Category Archives: cosmopolitan

The 10 Principles of Power


What does it take to be a true leader?

To start with you must be willing to embrace your strengths. Let’s take a look at the ten traits you need to become a power player.

1. Leaders keep the end in sight.
They’re aware of their company or business goals and they are self-aware. They let this vision guide their critical decisions.

Speaking to an international audience on Personal Branding and Style at the Shangri-La hotel in Sydney, Australia.

Speaking to an international audience at the Shangri-La hotel in Sydney, Australia.

2. They collaborate.
They work with others to share resources and to fill the gaps in their own strengths.

3. They’re prepared to serve.
It takes personal security to be able to stand in a place of conflict, where people differ and still listen respectfully, question yourself and make decisions for the greater good of the business.

4. Leaders chart their own course.
They’re not afraid of the space between their dreams and reality. They believe in the power of their dreams and they take the necessary action to take a leap of faith.

Leaders read to inform themselves and take inspired action. (photo -  worklondonstyle)

Leaders read to inform themselves and take inspired action. (photo – worklondonstyle)

5. They reinvent themselves.
Leaders are demanding of themselves. They’re willing to invest in training and coaching and have the courage and determination to create a new reality for their business.

6. Leaders help others achieve.
They are inspired to share, mentor and uplift others by offering knowledge and resources that could springboard their success.

7. They take the initiative.
Leaders are self-starters who use their emotional intelligence, self-awareness, self-management, social skills and motivation to bring a project to fruition.

8. Leaders love to learn. 

Good leaders read everything, network with people at the level to which they aspire and go back to school for additional training.

9. They fight for a good cause.
Leaders find ways to use the resources and skills they have acquired to give back. They look for opportunities to do pro-bono work.

10. Leaders are change agents.
They expose their people to opportunities to refine their skills, recommend books, meetings and training sessions. They urge people to think about who they are, what’s next and who they are developing.

I believe power is about sharing leadership, working with mentors and coaches and cultivating others to get things done with a real sense of excellence.

Brand You – Preparing For Success


When I was invited to be the keynote speaker for International Women’s Day, I decided to take a look at the strategies that have propelled me to success in key industries.  I spoke about the power of the individual: investment and return, self knowledge and attainable aspirations. You can see this special training video here

Delivering the keynote speech for International Women's Day at Carnegie Room. (photo - worklondonstyle)

Delivering the keynote speech for International Women’s Day at Carnegie Room. (photo – worklondonstyle)

With Aprils Dawn and Dr. Diepiriye Kuku-Siemons (photo - worklondonstyle)

With Aprils Dawn and Dr. Diepiriye Kuku-Siemons (photo – worklondonstyle)

 

A Winter of Travel: Freedom, Business, Lifestyle


Having just returned from my recent visit to Australia I was reflecting on how my life has changed in the last two years. It started with a decision to combine my years of diverse experience and study to serve women entrepreneurs all over the world, teaching them to combine Business and Lifestyle through my coaching.

Soaking up the sun with Carol at Bondi beach in Sydney, Australia. (photo - worklondonstyle)

Soaking up the sun with Carol at Bondi beach in Sydney, Australia. (photo – worklondonstyle)

En route to the Sydney Opera House for a performance of Madame Butterfly  (photo - worklondonstyle)

En route to the Sydney Opera House for a performance of Madame Butterfly (photo – worklondonstyle)

Speaking to an international audience on Personal Branding and Style at the Shangri-La hotel in Sydney, Australia.

Speaking to an international audience on Personal Branding and Style at the Shangri-La hotel in Sydney, Australia.

Sunset walk in Sydney harbour (photo - worklondonstyle)

Sunset walk in Sydney harbour (photo – worklondonstyle)

With Gina De Vee at the Shangri- La in Sydney, Australia

With Gina De Vee at the Shangri- La in Sydney, Australia

Celebrating with friends at a Sydney Soirée. (photo - worklondonstyle)

Celebrating with friends at a Sydney Soirée. (photo – worklondonstyle)

Lunch at Moo Cafe Bondi beach with Lorna Sophocleous and Tracy Neely (photo - worklondonstyle)

Lunch at Moo Cafe Bondi beach with Lorna Sophocleous and Tracy Neely (photo – worklondonstyle)

Hosting an Intensive with a client at Hotel Carlton Lyon, France (photo - worklondonstyle)

Hosting an Intensive with a client at Hotel Carlton Lyon, France (photo – worklondonstyle)

Shopping in Lyon, France (photo - worklondonstyle)

Shopping in Lyon, France (photo – worklondonstyle)

Enjoying the freedom lifestyle 'workinglondon style' from anywhere. At Bill's in Richmond with a view of the Thames. (photo - worklondonstyle)

Back in London. Enjoying the freedom lifestyle ‘workinglondonstyle’ from anywhere. At Bill’s in Richmond with a view of the Thames. (photo – worklondonstyle)

Breakfast meeting at Bill's in Richmond in London. (photo - worklondonstyle)

Breakfast meeting at Bill’s in Richmond in London. (photo – worklondonstyle)

Next time I will see these ladies - second week in May in Paris, France. (photo - worklondonstyle)

Next time I will see these ladies – second week in May in Paris, France. (photo – worklondonstyle)

Nothing To Wear- Find Your Signature Style


An impression is formed of you within the first 45 seconds of meeting. Your style defines your life. You feel the way you look. Is your style holding you back? Does it influence your self confidence, costing you promotions, money and love?

Change your Look, Change your Life. (photo - worklondonstyle)

Change your Look, Change your Life. (photo – worklondonstyle)

Two things make you different: how you see the world and how the world sees you.

I know how going though the different phases of life can erode your sense of style. Having worked as a television news anchor, university lecturer and senior corporate manager, I now spend my time helping women succeed in their own businesses and careers. I teach my clients to take the doubt out of dressing by learning style strategies.

Owning Oxford Street

Owning Oxford Street

My clients continue to inspire me as I help them look slimmer, taller and younger. Style is about self-knowledge and attainable aspirations, investment and return.

Attending a conference in Kensington, London.

Attending a conference in Kensington, London.

I believe we are born with an innate sense of style but sometimes life gets in the way. Your busy schedule and the many roles you play leave little time for strategy planning on the image front. Every wardrobe contains it’s fair share of fashion mistakes, clashing colours and styles, impulse buys and disappointments.

Invest in yourself. When you do, you will wake up ready to conquer the world each day.“Change your Look; Change your Life.” – Engela Minshull

You Are The Brand!

 

The Eagle has Landed – American Eagle at Westfield London


Launching the first UK branch of American Eagle at Westfield London, Executive Vice President Simon Nankervis said, “The brand’s changed since 2011 and we’ve moved from being a US retailer to a global retailer.”

American Eagle Westfield London (photo - worklondonstyle)

American Eagle Westfield London (photo – worklondonstyle)

Launching in time for Christmas.

Launching in time for Christmas.

With more than 1,000 stores in the US and annual sales of $3,3billion, American Eagle is best known for its denim.

Denim (photo - worklondonstyle)

Denim (photo – worklondonstyle)

Nankervis said, “Our ranges will be differentiated because the guy in London wears his jeans tighter and the girls [follow] trends a lot quicker because of the proximity to Europe. It will be closer to what we do in New York than Middle America.”

The first UK store at Westfield London (photo - worklondonstyle)

The first UK store at Westfield London (photo – worklondonstyle)

The opening at Westfield London will be followed by another 10,000sq ft store over two floors, on the upper level at Westfield Stratford on Saturday. From next Wednesday Bluewater shoppers will be able to visit their own local store.

A Summer of Travel: Business and Pleasure


I was recently asked whether my upcoming trip to Miami was business or pleasure. “Isn’t that the same thing?” I asked.

My role as Transformational Coach and Professional Speaker sees me working with clients around the globe. This Summer I was privileged to coach in South-Africa, France, Prague and London.

IDRAC School of Business in Lyon, France (photo - worklondonstyle)

IDRAC International School of Management in Lyon, France (photo – worklondonstyle)

Musee Des Beaux Arts de Lyon (photo - worklondonstyle)

Musee des Beaux-Arts de Lyon (photo – worklondonstyle)

St. Remy de Provence, France (photo - worklondonstyle)

St. Remy de Provence, France (photo – worklondonstyle)

Prague (photo - Marissa Loewen)

Prague (photo – Marissa Loewen)

Mentoring is fun in luxurious surroundings. With Jean Thopson in Prague (photo - worklondonstyle)

Mentoring is fun in luxurious surroundings. With Jean Thompson in Prague (photo – worklondonstyle)

Time to say goodbye. Ready for the flight back to London. (photo - worklondonstyle)

Time to say goodbye. With Amanda Smith at the Marriott in Prague. Ready for the flight back to London. (photo – worklondonstyle)

Working London Style at the Corinthia Hotel in London (photo - worklondonstyle)

Working London Style at the Corinthia Hotel in London (photo – worklondonstyle)

West Coast Winter – South Africa


Mykonos mayhem (photo - worklondonstyle)

Mykonos Yacht Club (photo – worklondonstyle)

Pelicans At River Studio Velddrif (photo - worklondonstyle)

Pelicans At River Studio Velddrif (photo – worklondonstyle)

Early Spring flowers in Laaiplek. (photo - worklondonstyle)

Early Namaqualand Daisies in Laaiplek. (photo – worklondonstyle)

Milo (photo - worklondonstyle)

Milo (photo – worklondonstyle)

'Die Hel' Strandfontein (photo - worklondonstyle)

‘Die Hel’ Strandfontein (photo – worklondonstyle)

Water Wise a Gardening in Doringbaai(photo - worklondonstyle)

Water-wise Gardening in Doringbaai (photo – worklondonstyle)

Beach Cottage Yzerfontein (photo - worklondonstyle)

Beach Cottage Yzerfontein (photo – worklondonstyle)

Sushi at Bouzouki (photo - worklondonstyle)

Sushi at Bouzouki (photo – worklondonstyle)

Trusted Timberland's Mykonos (photo - worklondonstyle)

Trusted Timberland’s Mykonos (photo – worklondonstyle)

Sunset Run Langebaan (photo - worklondonstyle)

Sunset Run Langebaan (photo – worklondonstyle)