Recent Blog PostsBlog entries, to help you develop your own career strategy as well as have better career conversations with the people that work for you.
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“My team would be great, if it wasn’t for the people in it’ said a frazzled manager recently, ‘why can’t they just get on with the job, like I did when I joined the business?’ Getting people's performance on track can be a huge headache. You can manage projects, but...read more
Losing a job through redundancy (or a general election) is rarely a pleasant experience, no matter how welcome the pay-off. We tend to take it personally, regardless of the logic or the number of other people involved. How can they do this to ME? After all I have...read more
Is it time to toughen up, see how far you can push your career and get the projects or promotion you really want?
Good! Here is some tough talk, aimed at women but useful to everyone trying to get ahead, whether you have two XX chromosomes or not. It is based on my own experience coaching female leaders, combined with feedback I get from head hunters trying valiantly to find women for their shortlists. The advice is deliberately black and white so I look forward to your comments.read more
You joined an organisation to work for an amazingly charismatic, high achieving and powerful Boss. They made you feel special, making great efforts to get you on board and sharing their ambitious vision for the future with you. You were flattered, even a little...read more
If you knew that you were at the top of your game and would succeed at whatever you set your mind to, what would you aim for this year? Now that most of us are back in the swing of things after the holidays, I thought it would be useful to take a moment to pause and...read more
It’s peak networking time. Some people are natural networkers, but as recent research has found that up to 45% of us claim to feel shy some of the time, the chances are that many of us avoid networking if we can get away with it. Business networking is a...read more
In a ten-year study conducted by McKinsey, executives reported that they were five times more productive when they worked in a state of optimal concentration called flow. As author Steven Kotler points out, that means they could get as much done by the end of Monday...read more
I used to be a Recruitment Consultant, running a business that recruited staff for the recruitment industry itself, (yes, you read that right). That’s got to be the sharpest end of the recruitment sector. I became fascinated why some candidates achieved their...read more
Confidence is a crucial building block of personal and professional success. It defines the way we think, how we act, how we manage our emotions and the impact we make. It is an Inside Out/Outside In construct – if we behave in a more confident way, it makes us feel...read more
Three Reasons why Recruiters don't return your calls Part of a balanced job search campaign should involve engaging with recruiters, particularly the ones specialising in your function or sector. (Only about 20% of your time though, with the rest spent mining your...read more
Welcome back. Many of us seem to have hit the ground running after the holidays and it's easy to forget our good intentions to improve the way we live and work. One of my clients said last week that she felt her well-being was at 4/10 and she wants to feel 8/10 by...read more
I've noticed that some of my coaching clients have already written down their resolutions for 2016. These are usually people who managed to keep their resolutions for this year too. Research says about 45% of us make resolutions but 54% of us will give up within six...read more