She’s not your competition

Someone climbing up a ladder is often the picture we visualise for success or career advancement. Most disturbing is the picture of a person climbing the ladder whilst pushing others aside, hanging off the edge, as they strive to climb higher. 

There will always be people that do not want to be cooperative and helpful. There will always be people who are acting in their own best interests.

So, let’s not be surprised when we observe this. Remember, we don’t know what’s going on in their life? Or how they have been mentored and led? Be a touch generous without allowing them to walk all over you.

What does this mean to us when we encounter this kind of person?

Don’t get disappointed. Don’t expect everyone to have the same values as you and we can always act in accordance with our values even with the unhelpful person.

Also remember we can always be the champion for others; advocate for people who may find it difficult to speak up, take a risk and give something a go.

Let’s help create a supportive and helpful culture.

No Regrets,


About Penny

Penny was born in England, raised in New Zealand, lived in America and settled in Perth, Australia. Together with her husband Mark, she is raising a teenage daughter and has twin twenty-something sons. "Coming home at the end of a solid working day to family and friends is my delight" says Penny, Co-author of the book – She’s Not Your Competition. She is a heart-felt communicator who believes in the power of a person’s story. Penny has over 25 years experience as a high level leader and spokesperson in both the private and non-profit sectors with significant public relations experience. She is currently the CEO of South Coastal Women's Health Services, and prior on the Leadership Teams of Rise Network and Riverview supporting people in areas of mental health, domestic and family violence, and children overseas at risk of exploitation. She holds an MBA and MBL, and is a Board Director for the Youth Affairs Council of Western Australia. For the past 15 years she has provided pro-bono support as a mentor for leaders and consultant to not for profits. Penny’s personal life endeavour is a determination to "make life better not bitter".