Leiden Podcast – Episode 14: An Interview with Kim Vella


  This is Leiden Podcast a fortnightly (ish) podcast discussing all our favourite things: fashion, beauty, health and fitness. But we don’t stop there, we also interview amazing people, talk about relationships, books, pop culture, money and sex. After a brief hiatus we are back with a new episode where we discuss coaching, leadership and the importance of sleep with Dr Kim Vella who shares her expertise as an executive coach and drops helpful tidbits like no body’s business. Leiden Podcast and it’s catchy jingle are produced by the greatest guy around Roshan Fernandez. Our artwork features an illustration of… Continue Reading

EQ: Do you know where you stand?


  Do you operate with a sufficient dose of EQ at work? Do you even know how much EQ you have? Emotional intelligence (also known as emotional quotient) is essential for life. Some of us naturally have more than others. Some of us think we have it when we don’t. And some of us never think about it, or care. Here’s the thing: on the professional front, lack of EQ can get you into shit real quick. It can get you fired. It can stop you from getting promoted. It can land you in the media, with coverage that can… Continue Reading

A call to arms: How to become an amazing woman leader


  It’s mind blowing to think that here we sit, half way through 2018, and women are still facing gender equality issues. Still working in environments where the blokes do better because, well, they’re blokes. It’s shit. As a coach I continually hear from women who don’t even know where to begin busting through gender equality barriers. Well I can tell you that idle chat around the coffee machine isn’t going to cut it. And neither is a self-help book, no matter how well it’s written. Women have what it takes to become extraordinary leaders. That’s a given. What they… Continue Reading

April 2018 -2


Fashion Business of Fashion Can ‘Sick-Cute’ Fashion Break Japan’s Silence on Suicide? Kati Chitrakorn, 3/4/18 ‘With garments spelling ‘I Want to Die’ and accessories like syringes and bandages, a dark offshoot of the oppressively cute ‘kawaii’ culture is addressing the hush-hush topic of depression and mental illness in Japan. ‘ Read More   Career The New Yorker What Dale Carnegie’s “How to Win Friends and Influence People” Can Teach the Modern Worker Jessica Weisberg, 2/4/18 ‘Dale Carnegie treated the employee-employer relationship as a sacred, symbiotic bond. In today’s economy, work is structured more like a string of one-night stands.’ Read… Continue Reading

Six Tips For Being a Strategic Leader


  Through Leiden I have found myself leading a team of incredible people. Each of our team members have different needs and work preferences, and work across a wide variety of roles in varied locations around the country. Although I have developed management and leadership experience in my various day jobs, nothing really prepared me for the skills required to lead a large, flexible team all while growing a publication and hopefully a business from scratch. It can be difficult to become an effective leader – it takes a lot of work even if it comes naturally to you. With… Continue Reading

The Network of Possibility


  The Network of Possibility is hosting a cocktail reception on Wednesday 9 August. The event will raise funds for its charities of choice: Toora Women Inc., Karinya House, and YWCA Canberra. Two guest speakers will share their views at the Network on Wednesday: Former Secretary Mark Sullivan will lead a discussion on the role of leadership in creating ‘non-blokey’ workplaces. Mr Sullivan will unpack the issue of gender inequity with case studies and his personal insight. Leading gamification expert Kerstin Oberprieler will lead a discussion on imposter phenomenon. Ms Oberprieler will share personal insight on how to let your… Continue Reading

The Modern Girl’s Career Guide to Feedback


  We need to talk about feedback. There is a chronic shortage of it. We all know this because we’re not giving enough feedback and when we do, we do it in a clumsy awkward manner that has unintended consequences. We have become afraid of giving feedback and this is how we justify our reluctance:   Excuse # 1 – people do not want feedback Excuse # 2 – people get offended when I give them feedback Excuse # 3 – people will probably make bullying and harassment claims when I give them feedback Excuse # 4 – I don’t… Continue Reading

Reflections on My First Week of Unemployment


  Now, dear reader, this post will not offer any advice on how to avoid unemployment or how to be successful at finding a new job because lord knows I am no expert on those things (meanwhile, if you want to know how to style coloured stockings that is something I can offer advice on) it is merely a reflection on my current state of joblessness. Earlier this year I took the risk of leaving my unfulfilling yet permanent day job for a three-month contract in the Australian Public Service. And while I doubled my income, which allowed me to… Continue Reading