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The competency trap: how to tell if you’re in one and how to get out of it

Have you ever been told that there’s an easier way to do something yet you don’t really listen because you have a way you prefer? You might even know there’s a better, faster, more effective way but it’s just so hard to let go of the way you’ve always done it.

 

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A picture tells a thousand words, or does it?

There’s been a lot of talk for a long time, and particularly recently, about the impact of social media and the polishing we do of our lives for social sharing.

 

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Understanding and overcoming unconscious bias

We all know about bias. Often, it’s something we work actively to overcome. For example, when we’re coaching our kids’ netball or soccer teams, we want to make sure we aren’t biased towards our own child so each child gets equal playing time.

 

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Adding study to the work family balance

When you’re a mother, working full-time or part-time is a challenge in itself, so the thought of adding further study or learning can be daunting.

 

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Why saying you are busy is limiting you

It doesn’t matter who you ask, if you ask someone how they are, they will more often than not respond that they are busy. It’s so common now that it’s almost considered a default answer.

 

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Flexible working arrangements generally improve productivity

In her book Thrive, Arianna Huffington recalls a story from Facebook’s COO, Sheryl Sandberg, about how much more productive she became because, after she had kids, she started to consider where she was investing her time: “I found that once I had kids, I was not just working less, I was more productive.

 

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Creating a balance in the division of labour

A lot of mothers feel like they do the lion’s share of housework, even when they’re working full time. And according to a report by Diversity Council Australia, that’s because they do.

 

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Do schools consider working parents?

While most school administrators are undoubtedly aware that many parents work, the plight of working parents seems to be rarely, if ever, considered when planning school events.

 

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Why attitude is everything

It can be a fine line for any full-time woman between having work, life, and self under control versus watching things slide into unmitigated chaos. When things do slide out of our grasp, it can be tempting to let our attitude slide too.

 

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How to navigate the challenge of leaving children at home alone

The number of working parents is on the rise which often means that many parents are considering leaving their children at home alone at some point.

 

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Five signs of professional burnout and what to do about it

Professional burnout. We talk about, we read about it, we wonder if we have it and we caution friends and family to be mindful of it. Yet many women don’t fully understand the signs of professional burnout, and what to do to guard against it.

 

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The work and school hours juggle

Although it can seem challenging to manage work and childcare when your children are little, the problems only becomes more complex once they start school.