Posts by Phebe Cho

Kaizen. Why you need this word to move your career forward

mentoring

It’s amazing where one can find inspiration. Last week, while in line for a coffee, I met a beautiful woman and we started talking as women do while waiting for coffee. Our conversation landed on our children. As mothers, our role is to unlock the limitless potential of our children. To find it, nurture it…

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Will I lose my job to a robot?

Finding my why

Remember the days when the only way we could deposit or withdraw money was at the bank? As a primary school kid, I had a dolomite account and loved to go to the bank with my mum to deposit my weekly pocket money. I had a little passbook, which was covered in stamps and signatures.…

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Why experience isn’t everything.

gender parity

“But I don’t have enough experience. I know they want someone with a strong background in corporate finance” I sat, watching my private coaching client explain why she wasn’t right for the role. She had just spent the last ten minutes outlining what was wrong with that business unit. They were amidst a huge transition…

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The key to your limitless potential.

promotion

“Mummy, it sports carnival day!” my 5-year-old, squealing with delight as she pranced around the house. I broke into a smile. From year one to six, I came last in every sports carnival race there was. Everyone had crossed the finish line, and there I was, huffing and puffing down the 100-meter track. Every year,…

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Two questions you must answer to harness your limitless potential

talent

I love Oprah. Who doesn’t? She is named “most influential woman of her generation.” Wikipedia defines her as a media proprietor, talk show host, actress, producer, and philanthropist. Oprah isn’t the most technically trained. She didn’t study at the best schools but yet, she has resounding success in everything she does. How does she do…

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How Uber is shaping your talent strategies.

Talent Strategies

Susan Fowler. Two words that have shaken Uber at its core. What happened to her was awful. It was unlawful, unjust and just plain disgusting. Her 3000-word blog post “Reflecting on one very, very strange year at Uber” has opened Pandora’s box to the toxic culture inside Uber. Last week, Ubers CEO, Travis Kalanick stepped…

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What does your personal brand say about you?

Personal brand

I am one in one million. Literally…. One in one million females is colour blind. And believe it or not, I am the one in a million. I was shopping for lipsticks the other day, armed with my I-phone, googling the latest colours. Why? I need to read the descriptive words to understand what the…

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Flexibility and the Future of work

Agile Talent

Imagine this. You are your own boss. You are a trained as a management consultant in a top tier firm. You refined your skills as you made your way up the corporate ladder. Then one day, you decided you had enough. You were sick of the politics; you were definitely sick of the long hours,…

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Imposter syndrome. Do you suffer from it?

career development

I am a fraud. What was I thinking? A little voice in my head whispers…” You are about to get exposed. It’s a fluke that all these people came here to listen to you.” Have you ever felt like that? I have. And more often than you think. The truth is, I’m not the only…

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The magic formula for a successful interview

interview preparation

I’ve worked in the recruitment industry for over a decade. In that time, I’ve interviewed thousands of job seekers, from graduates to CEO’s. What I observed, was how they performed in interview, what they said and how they said it. I’ve discovered there is a magic formula for interviews. Every successful interview must answer four…

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EQ, why you need it to advance your career.

How to advance your career

The future of work is closer than you think. One of the top skills you will need for today and in the future will be EQ. But what does that actually mean? Today I want to share with you what EQ is and how to strengthen your EQ. So firstly…. What is it? Emotional Quotient.…

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The day I hit the glass ceiling

Glass ceiling

I still remember the day I hit the glass ceiling. Thump. There I was, sitting in an empty meeting room, tears streaming down my face. I felt helpless and alone. It was the day that changed my life forever. I hadn’t planned on it. But then again, life doesn’t always go to plan. To me,…

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To the two women who shaped my life. This is what they taught me

Happy Mothers Day

We all have strong, courageous women role models in our life. They are in our homes, in our workplaces, our industries and in our society. They live amongst us. They inspire, challenge, mold, support, advocate and pick us up when we fall. With mother’s day fast approaching, I wanted to write a tribute to two…

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Are you stuck in a box? How to transition careers

Changing careers

I sat with a career coaching client last week, and she burst into tears. Why? She was living in boxes. Not the cardboard type that we all know but the mental ones inside our head. Boxes restricted by the way we think. She had dedicated her life to the pursuit of being a lawyer. Her…

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The real truth about flexibility

How to make flexibility work for you

Last week, I set out to find an alternative voice to help showcase flexibility at our next Accelerator event. I believe flexibility should be for everybody. Not just a right reserved for return to work mothers. It sounds a whole lot easier than it was. I struggled. And then it dawned on me. For years,…

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The answer to why you shouldn’t have flexibility.

Business case for flexibility

Flexibility is the new black. In its purest form, it is redesigning the way we work. It looks at where, when and how we work to get the best outcomes for businesses, individuals and society. So why is it now, such a hot topic? We are on the cusp of the fourth industrial revolution. The…

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