Monthly Archives: November 2016



Femflection is proud to be a co-host of the Open Space Conference on “Creating and Communicating the World in 2017” in Brussels on 3 December, an event that will engage participants to look at how they move powerfully into the coming year in the wake of a year of great challenge and turmoil. Sponsored by IABC EMENA ( and Hosted by Changing The Terms ( the event is participant-led and all participants are invited to present and lead sessions. Participants from Belgium, Denmark, France, Holland and the UK have already registered, and the event will provide strong networking opportunities in addition to the opportunity to speak.

We would be delighted to see you at the event and hear your thoughts on the changing world of communications.

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The Path: A New Way to Think About Everything




Reviewed by Femflection

Harvard’s most popular professor explains how thinkers from Confucius to Zhuangzi can transform our lives

Professor Michael Puett’s course in Chinese philosophy has taken Harvard by storm. In The Path, he collaborates with journalist and author Christine Gross-Loh to make this timeless wisdom accessible to everyone for the very first time.

The ideas developed by Chinese philosophers are among the most influential in history – but the majority remain unknown by Western people. Continue reading

Michelle Obama Has “It”

by Anja Uitdehaag

John F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King, Gandhi, Oprah Winfrey, Michelle Obama, just to name a few, are all recognized as having “it”.

“It” is that something special that is called “charisma”.

“The word charisma is derived from the Greek word meaning ‘gift or divine favor.’  It is often used to describe an elusive personality trait that includes an uncanny ability to lead, charm, persuade, inspire, and influence people. Charismatic people seem to be able to easily draw the attention and admiration of others.  Related terms and phrases include: grace, exuberance, equanimity, mystique, positive energy, joie de vivre, extreme charm, personal magnetism, personal appeal, electricity, and allure.  Usually many of these specific qualities must be present within a single individual for the person to be considered highly charismatic by the public and their peers.” Continue reading

Lindsay’s In Business, Part 8. Unjumbling

by Lindsay Uittenbogaard (you can find previous parts of Lindsay’s story here: Part 1Part 2Part 3Part 4Part 5Part 6, Part 7)

The confidence and clarity I had in my business idea had plummeted whilst on holiday in Scotland and I got back feeling just awful.

RIGHT. This mess needed sorting out.  I wanted to get back to the basic concept and start afresh. I’m sitting at desk.  The house is empty. OK.

  • The emphasis had always centred on creating a better understanding of ‘context’ so that Managers can better engage with their teams.
  • It was about capturing perspectives to get that understanding – listening to what the sponsor, team leader and team members find as important and why, what they think could be done differently, how positive and motivated they feel about things – and most importantly – WHY.
  • It was about better understanding the style of the team leader, and the values of the team members.
  • It was about real dialogue: teams and their leaders talking together, co-creating a shared understanding of the issues, possibilities, ideas and means – where they are aligned and where they could be more aligned and why
  • Then it was about achieving real outcomes – what the team could do differently to move forward together, be that in learning, communication, collaboration, relationships, changes to processes etc.

I was waking up in the mornings, visualising the way this ‘offering’ would work.  A brand name popped up. Continue reading


Due to her demanding job, Femcy lost some friends. This is truly painful for her. She vents to everybody, everywhere any moment. To her male colleagues this comes across as whining and a bad attitude.

(Click on the pictures to see them in full size) Continue reading

Authenticity Matters


“Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.” – Oscar Wilde

The more we try to be something else—what our parents told us we should be, what our jobs demand us to be, what other people seem to think we should be—the more the desire to just be ourselves grows stronger.

In other words: Our authenticity comes under pressure as soon as we are challenged to act in a way that is foreign to our nature.

As long as we are able to find our own voice, adapt our behaviors and at the same time maintain our personal values and integrity we will function well.

The key to maintaining your balance of self and to become the most authentic version of yourself is simply focusing on what makes you happy by regularly checking in with yourself.

Taking care of your self is the most powerful way to begin to take care of others. Your wellbeing is the platform from which you serve others.

Embrace your individuality and be true to yourself!

Take care!

Anja Uitdehaag

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How To Land Your Dream Job

by matheen

Confucius once said, “Choose a job you love and you’ll never have to work a day in your life.” Sounds easy, right? Unfortunately, the path to landing your dream job can be quite a formidable task. If it was a walk in the park – everyone’s life would be less stressful and more passionate.

Despair not, achieving your dream job just got a lot easier with these key steps: Continue reading