14 books I loved in 2017

I’m a compulsive book reader. My late-night reading time is often my favourite slice of the day. I love the peace, solitude and focus that reading brings. It clears the mental cache of all the detritus of a busy day before I drift into sleep. This year I read 104 books, from fiction to cooking…

Resilience isn’t just bouncing back

For the past few years I have coached students to corporate workers, educators to CEOs about resilience and one question comes up constantly. “How can we develop our resilience muscles if we are so afraid of failure?” Students tell me that they’ve grown up with their parents sitting next to them when they’re studying, correcting their mistakes even…

Work-play integration is the new work-life balance

  One of the things that I love about my job is working with creative people. I don’t mean just the graphic designers, artists and such, but people with creative mindsets from every industry, who bring their passion and curiosity into their work. A great living case study is my friend Susan Bennett from MSD….

Dangerous advice – “Do it yourself”

I grew up hearing my mother say “If you want something done right, do it yourself”, usually accompanied with a sigh conveying equal parts exhaustion but also fierce pride. And as I grew up, I  started hearing this sentence echoed by many people around me, especially amongst strong, capable, busy women who are often the…

The career ladder is dead.

“I’m a Director of a Careers Centre, and I have a confession to make. I don’t believe in careers. Not as the traditional concept, anyway. ” That was what I wrote to Channel NewsAsia when they asked me to write a commentary piece about job seekers struggling to find the “right” career for them and…

How to deal with ambiguity

One of the biggest issues I hear about from employers is the scarcity of leaders and employees who can problem-solve and deal with ambiguity.  This week alone, I had 3 meetings with employers who were asking me about “ambiguity- training” to help their employees thrive in a world of uncertainty. Line managers often complain about…

Technology – master or slave?

I was recently invited to an “Technology & Education” forum where there were many lively discussions about how to bring education into the digital age. During one of these forums, a speaker talked about how he had learned that students were too shy to ask questions during class and his solution was to allow them…