Networking Tips for the Introvert

Four Suggestions When You Can’t Stand Networking

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Welcome to this edition of Career Tips dedicated to networking! When it comes to life in the office and building one’s career, networking is a theme which recurs time and again. Interestingly, networking does not challenge networkingeveryone in the same way. Indeed, extraverts don’t feel daunted by networking events as they naturally feel at home in groups but they often wonder how to make the most of these opportunities: they need tips to network most effectively.

In contrast, introverts dread networking events. As a matter of fact, any collective situation is potentially challenging for introverts because it is de-energising. Networking involves groups and people they don’t know: a double challenge for introverts. This article is for them.

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The Challenges of High Achievement

Five Things to Bear in Mind when It Comes to High Achievers

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happy at workHello and welcome to this ‘back to school’ edition of Career Tips 2014! I hope you have had the chance to relax over the summer months and have returned to your desk "full of beans" as my personal trainer says! During the summer, we took a break from tips to work hard and perform to consider, first, whether you are even reasonably happy at work and, second, how to create for yourself a supportive mental environment in the office so that you maintain a cool composure despite the many and frequent irritations inherent to any workplace.

If you missed the last two months’ articles, you catch them up here.

In this month’s offering, we are going in yet an entirely different direction: I would like to chat with you about high achievers. It is my personal view that high achievers are bit of a unique breed in the office. I workedhigh achiever alongside many of them during my corporate career and many are clients nowadays. I consider that I was myself a high achiever. High achievers are unique in that they demand a lot of themselves but also of others. So this article is designed for those among you who consider yourselves high achievers – so that you may consider easing off a bit and enjoying your work life a tad more possibly – and for managers who have high achievers in their team – to offer some food for thought around how to adjust your style with this type of team member.
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Your Quality of Life at Work: What You Can do About it!

Four Tips to be more Comfortable in your Workplace

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woman at workThis article follows on from the previous one which walked you through a self-assessment to determine whether you are at least reasonably happy at work. If you missed last month’s article, you catch it up here. This offering focuses on what you can do to create for yourself a supportive mental environment in the office. Hopefully, the summer has provided you with the opportunity for a break and some time out to leave your professional preoccupations behind. If you took the happy-at-work test, I trust the result was rather positive. As you return to the office, here are four tips to maintain high spirits at work.
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What’s your Quality of Life – at Work?

Being Able to Know Whether You are Happy at Work

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Welcome to the first summer edition of Career Tips! To help us shift gears away from work considerations, happy at worklet’s ask: are you happy at work? In the morning, do you look forward to going into the office? When you leave and come home, do you feel you’ve generally had a good day? Being reasonably happy at work is fundamental given the hours we spend there. When we’re happy, we’re also motivated – that’s the link between this article and this year’s preceding series on getting things done! If you missed it, you can catch it up here.

How can you know that you are indeed happy at work?
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Keys to Maintaining Motivation – for You and your Team

Reflections on Motivation and How we May Lose it

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Welcome to the sixth edition of Career Tips in 2014. Earlier in the year, we talked about your work goals for 2014, we discussed your blind spots getting things doneand how they can prevent you from making the progress you seek against your professional objectives, we reviewed techniques for working efficiently and finally we explored identifying and therefore being in a position to better play to your strengths. We then took a break and I shared with you a webinar on career transition which I trust was informative. If you missed it, you can catch it up here.

Indeed, achieving goals – in a professional context: performance at work – is about the capacity to keep doing what is required in order to progress and eventually achieve your goals. We have discussed how your blind spots will obstaclesinterfere, just as lacking in personal effectiveness is also likely to slow you down, while being unaware of your strengths will mean more hard work than is strictly necessary. But what we haven’t yet discussed and that which underpins any achievement is motivation. It is therefore time for an article which unpacks the components of motivation and helps us understand how we get demotivated.

The articles on goals, strengths, blind spots, etc. are available here.
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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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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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