Leadership

Learning to be OK with discomfort in ourselves and others is critical if we are going to listen, learn and make changes

Author: Judith Bowtell   |   Date: 27/07/2020   |   Categories: Compassion, Inspiration, Leadership, Making change, Mindfulness

For those of us who benefit from white privilege we have had an opportunity to stop, reflect and learn more about the racially-based injustices in our world. This has been challenging and uncomfortable at times, and it is very tempting to run away and distract ourselves with something much more pleasant to think about. However, learning to be OK with discomfort in ourselves and others is critical if we are going to listen, learn and make changes for a better world. Read more...


Self-compassion Tuesdays, find your strength in relaxation and renewal

Author: Judith Bowtell   |   Date: 05/04/2020   |   Categories: Coaching, Compassion, Leadership, Making change, Mindfulness

It may feel like one hurdle after another right now – each one harder than the next. Bushfires, funding applications, now Covid19. The world is going through climate, health and economic shake up that was not on anyone’s radar 12 or even six months ago. It is OK to feel shaken by all of this – but as leaders you may feel the pressure to show a calm face when underneath you are paddling like mad. Self Compassion is NOT self-pity – but a powerful and practical tool to support you as leaders in difficult circumstances and in rebuilding your team and organisation in the future. Read more...


The hidden costs of focusing on the urgent and not the important

Author: Judith Bowtell   |   Date: 16/12/2019   |   Categories: Career Development, Coaching, Decision Making, Intuition, Leadership, Leading in crisis, Mindfulness

I recently stayed with my sister and my 18 year old niece (M), and offered to help them throw out some clothes that no longer "brought joy". We started out making good progress, teaching the process of appreciating what you have and letting go of what no longer "serves" you. The session was a bit derailed by a little family politics: me encouraging M. to keep some things that annoyed her mum; her mum overruling a few decisions; and a side campaign by M, to hide a few pieces in her older sister's wardrobe. Whilst a healthy family dynamic has room for fun and games, there can be a shadow side of power and control: undermining my sister's influence; re-asserting parental values; sneaking t-shirts into someone else's drawer. And I did feel a bit of guilt afterwards that what should have been a learning experience for M. got a bit overwritten by her mum's and my agendas. The same can happen in our workplaces when we interrupt someone's learning or development opportunity for our own purposes or gain. Read more...


How to Develop a Career Strategy with Clarity & Confidence

Author: Judith Bowtell   |   Date: 01/11/2019   |   Categories: Balancing work and life, Career Development, Coaching, Decision Making, Inspiration, Leadership, Making change, New Business, Strategic Planning

Start 2020 on the right foot, join Judith Bowtell of Albany Lane for How to Develop a Career Strategy with Clarity and Confidence, a 6 week online course that will deliver confidence and clarity to your action plan and a place where you can flex your muscles and get ready to fly. It's difficult to navigate your career options when you are a solo business owner multi-tasking, but getting out of your comfort zone, and trying new ways of thinking about things, will give you new insights to take back to your business, to build better relationships with your clients and community, and ultimately the business that surrounds you. Read more...


Five warning signs you have a “brilliant jerk” to deal with…. And what to do before it’s too late.

Author: Judith Bowtell   |   Date: 25/04/2019   |   Categories: Balancing work and life, Career Development, Compassion, Decision Making, Facilitation, Intuition, Leadership, Leading in crisis, Mindfulness, Strategic Planning

A brilliant jerk has been defined as a high performer with a bad attitude. The type of person who can bring results, make high level connections, be a creative genius – but no one really wants to be around for any length of time. Having them on your team – as an artistic director, adviser, fundraiser - can lift your efforts exponentially. However, having someone who is solely driven by ego and self-interest will undermine the collective efforts of any organisation. The company becomes about upholding the vision of one individual – and loses the flexibility and agility needed to survive in today’s rapidly changing work and economic environment. Read more...


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