June 2016

Innovate! Regenerate! Accelerate!

By | June 16th, 2016|Articles|

Some businesses seem optimistic, others more cautious, but I reckon it’s fair to say that all sectors will have something in common as they stride into 2016. To move forward at pace every organisation will need to be innovative and encourage really creative approaches to generate growth and success. Your challenge is to adopt creative [...]

Creating your first Interim CV

By | June 16th, 2016|Articles, CV writing|

I receive many requests to help people write their CV, a good proportion wanting to consider interim roles as part of a portfolio career, which can be a great way to manage work and life at certain times in your career.   The issue is that many people are trying this and failing to secure [...]

The ART of researching a company before an interview

By | June 16th, 2016|Articles, interview skills|

We all know it’s essential to research a company before an interview don’t we. But do we know why we are doing it? Well, we will be able to answer the “What do you know about us?” question of course, but I think it goes deeper than that. Essentially you need to be able to [...]

David Bowie – Re-inventing yourself is the key to career success

By | June 14th, 2016|Articles|

The world recently lost one of its great innovators with the passing of David Bowie - a social culture genius and my musical hero for decades. He stood out for many reasons, one of which was his ability to evolve and change his public and stage persona. By re-inventing himself from David Jones through Ziggy [...]

January 2011

Networking; Exchanging Ideas

By | January 8th, 2011|Articles|

To be honest, the word ‘networking’ is succinct, well recognised but vastly misunderstood. The mere word sends shivers down many peoples’ spines with thoughts of smoky rooms, old school ties and little black books. I would like, once and for all, to blow the lid off this myth! Networking is an essential and enjoyable business skill which should be given a very high priority. Networking is about the building of relationships where there is some mutual benefit to be had: At work we do that internally all the time don’t we? – I would argue that you could not be successful without building and maintaining such relationships, so we get good at it; very good. At home we meet new people and use social networking sites to keep in touch and exchange information. I think that we are a generation that enjoys the benefits that all these scenarios can bring – so why the dread of ‘business’ networking? […]

December 2010

Good to Great…..Candidates

By | December 2nd, 2010|Articles|

‘Good to Great’- Jim Collins’ classic book. In it he states that “greatness is not a function of circumstance. Greatness, it turns out, is largely a matter of conscious choice, and discipline.” It seems that a lot of candidates settle for being ‘good candidates’ – but it is the people who strive to be ‘great candidates’ who get the prized job of their choosing. GREAT candidates do the following: When researching the company in preparation, they have found the latest press releases or breaking news, googled the interviewer, looked at profiles on LinkedIn and subtly bring some of this learning into the interview answers or their questions. They are very self aware and know their own values and so can determine their own cultural fit to the business. If asked ‘why do you want to work here?’ they answer this by highlighting a match of skills and values which is very powerful. There is a natural inquisitiveness to a great candidate. The interview is a two-way process and if it can become more of a discussion, all the better. […]

Inspiring a Courageous Culture

By | December 2nd, 2010|Articles|

For those who follow my One Minute Snippets, you will know that courage is a subject of great interest to me. From my fascination with The Victoria Cross, I have been tuned in to courageous stories and through my outplacement and career coaching work I have realised that courage and confidence underpin so much of what we do and are vital in enabling our future success. I have realised that courage has to be a part of life and the workplace, after all how many businesses have been successful without taking any risks? Quite simply if businesses, or more precisely their leaders and employees, do not have the courage to do things differently; to push the boundaries; to work together effectively, then the organisation will be stagnating while others capitalise on their market share. […]

HR Career Essentials for 2011

By | December 1st, 2010|Articles|

In so many organisations the HR professionals are really stepping up to the multiple challenges that this economic climate is throwing at them. Many of the skills requirements are not new, but I’m a believer in evolution and never losing sight of how one has to re-focus to deal with future opportunities and issues. For me, there are some absolutely essential actions that each and every HR practitioner should be embracing as we move to 2011, so that they are ahead of the competition if moving on, or at the cutting edge of delivery in-house: Commercial Acumen We all know that HR has to be commercial to have a credible impact, so what are you doing to enhance your commercial ability? This is clearly not a tick box ‘done that’ exercise – HR practitioners need to be continuously developing their business nous. Can you genuinely debate a balance sheet? Do you know how the sales margins are calculated, and why they are what they are? When was the last time you sat with Marketing to discuss new markets and campaigns? How could the old production line become far more efficient? Set yourself some relevant questions/goals and go and find the answers each week. Only then will you really develop the right level of commercial skills. […]