Tall Poppy

  • Trust no-one and you’re off to a good start

    My wariness motto in business and in life: Trust no-one and you’re off to a good start. I’m sometimes labelled as cynical for saying this.  And that labeling is often by the very people who spend their days complaining...

  • Why ‘boys clubs’ work but women shaft each other 

    It’s a bitter fact of business and career life. Men help each other so much more than women will help each other. The ‘boys club’ is a brilliant strategy for men, that has been successful for generations in the...

  • Why the female flatterer is dangerous 

    I write (and speak) often about the male flatterer and why career and business women should be very wary of this particular creature. But there is one person who can be even more dangerous and that’s the flatterer of...

  • Why it’s good that Melania Trump copied Michelle Obama. And you do the same.

    Melania Trump is probably one of the most privileged women on this planet. And she could be one of the canniest as well. But okay, her speechwriter (we all know people at that level don’t write their own words)...

  • Feline Syndrome: 3 ways you can avoid being ‘that woman’

    I don’t know why it happens so often, but I have seen countless times women literally kill another woman’s career and professional opportunities. It is shameful and shocking because, collectively, we have power and influence. I have heard many...

  • 10 passive-aggressive things you should stop saying

    Hidden messages and meanings are being communicated to others in everything you say, without you even knowing. And, while you could be trying to say something honest and up front, instead you could come across as passive-aggressive – showing...

  • What’s Imposter Syndrome and 4 ways to overcome it

    It’s a feeling most of us know well. Your colleagues commend you after a presentation you delivered and the first thing that comes to your mind is “One day they’re going to find out I’m not as great as...

  • 7 signs you’re being shafted

    Being shafted is unfortunately a reality in the business world. And if you’re prepared for it, you can make the best of the situation – either lessen the impact or sometimes even avoid it altogether. And the worst that...

  • You don’t have children, do you?

    This is a special article for all the single women without children. Have you ever been in the middle of a discussion at a meeting or an event when someone asks you what you do. So you rattle off your insane...