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  1. Authenticity in the Workplace – First topic on WomenUp Radio Programme

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    Article by Ceri Wheeldon Most people who have stumbled across this website will know me as the founder of Fab after Fifty. Those who know me personally will know that I had a long career as a headhunter- working on assignments across the globe. I was recently interviewed  by  Anna Letitia Cook of WomenUp Radio – part of a United Nations initiative to empower women to talk about what part Auhenticity played in my success – especially as I was working in a male dominated environment.   These are just some of the answers to  some of the questions I was asked. You will have to listen to the full radio interview to hear all of them! With your experience as an international headhunter and a woman who has worked very successfully in male dominated...
  2. Amanda: Reinventing her career midlife by training as an acupuncturist

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      By Amanda Banks, who studied Acupuncture  and Naturopathy at  CNM (College of Naturopathic Medicine). So many women are choosing to change career midlife. Amanda shares her career reinvention story, retraining as an acupuncturist once her family were grown up. “After bringing up my family I wanted a career” I enrolled to study Acupuncture when I was in my 40s, after a conversation whilst helping my daughter choose her GCSE options. “What would you do if you had your time again, Mummy?” “Become an acupuncturist!”, was my immediate response, as acupuncture had helped my health problems. As I had told my children they could do anything they wanted to with hard work and determination, they persuaded me in turn to pursue my new career. Graduating in acupuncture and naturopathy was both hard work...
  3. 3 Awesome Ideas For A Woman In Her 50s To Start A business From Home

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    Article by Alexandra G I hit 50 five years ago. All of my kids are gone, living their own lives and occasionally visiting me for Thanksgiving and Christmas. My husband died in an accident three years ago. And, suddenly, I was left alone, in an empty house with all the time of the world on my hands. Loneliness I was going crazy back in the day. I’ve even gotten into all the crazy online gambling Australia has to offer. It was fun. I still roll the dice every now and then, but losing everything I have to a website wasn’t that attractive. I am now a consultant. I help ladies who are or were just like me. I help them arrange a hobby or even a home-based job that pays for much more...
  4. Success over 50: Sleep your way to the top!

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    Article by Anna Letitia Cook Yes! I mean it… In these days of stress, pressure, ambition and cut-throat competition for a better job, promotion, higher salary, bigger house, more respect, power sleeping your way to the top is the BEST thing you can do! Why? With nearly half of Americans and 60% of British sleep deprived, focusing on getting the necessary sleep – 7 to 9 hours per night – is one of the quickest, and most successful, ways to improve all other areas of your life, particularly how you perform at work. Personally: – Not only does it make us happier, have better sex, better skin, it also makes us healthier. We build muscles more easily, we are less likely to have mood swings and suffer depression, we have far fewer...
  5. How to Channel your Mind for Success

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    Article by Anna Letitia Cook Our mind, how we feel, react and view the world around us are one of the main – if not the main – keys to happiness and a dynamic, capable, go-getting attitude in whatever field – and ultimately create our success both in our career and life as a whole. We live in difficult times – Being under a regular or long-term burden of worry, stress, fatigue and general negativity doesn’t help anyone do anything or get anywhere – and often leads to burnout or the dreaded depression. If you have never experienced depression, believe me, you don’t want to ever take the risk so learn how to manage your stress and fatigue right now! A calm mind, a positive, serene mindset and centred, balanced mental...
  6. Are you perfect? Hint, it isn’t good! Rebuild your attitude for better results…

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    Article by Anna Letitia Cook   Here is a little story for you today built out of my frustration with a gite owner who by her rigidity and decision to stick to ‘the rules’ like superglue has lost herself regular bookings (and recommendations) for the next year or so… Briefly – I am going to collect two ‘flatties’ next weekend – flat-coated retrievers to the uninitiated 😉 You may know I am an avid, passionate, fanatical ever-since-I-was-born horse and dog person… My beautiful old dog is now lonely after his last ‘bestie’ sadly died recently so he is about to be invaded by both his daughter and his grandson – that should give him a new spring in his step J  The lady I am getting...
  7. Work Less, Play More: How To Create Income Streams that let you Wind down Work

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    By Faye Watts If you’ve been asking yourself how you can perhaps wind down your hours at work,  and do more of what you enjoy doing,  tax advisor and founder of accountancy firm FUSE Accountants, Faye Watts has these suggestions for building alternative streams of income that will take the onus off your day job. Invest in property If you’re sitting on a large chunk of equity, you may be able to leverage this and release some to purchase one or more buy to let properties and build up a property portfolio that can bring you rental income. Do get professional advice, and think of this as a long term investment, but this can be an ideal option if you still have to work full time for the moment. Start...
  8. 4 bad email habits that are making you inefficient at work

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    Article by Richard Wolfe Email has been around for over 20 years now. In the beginning it was great, just imagine going back to fax and copy machines. But its success soon grew into it being one of the top 3 stress creators in the office. Some of the habits we developed over the years are actually counterproductive. Let’s have a look at our top 4 and what we can do to change them. 1.      Treat email as urgent Urgent emails do not exist or at least, not in my inbox. Our service desk receives urgent emails, but it has a team managing incoming calls and emails and when someone falls ill another team member takes over. If we all treated email as urgent, we would all have to hang around in our inbox waiting...
  9. These Powerful Australian Women Know Their Business

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      Women around the globe have made significant strides in the business world in the past several decades, but a select few from Australia have managed to rise to the top of the executive class and successfully sit at the helm of hugely successful ventures. These women aren’t just rich and powerful influencers, they’re prime examples of how one can go far with a bit of savvy and gumption. Here are five Australian female entrepreneurs who have used creativity and expertise to take their careers to the next level. Naomi Milgrom You can’t hit Australia’s high street scene without running into one of Naomi Milgrom’s retail chains, which is why she’s such a powerful force in fashion. With over 500 stores and more than 3,900 staff members to manage, this...
  10. Top tips on how to think like an innovator

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    Article by Paul Sloane     If we can mimic the thinking of the great innovators then maybe we can mimic their successes too.  Here are some tips. Reinvent yourself.  Madonna is an excellent song writer, performer and lyricist but the longevity of her success is due to her powers of reinvention. She has changed her styles, fashion and music many times. She started with a pop and dance music in the ‘Like a Virgin’ style.  Madonna’s look, was highly influential and she became a female fashion icon.  In the 1980s she had bleached hair, lace tops, fishnet stockings and heavy jewellery. She then embraced Hollywood glamour as a ‘Material Girl’ in the style of Marilyn Monroe.  In the 1990s with ‘Justify My Love’ she pushed the boundaries of...
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