In conversation...with Amanda Blesing


This week I caught up with Amanda Blesing, Founder of “The Ambition Revolution, the art and science of amping smart ‘n savvy”. Some of you saw Amanda speak in Sydney in 2017 at one of our events on the topic of “confidence v’s competence – which is more important for career success?”

I for one struggle with the new year and setting goals - particularly around career success. So, I asked Amanda a couple of questions to get her insights for career success for 2018.

Can you tell us about your 2018 focus in particular for the readers who haven’t met you?

Nothing specific has changed in 2018. I’m continuing my work with smart ’n savvy executive women who are newer to leadership roles, or leading in masculine dominated industries, and who want to avoid the pain and frustration that sometimes accompanies those situations. Clients working with me learn a fresh approach to managing their leadership brand so that they can halve their effort and double their impact.

Should I bother with resolutions for my professional life or just personal?

I'm not a fan of New Year's Resolutions per se. I am a bigger fan of the notion of 'off with the old, so you can get on with the bigger, better, bolder, more beautiful, bodacious & brilliant'. After all, if you keep on doing what you've always done, you'll keep on getting what you've always got.

Unfortunately, some of us have a tendency to keep on piling on with new ideas, bigger and better goals, maybe an increase in pay or two, along with more and more responsibility ... until the wheels start to fall off. Guilt, feeling exhausted and maybe even feeling like a failure can be pretty undermining. Best avoid if we can.

In our modern, crazy, mixed up world, for many of it’s quite challenging to separate the professional from the personal. That old saying “It’s not personal, it’s business” is a really big phurphy. Of course it’s personal. So here are four activities you can try to help clear house, assess wh