Chasing Perfect

Us humans have a natural tendency to aim for perfection. We admire it’s sublime beauty in architecture, literature, music and very much in science like mathematics. But when it comes to natural sciences like biology of psychology, suddenly the exceptions becomes more interesting than perfection.

“There is no charisma in the absoluteness of black and white but in lies in the various shades of the rainbow somewhere in between.”

 

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Chasing perfection in your appearance is a futile attempt because once you have reached it, you have already lost the game. There is nothing tangible in perfection and we can’t relate to it. We put it on a pedestal -and just look at it. It becomes an object of admiration. Continue reading

Field Notes About Ageism

Ageism means stereotyping and discriminating against individuals or groups on the basis of their age. Recent studies in the US and in UK show that especially women are facing persistent age discrimination at the workplace as they get older.

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A wonderful line of spectacular women who I am proud to call my friends are turning 40 this year, and it feels impossible to imagine that our beautiful mischievous gang is approaching a point in life where we are no longer considered valuable, desirable or worth investing in.  Continue reading

GUEST POST: The art of listening

This guest post from our newest guest blogger Niina Nuottamo helps us improve our communication skills by giving us valuable tips on how to become a better listener.

There is a human in front of you, looking for connection. The least you could do is put your device away, look them in the eye and give them your undivided attention. Maybe you already do this in your personal life (think of your friends, family and children).

But it’s also very relevant and powerful in the business context, whether it’s a colleague who needs coaching or a potential client interested in your services.

 

Here are my 10 golden tips for more mindful listening:

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How to Make a Great First Impression

I find the whole science of first impressions so fascinating. When a person meets you for the first time their brain makes several snap decisions about you in just 7 seconds. Actually it takes only a tenth of a second to decide if the person is trustworthy but as long as 30 seconds to make judgements of a persons attractiveness and intelligence.

However a myriad of other decisions are made within 7 seconds, such as judgements about your age, competence, education level, lifestyle, income, social class, to mention a few.

Latest studies have shown that we can work our way out of a bad first impression but, as it is with so many other things, it takes a lot more energy and time than just to make it right the first time.

I made this collection of tips that will help you take your personal brand on a next level that exudes confidence and professionalism.

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