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)

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?

Getting a new role – three things most people don’t consider

Wanting or needing to look for a new role can feel like an uphill struggle, especially if you haven’t done it for a while and particularly if it’s an unexpected or unwanted situation. There are the obvious things to do – work on your CV and LinkedIn profile, think about how you will answer questions at interview etc. However, there are [...]

By |2020-10-14T17:01:21+00:00September 14th, 2020|New role|Comments Off on Getting a new role – three things most people don’t consider

Your team needs to be good at building and growing strategic relationships

Strategic relationships – how much thought do you give them as a business? Your team needs to be good at building and growing strategic relationships for your business to grow and flourish, particularly in Professional & Financial Services, where success is very much based on your people. Furthermore, as we’ve all had to shift towards more virtual working, building and [...]

By |2020-09-01T18:43:43+00:00September 1st, 2020|Professional relationships|Comments Off on Your team needs to be good at building and growing strategic relationships

How to make your next career move – priority actions

Whatever the economy or current situation, there will be people who want or need to make their next career move. Whether you are looking for a new role internally, want to move organisation, or considering  your options, you need to be focused. To help you prioritise what you spend your time on, I’ve set out three key elements you need [...]

By |2020-08-17T08:08:43+00:00August 17th, 2020|New role|Comments Off on How to make your next career move – priority actions

‘Office Politics’ – you’re not alone and how to improve it

“When I met Joanna I was in a tough spot, trying to navigate my way through some difficult political situations within my team and what felt like a very toxic environment.    After an initial conversation, I felt like Joanna would be able to help guide me through the next few months, so I signed up for a 7-session programme.    [...]

By |2020-10-14T17:00:45+00:00August 14th, 2020|Office politics|Comments Off on ‘Office Politics’ – you’re not alone and how to improve it

A positive impact at interview

Whether you are moving on internally or seeking a new role externally, there will always be an interview. After all the hard upfront work, you need to make sure you’re aware of how you come across at interview to make sure you have a positive impact at interview and consider whether your current style needs some work. It isn’t about [...]

By |2020-11-23T14:50:21+00:00August 12th, 2020|New role|Comments Off on A positive impact at interview

Making your next career move: CV and LinkedIn profile

Your CV The key job of your CV is to help you to stand out in the pile/inbox and make it a no brainer that a potential employer should see you. Therefore, your CV needs to: make it super clear what your skills and experience are include ‘hooks’, so that potential employers want to know more be concise have a [...]

By |2020-08-07T10:06:18+00:00August 7th, 2020|New role|Comments Off on Making your next career move: CV and LinkedIn profile