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"Sam offers a woman’s perspective on leading and negotiating in the workplace and is passionate about sharing her approach so more of us can rise to the top."

Sarah V, 35, Department of Justice, Melbourne

I used to manage a team of 25 people in one of Australia’s biggest utilities.

At each end of financial year, every employee had to go through a review process to determine the size of their bonus. A self-assessed percentage was applied to every goal outcome, based on how well you’d performed. 60% was meeting expectations, 80-90% was exceeding expectations.

The total bonus paid was then based on those percentages. So if you were meeting expectations across the board, you would be paid 60% of your maximum possible bonus.

I had an excellent woman and a very average guy in my team.

They came into their respective review meetings.

The woman, who was one of the top performers in the team, gave herself an average of 60%. The man, who was one of the poorer performers, gave himself an average of 90%.

You can see where this is going...

and it was not an isolated incident!

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Women in the Workplace Are Less Likely To:

  • Negotiate for payrises
  • Ask for the work that they want
  • Highlight and broadcast their achievements
  • Push for flexibility that supports their lives
  • Be confident in their skills and abilities

There are a lot of things that contribute to this, so please don’t think I’m victim-blaming;

  • Unconscious bias in the workplace
  • The different cultural expectations of men and women
  • A gender pay gap of 15.3% that hasn’t shifted meaningfully in the past two decades...

All of these things directly correlate to women being given less opportunities, asking for less, and receiving less.

And I think it's time to challenge that...

Systemic change needs to come from two directions.

One, from the system itself; policies, laws, and regulations need to be adjusted to address the very real issues we face.

Two, from us, the women in the system.

We need to include ourselves, ask for what we want and need, and make our voices heard.

This is where I come in.

"Samantha's coaching helped me transition from a work-driven individual to a parent without completely losing my mind. Her guidance and insights provided much needed perspective, helping build my confidence and manage my expectations for the next phase in my life."

Hannah H., 37 Senior Management Origin Energy, mother to one

Who am I?

With 16 years of corporate experience, managing teams of up to 25 people, reporting up to Board level, I understand how to navigate the corporate environment.

I more than doubled my salary over a three-year period and always stepped forward in asking for projects I’m interested in and new challenges.

Most recently, I have been working in the Diversity Consulting space, gaining a broad range of technical skills in building inclusion capability, and keeping up to date with the latest industry research .

You're not alone. Let me help.

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Client Testimonials

"Samantha helped me de-clutter my mind and learn about the values that were truly important to me. She then helped me map out a way to reach these values. Without her support I would never have been able to guide myself to the things that truly matter. I am much happier!"

Aideen B., 32 Southern Cross Austereo

"I was given a clear road map about how to ask for what I want, in a way that suits the people I am seeking to influence. I found her guidance on specific issues to be invaluable because it is tailored to your personal style and industry."

Sarah V., 35, Department of Justice, Melbourne

"Once you meet her, you can’t help but be filled with optimism and passion. She’s amazing."

Hannah H., 37, Senior Management Origin Energy, mother to one

"Her energy,  compassion and wise council are well worth the investment."

Kate R., 43, former national HR manager at Visy, mother of two

"Sam’s support offers the accountability, confidence-boost, and momentum to really practice the art of asking for what you want."

Sarah V., 35, Department of Justice, Brisbane

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Just Imagine

  • Confidently leading pay reviews and salary negotiations
  • Achieving the year-end bonus that you desire
  • Asking – and getting – to work on the projects that excite you at work
  • Improving the way you ‘manage up’, which improves your careers prospects and day-to-day workplace experience
  • Understanding how to navigate flexible work options so you can balance your family and career

How it works

Free Chat

First, we’ll have an obligation-free telephone chat, to make sure we’re a good fit. We’ll discuss what you’re hoping to get out of coaching, how I can help, and whether the two seem to match up.

Preparation

Before the first session I’ll give you a few pieces of homework to do. This helps you get the most out of the coaching by ensuring you’re clear on what you want to achieve, and help me give the most to you, by ensuring I understand you and your goals.

Coaching Sessions

Run via skype or telephone, making it easy to fit around the rest of your life. You can duck into a meeting room during the day, or hop onto skype when the kids are asleep, with zero travel time.

Follow Up

After each session, I’ll send you an email summary, additional resources I think might help you, and 1-3 things to work on during the week(s) until our next session.

And fret not – if part of the problem is you don’t know what your goals are, THAT’S OK! We can uncover them as part of the process.

So if you're ready to...

Gain Confidence

Ask For What You Want

Make Some Changes

Increase Your Pay

Manage Work Instead of Work Managing You