Entries by Virginie Lemay-Vriesde

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Effective leadership is not the exclusive domain of men or women

Effective leadership is not the exclusive domain of men or women! When we talk about ‘leaders’, we often think of men first: Martin Luther King, Gandhi, Napoleon, Roosevelt, Churchill, the Dalai Lama, Warren Buffet, Jeff Bezos, etc.   However, there have been and there ARE also many women leaders: Oprah Winfrey, Angela Merkel, Amelia Earheart, […]

Pay attention to your body language!

Communication is 70% body language, 20% tone and 10% words. Surprisingly, that non-verbal communication is far more important than words being said.   When we communicate, our body language tells much more than the words we actually say. The way we stand, how we move our hands, where we look, etc. are also communicating ‘something’. […]

Some dates we never forget…

Some dates are always ‘special’ to us and we never forget them… These dates are the milestones in our life that remind us we are alive. For me, this special date was yesterday, 14th August.   Many years ago, I had a terrible car accident. I had to lie in bed for 6 weeks without […]

Animals and diversity…

They are all different And yet, they are all friends… If they all can get along with each other Why can’t we??? [French version / version francaise] Ils sont tous différents Et pourtant, ils sont tous amis… S’ils s’entendent tous les uns avec les autres. Pourquoi nous, ne peut-on pas le faire ? Source video: […]

Pay attention to cultural references

When we use some cultural references, we always have to be mindful of who we are talking to… Especially nowaday, in a world that is getting smaller and smaller, we often communicate with people who are not originally from the country where we come from.    When you want to convey something,  Whether it’s by doing […]

How sport benefit women’s leadership

Sport and leadership: what is the link? Well, we all have seen or read many articles regarding women leadership. Many of these articles provide advice to women. From getting a mentor, to networking, all these articles explain what women should do to climb the corporate ladder.    I came across this article and wanted to […]

How to embrace diversity

Working in an international environment is usually very challenging . You not only deal with many different people from different countries, but also different personalities, opinions, cultures… However, working with different types of people is also very rewarding. I’m a huge fan of diversity. Whether it’s about people from different backgrounds, cultures, races, nationalities, languages, […]

Start with your audience!

Start with your audience!  Whether you need to present something verbally or send an email, ask yourself the following questions: Are you providing an update to your team members? Do you need to present something to your leadership team? Is your audience new to your industry or organization? Are all participants native English speakers?  Are […]

Breaking stereotypes

We should never judge a book by its cover, nor a person by his/her own appearance. Yet, we all have many stereotypes in our head, many bias that we should not have… How often do we think ‘This person cannot do this!’ or ‘This is impossible, he/she will never be able to reach this goal!’ […]