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Power Games

Part 3 The 3rd part to our POWER conversation is  focused on Power Relationships, relationships that we see operating and playing out in our lives. For example: parent – child child- teacher employee – employer male- female husband – wife We have absorbed the patterns of these relationships from our culture, our family, our past experiences and so on. Often these work well for us. However, when we feel powerless or powerful at the expense of others we sometimes slip into power games and assume particular roles to play these games, usually without consciously being aware of what is happening. The roles people can assume: Persecuting Rescuing Playing Victim Ask yourself or share with a How Dare She Circle partner: How do people behave when persecuting? How do people behave ...

Power Bases

Part 2 Think of 3 two or three people with whom you often comply, or to whom you defer to or say “yes”. What is this power to extract a “yes” from you based upon? Write down your answers and if you can share with a partner in the HDS Circle Of the people you have listed do you feel better complying with some rather than others? Is it something to do with the way they use their power bases? How does this vary? Possible power bases(please feel free to add more) Valued relationship Do you care about the relationship being friendly? How would the relationship suffer if you did not comply? Expertise Do you trust the advice the person gives because he or she knows more about the issues? What are the special areas of competence information or expertise? Position Do you res...

How Dare She Rocks!

Welcome to How Dare She. OMG, I cant wait to get going and start to connect and build relationships; relationships that will be so nourishing and empowering. YEP:  plenty of forums out there, but hey- maybe there is not one that can evidence to empower and still hold onto our femininity. I have not got all the answers, so the How Dare She Network, is a Scottish way of having a wee blether over the fence, to sort out our heads and make some powerful decisions. ‘Ah‘ I here you say, a step back in time maybe? but I assure you, it’s a step forward. Here are  the 3 Intentions of How Dare She Intention One: Empowerment is Cognitive – It Helps us See Choices and to Challenge Unhelpful Beliefs The first intention of empowerment I want to set out is the cognitive. What I mean by “...

Power With not Over

Part 1 POWER – the Daring Topic for July, for all you daring How Dare She followers. Lets start by saying ‘hello’ to the elephant in the room. Power, Powerful, Empowered, Womens Empowerment, Empowerment this Empowerment that……….. Yes it could be described and the ‘buzz’ word of this decade and, it associations vary depending on who you speak to and what circumstances they see themselves in. The concept of power conjures very different meanings for people. For some it has negative connotations; others see it in a positive light. Everyone of us lives with power every single day; in our personal, family and work lives,  we are consciously and subconsciously negotiating power. So lets explore what power means to us and gather some tools to become comfortable...

EmpowerMe

The Ultimate Mind-Shift              

Coaching & Mentoring

Heather is incredibly focused and passionate about the benefits of coaching. Heather initially coached me when I was planning to write a book. After the session I was so taken with her inspiring and warm style, that I too wanted to use coaching skills to support those in my health business. It took me 3 months to persuade her to train me!  I now understand her time to make the decision, as it was not a easy as I had thought  I learned about accountability Heather spent a year with me, coaching me, teaching me, practicing with me and arranging coaches and coachees to work with me too. She was continuously  assessing and guiding me through to my Coaching Practitioner Certificate which I passed in June 2017. Another year on now June 2018, I now have published my first book! Heather says it...

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Training & Facilitation

Bespoke Training Packages We contracted out for a trainer to design us a bespoke workshop about having crucial conversations. Heather was successful with her proposal and piloted the workshop with some of our senior management team in 2016. It was very important that this workshop provided the participants with 100% confidence to be able to share and learn, but not disclose details about individuals. Heather fulfilled all our requirements and more. Heather style is warm, fun, and very empowering. Heather is very knowledgeable and experienced and this certainly offers credibility to her and to her programs. Since the 2016 pilot, she has ran another 8 workshops and the feedback is so positive we still have a waiting list. We have since contracted Heather to run an Empowerment & Leadershi...

Coaching & Mentoring Matters

Empowering others: Coaching and mentoring The greatest gift we can give to others is not just to share our riches with them, but to reveal their riches to themselves. Swahili proverb Have you ever had that experience? Where someone you trusted showed belief in you and enabled you to see that you could achieve more than you had thought possible? If you have (and most of us have), you will never have forgotten it and you will know that you are better for it. It’s worth remembering as you embark on the EmpowerMe resource on mentoring and coaching. When you read the next two paragraphs, for instance, consider how well the list of characteristics fits the person who influenced you so positively. A group of staff in a large social enterprise in Scotland gathered together not so long ago, as the ...

Leadership Matters

Organisational transformation requires empowerment, gender parity and participation at all levels. One of the most important and inevitable obstacles any company faces multiple times throughout its life cycle is the need for change. Once a company is well-prepared for change and high levels of trust and accountability have been woven into the fabric of the organisation’s culture, only then can they start preparing for the change battle. Behaviors and mindsets must adapt and a plan of attack developed and communicated. The first phase of winning the change fight is to empower the team and enlist as much participation as possible at all levels. As I thought about the title for my empowerment program ‘EmpowerMe’  I initially had reservations about using the faddish term R...

Women & Girls Matter

Despite all the talk about equality these days, women are still stereotyped even in Western countries, especially if they try to fit into men-dominated spaces. Many industries, such as the tech, engineering, and mining sectors employ very few women compared to men. This is not because women are less capable in those domains; they are just made to believe so, and in many cases, are denied the chance to prove their worth. Girls have long been discriminated against by society and made to believe that they are inferior or less important than boys. Studies conducted by the United Nations on different traditional practices have found that the boy child is still viewed as better or more capable than the girl child in many countries. Harmful traditional values and beliefs like son preference, forc...

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