hasn’t killed the radio star – whether I am a star or not can definitely be debated.

Things I’ve learnt from being on radio:

1. Have a good cough before you go on air, so you are loud and clear during the interview

2. However many pre show conversations you have with the producers you never know what they are going to say, so be prepared to think on your feet

3. Have one important message that you want to get across, so that no matter what,  you have achieved your goal.

4. Take an index card with a couple of bullet points on it, even if they say that they don’t want you to, just in case you lose your train of thought.

5. Try and relax (easier said than done)

I am running a virtual book event tomorrow 5th July at 1pm GMT to discuss the findings featured in my book  Rocking Your Role, join me , its free and it will be interactive http://www.skilio.com/session/info/2283

Keep Rocking Your Role and if you haven’t got the book that every radio station wants to talk about yet, you can order it from amazon

I also have a suite of programmes and services to support female breadwinners, see them here 

Woohoo I have been shortlisted….please vote

You may remember a week or so ago I advised that I had been nominated for the Women Inspiring Women Award for coaching and mentoring, sponsored by Damsels In Success.

Well today I found out that I have been shortlisted !!!!

I am absolutely delighted, ecstatic, flattered and chuffed to bits.

Thanks to those who nominated me, you are all wonderful.

Now I would really like your help, I’d love to be the one who goes up, all dressed up and feeling proud and collects the award for my category on 9th June.  It would be the best birthday present ever – it’s just 3 days before my 41st.

It would also be a fantastic first for me as I have never won an award.

So please support me –  follow the link and vote, please share on social media and encourage others to vote too.

The more votes I get the more likely it is that I’ll win.

Thanks in advance

With love

Jenny

Throughout the month of June, I will be sending out daily inspiration and tips for female breadwinners, sign up to newsletter ar www.rockingyourrole.com to ensure that you receive them direct to your inbox

My book Rocking Your Role – the ‘how to’ guide to success for Female Breadwinners, will be out on 28th June 2012

If you want to chat, gain support and read the latest from other female breadwinners, join my Rocking Your Role LinkedIn Group

Tweet me @jennifergarrett

www.reflexion-uk.co.uk

I have been nominated…

I am delighted to say that I have been nominated for the Women Inspiring Women Awards 2012 sponsored by Damsels in Success.

I have been nominated for the Coaching and Mentoring Award – (the woman whose coaching/mentoring has transformed the lives of others)

As part of the process I have had to create a 2 minute video about what do

Based on my bio and the video I will find out later in the week if I have been short – listed

If I am I will asking for your help as I will need votes to win

Wish me luck and thanks so much for reading my blog, it means a lot to me.

ps – you’ll get  a sneak peak of the book cover of my forthcoming book – Rocking Your Role, if you watch it.

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Throughout the month of June, I will be sending out daily inspiration and tips for female breadwinners, sign up to my newsletter to ensure that you receive them direct to your inbox

My book Rocking Your Role – the ‘how to’ guide to success for Female Breadwinners, will be out on 28th June 2012

If you want to chat, gain support and read the latest from other female breadwinners, join my Rocking Your Role LinkedIn Group

Tweet me @jennifergarrett

www.reflexion-uk.co.uk

Stop wasting your time on social media

Last week I caught myself thinking ‘get some work done and stop being distracted by the conversations with my followers and friends on social media’

I am a fan of: twitter, LinkedIn and facebook.  I haven’t got to grips with google+, Pinterest and tumblr yet.

I have since spent some time reflecting on this, am I indeed wasting my time and using social media as an excuse not to do the important jobs?
I slowly began to build a picture of the new and wonderful connections I have made through social media. Here are just three of them:

  • Sara the spiritual coach based in Canada – we have skyped twice, we will meet up when she visits the UK later this year and she is going to interview me for her radio show. She shared her perception of me through our social media interaction, which was really illuminating.
  • Jessica the Ecopreneur based in the Netherlands – Jessica found me via my video, we have since connected on twitter and facebook. Although we have never met, it feels like we speak every day.
  • Phillip the Business author based in the UK – we connected through twitter and Phillip invited me to his Global You course, he has since connected me to fabulous women interested in my forthcoming book.

There are countless other new connections and people that have found me, such as TV and radio shows that have sought me out, who I know wouldn’t have done so without social media.

What I like about social media, is that it is direct. You get your message across, you are unapologetic about who you are, and those who like your message get in touch. In addition sometimes you can attend an event and don’t get any airtime with the person that you really want to speak to.

In some ways it is slower than if you met someone at an event and had an instant connection because then you might arrange to meet the next week, whereas you would require a number of interactions over time to get to the same point through social media I think, but if it’s good it’s worth waiting for.

So am I wasting my time with social media?
I think not – although I admit I can be easily distracted by it!

Take some time over the long weekend to think about the relationships that you have made through social media, I hope that you find many.
If you find it difficult to think of any, think about what you could do to change that.
Maybe you need to:
pose more questions,
post useful information for your followers and friends,
respond to their comments more,
and my big no no, stop talking at people or selling to them.

Have a great day.

My book Rocking Your Role – the ‘how to’ guide to success for Female Breadwinners, will be out in June 2012

If you want to chat, gain support and read the latest from other female breadwinners, join my Rocking Your Role LinkedIn Group

Or sign up for my newsletter or tweet me @jennifergarrett

www.reflexion-uk.co.uk

The ‘white elephant’ in the room?

I came across this video clip of the UK Show Loose Women on the subject of Women Breadwinners that took place in February 2010 and thought I’d share it with you.

Just watching the video clip highlights the emotional reaction women can have on the subject and that it is a very different experience for different people.  What stood out for me is that I felt that they were underplaying it’s significance. (this will happen when you try to tackle a subject with only 5 minutes, I guess) However, their conclusion that being a breadwinner wife shouldn’t be a problem was for me inadequate.

Just because something shouldn’t be a problem in modern society, doesn’t mean it isn’t!

In the clip, Kate Thornton summarises one of the biggest issues for female breadwinners, not talking about the ‘white elephant’ in room. I am not sure if the elephant needs to be white, but it is definitely something that is taboo or left unsaid.  Zoe Tyler says that she has always paid for everything breadwinner or not, this confused me, why? Carolyn McGiffin’s makes the point that we are all equal. This is in my opinion naive, we will hold different power in our relationships at different times, how we use it is what matters!

I would love to hear you reaction to it. It’ only four and a half minutes long, you can view it here

I also found these two tiny videos that provided a very literal description of the role of breadwinner, see them here – video one and video two.

Enjoy the videos and have a great hump day.

My book Rocking Your Role – the ‘how to’ guide to success for Female Breadwinners, will be out in June 2012

If you want to chat, gain support and read the latest from other female breadwinners, join my Rocking Your Role LinkedIn Group

Or sign up for my newsletter or tweet me @jennifergarrett

www.reflexion-uk.co.uk

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