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    At some point in business we are all required to have difficult conversations in the workplace. They’re not easy, nor something that we look forward to. Whether it be chasing payment from debtors, dealing with unhappy customers or managing underperforming …

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    Taking risks when it comes to your career requires a lot of strength and determination. It’s not easy to just grab the reins and go for it. To take a risk and then fail could give you second thoughts on continuing with …

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    It’s estimated that over half of Australians are dissatisfied with their jobs, which explains why so many people are considering a career change. From workplace stress, poor culture, not feeling valued, lack of professional development to poor job engagement and, …

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    Networking is a great way to gather new contacts and gain great connections and working relationships to grow your business or career. It involves meeting and speaking with people and attending events— and how you verbally portray your business or …

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    For women, taking a career break may mean stepping back from work to take care of children. While making plans for a family means that a career break is not necessarily unexpected, that in no way diminishes the heightened sense …

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    One key to achieving business or career success is to trust and accept guidance from someone who has ventured on a similar journey as you. This is why mentorship must never be ignored or underrated When it comes to mentorship, studies …

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    Ah, millennials—they are, by far, the most popular age group in social media today. That said, while news and topics about millennials are becoming a regular occurrence, they can still seem to be a total mystery, especially to the older …

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    A third of all Australian employees are self-styled “flexi-time” workers, and that makes up 4.1 million individuals, and counting. Freelancing and working flexible hours in Australia is becoming a more popular trend, and it’s changing how people approach and even …

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    Starting a business is a great journey. It means that you’ve decided to follow your dreams and empower yourself. From the moment you come up with an innovative idea to the moment you sell your first product or service, there …

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    We all know, or know of successful women. They may be skilled or highly qualified women who excel in their fields, women who manage companies, or those who lead and innovate. Whoever they may be, one thing’s for sure: women …

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    While it’s true that women have been enjoying increasing success in attaining top business leadership roles, and that the imbalance between the genders is closing each year, this evolution could still be deemed incremental. In fact, only 6.4% of Fortune …

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    No one likes to think about the possibility of their business failing or running into trouble. However, as a true businessperson, you need to take the time to work through a plan for how you will handle potential issues. Having …

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    Wasting time—it’s got a lot to answer for. And we’re not just talking about getting carried away watching videos on YouTube or spending hours on Facebook. When you run a business, it’s easy to get caught up in the unimportant …

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    Workplace stress is not only detrimental to your productivity, it also affects your well-being and life outside of the office.
    And it’s actually often worse for women.

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    Being happy and supportive for other people’s success isn’t always easy. At times, it can be downright difficult, especially if you’ve been constantly experiencing what you term failure. However, as women, we should consider it as a rallying cry for …

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    To achieve anything we risk experiencing failure. But as the old saying goes, “nothing ventured, nothing gained.” Failure can have consequences that reach far beyond your business life and can come to a crisis point, especially when personal capital has …

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    Employee resignations are a regular occurrence in the workplace. In fact, the average person changes jobs 10 to 15 times during his or her career. As an entrepreneur and a leader, it’s always wise to know and have a process …

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    Building connections is important regardless of your industry, position, or tenure. Simply put, it’s hard to get anywhere in life without the help of others. Going at it alone can only do so much; you’ll still have to rely on …

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    Your voice matters. As a business woman, you may sometimes hesitate to make a name for yourself or proclaim what you can do. You may feel like you need to hold back or keep your ideas to yourself to avoid offending anyone.

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    Many women miss opportunities from negotiations for the simple reason that it can put them so far outside of their comfort zone that they panic. Yet, negotiating is an essential skill that is certain to boost your business, career, and self-worth.

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    What do Emily Dickinson, Oprah Winfrey, and Marilyn Monroe all have in common? Well, apart from being some of history’s most well-known women in their respective fields, all three have suffered the same thing: significant setbacks during their careers. Dickinson …

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    With leadership comes the challenge of dealing with conflict. As a businesswoman or manager, it’s important to deal with conflict resolution the right way. The 2016 Snapshot of the Australian Workplace authored by Dr Lindsay McMillan OAM tells us that …

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    Working with a mentor is a potential way to accelerate your success as a business or career woman. A mentor will support and share with you their own knowledge and expertise, developed through years of being in business, and help …

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    Women operated 34% of Australian businesses in 2015, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics. In many cases, these are one-person or perhaps two-person businesses. Not surprisingly, that means the entrepreneur is actually working hands-on in the business, due to …

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    There are many more doors open to professional women in the business world today than ever before. However, the door to the boardroom has still not opened wide. Women currently make up only 30% of ASX 200 board positions, according …

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    Networks are important for ensuring you not only thrive but attain great success throughout your career or in your business field as the more people you meet—and make a positive impression on—the more doors will open for you. While you …

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    Branding is all about image. Tom Peters, an American business writer and author of In Search of Excellence, first used the term in 1997 to describe the concept of self-packaging. Today, personal branding is a way to market one’s self …

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    Whether you’re a business owner, self-employed, or a professional woman, the day may come when you decide you’re ready to be on a board. There are many reasons to do so—for example, to give back to the community, support a …

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    As Corporate Australia work towards equality in Senior Executive and Board roles, behind closed doors (BCD) is providing a pathway for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Women to join the pool of candidates ready to step into these roles. Eight …

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    Many businesses can’t get past the conception stage without outside funding from loans or venture capitalists, which means fundraising by the CEO, owners, or founders is necessary. According to studies, when it comes to return on investment (ROI), companies with …

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    Wouldn’t life be so much easier if it came with an instruction manual telling us exactly what to do? Particularly when it comes to our business and careers, simply knowing the next step we should take would be incredibly valuable. …

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    Jemma Buck was the recipient of the BCD 2016 Executive Assistant scholarship in Adelaide. Twelve months on, we caught up with Jemma for some reflections on her time as being a BCD member. At a recent Executive Assistant networking event …

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    Men and women are different. While that may seem self-evident, in the business world it affects perspective, attitude, behaviour and approach. This is particularly true in the way men and women function and approach their responsibilities as members of a …

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    Networking is the art of relationship building in the business world. We all know how important it is. An active approach to networking can help you connect with the right businesses and people. Being connected to these individuals—and their networks—can …

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    April 28, 2017 WA Country Health Service’s, Erin Gandy and LGIS WA’s Candy Choo have been announced recipients of behind closed doors’ (BCD) coveted Luminaries Scholarship for 2017. Announcing the winner at a networking event for women last night, BCD …

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    In the pursuit of self-development and career growth, there are many avenues open to today’s professional women. Far more than at any other time in history, businesswomen today have access to an astounding array of courses, mentors, coaches and even …

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    Establishing and owning a new business can bring up a lot of emotions, including excitement, fear, drive, confusion, and confidence. Every new business is unique, and whether this is your first entrepreneurial endeavour or not, it’s bound to come with …

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    A business coach is someone who can take you from where you are now to where you want to be in the future with your business goals. They will help you to set your intentions for growth and offer guidance …

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    Aiming for a senior leadership or company director role? The first thing you have to do is to put together a board CV (Board Bio) that’s relevant and compelling. Your CV should clearly outline your competencies, career summary and the …

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    We all want to make money from our businesses. However, it’s all too easy to become too focused on personal financial goals. Setting your sights on a new home, car, or gadget as well as other kinds of distractions can …

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    It seems unbelievable that in today’s society only 14.6 percent of executive-level jobs are held by women. Research suggests that the reasons for this are not due to lack of education or experience, but because women network less than men. …

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    Let’s say you come up with a wonderful new idea for a product or a service. You take some time to flesh out this idea and really think you may have something. For all you know, this could be the …

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    Freedom. That is the first feeling that many small business owners get when they strike out on their own to create a home-based business. This new life is going to be great! Finally, a combination of family and work life …

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    So, you’ve been invited to a networking event…what now? Networking can seem intimidating if you’re new to it, but it’s an important part of any woman’s career, at any stage of her career. A young professional might need help as …

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    In a perfect world, you’ll always have all the time you need to explain your perfect business idea to a potential partner or investor. In the real world, however, opportunities don’t always come, and if they do, they often happen …

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      Very few of us truly stop to think about how to protect ourselves financially. It might be a completely foreign topic for some but there are mentors and professionals who can help guide you through this process. We spend …

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    If you’re reading this, the entrepreneurial bug has probably bitten you and yet you’re not sure if you’re ready to take the risk. Being unsure is normal; after all it’s a big decision to leave the comfort zone of a …

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    “Networking—creating a fabric of personal contacts who will provide support, feedback, insight, resources, and information—is simultaneously one of the most self-evident and one of the most dreaded developmental challenges that aspiring leaders must address,” says an article on Harvard Business …

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    “I have always, essentially, been waiting. Waiting to become something else, waiting to be that person I always thought I was on the verge of becoming, waiting for that life I thought I would have. In my head, I was …

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    Congratulations! You’ve decided to start your own business. In today’s modern age more and more people, particularly women, are turning to entrepreneurship and starting their own businesses rather than working for traditional employers. So how do you go about starting …

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