Turning ‘Office Politics’ around – a real case study

"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.  Joanna [...]

By |2020-07-02T17:04:32+00:00July 2nd, 2020|Office politics|Comments Off on Turning ‘Office Politics’ around – a real case study

Negative professional relationships: when to work on them and how to start

We’re all different. That leads to differences with those in our professional life – with some more than others. While some of these challenges may be occasional, others may be chronic and the ability to navigate them is important. Therefore, being able to manage conflict well is important as avoiding it long-term is not a good option. There are some disagreements [...]

By |2020-06-16T16:39:36+00:00June 16th, 2020|Professional relationships|Comments Off on Negative professional relationships: when to work on them and how to start

The essential skills your employees need to give your business the competitive ‘edge’

An organisation’s people are key to its success and give a business its competitive edge. Yet, so often businesses fail to help their people develop this edge. They go half-way; ensuring their people have great ‘technical’ knowledge and skills then stop at the ‘business’ skills their people need. If you missed my article on why these skills matter, click here. [...]

By |2020-06-16T13:31:55+00:00June 12th, 2020|Soft/people skills|Comments Off on The essential skills your employees need to give your business the competitive ‘edge’

Your people give your business its competitive edge – here’s why

People are the lifeblood of your business. The hard reality is that if you are a service business how well you perform as a business comes down to your people. What they deliver is essential but how they deliver it is utterly crucial. How they engage with one another, clients, prospects and other professional contacts really creates that point of [...]

By |2020-06-14T08:16:02+00:00June 7th, 2020|Soft/people skills|Comments Off on Your people give your business its competitive edge – here’s why

Business Skills to give you a competitive edge

We’re in changing times, but even if the times weren’t so dramatic you still need to make sure you have a competitive edge in your career. Having your own career competitive edge often gets lost as we get absorbed in delivering client work and wooing potential clients. It’s easy to fall behind, and then realise you haven’t focused on you [...]

By |2020-05-29T08:34:40+00:00May 29th, 2020|Career progression|Comments Off on Business Skills to give you a competitive edge

Coping with days of virtual meetings – top tips

Virtual meetings are beneficial, as we can often get more of a connection with people than on the phone as we can see them and their body language. Did you know that in a typical face-to-face meeting, 60-70% of the communication is through body language? However, virtual meetings can also be challenging, especially as many of us are on so [...]

By |2020-05-28T20:21:54+00:00May 28th, 2020|Meetings|Comments Off on Coping with days of virtual meetings – top tips

May 2020 Work Wear Wrap-Up

Even working at home, personal impact matters for video calls. Here is some inspiration for tops and discounts on classic items. Click here to see this month's work wear inspiration. If you have missed some of my recent articles focused on helping you to progress your career, you can read them here. If you want to discuss anything, then please do get in [...]

By |2020-05-18T15:15:52+00:00May 18th, 2020|Monthly Work Wear Update|Comments Off on May 2020 Work Wear Wrap-Up

Professional relationships – why they matter right now and what to focus on

Currently, we’re all adjusting to a new (hopefully temporary) normal and figuring out what we should and shouldn’t be focusing on in this ‘normal’. Therefore, it was interesting to hear a marketing expert I know say how during the last two recessions people put their heads down and shied away from staying in touch with clients and potential clients; they took [...]

By |2020-05-13T16:48:43+00:00May 13th, 2020|Professional relationships|Comments Off on Professional relationships – why they matter right now and what to focus on

Navigating difficult work relationships – a brief guide

I work with clients with many different career challenges. However, a frequent pattern is that other people are involved. In most roles, we cannot operate in isolation. This means that positive professional relationships are key to organisational and individual success, which is why it’s important to have this crucial skill of being able to navigate difficult work relationships. There are [...]

By |2020-04-16T12:53:51+00:00April 16th, 2020|Difficult work relationships|Comments Off on Navigating difficult work relationships – a brief guide

Professional Relationships when you can’t meet in person

At these challenging times, maintaining and building your professional relationships is more important that ever. You have to think differently though about how to approach it, especially as the natural, more informal ways we come across people are not currently possible and every interaction needs to be more intentional. This article summarises the key points from my short video series [...]

By |2020-04-02T15:08:06+00:00April 2nd, 2020|Professional relationships|Comments Off on Professional Relationships when you can’t meet in person