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These posts first appeared in The Hobson magazine. It’s about the commitment to reinvention at mid life.

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  • Lean in.org and Getty aim to change portrayal in stock photos

      I love Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg’s nonprofit organization, LeanIn.org,  They have just announced a partnership with Getty Images, one of the biggest providers of stock photography, to offer a special collection of images that it says represent women and families in more empowering ways.   “When we see images of women and girls and men, they often fall into the stereotypes that

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  • The Art of Having Less

    By Sandy Burgham As a girl I used to ask my Dad what he wanted for Christmas and he would always answer emphatically, “All I need is love”. I remember thinking “what a stupid, boring request — who does think he is, a Beatle or something?” I couldn’t wait to be older so I could afford to buy chocolate biscuits,

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  • Women Entrepreneurs Interview

    Here is an interview with Gill South (who incidentally is a fabulous woman as well as a great journo) that appeared in the Herald online Nov 2012 about women entrepreneurs.   Executive coach Sandy Burgham, Sandy Burgham & Associates talks to Gill South about women entrepreneurs. She spoke at last week’s Co.OfWomen summit in Auckland, a group designed for women who work

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  • An A for Mature Student Effort

    By Sandy Burgham When I last sat tertiary exams at around 20 years of age, I remember thinking how much I was looking forward to be grown up so I wouldn’t have to sit exams again. I never would have predicted that some 30 years later I would opt to do precisely that of my own accord. My motivation to

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  • Buckling up for Re-entry

    By Sandy Burgham Returning to the workforce is a very personal journey, writes Sandy Burgham I collect personal stories of reinvention, mid-life change and reawakening. It is part of what I do as a coach but it is also of great interest to me as a former researcher. One of the micro-trends I have witnessed over the last five years

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  • Your Personal Portfolio

    By Sandy Burgham Scientist, social entrepreneur and all round favourite New Zealander Sir Ray Avery has a unique, if not sobering, way of looking at life. “When you’re born, you’re born with 30,000 days,” he has said. “That’s it. The best strategic planning I can give to you is to think about that.” At 65 he estimates he has around

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  • Here’s to “Good Health”… Feb 2013

    An article that appeared in Feb 2013 Good Health magazine. It’s interesting to me that I got more interest in leaving my job than actually being in it.  

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  • Minding Her own Business.. Feb 2013

    Was also in Her Business magazine in 2013.  I was flattered to read that my voice was worth hearing….

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  • Personal Checklist

    I stole this from my favourite graphic design company Switch and I am sure founder Chris Jones lives by this as he is always on his motorbike, or in Thailand when I need him. (but he does deliver the goods!). You mightn’t subscribe to this list of 9 things, but what are the rules you live by?

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  • The Art of Non-Conformity

    This is one of my favorite blogs. Chris Guillebeau calls himself a writer, traveller and fighter of the status quo and has made an interesting community and business out of this strong personal brand positioning. He started the blog “The Art of Non Conformity” to write a book about not living your life what way other people expect you to,

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