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6 07, 2017

Every morning I ask myself ‘How can I help?’

By |2018-11-20T20:33:46+00:00July 6th, 2017|Career management, Finding Work, Personal - career development|0 Comments

So said Katy Perry when she was interviewed by Toni Street on Seven Sharp earlier this week. Not being a fan, I didn’t understand or know about Perry’s philanthropic and altruistic leanings. It’s interesting because I’m noticing an incoming king tide of young people like her with similar aspirations. If you haven’t already noticed, there is [...]

25 10, 2016

Entrepreneurship – an essential career management skill

By |2018-05-09T17:57:55+00:00October 25th, 2016|Career management, Finding Work, Personal - career development, Transition/outplacement|0 Comments

Today’s work environment requires a degree of entrepreneurship. Entrepreneurship has a wide-ranging definition and application. It is very closely aligned to the word “protean” which comes from the Mythical Greek Sea God “Proteus,” who was known for predicting and foretelling the future and his versatility and adaptability to acclimatise himself to successfully meet and thrive in the future he envisioned.

18 09, 2016

The role the ‘self’ plays in our work

By |2018-05-09T17:56:36+00:00September 18th, 2016|Career management, Personal - career development|1 Comment

“Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.” – Carl Jung. The sensitivities and manners required in the workplace develop an adaptive 'self' with behaviours that help us to survive and to fit in.  But the deeper aspects of our selves are where our real work lies. Our true character consists of those [...]

13 08, 2016

Why meaningful work matters

By |2017-10-05T14:43:21+00:00August 13th, 2016|Career management, Finding Work, Personal - career development|0 Comments

It sounds idealistic to be talking about meaningful work. After all, isn’t that the privilege of very few people? These days it seems so. Yet meaningful work is work that we are intrinsically attracted to and committing to that direction could ultimately lead to deeply satisfying work. So why would we not follow what interests [...]

26 07, 2016

Performance reviews as self – career evaluation opportunities

By |2017-10-05T14:44:14+00:00July 26th, 2016|Career management, Personal - career development|0 Comments

Often someone will call me to arrange an appointment to discuss their upcoming performance review. I celebrate the proactivity that this represents. The person concerned either wants to get the most out of their performance review or prepare themselves for a negative experience. Regardless of whether they are worried about it or looking forward to [...]

12 07, 2016

Could mindfulness be a career planning risk?

By |2018-11-20T20:18:09+00:00July 12th, 2016|Career management, Personal - career development, Transition/outplacement|0 Comments

Mindfulness is a great tool for self and career-management but I have often wondered whether it could also be the antithesis of career planning or imagining future outcomes. A mindfulness practice trains the mind to stay present, to focus on the task, activity or person in front of us. It helps us to manage worrying [...]

21 06, 2016

Imposter syndrome – the domain of the high achiever

By |2017-10-05T14:45:22+00:00June 21st, 2016|Career management, Personal - career development|0 Comments

One thing the Western world is very good at is making comparisons.  We grow up being compared – within the family, in class, at University and when competing for business.  We grow up believing we are being compared. People who are keen to get ahead strive to be compared favourably. As a result of other [...]

29 05, 2016

Career opportunities balance challenge and skills

By |2018-11-20T20:12:10+00:00May 29th, 2016|Career management, Personal - career development|0 Comments

Think of a significant career achievement. What skills did it draw from you? What helped you to achieve the objective? This level of detail and self awareness is valuable in determining your career development and potential. Many people describe career highlights as being times when they were challenged, often really stretched. They gained a greater sense of their own competence and a sense [...]

21 05, 2016

Finding a constructive way out.

By |2017-10-05T14:47:19+00:00May 21st, 2016|Career management, Personal - career development, Transition/outplacement|0 Comments

It takes a certain amount of confidence, conscious thought and planning to exit constructively from work that you are no longer enjoying. Changing jobs—and especially changing careers—is a delicate process. When you notice that you are disillusioned and somewhat disengaged at work its time to question why you should stay. If this state of mind [...]