You are who you choose to be today

The ‘it’s in my nature’ lie.  You are what you choose today, not what you’ve chosen before Written by Bianca van Wyk, Managing Director of Raising the Standards and CEO of the Association for Office Professionals of South Africa (OPSA) Who are you?  How do you describe yourself?  To answer these two questions, you most […]

Continue readingMore Tag

Vulnerability at Work

Put yourself on display.  Why vulnerability at work is the secret to developing trusting and supportive relationships Written by Bianca van Wyk, Managing Director of Raising the Standards and CEO of the Association for Office Professionals of South Africa (OPSA) A friend of mine recently took a picture of me at a social event. He then […]

Continue readingMore Tag

Time to Clean out Your Relationship Closet

We need to end this, it’s not you, it’s me. Is it time to clean out your relationship-closet? Written by Bianca van Wyk, Managing Director of Raising the Standards Solutions and CEO of the Association for Office Professionals of South Africa Let’s start off by getting personal. At the end of last year, I had […]

Continue readingMore Tag

Feeling empty? Find true self-worth

One would think that someone who runs workshops on self-esteem, confidence and assertiveness would have a healthy sense of self-worth. Well I also thought this until I had a meltdown at the end of a tough week. It was a combination of things – stressful meetings, a fallout with my teenage daughter, and a disappointment in […]

Continue readingMore Tag

3 Reasons to become a Mentor

Wondering why it might be worth your limited time to seek out opportunities to mentor others? Here are 3 great reasons: 1. Establish new connections You can never know too many people. The power of networking is undeniable, and mentoring is an opportunity for mentors to establish new relationships. 2. Build soft skills Mentorship often requires mentors to […]

Continue readingMore Tag

Tomorrow is Feedback Friday

When are you ready to give feedback to a subordinate or colleague? At Raising the Standards we have ‘Feedback Friday’s’. We also have “Make it Happen Mondays” and “What’s New Wednesdays ”.  But ‘Feedback Fridays’ are my personal favourite. It is on this day that I get to sit with each team member and give them feedback on: What I […]

Continue readingMore Tag

Can I really Trust You? Why Trust Matters

“I want to tell you something but can I really trust you?” I was surprised by Mr X’s question because I had been coaching him and his team for the past 7 months. I thought I had proven that I am trustworthy.  After getting over a brief moment of indignation, I realised that it was […]

Continue readingMore Tag

Why your great ideas and dreams just don’t happen

Everything we do, create or launch as professionals has two possible outcomes – maybe it will work, maybe it won’t. When you write an article, put together a programme, start a project or launch a new product you are always faced with both of these possibilities. The trick to being successful at anything is to accept […]

Continue readingMore Tag

The Ultimate Betrayal – Disengagement

If I was forced to make a list of my biggest failures in the past 44 years, I can honestly say that my divorce would be on top of that list. Standing in court and citing ‘Irreconcilable Differences’ as a reason for dissolving a long term relationship just felt like such a cop-out because I’m one […]

Continue readingMore Tag

Posts navigation

1 2 3 4 5 6
Scroll to top