S2 Ep17: Coaching resilience with Catherine Shepherd – can it really be taught?

Resilience is a much used term in today’s world. But what about the times in life when you really cannot muster it? How do you get through and can you teach your brain resilience techniques? In this episode, Jane talks to Catherine Shepherd about her own experience of depression, job hunting and other times in her life when resilience really was not a word she identified with. Catherine now helps to coach clients through these times and build their own resilience and ability to “bounce back.” Here is Dr Chris Johnstone's  3 zones of challenge which Catherine mentions, and Catherine's own writing on the subject. You can also find out more about Catherine and her coaching here. 

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Why do so many of us go careering into motherhood, unaware of just how hard it is to have a meaningful career as well as family commitments? And why don’t men struggle with their careers in the same way? We talk about the rise of flexible jobs and work anywhere policies, executive burnout and the pressure to be “always on,” Government claims that 75% of mothers are in work, and yet there's being in work and there's having a career. If you’ve had a career break, been on maternity leave, want a career change, want to relaunch yourself back into work or just want a happier balance between work and everything else, Careering Into Motherhood is here with practical advice, insightful interviews and real human stories. Jane Johnson helps empower women and negotiate with employers to offer flexible working so they can stay in their careers. She negotiated her own senior role as a job-share, and in 2019 she set up the Careering Into Motherhood Facebook Group to promote discussion around flexible working, the group now has more than 8,000 members and a successful women’s mentoring programme.