Scripts That Keep Women Stuck at Work
Apr 2013 | A
woman who noticed that a high-ranking position would soon
be vacated said, “I thought about it and thought about
it. So I did the somewhat brazen thing and went over and asked,
“Can I have Vicki’s job?” What’s wrong
with asking, and why is it ‘brazen’ to ask?
Courageous Leadership Skills- Backers or Busters?
Jan 2013 | One
of the frustrating experiences on my journey as a trail blazer
in everyday courage and courageous leadership is that it’s
so simple. Unfortunately, simplicity and leading a simple
life are not deemed valuable assets. [more]
2012 | Detect which elements of courage you need to unleash
in your life.[more]
Difference between Heart and Mind
2012 | What
percentage of your life is filled with regrets? Sandra Ford
Walston, the Courage Expert says that, regrets represent times
when you allow fearful insecurities to undermind the courageous
Story of Courage
2012 | A
businessman was growing old and knew it was time to choose
a successor to take over the business. Instead of choosing
one of his Directors or his children, he decided to do something
different. He called all the executives in his company together...[more]
Courage and New Beginnings
seem to feel the shifts of uncertainty that
are occurring at multiple levels in our lives including our
these feelings about how we approach our daily lives will
hopefully open up an opportunity to stop and reflect about
our behaviour patterns prompting us to ask questions. [more]
at the Mouth
2011 | "Charms
for the Easy Life" is a made for television movie about
three women (played by Gena Rowlands, Mimi Rogers and Susan
May Pratt) who defy gender roles during World War II.[more]
Centering at Work
Apr 2011 | Regardless of your position or title at work, ask
yourself these questions to determine how you demonstrate
courage-centering at work:
my employees or peers perceive me as courageous?
I feel a sense of joy in my work?
Cousins to Courage
Jan 2011 | Everyone can learn to
practise courage regardless of career or position. It does
not matter if you are a sales associate, graphic designer,
project manager, photographer, accountant, administrative
assistant, CEO, entrepreneur, journalist, construction worker,
electrician, mechanic or stockbroker, you can learn to manifest
courage in your work. [more]
with Mr Big Shot
Oct 2010 | One of the first life lessons of my career also
made the biggest impression. Maybe you recall one of those
types of stories in your life.I
had taken a job as an entry-level business development officer
(sales) for a small start-up bank in West Los Angeles, California.
My job responsibilities consisted of qualifying, securing
and transferring profitable clients in the bank’s target
market, perhaps the most important part of the business for
a start-up. [more]
Jul 2010 | Breakdowns and disruptions that hinder
an organisation’s advancement rarely have to do with
unskilled employees. In Good to Great, Jim Collins discovered
that “good is the enemy of great is not just a business
problem. It is a human problem".[more]
Power of Language
Apr 2010 | Words are a form of action, capable of
influencing change - Ingrid Bengis. Change your language,
change your behaviour. [more]
Myths at Work
Jan 2010 | Debunking a few myths about courage in
the workplace. Myth #1: Most people display courage at
work. Demonstrating courage in the workplace is a lot
like implementing ethical standards — most people tend
to follow. In recent years, loads of stories surfaced about
employees being told to do something unethical and then doing
it in spite of the obvious issues. When the opportunity arises
for you to stand on the strength of your courage, do you fall
on your sword or cross swords? Case in point: a woman working
at a hospital noticed a peer reducing the number of procedures
required to disinfect and sterilise surgical utensils. If
you are that person, will you be the whistleblower? [more]
How do you deal
with hell in the hallway?
Oct 09 | During a career transition has anyone ever
said this phrase to you : “One door closes and the next
door opens”? Well, if you’re about to lose your
job, change industries, reluctantly move to another state,
or interview for the first time in ten years, that goodwill
statement probably doesn’t make you feel better. Do
you know why? The real issue is not about whether the door
is opening or closing, but how you deal with hell in the hallway!
Signs That You're Stuck at Work
Jul 09 | In tough economic times, it is easy to feel
stuck—stuck in the wrong job, stuck in a failing company
or stuck in the unemployment line. But a slow economy does
not necessarily mean that you have to remain stuck. In fact,
getting stuck at work usually has very little to do with the
state of the economy, and many of us may be stuck without
realising it. Let’s look at the five main reasons why
people get stuck and what you can do to overcome these obstacles...
Aug 07 | Opportunities for courage leadership at work
occur nearly every day. From speaking up during a company
meeting to overcoming an obstacle that hinders professional
advancement, these instances are often the defining moments
of a person’s career... [more]
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2010 | It takes courage to reach out, share the excitement
about the release of my second book STUCK: 12 Steps Up the
Leadership Ladder (available through CreateSpace, the publishing
arm of Amazon) and ask for your support.
is the follow-up book to my first book, COURAGE. Just as
the first book was based on five years of original research,
STUCK is also based on an additional five years of original
research—how to take everyday courage to work and
make it work for you! We have all been stuck many times
in our lives. The question is, how long do we stay stuck,
and do we know the courageous actions to take to overcome
is what STUCK is about. Regardless of position or credentials,
STUCK guides you to step up the leadership ladder with action!
You will find valid examples, visuals, charts and answers
to help you climb the ladder to courageous self-fulfillment.
my website under STUCK, you will find on the Table of Contents
a sneak peek of two chapters to read and share. Hope you
enjoy and you will feel motivated to read the book!
you can help:
Are you a member of a Book Club? Explore this topic in
your book club and I will call you to donate one hour
of my time for a discussion.
Get a jump on 2011 with a plan to move beyond being STUCK.
If you are in a leadership role (and we all are regardless
of title) you might include this important topic (implementing
everyday courage/courageous leadership) for discussion.
I would be happy to schedule 30 minutes of free courage
coaching. This offer also includes individual coaching.
Would you be able to take 3-5 minutes to help launch this
critical topic: individuals exemplifying courage actions
at work and how they make it work? This might involve
the use of social media, such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn,
and other forums.
times are ripe worldwide and the concept of taking courageous
actions has never been more important.
I would like to invite you to purchase STUCK through this
secure link: https://www.createspace.com/3464049. It would
make a beautiful and timely gift as well as an informative
read. My first purchaser was from Germany!
let me know if you have any suggestions. Your time, support
and generosity are greatly appreciated. I value your voice.
is known as The Courage Expert and innovator of StuckThinking™.
She is an internationally recognised speaker,
learning consultant, author and entrepreneur for twenty
years who helps organisations, teams and individuals
tap into their courage. She found that there is a
direct correlation between your success quotient and
your courage quotient.
Sandra helped organisations from Agrium, Inc., Procter
& Gamble, US Bank, Auburn and Virginia Commonwealth
Universities, The Woodhull Institute, Caterpillar
Inc., Healthcare Association of New York State, International
Association of Administrative Professional, and Wide
Open West to integrate her “Courageous Leadership
Development Model.” She also instructs at the
University of Denver on several programmes including
“Courageous Leadership: Do You Demonstrate It"
or "Are You Stuck.”
Featured on the speaker circuit as witty, provocative,
concrete and insightful, she has changed the lives
of thousands of leaders each year. Sandra’s
the internationally published author of three books:
IT! 12 Obstacles that Hold You Back on the Job
She has also been published in numerous magazines
Learning Officer, Strategic
Finance and HR
Sandra is qualified to administer and interpret the
Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® and she is a certified
teacher. Sign up for her Courage
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