She’s not your competition; Day seventeen

blog header“Facial expressions can exacerbate a conflict.  Rolling eyes, smirky smiles or grimaces, and deep frowning all convey contempt or disdain and certainly can heighten defensiveness and worse any conflict.

Sometimes you may not want a colleague to know that she is getting to you.  You can communicate power with an expressionless countenance – that we call the ‘stone face’ – that seems to communicate a lack of empathy.

Women in powerful positions often adopt this expression because they must convey power in this way among men.  Using a stone face with other women, however, can lead to defensiveness, because women expect one another to be empathetic.”

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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".