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City Stars - Handle challenging conversations

City Stars - Handle challenging conversations

Posted: March 26th 2020

The City Stars Programme is designed by City Hive CEO Beh Shah and Christine Brown-Quinn, a former Managing Director in International Finance, now an author, speaker and consultant helping women to develop business strategies so they can thrive in their careers. Well versed in what it takes to forge a thriving career in highly pressurised, alpha environments, Christine is known as The Female Capitalist.

At the beginning of their career, when delivery andcompletion of tasks are paramount, women often excel. By mid-career, however,they can experience a slow-down inthe rate of pay and promotion, which cannot be simply explained away bymaternity leave or a system based purely on meritocracy. So what is happeninghere?

First and foremost you have to take full ownership of your careerso that you can shape it in a way that keeps you fully engaged and aligned to achanging competitive environment. There is an easy way to go about this - withoutadding more hours to an already long day - but it does require a fresh approachand a new way of thinking.

While hard skills are perhaps more obvious and achievable, the softskills critical to career progression are often overlooked. The City Stars programme, therefore, addressesthe issue of career ownership and strategic positioning as well as the criticalsoft sills to move a promising career forward.

City Stars equips midcareer women with:

A greater awareness of their personal talent and potential (aligned strategically to the business)

An increased sense of ownership of their career now and in the future

A solid foundation of skills and strategies to navigate the complexity of business and organisational life

A support network of like-minded women working in the same industry

A clear endorsement from their companys management that they matter to the success of the organisation

What to expect

This session will cover:

  • How to prepare for tough talks the right way
  • Why having that difficult conversation sooner rather than later yields better results in more ways than one
  • The most common pitfalls to avoid in these tricky encounters
  • The crucial link between relationships and feedback
  • The five top tips for tough conversations


If you would like to join the City Stars programme, please contact [email protected]

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