Category Archives: Confidence


When I was at secondary school, there was a fashion for tucking our jumpers into our skirts. Looking back now, I have no idea why we did it, and I can accept that we must have looked stupid, but for … Continue reading

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If you build it, they will come

Today I had the very great pleasure of presenting at the first NetworkEd conference. Thank you to Nancy Gedge for asking me. She built a conference, and lots of people came. It was lovely to be able to say ‘yes’ to something … Continue reading

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The Opposite of Grit

Our kids both had their first passports at 3 months old. I remember laying them on the duvet to take their “My First Passport” photos. By the time we had to renew them when they were 5 years old, it … Continue reading

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He for She

“They tried to bury us. They didn’t know we were seeds.” Mexican Proverb As I’ve discovered this week, writing about gender brings out strong reactions in other people. This is fine, because I don’t use my blog as a way … Continue reading

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Man Up

“But if thought corrupts language, language can also corrupt thought.” George Orwell, 1984 Language is an incredibly powerful tool. It can make us laugh, or cry, or rage with fury against injustice, but it can also pervade our lives, without … Continue reading

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Just Leap!

“With confidence, you have won before you have started.” Marcus Garvey I’ve been thinking a lot about confidence this week: what it is, whether I have enough of it, and to what extent it is a cause of inequality between … Continue reading

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