Relationship building skills make the difference to your business

Two things in life are certain – death and taxes. Another certainty is that in a service business, if your people don’t have good relationship building skills everything will suffer, resulting in poorer performance. It is easy to overlook the development of these skills in your people and focus only on what they know and how technically good they are.   [...]

By |2021-01-25T06:40:58+00:00January 25th, 2021|Professional relationships|Comments Off on Relationship building skills make the difference to your business

Being ‘career fit’ for 2021

The start of the year and the usual talk of goals and planning for the year ahead although this year of course this is in the context of the current global pandemic…   At this time of year, many goals relate to health and fitness. Talk of ‘Dry January’, Veganuary and getting fit although this year the latter will need to [...]

By |2021-01-21T07:53:27+00:00January 11th, 2021|Career progression|Comments Off on Being ‘career fit’ for 2021

Investing in people in the Covid era – why and how

There’s no doubt that Covid has sent an unprecedented shock through the business world. Many of us have been left wondering whether things will ever be the same again. The answer to this is ‘probably not’ but it’s likely that they won’t stay where they are now; and with Brexit happening there are more changes round the corner. Even those [...]

By |2020-12-14T20:05:44+00:00December 4th, 2020|Soft/people skills|Comments Off on Investing in people in the Covid era – why and how

Visibility at work, increasing it in a virtual work world

Career savvy professionals are aware that “Increasing my visibility at work” is a crucial part of actively managing their career – but how do you get that essential visibility in a virtual office? Also known as the E for Exposure in the PIE model, increasing your visibility means making sure you are noticed and known by the people who need to [...]

By |2020-11-27T16:18:16+00:00November 27th, 2020|Career progression|Comments Off on Visibility at work, increasing it in a virtual work world

Why it’s essential to make time for your career development now – what to focus on

At this time of uncertainty, it’s easy to batten down the hatches and focus on what we believe is absolutely necessary. However, if you have a job and want to progress your career, now is when it is absolutely necessary to do this. You can read the rest of the article here.

By |2020-12-09T18:09:48+00:00November 14th, 2020|Career progression|Comments Off on Why it’s essential to make time for your career development now – what to focus on

Mergers and Acquisitions – six ways to keep morale and productivity high

Negative ‘Office Politics’ is a frequent side-effect from a merger or acquisition. The combination of different individuals, functions, department and cultures with ‘competing’ for jobs, attention, resources and recognition creates the perfect conditions for a cultural melt down. I explore this more in a recent LinkedIn article. So. What can you do to minimise the chances of negative ‘Office Politics’ [...]

By |2020-10-30T15:12:12+00:00October 30th, 2020|Office politics|Comments Off on Mergers and Acquisitions – six ways to keep morale and productivity high

Develop your career – time to think ahead (if you can)

There’s no doubt the last few months have been odd. There’s still much uncertainty in the world and there’s likely to be more uncertainty for a good while. Whilst acknowledging that some people are sadly facing redundancy or have already lost their job, there are also those who have some job security. If you are in that position, a danger [...]

By |2020-10-30T15:48:04+00:00October 24th, 2020|Career progression|Comments Off on Develop your career – time to think ahead (if you can)

Online interview? Here’s how to make a positive impact

At this time, most interviews are happening online. While some people may find this easier, it does provide some limitations of the ‘tools’ you have to engage effectively with the interviewer(s). This means that every aspect of your impact carries more weight. Here’s how to make the most of the tools available and ensure that you make a positive impact during [...]

By |2020-12-09T18:04:51+00:00October 14th, 2020|New role|Comments Off on Online interview? Here’s how to make a positive impact

What impact are you making at interview? Go beyond the obvious

Interviews. Very few would say they enjoy them but they are a necessary part to moving forward in your career. There are three typical, and obvious, things people focus on when they have an interview: Knowledge about the company. What they will say when answering questions. What to wear. All of these three are important. However, there’s a fourth consideration [...]

By |2020-09-21T09:35:24+00:00September 21st, 2020|New role|Comments Off on What impact are you making at interview? Go beyond the obvious

Are your managers well-equipped for people management?

Typically, people who are very good at their job get promoted. This often means taking on people management responsibilities. Unfortunately, just because someone has performed well in their role, this does not mean they are well-equipped for people management. It’s also unfair to expect them to, unless they have either had some development in this area and/or they have learnt [...]

By |2020-09-21T06:31:00+00:00September 21st, 2020|Soft/people skills|Comments Off on Are your managers well-equipped for people management?