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6 reasons to keep your CV updated

Picture the scene: it’s your school reunion. 🍸 You’ve got past the awkward hellos when your brain is in overdrive trying to remember long forgotten names; you’ve done the whole ‘where do you live and with whom’ bit; and now you’re onto careers stuff. Laughing...

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Does your annual review work for you?

Do you have an annual review to take stock of progress and look ahead to where work is likely to take you in the next 12 months? If so, how do you feel about it? Mine have generally been positive and productive, but I know for others the prospect can induce eye rolling and even dread, so I thought...

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Give the gift of appreciative feedback

“Are you OK?” I asked, looking concerned for Clare. Usually so bubbly, she was strangely quiet and pensive.  “Not really.” she replied, a little distractedly. “Are you worried about the assessment?”  In just a few hours, we’d be demonstrating our...

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Is it time to change job?

It’s the time of year when our minds turn to holidays and our holidays turn into time to wonder if we’re in the right job now we’ve stepped away from it. Where holiday reflection can lead I was chatting with someone the other day whose partner did just that.  They’d...

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Why your why is so important

Every week I get an email from the folks at the back strengthening programme I’m doing. Despite being super informative they tend to end up in my ‘read later’ folder (surely I’m not alone in this optimism?) but one arrived recently that I read straight away. It was a behind...

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How belief unlocks potential

Are you sporty? Or maybe I should ask do you like sport? because they’re not the same thing. I don’t excel at sport, not being keen on activities that make your lungs hurt. I was an enthusiastic joiner-inner, but resigned to being one of the last picked for school teams. When...

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How to adapt goals so they work for you

Who thinks about goals in July? Holidays yes, but goals? Goals are typically things you think about at the start (January, full of good intentions) and at the end (hmm, appraisal next week, now what were my objectives?) and very little in between, which is just one reason so many go unmet. However,...

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What we want most from a manager

At the end of last month’s blog, I promised to tell you the top spot in my recent survey about what people want most from a manager. Any guesses? It was Trust to get on with my job. Would that have been your answer? Maybe, if you’ve ever experienced micro-management. It can be...

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Making what you love what you do

What did you fill your time with when you were ten? Maybe you were a joiner-inner at clubs where you loved helping the grown-ups organise everyone. Or you had an obsession, like pirates or outer space; you knew everything there was to know about that subject and explored it in make-believe games.  When...

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Four books I’m inspired by (and one I’m in)

I’m about to fulfil a long held ambition to become a published author! OK, so my name’s not on the cover, but my story is there, in a real book, printed in black and white, with a GORGEOUS lime green cover 😊.  Sharing my journey My experience of leaving a safe job and starting...

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