Archive for the ‘Advisory’ Category

Stop being hijacked by your emotions.

Tuesday May 30th, 2017 in Ampersand Latest, Advisory

Mary and Jason were walking out of a client’s office after a difficult meeting. They felt exhausted after having worked on a complex proposal all week, staying late into the evening most nights, rehearsing the… Read More

Why you should take notice of introverts

Wednesday March 1st, 2017 in In the News, Ampersand Latest, Advisory, Ampersand Insights

Several years ago I went to one of those well-known health retreats in Queensland where one goes to detox and rejuvenate. I needed to get away from the daily grind, refresh and renew my energy… Read More

The post-truth world of the older worker

Thursday February 9th, 2017 in In the News, Ampersand Latest, Advisory

Margie had just received some news that would rock her world. After 25 years in one organisation, rising up through the ranks from a fledgling graduate to a senior executive, she was unexpectedly dismissed. Like… Read More

How stories can change lives: my own personal journey

Thursday February 2nd, 2017 in In the News, Ampersand Latest, Advisory

2016 was a year of writing stories. In December I completed an in-house publication: Unfinished Business – 11 Voices of Success at VicRoads and through this process met a group of delightful, talented and inspirational women… Read More

Coaching Vs Mediation

Wednesday December 7th, 2016 in In the News, Ampersand Latest, Advisory, Ampersand Insights

When coaching just isn’t enough, consider mediation Meet Michelle Michelle is a young, high potential sales representative working for a large pharmaceutical company. Patrick is a sales manager valued in the company for meeting or exceeding his… Read More

The Pursuit of Perfection & Motherhood

Wednesday December 7th, 2016 in In the News, Ampersand Latest, Advisory, Ampersand Insights

“We are not meant to be perfect. We’re meant to be whole.” Jane Fonda. We have all come across the perfect stereotypical mum or career woman. Perhaps she is the perfect stay-at-home mum you meet… Read More

The futile pursuit of perfection – and how to get over motherhood guilt.

Thursday June 2nd, 2016 in Ampersand Latest, Advisory

By Norah Breekveldt, Director – The Leadership Agenda : Ampersand Advisory   “We are not meant to be perfect. We’re meant to be whole.” Jane Fonda.   We have all come across the perfect stereotypical… Read More

Barbie’s had a make-over – does it really matter?

Monday April 11th, 2016 in In the News, Advisory

By Norah Breekveldt – Director, Ampersand Advisory   It is the 1960s. I am six years old and have just put my Barbie dolls away very carefully in their box, like a good, obedient and… Read More

We know working women get penalised for motherhood. What if there’s a ‘daddy track’ too?

Thursday November 26th, 2015 in In the News, Advisory

  Few people would disagree that many women face barriers, if not outright discrimination, when they transition to the role of working parent. There is some emerging research, however, that suggests discrimination and unconscious bias… Read More

Diary of a new CEO – First things first.

Monday November 24th, 2014 in Ampersand Latest, Advisory

Week 2 in my first CEO role and what a ride the first week has been! I met with the Board Chair to clarify expectations, priorities and deliverables for the first quarter, my EA has… Read More

When your personal brand no longer works for you

Thursday July 3rd, 2014 in Ampersand Latest, Advisory

  Judith was an outstanding Communications Manager at the ACME Energy Company. She effectively prepared all of the company’s written collateral, media releases and advice to the external market, and had developed very strong relationships… Read More

Challenging Stereotypes

Wednesday April 2nd, 2014 in Ampersand Latest, Advisory

  The world of work has changed significantly for women since the 1970’s when EEO and affirmative action legislation was introduced. More flexible employment practices exist, women now outnumber men a university graduates, women in… Read More

Self-regulation strategies to help cope with interview induced stress

Wednesday March 5th, 2014 in Miscellaneous, Ampersand Latest, Advisory

  I am currently undertaking a Diploma in the Neuroscience of Leadership and personally I am blown away by how interesting the content is and how easily applicable it is to so many situations and… Read More

Playing politics or being politically savvy?

Wednesday February 19th, 2014 in Ampersand Latest, Advisory

  Ask anyone if they want to engage in organisation politics, chances are they will answer with a resounding No! However we hear from many of our clients and candidates that they would like to become more… Read More

Quotas for women – a meaningless numbers game?

Tuesday January 28th, 2014 in Ampersand Latest, Advisory

Women are powerful. They play a crucial role in leadership and decision-making roles in all spheres of life. According to a Boston Consulting Group poll of 23,000 women in 22 countries[1] women drive 70 percent… Read More

A view from inside Jack’s brain

Wednesday December 11th, 2013 in Ampersand Latest, Advisory

In our earlier blog we read about Jack’s fall from grace following his appointment to what seemed like the perfect CEO role for him.  Within 12 months in this new role he had been fired… Read More

Job Search - Fresh Opportunities

Head of Business Development

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Leading Online Services Business Drive Strategic Sales & Account Management Drive the Customer Value Proposition A clear industry leader with a reputation for driving innovation and change across its business channels, our client presents an outstanding opportunity… Read More

Head of Marketing

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A unique career appointment exists for a senior marketing leader to join a growing organisation and shape change within Wealth and Capital Markets. Drive insights led marketing strategy for wealth and capital markets Inner city… Read More

Ampersand Latest

The year that was…

(Ampersand Latest)

Dear Diary, Let me start with a confession. I am not a natural writer. I am however a voracious reader, and admire people’s ability to pour their imagination onto paper and be creative and witty and keep… Read More

Ampersand International – Digital Forum

(In the News & Ampersand Latest)

Ampersand International hosted a Digital Forum with guest speaker Chaminda Ranasinghe at Melbourne’s Vue De Monde – attended by a select group of leading minds in digital and customer.  Chaminda heads up the Digital Sales… Read More

In the News

Brands Embracing Tech Have Happier Customers…

(In the News)

The search for the key to develop happier customers relentlessly continues on. In this article by CMO, Azadeh Williams writes, “World leading brands that maintain the highest level of customer experience satisfaction are more than twice… Read More

Jobs Growth And Rates – Interest Rates To Rise

(In the News)

David Rogers reports in The Australian, ” A further strengthening of Australia’s job market has backed official forecasts of faster economic growth reinforcing economists expectations that wages growth will recover enough to allow the Reserve… Read More

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