5 Top Tips to RESET your Career

The Art of Negotiating your Career Transitions, Big and Small

Hello and welcome to Career Tips! In this edition, a bit of an original offering: an hour-long webinar on career transition! Wow!career transition

I designed this workshop for everyone currently thinking of changing jobs, whether the change means just a progression within your current employer or involves a switch to a new industry. Indeed, the webinar considers all forms of career transitions, whether they stem from a risk of redundancy, a natural process of internal evolution within your current company or that vague, and at first clearly unhelpful, sense that it’s time to think about what next.
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Top Tips so You Play Better to your Strengths

The Art of Doing the Right Things

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Hello and welcome to Career Tips! If you are a regular subscriber, strengththen you may recall that last month’s article was entitled "The Art of Getting the Right Things Done" and focused on personal effectiveness tips. I offered it in the context of helping you make progress with respect to your 2014 work objectives (though a bit of personal effectiveness at home wouldn’t hurt either!). This month’s article is in the same vein insofar as it focuses on your strengths. Indeed, we all know that we ought to play to our strengths but how do we pragmatically do that? And what are our strengths anyway? Here are five tips so you really play to your strengths.
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5 Tips to Make Sure you Achieve what you Want

Optimise your Chances of Success by Identifying your Blind Spots

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In the preceding article (click here), we talked about setting ourselves and our team goals which truly motivate. Goals which play to our skills, but which also make us feel blind spotempowered and autonomous, give us a lot of satisfaction and, for that reason, we are much more likely to keep at them, despite setbacks, until we reach them.

In this follow-up offering, I am turning my attention to blind spots. When it comes to goal achievement, life is likely to throw obstacles in our way. But it isn’t just the outside world which may interfere: we may also be holding ourselves back – without being aware that we are. This is what I mean by blind spots: things about ourselves that we don’t know or have forgotten about that are getting in the way of us realising our objectives. Let’s look at 5 ways to find those blind spots.
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Top 3 Tips to Set Goals which Motivate

A Fresh Look at Setting your Team’s Work Objectives

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In this first offering of 2014, I am returning to the topic of work objectives as many of you are likely to be or soon will be engaged objectivein considering your objectives at work for 2014 and then discussing them with your line manager. For those among you familiar with these Career Tips, you may recall that I have previously written about the subject of setting work goals. You may find some of these articles of interest and they are available by clicking here.

Beyond the well-known techniques to set objectives – such as the SMART acronym – and then to stay on track, achieving goals – whether at work or at home – is all about motivation. The motivation to get started but, even more importantly, to keep moving until the objective is achieved, despite setbacks and obstacles along the way. As such, as self-empowered individuals but alsomotivation as line managers responsible for delivery, we need to identify goals which motivate because those will stand the most chance of being achieved.
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Top 5 Tips to Motivate and Retain Talent

A Template for a Constructive Performance Assessment

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In this last offering of 2013, I am returning to the topic of performance assessment as many of you will be presently engaged in performance appraisals, whether as recipients or as managers. Frequently in the two capacities. Let me say this upfront: when it comes to the management of their performance, there is now ample evidence that staff members have shifted from being passive recipients to active agents. Indeed, it’s not just Gen Y – employees everywhere and of every generation expect more: more involvement, more accountability and more recognition. staff expectations

Indeed, a recent Gallup poll of over 1 million employees showed that the number one reason people quit their jobs is dissatisfaction with their immediate manager. Have you heard the saying "People leave managers not companies"? Well, we now have ample statistics to back up this statement. And so, for managers, enforcing performance standards in a command and control sort of way no longer works. Managers are now expected to provide ongoing feedback, including positive comments, and for their negative messages to be put forth in a constructive and balanced fashion with a view to guide and inspire, rather than to scold and then provide ready-made solutions.
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Embracing Diversity – Part 2

How to Create a Constructive Outer Dialogue

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Hello and welcome to the second of two articles on the subject of diversity. In a preceding article, ladderwe went on an inner journey, one which looked at what we tell ourselves when we meet someone we perceive as different. That journey took us in five steps from a place of fear to one of appreciation. When we appreciate diversity, ours is a mindset of curiosity, whereby we are able to wonder about another person’s unique characteristics. When we appreciate diversity, we are able to consider the differences between us and them a non-judgmental fashion. If you missed this article, you can catch it up by clicking here.

In this companion article, we continue to look at diversity as that process which allows colleagues sharing the same workplace to both recognise and value their individual differences. We will revisit the inner dialogue we developed and complement it with elements of an outer conversation. These five steps are the rungs of the "diversity ladder", a two-pronged methodology which combines looking at our inner thoughts and elaborating a possible dialogue with someone as we embrace diversity.

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Embracing Diversity – Part 1

First Take a Look at Your Inner Dialogue

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Hello and welcome to the first of two articles on the subject of diversity. Diversity has appeared comparatively recently in professional settings but it hasdiversity as an acronym a long history when considering the political realm. Think of the apartheid period in South Africa: this was a struggle for diversity though this was not the terms in which the fight to end racial segregation was articulated. Diversity is also at the core of the US Civil Rights Movement.

This article is not meant as a history lesson so let me pause here. The diversity I would like to engage you about today is that which allows colleagues sharing the same workplace to both recognize and value their individual differences. These differences can be along the dimensions of, among others, race, gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, age, physical abilities, and religious or political beliefs, to name a few.

Diversity is a mindset of curiosity and exploration: the state of mind whereby one wonders about another person’s unique characteristics and the process which follows whereby the differences between two individuals are discussed in a non-judgmental fashion. In this article, I want to invite you to take an inner journey, one which looks at what we tell ourselves when we meet someone we perceive as different. A journey from fear to appreciation.

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Tips for Clarifying and Conveying your Personal Brand

Building your own Personal Brand

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 Hello and welcome to this article on the subject of your brand. In what follows, we look at, first, what is a personal brand, how to be clear about what you want your brand to be and, finally, how to communicate your brand.

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Top 5 Tips to Making the Most of LinkedIn

Leveraging your Presence on LinkedIn

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Hello and welcome to the second of two articles concerning LinkedIn. In the previous offering, we looked at how to build a LinkedIn presencegood LinkedIn profile – in contrast to many profiles on LinkedIn whose quality is poor and therefore give a bad impression of the profile owner. If you missed this article and  would like to catch it up, just click here.

Today, we will look at how to leverage your LinkedIn presence, such as who to connect with and what groups to become a part of.
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Top 5 Tips to a Memorable Profile on LinkedIn

Getting Noticed on LinkedIn

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Hello and welcome to the first of two articles concerning LinkedIn. I decided to make LinkedIn the subject of two dedicated tutorials because I found it comes back in conversation. Folks ask about what to put in their profile, who to connect with, or what the point of groups is. I propose to address these questions in two parts. In the first part, in this article, we will look at how to build a good LinkedIn profile – in contrast to many profiles on LinkedIn LinkedIn puzzlewhose quality is poor and therefore give a bad impression of the profile owner. Next, we will look at how to leverage your LinkedIn presence, such as who to connect with and what groups to become a part of.

I think it is fair to say that LinkedIn has become the so-called "go-to" site for looking up people’s professional profile. Insofar as you are a professional and LinkedIn is the premier social media site for employers and recruiters, my personal view is that it is no longer possible NOT to have a presence on LinkedIn. Even if you are not very active on LinkedIn, let me recommend you at least be present and can be found on LinkedIn. Like keeping your CV current, being on LinkedIn is good professional housekeeping. But if you decide to be present, then it is important that your profile be of good quality, lest it backfire and negatively affect your professional image. Recent research reveals what elements are important to headhunters and employers reviewing LinkedIn profiles: [Read more…]