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Dolly's blog: The balance of power

Author Mena McMahon Date 20th Jun 2017 at 23:54 Comments 0 Comments

Mr D is away for a month and the added pressure is starting to bite.  Friday was a blur of admin and long-distance driving, culminating in a crossed-wire conversation with the headmaster durin... Read More

Ellen's blog: Fight or flight?

Author Mena McMahon Date 12th Jun 2017 at 21:51 Comments 1 Comments

The way an organisation handles its ‘flight risk’ is very telling of the kind of culture it has. By ‘flight risk’ I mean the likelihood that a valued employee will leave the o... Read More

Caroline's blog: Making lemonade

Author Mena McMahon Date 9th May 2017 at 11:56 Comments 6 Comments

Sometimes, as a treat, I take my tots to our favourite tea shop after school on a Friday. There’s a sign on the wall that my daughter always comments on: “if life gives you lemons, make ... Read More

Rosie's blog: Personal maintenance

Author Mena McMahon Date 3rd May 2017 at 13:51 Comments 1 Comments

One of the struggles as a parent is validating the time taken for what might loosely be referred to as “me time”. This takes varying forms for everyone. I had always subscribed to the ide... Read More

Rosie's blog: Losses

Author Mena McMahon Date 20th Apr 2017 at 09:52 Comments 0 Comments

Recently on a trip away I bumped into an old school friend whom I hadn’t seen for over 20 years. We both have busy jobs and families. It was so good to catch up after that time and share some m... Read More

Julia's blog: Leadership Skills

Author Mena McMahon Date 27th Mar 2017 at 23:34 Comments 0 Comments

My daughter is blessed with bundles of confidence and a very strong sense of justice. She chats away for hours to anyone who will listen and is very quick to point out if she feels she has been wrong... Read More

Caroline's blog: Stars in their Eyes

Author Mena McMahon Date 21st Mar 2017 at 11:47 Comments 0 Comments

Does anyone else’s life sometimes feel like an episode of Stars in their Eyes?  You wake in the morning and want to announce to the world: “Today, Matthew, I am going to be ...&r... Read More

Ellen's blog: All About Me

Author Mena McMahon Date 15th Mar 2017 at 07:10 Comments 1 Comments

Last Friday my 4-year-old returned from school with a note in his bag to say that from the following Monday it would be his turn to put a display on the “All About Me” board. This was t... Read More

Sisieta's blog: New Territory

Author Mena McMahon Date 7th Mar 2017 at 21:49 Comments 0 Comments

So I’m no longer phased by the logistics of juggling home life with a city career (with the help of an extremely supportive & hands on husband). As I approach the 1 st anniversary with my ... Read More

Gemma's blog: The house of sickness...

Author Mena McMahon Date 13th Feb 2017 at 21:26 Comments 3 Comments

Before I had my daughter I was never ill, in fact it was like my badge of honour, cough or sniffle I was at work. During my pregnancy this hardly changed, until the end when a nasty bout of Pelvic G... Read More

Dolly's blog: Role Models

Author Mena McMahon Date 30th Jan 2017 at 22:21 Comments 0 Comments

I inadvertently re-read my 2015 appraisal the other day - the last in my old role. God I was miserable. I'm so happy in my new job that I'd almost forgotten quite how unhappy I'd become i... Read More
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