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Blog 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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How to handle interviews after redundancy

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...

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Do we all need to Man Up a bit?

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.

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Do you Walk on Eggshells around your Boss?

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...

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What would you do if success was guaranteed?

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...

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Seasonal Networking Tactics

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...

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How to get more done in a day than your colleagues do in a week

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...

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Three Ways to Build Your Employees’ Confidence

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...

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Three Reasons why Recruiters don’t return your calls

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...

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How to get what you want this year

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...

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Six tactics for passing a promotion interview

Six tactics for passing a promotion interview Even the most confident candidates balk at the thought of promotion panels.  They are  particularly intimidating if you already report to panel members.  How do you put on a convincing performance for people who already...

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