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22 Jan: Your guide to creating your best year yet 🙌

Hi there, While we believe that you can create change in your life at any time of year, the start of a new year often prompts us to consider our goals, resolutions and intentions for the next 12 months. Writing down our goals and outlining a plan on how to achieve them gives us direction and a sure path to follow. Knowing the what, why, and how for your goals makes pursuing them less overwhelming as this provides greater clarity on exactly where you need to focus your time and energy. You only need to do a quick google search…

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18 Dec: How to manage yourself through the holiday season

Hey there, Welcome to our final Inkling TV  for the year, and what a year 2019 has been! Many of us are now just a day or two away from wrapping up work and then it’s straight into wrapping up gifts and spending time with family and friends over the holiday season. It’s said to be the most wonderful time of the year, but for many, it can also be the most stressful. In our final Inkling TV for 2019, our CEO Soph shares with you her tips for how we can all better manage ourselves and our energy this…

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04 Dec: She believed she could, so she did 🙌🗣

Hi there, Today we wanted to introduce you to the amazingly talented Sarah, an inspiring woman who decided to take action and make changes in her career and life that she would have never thought possible. Public speaking is something Sarah could never in a million years have imagined she’d be able to enjoy, let alone do. As she progressed her career within the engineering industry, Sarah knew that she needed to start owning her expert and sharing her knowledge, talent and passion with others in her sector, particularly with other rising female leaders. Sarah’s main challenges before attending Speakeasy…

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06 Nov: How to get your audience hanging off your every word

Hey there, Have you ever been stuck in a meeting or watching someone present and the speaker starts going into incredible detail – detail you’re not even the slightest bit interested in and is so minute that you actually end up forgetting what the point of their presentation is? Think about how listening to a presentation like this makes you feel – motivated, inspired, even the least bit interested? Our guess is probably not! The issue with presentations that share an over the top amount of detail is that your audience will disengage quickly, and often as the…

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23 Oct: To perform at our peak, we need to learn to oscillate.

Hey there. You know that feeling you get in the morning when you have to drag yourself out of bed, tiredness coursing through your body, standing in the hot shower visualising that first cup of coffee? That one you get when your pushing through the crowds on the bus or train into work, head down in your phone mindlessly scrolling through picture perfect shots of someone you don’t even know standing on a Mexican beach looking like they have all the fun.   Or how about that feeling when you get another email, WhatsApp or Facebook Messenger notification pops up…

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25 Sep: Gem’s tips for making change stick 🎯

Hey there, The process of changing is an active one. It asks something of you. You don’t get to sit back and let stuff happen. Implementing change requires you to roll your sleeves up, get your focus hat on and make a commitment to yourself – and often to others – to see that change through.  In today’s episode, Inkling Co-Founder & Chief Awakening Officer Dr. Gemma Munro shares 4 super simple tips that you can start using today to increase your chances of making change stick!      If you want to learn more practical tools and techniques to…

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28 Aug: Carolyn’s lightbulb moment 💡

Hey there, Meet Carolyn. Carolyn came to Ignite feeling like she was lacking direction and left with an incredibly liberating new way of thinking about herself, her strengths and her goals. We caught up with the wonderful Carolyn at the end of Ignite to ask her about her transformation. This is her story.    If you’re ready to ignite your career and learn how to maximise your natural strengths, Ignite is the program for you.  Our hugely popular and transformative 2 day program is happening in Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and London this October. Ignite will help you to develop an authentic…

Are you stuck in the perfect storm?

10 Jul: Are you stuck in the perfect storm?

Hi there, In today’s workplace, we are all having to do more with less. It’s one of the most common pieces of feedback we receive from individuals and organisations we work with. We’re more stressed, less centred, and struggling to keep up with an almost constant rate of change. In this weeks episode of Inkling TV, Inkling Co-Founder and Chief Awakening Officer Dr. Gemma Munro discusses the reasons why so many of us feel stuck in this ‘perfect storm’ of stress, and shares a powerful question and action that you can start using each day to help you maintain your well-being and focus. We…

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05 Feb: Unexpected Career Advice

Hi there! Gem here. I have a story to share with you that – truth be told – makes me feel a little vulnerable and wobbly. Last year I went through a bit of a tough time in my career. I learned a lot, especially when it comes to consistently ensuring you’re creating a career that feels meaningful and fulfilling. Today, you get to learn from my mistakes! In this episode of InklingTV, I’m sharing my three somewhat unexpected tips to build a career you’re passionate about … and how to keep doing this as the years go on. Watch…

23 Jan: New year, best you

Hello, Welcome to our first email for 2019! We hope you had a wonderful break over the holiday period, and are coming into the new year feeling excited and refreshed. While we believe that you can create change in your life at any time of year, the start of a new year often prompts us to consider our goals, and how we would like our lives to be different in twelve months’ time. You’re probably hearing the phrase “new year, new you” a lot, but we’d like to change that to “new year, best you” because we don’t think that you…

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19 Dec: Our year in review

Hey there! Welcome to our final blog for the year, and what a year it has been! At Inkling, you will know that our philosophy is to lean into discomfort in order to grow, and we have certainly done that in 2018. Please join us as we reflect on our journey over the last twelve months. We worked with 2000+ people around the world in our life-changing programs – from Sydney to San Francisco to London The team took 250+ flights to deliver our programs and workshops Our participants and clients gave us a net promoter score of 91.3 (an NPS above 70…

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01 Nov: Six words to resolve conflict

Hey folks, Gem here. In this episode of InklingTV I’m going to teach you 6 words that I have found incredibly useful to manage conflict and have those difficult conversations.  I also have a story about Soph and me and how these 6 little words helped us to move past a big, grumpy misunderstanding! I hope they help you as much as they helped us. With love, Gem SPEAKEASY – LAST CHANCE Our final round of Speakeasy for 2018 began this week in Adelaide. We still have a handful of spots available in Sydney (20-21 Nov) and Melbourne (27-28 Nov), so…

25 Oct: Speakeasy & 2019 Public Program Launch

Hi there, It’s time to get real. Be honest; how often do you sit in meetings, with a suggestion or idea on your mind, and never quite find the right time to speak up? Have you ever been offered a speaking opportunity that would be a great career move, but start sweating at the thought of standing up in front of a crowd? If these scenarios sound familiar, you’re not alone. We see thousands of people who are not living up to their true potential, and are having a limited impact and influence at work simply because they lack the…

How to find your tribe

18 Jul: How to find your tribe

Over the last few years, a strange thing has started happening to me. I keep meeting people who make me want to grab them by both arms and yell delightedly in their slightly bemused faces “Oh, it’s YOU! I’VE FOUND YOU!”. In short, I have started to find my tribe. Or they have started to find me.

Who are you being

18 Apr: Who are you being?

Through our workshops we meet so many women who struggle to allow their true selves to be seen in the workplace. There is a real fear of being excluded, judged, seeming weak or unprofessional, and ultimately of being deemed incapable of their job.

Flex those muscles

21 Mar: Flex those muscles!

We know from working with thousands of amazing women that a big part of inspiring women to step, speak up and lead is helping them to understand their strengths. Strengths are your secret weapon to a having a fulfilling and successful career!

How to move past negative emotions

21 Feb: How to move past negative emotions

Have you ever been cut off in traffic and then spent the rest of your drive absolutely simmering? Or maybe a client has sent you a nasty email and it’s ruined your whole day? This is a sign that you’re getting stuck with negative emotions, and the good news is we are here to help!

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01 Dec: Getting heard in the workplace: a matter of gender equality?

At a time when gender equality is becoming a major qualifier of success for Australian companies, do women have to work harder to have their views heard? Here is an assertion that I hear from many Australian leaders, both male and female: Women need to speak up more at work. I am not saying there is no truth to this statement. I know many women who, like me, have spent their days beavering away at their to-do lists, assuming that their excellent work will speak for itself. But the idea that women need to speak up more at work ignores…

The Daily Guru - an interview with Gemma Munro

13 Oct: The Daily Guru – an interview with Gemma Munro

Today we are thrilled to be sitting down with Gemma Munro. She is the CEO Of Inkling Women. Gemma has a PhD in performance psychology and many years of experience working with leaders to discover their purpose, maximise their strengths and build careers that are as enjoyable as they are successful. THE BEST PART OF MY JOB IS… I have three! First and foremost, Inkling Women is driven by our belief that the world will be a much better place when 50 per cent of the most important decisions for our planet are made by women. Our mission is to inspire…

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02 Sep: I want a future where 50% of leadership positions are held by women – by Gemma Munro

Just for a moment, imagine a world where 50 per cent of leadership roles worldwide were held by women. A surfeit of research suggests that gender-equal leadership would result in significantly greater collaboration, compassion, innovation, performance and sustainability. There would be more listening and less posturing. More participation and less hierarchy. Better long-term decision-making, reduced turnover and far greater employee engagement. We know that followers want more female leaders – or, at the very least, leaders who bring a more feminine approach to their leadership style. In a study of 64,000 people in 13 countries, two thirds of respondents suggested that…

29 Aug: The glass ceiling in Australian workplaces (Demo)

As Hillary Clinton becomes the first woman in U.S. history to win the nomination of a major political party, it’s worth asking where is the glass ceiling? In June this year, Hillary Clinton became the first woman in US history to win the nomination of a major political party, putting, in her words, “the biggest crack in the glass ceiling yet”. If she goes on to become President, she will join Theresa May and Angela Merkel as three female leaders of the G8. In the same month as the Democratic National Convention, I met several young women who told me…

Are you suffering from the rushing woman's syndrome

20 Jul: Are you suffering from Rushing Women’s Syndrome?

Are you suffering from Rushing Woman’s Syndrome? Do some of the following ring true for you: > Feeling tired all the time > Craving sweets in the afternoon > Feeling like you can never get through your to do list > Needing caffeine to wake up and alcohol to wind down In this episode of Inkling TV you’ll learn how to identify some of the underlying causes of Rushing Women’s Syndrome and a few tips to help overcome it. Twinkling of the week: “You do not need to do more, be more or have more. You are fine just as…

20 Apr: Ensuring women in leadership flourish

To ensure women in leadership flourish you must focus on creating leaders with the willingness and skills to create inclusive teams. As the CEO of a business whose mission is to ensure that 50% of leadership roles worldwide are held by women, I have a large stake in ensuring women in leadership flourish. I also have a clear understanding of what works—and the mistakes organisations are making—in the bid to ensure gender diversity in the workplace. The biggest mistake I see involves frittering around the edges of policy and strategy, without making any concerted effort to develop and grow your…

07 Apr: ShortPress Small Talk Series: Inkling Women (Demo)

Inkling Women offers programs that help women build the confidence and capability to step into more senior roles in business. It offers free video training, as well as leadership and coaching programs for current and aspiring female leaders. ShortPress sat down with the company’s award-winning founder and CEO, Dr Gemma Munro. ShortPress: Describe your small business in less than 50 words. Inkling Women: Inkling Women inspires women to lead. We provide Australia’s best leadership coaching programs for women, and we work with executive teams to ensure they are creating an environment in which both women and men can thrive. SP:…

17 Mar: The best ways to motivate your team (Demo)

Ask the right questions to get at the heart of what motivates your team. I recently ran a workshop with 15 high potential female leaders in financial services. Many of the 15 were struggling with their teams. They wanted to be leading teams that were motivated, capable and committed. Instead, their days were spent convincing staff to take responsibility for KPIs. I was told that it felt like pulling teeth. I gave these women one of my main tips for building a motivated team: Treat your team members like rubber bands—stretch them until they’re almost at breaking point. As you…

08 Mar: Inkling Women to help fast-track entrepreneurs into U.S. through accelerator program run by KPMG and Advance (Demo)

DR Gemma Munro from Adelaide-based training provider Inkling Women is ready to conquer America. Inkling Women has just been selected to take part in elevate61, a program to help Australian entrepreneurs fast track their growth into the US market. The Eastwood-based training provider, specialising in gender diversity, was one of 11 Australian businesses hand-picked for the accelerator program run by KPMG and Advance. Dr Munro will take part in a three-day workshop in Sydney in April to undergo mentoring and coaching on how to pitch to investors in the US market. This is followed by a 10-day intensive session in…

19 Feb: The power of authentic leadership (Demo)

Are you putting too much pressure on yourself to be all things to all people? Find out how to tap into the power of authentic leadership. One of the biggest mistakes I see leaders make is pretending that there is a sudden and all-pervasive need to be all things to all people. If I had a dollar for every time I have met a beige, boring and (on the surface) seemingly perfect executive, I’d be a rather rich woman. Perfection is not the aim of leadership. In fact, perfection drives followers away, and doesn’t encourage them to progress in their…

25 Nov: Moving past self sabotage: 6 steps to getting out of your own way (Demo)

No matter how confident we are, we have all fought against the limits we unconsciously place on our own success. It’s time to move past self-sabotage. If I had to name the one thing that holds leaders back most, I would choose self-sabotage. No matter how outwardly confident we are, we have all fought against the limits we unconsciously place on our own success. To others, we may appear to launch fearlessly into new ventures. Internally, though, we often struggle with beliefs that suggest we only deserve this much money, this much happiness, this much recognition. And when we experience…

Are our daughters destroying feminism

15 Nov: Are our daughters destroying feminism?

There was once a time when the greatest threat to feminism came from the entrenched patriarchal society in which women lived.  Today, however, it seems the feminist movement is most at risk from a much more unlikely source: women. In particular a young, vocal and growing movement, insistent on disowning feminism as unnecessary and antiquated. Sarah Hausler investigates. In the past year the #womenagainstfeminism hashtag has exploded. This is thanks, in most part, to the Women Against Feminism Tumblr page, where young women post images of themselves holding placards bearing statements such as “I don’t need feminism because I can…

21 Oct: A post on COURAGE from our CEO (Demo)

By Gemma Munro I have been reflecting on the concept of courage a lot lately. I was in London a week ago, eating fresh raspberries and drinking hot apple cider from Borough Markets when I looked up and saw this sign on a crumbling old building. TAKE COURAGE, it told me. I had just got to the end of a number of weeks where courage had been needed – in spades. And those weeks were scary, yes, but absolutely exhilarating. I’d pitched big ideas. Written big articles. Been interviewed for big awards. Flown in big planes. Celebrated the end of…

Overcome your negative self-talk

06 Sep: Overcome your negative self-talk

Do you have a nasty voice in your head that says mean and destructive things to you? Does this voice hold you back; convince you that terrible things are going to happen; tell you that you are not enough, never will be enough and that ultimately you are going to die old and alone? 

10 Organisations Encouraging Female Professionals in Australia

07 Aug: 10 Organisations Encouraging Female Professionals in Australia

Inkling Women rated #2 for encouraging female professionals in Australia. 10. Australian Centre for Leadership for Women The Australian Centre for Leadership for Women (ACLW), a virtual Centre was founded by Dr Diann Rodgers-Healey in 2000 to assist emerging and established women leaders and advance gender equality outcomes. ACLW has been the focal point of significant achievements, including the establishment of national awards recognising women’s advancement in workplaces and communities, research and extensive writing on key issues, submissions related to gender equality legislation, empowerment of women and women’s groups through coaching, mentoring, strategic facilitation, and giving women a platform to…

Four Pay rise tips

06 Aug: Four Pay rise tips

Even though women’s rights have improved since a few generations back, the gender pay gap is still very real. For a variety of reasons, on average, women earn far less than men – $298.10 per week less – and the national gender pay gap is currently 18.8%1. Whilst closing the gender pay gap is a complex issue requiring a multi-faceted approach from a wide range of stakeholders, including employers, there are some positive actions you can take to help ensure you are getting paid what you should be. Here, Dr Gemma Munro, career coach and CEO of Inkling Women –…

14 May: Budget 2015: Tony’s tradies get behind the wheel (Demo)

She may not look like it, but Gemma Munro is one of “Tony’s tradies”. Ms Munro would like to take advantage of the government’s new incentive for small businesses to spend up on equipment, by buying a car for at least one of her nine employees at her growing business mentoring company, Inkling Women. “It’s something I’m absolutely considering, even for team members as part of their salary package,” Ms Munro said. “For us it’s a little bonus to help with expenses. We’ve doubled ­almost every year since we started in 2011 and it’s almost a reward to help our…

10 Mar: Women in executive positions (Demo)

What’’s holding women back from the very top job? Organisations will be more profitable, more engaged and more productive when the most important decisions. What’s holding women back from the very top job? Organisations will be more profitable, more engaged, and more productive when the most important decisions are made by an equal proportion of men and women. This is the driver behind the work that my business does with CEOs, leadership teams, and high-potential women—and the data backs us up. Extensive global research shows that organisations with the highest proportion of women on their boards significantly outperform others in…

Women, don't be compliant

25 Jan: Women, don’t be compliant

Gemma Munro has set up a business mentoring women in business and leadership. Picture: Kelly Barnes Source: News Limited WOMEN have to let go of the need to be liked, because it is stifling their careers and standing in the way of their goals, says leadership consultant Gemma Munro. Munro, 36, runs consultancy company Inkling Women, specialising in training and workshops to help women gain confidence and take control of their careers. Business is booming, with more organisations wanting to help their female staff grow in confidence, stand up for leadership roles and ensure they are heard. “If women are…