Claire Mahon - Nurturing advocates, change-makers, and leaders
Using evidence to fight the negativity bias

Using evidence to fight the negativity bias

I’d be willing to bet that almost every one of us can remember something negative someone has said about us at some point. Those things that sting, that go straight to the heart, that are unfair and untrue or just hit too close to home.

The other day one of my coaching clients burst into tears in the midst of telling me what someone had told her someone else had said about her — not actually a bad thing, per se, but something that felt unfair and hurtful at the time. And still does. She was not unusual. Almost all of the people, especially the women, I know have moments like this — those times that the negative stories you’re hearing from others and yourself that are seared into your mind crop up to the surface and unravel you.

The UN is recruiting mid-level professionals

The UN is recruiting mid-level professionals

The UN currently has a big recruitment round for mid-level professionals in political affairs, human rights, and judicial affairs. The deadlines are coming up fast — 14 March!

If you’re interested in applying for any of these, and want help with your application, book a time to chat with me soon, don’t leave it until the last minute!

Webinar on Healthy Boundaries for Human Rights Defenders and Social Justice Advocates

Webinar on Healthy Boundaries for Human Rights Defenders and Social Justice Advocates

The first Global Human Rights Group Monthly Discussion Hour for 2018 is on a topic that may be of interest to many change-makers out there. We are going to be joined by Randi Buckley, to talk about

The first Global Human Rights Group Monthly Discussion Hour for 2018 is on a topic that may be of interest to many change-makers out there. We are going to be joined by Randi Buckley, to talk about healthy boundaries for human rights defenders and social justice advocates.

Healthy Boundaries for Kind People

Healthy Boundaries for Kind People

Are you a kind person wanting to change the world? Or do you want to be a kind person changing the world?

If so, you’re going to need good healthy boundaries. And that’s easier said than done.

If you are kind, traditional advice about boundaries has likely failed you. It doesn’t work because it doesn’t feel right and it often doesn’t fit well. It doesn’t feel like an extension of you or your kindness. And the nutshell version of boundaries being only and just about how to say “no”? Not even close!

Many of you who have been following me for a while know that for years now I’ve been encouraging everyone I know to follow Randi Buckley and her work on Healthy Boundaries for Kind People. And now I’m back, saying it again — people, this is life-changing work and has significantly impacted my relationships with others, my working style, and my overall happiness.

Does your CV look good?

Does your CV look good?

I just had a great session with a client and was reminded how hard it is to get that first foot in the door after endless internships and short-term consultancies. It’s so frustrating when others keep telling you your applications look great yet you keep just missing out on getting the job!

One thing that helps if you are job searching is to ensure you are doing absolutely everything to make your CV stand out – the more professional the better!

By updating the format of your CV you can easily project your image as someone with their “fingers on the pulse”.

Failure is not the end

Failure is not the end

In some parts of the world, it’s time for end-of-school-year results, and final-year high school students are figuring out if they’ll get into university or not. I was reminded of this by Kon Karapanagiotidis, a well-known Australian refugee advocate and lawyer, who...