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029: How to Get Into Your Flow Zone and Do More of the Work That Lights You Up

Do you want to reach your goals with more ease and less stress?

Let’s talk about getting into your flow zone and how to use your proficiencies AND passion to do more of the work you love.

In today’s episode, I talk you through the 4 productivity zones, understanding how they are affecting you and your business, and how to move more of your activities into your flow zone so you can get more done and start reaching those big goals in your business!

Ready to move the needle forward and do more of the work that lights you up?

Let’s go to the show!

I dive into:
– How understanding the 4 productivity zones will make it easier to reach your goals
– Why moving more activities into your desire zone is KEY
– How to let go of the tasks that aren’t lighting you up (and how to find out what they are!)
– An easy tip from me about evaluating your calendar to make your days more productive (while still enjoying them!)
– The importance of building a diverse team so that all aspects of your business are supported
– 2 exciting announcements if you want to accelerate your career and leadership!
And so much more!

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028: The 2020 Christmas Special

It’s Christmas!

As we lean into the festivities, I’m throwing out the normal format and today, I’m answering questions I’ve been asked throughout the year so you can see the inner workings of my brain.

Feeling a little bit nosey? Want to learn more about me, your host, Toni Collis? This is the episode for you!

From what I do when I’m stressed, to the best (and worst) things about my job. I’ve got them all covered.

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027: How to make 2021 the year you soar (part 2)

Let’s talk 2021 Planning.
And how to go from ‘I want this’ to achieving not just what you set out to in 2021, but perhaps even more.

Do you want to be the person who blows their goals out the water?

Are you sick and tired of setting goals and not achieving them?

Well today, we are going through my tried, tested and proven annual planning strategy so you can make 2021 the year that you know you will be proud of.

Ready to soar?

Let’s go to the show!

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026: How to make 2021 the year you soar (part 1)

Let’s talk about 2021.

I want you to have the best year yet in 2021. I want it to be the year that you change things and make that big step up in progress that you’ve been dreaming of.

I want you to know that everything is possible in 2021. Especially after a year like this year.

But how do you do that? How do you ensure that a year can and will go well?

Well if 2020 has taught us anything, its that the best-laid plans can go sideways for all of us. Life really does throw a lot of curveballs from time-to-time.

But what I do know, from personal experience and from the experience of coaching some simply inspirational women in tech, is that good planning isn’t about having a single plan that you stick to 100% and then feel let down by life when the world throws us a year like 2020. No great planning is about knowing what we want and the options for getting there.

If you are wondering how on Earth this works, and why myself and many of my clients have been having great years despite COVID, then join me in the first of a two-part planning special as we set you up for 2021 success.

Ready to make 2021 the year you soar, the year your career and ambitions really take off?

Let’s go to the show!

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025: What high performance leaders do differently during slower times

We are well and truly into the December slowdown.

But what do you do in a slow period?

Do you put your feet up, pause and breath a deep sigh of relief?

Do you just keep going because you don’t know what else to do?

Or something else entirely?

Whether December is a time when you slow-down, or if this comes at another time of the year for you, what you do in these calmer periods is the foundation to your success in the medium and long term. And yet so many people miss out on this opportunity.

Because success isn’t built on maintaining the hustle and high productivity. Success is built on leveraging slower times to thrive in busier times.

But success does require that you know exactly how you are using that time, and being as strategic as possible with it, whether for you personally or your organization.

So let’s talk slow-down strategy, and how to ensure you operate at your best all year round by enjoying times such as these.

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024: 6 Ways to Re-Position After Being Told You Aren’t Ready For A Promotion

When was the last time you were told you weren’t going to get that next opportunity or promotion because you didn’t have the right Executive Presence, the gravitas or the networking capabilities?

Maybe you’ve been told to work on your office politics?

Or maybe you’ve been told you need to get experience of direct reports, but that’s exactly why you want the role you are asking for.

Maybe in an interview you’ve been told you don’t have the right experience, even though the experience they are asking for is in your resume, just from two jobs ago.

What’s going on? Why aren’t these people seeing you as the superstar candidate you know are? (And side-note: while doing that, your impostor syndrome is flaring up sky-high, alongside a whole load of anger and annoyance!)

Why are they holding you back?

Let’s dig into the 6 things you can do to re-position yourself to overcome these positioning obstacles without having to go out and get another job you don’t really want, or spend a year getting a certificate that probably won’t fix the problem.

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023: The Decision Making Mindset (and why you need to get off the fence for your own benefit as well as those around you)

Are you sitting on a decision? Stuck in a loop of indecision?

Perhaps you are thinking of investing in yourself, getting help in your career.

Maybe you know you need to go for a new role. Deep down you know you should. But you aren’t taking action.

Maybe there is some exciting training coming your way, but you just aren’t pulling go.

But you also aren’t letting go of the decision and saying no.

It sounds like you are stuck in the indecision cycle. And it’s sitting there inside you.

And it applies to our work decisions too. Although we may find it easier to make decisions when it is about a product, or team action, instead of about us, from time-to-time you still find yourself in a decision-making loop.

Well, for what it’s worth, this is 100% normal. But also completely stifling.
When we sit in this space it is stifling, and it fills us up with stress and anxiety.

So today I’m calling you out, my love, on your indecision. I’m here to provide that helping hand to help you get off the decision fence, and feel GOOD about whichever side you land on.

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022: You, your team and Pandemic burnout

Back in October, I hit a wall.
A pandemic wall.

For the first time since March, I cried because the pandemic was impacting me personally.

That might seem odd – I mean haven’t we all had a good cry from time to time between the start of the pandemic and now?

Well for me, I’d started the pandemic with the intention for optimism and a truckload of self-care. So although I’ve cried – because hey I love a good cry (zero judgment if you do too!), up until October it had not been about me. It had been about other people hurting, the lives lost, the fact that people had to put their lives on the line to take care of us. I cried that people had to put their lives at risk to get heard because of the injustice that has meant we are finally listening as a species to the BLM movement – that they had to demonstrate in a pandemic to make the world wake up to something truly horrific.

But I hadn’t cried about me. Until October.

And then I hit the 6-month wall.

So today I’m taking the lid off how we are all feeling about the pandemic as we are now more than 7 months into something that is here with us for a good long time to come. I’m sharing with you what you need to be doing for yourself, and for your team as a leader. And I’m sharing a whole lot of love in your direction too.

So if you are hitting a pandemic wall this one’s for you, my love. Because yes, you may well be a leader in tech. But you are also a human experiencing a crisis. And remember: you are a human, even at work!

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021: The 5 key components to unleash powerful networking

As the nights draw-in (at least in the northern hemisphere), it feels like it is time to embrace our inner hermits, give in to the new social distancing norm, and just give up on networking for the rest of the year. Just turn up to work (in person or virtually), mooch about, get stuff done, and go home (or close the laptop).

But we all know that networking is key. We all know that networking opens doors. And yet, the old boys network standard where you go golfing, or those networking events are just a bit meh. If that’s what it means to network, then, at least for the rest of the year, we’ll leave it to that old boys club, right?

Wrong. Networking doesn’t have to be icky. But most people miss what networking really is. We know it’s a good thing in principle. But we resist it. We know it opens doors, and yet, we go about it wrong.

Today I’m sharing with you what is really going on with effective networking. Why the old boys network works, and how we can use that knowledge to build a great women’s network, or whatever your network needs to be. I’m talking about the 5 components that mean it isn’t uncomfortable and instead open doors for you and for others. And when you learn how to get this right, it isn’t icky and uncomfortable. It feels good.

Want to know how on earth networking can feel good? Let’s dig in and go to the show.

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020: My journey to the corporate tech C-Suite (and why there is not one way to get there)

Are you ready for the C-Suite?

Ready to have more influence, and help make your team or organisation make better decisions? 

Are you itching to build a better way, lead more effectively and get your opinions heard in a meaningful way?

I’ve been there.

In 2016 I was desperate to make real change and have a positive influence. But I was stalled in my career. I felt stifled, and held back. 

Four years on I’ve worked in the C-Suite, led an international charity spanning 65 countries, influenced the Supercomputing industry for the better and now run my own business. And today, I’m lifting the lid on what I did to get here. Spoiler: it’s not what you might think!

So let’s dig into my story…

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