Magazine article Management Today

Discovering the Woman in You

Magazine article Management Today

Discovering the Woman in You

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Editor's note. Please read this note carefully. Readers should seek independent legal, financial and medical advice and discuss their circumstances with a member of their family, a fullytrained counsellor or a bar-tender before attempting any of the exercises described below.

The editor does not vouch for the worth, benefits or efficacy of any of the management solutions in this article and cannot accept responsibility for any injury to limb or income caused by following any advice that may appear to have been given.

Any similarity between descriptions in this article and actual people or real life is entirely coincidental. Smoking can damage your health and lead to complications in restaurants -- especially in the US. You have been warned. You only have yourself to blame. Goforit.

To gain maximum benefit from this month's Backbite you should first find a restful place in your work environment. Remember to loosen any tight clothing before commencing the exercise and if you suffer from any discomfort, shortness of breath or narrowness of mind stop thinking immediately and seek professional help.

Our first exercise is designed to take you back in time. First, try to remember what you bought with your first pocket-money. Sweets or a comic? A Dinky car or Sindy doll accessories? What shop would it have been in? Did you get change? Were you able to reach the counter? OK now fast-forward with the old personal-life video and freeze-frame on your first romantic kiss. Where was it? How was it? Did you brush your teeth beforehand?

So far so good. Now for the tricky bit. Close your eyes again and try to visualise your first CV. If everything initially seems blank do not panic - just try to think how you first filled in that vast empty white sheet of A4. Double spacing for the A levels, lists of sports teams and debating societies, a couple of bogus holiday jobs all padded out in a desperate promise that here was someone with real get-up-and-go.

Now open your eyes and take a peek at your current CV. Tons of absolutely relevant, hard-edged experience, of course, but you notice how it seems to be lacking something. What happened to the promise, the limitless potential, the get-up-and-go? Somewhere over the years they all seem to have got up and gone.

In truth have you become a bored boss who has only succeeded in swopping experience for indifference? There you are with a salary that could strip a corner shop of Smarties, a kissing technique that Antony and Cleopatra would die for and an unrivalled knowledge of buffer stock delivery in a just-in-time environment - and suddenly it's just not exciting any more. …

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