These posts offer guidance on different topics related to improving your career progression.

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

Working well in ‘unprecedented times’ – some suggestions

As we’ve all read a thousand times already, we are living in ‘unprecedented times’. We don’t know how long this situation will last or how things will be when it eases. Many will have to re-think how they do their roles in the coming weeks and, sadly, many are and will have to think about how they make a living.   [...]

By |2020-04-14T10:00:34+00:00March 22nd, 2020|Career progression, Seasonal|Comments Off on Working well in ‘unprecedented times’ – some suggestions

Top 5 tips for managing your career

Most people don’t make any time for to think about their career and make plans. Whilst this can work out well, in many cases even the brightest, most capable person can end up in a role they’re ill prepared for, or find themselves stuck, unable to progress. Often it’s because you have ‘just focused on doing a good job’. If you’ve read my [...]

By |2020-04-16T13:18:17+00:00January 20th, 2020|Career progression, Office politics|Comments Off on Top 5 tips for managing your career

Managing Upwards is essential for your career progression – top tips

You might read the term managing upwards and think this is all about ‘schmoozing’ those above you in your organisation. It’s worth reading what I wrote about how to reposition schmoozing in a previous post. Managing upwards is a positive skill to have – and not having it can really hinder your career. Let’s take a look at what it [...]

By |2020-01-02T09:30:55+00:00January 2nd, 2020|Career progression|Comments Off on Managing Upwards is essential for your career progression – top tips

How to progress your career – four areas to focus on

So, you want to progress your career - but how? The truth is that there is no exact recipe for what you need to be doing.  The reality is that it is a mixture of things which pretty much all revolve around building relationships with others. I’m going to share with you the four areas you need to focus on [...]

By |2020-01-02T09:29:18+00:00December 30th, 2019|Career progression|Comments Off on How to progress your career – four areas to focus on

Preparing for your appraisal

People are often polarised about how they feel regarding an upcoming appraisal - this is usually related to the culture of the organisation they work in i.e. how it is carried out. Those working in a more open and positive environment tend to see them as a more positive experience.Many rightly see it as an opportunity to see how they are [...]

By |2019-12-16T09:50:55+00:00May 30th, 2019|Career progression|Comments Off on Preparing for your appraisal

Network for career success – why and five top tips

Do you make time to actively build and engage with your network? Do you even have one? Often, people hear the ‘N’ word and groan, even if just inwardly. However, you need to network for career success. The hard reality is that spending time on building and maintaining a good network can bring huge benefits to your professional life, I [...]

By |2019-11-07T07:45:45+00:00May 7th, 2019|Career progression, Networking|Comments Off on Network for career success – why and five top tips

Promotion – are you missing key skills to get it?

Do you often feel frustrated that you are being overlooked for promotion? Are there people in your team who are frustrated that they haven't yet been promoted? What would it take to get the promotion you want? It's often not easy to understand why, as seemingly you/they are doing a great job and achieving objectives. However, the reality is that [...]

By |2019-12-16T09:53:40+00:00March 25th, 2019|Career progression|Comments Off on Promotion – are you missing key skills to get it?

Strategic relationships – who do you need to know?

It is very easy in our day-to-day work lives to just get on with our job and interact with those where there is an immediate need. However, it is really key to think about which strategic relationships you need to build to support your career progression. Firstly, to fulfil your current role and also to support future roles you might [...]

By |2019-12-16T09:54:46+00:00February 13th, 2019|Career progression|Comments Off on Strategic relationships – who do you need to know?

Career success – what does it mean to you?

I spoke at a conference recently and the speaker after me was Caroline Holt, who I happen to have known for a few years. She made a point that was a good reminder to me and I hope it might be to you too. It was related to career success and that this phrase should mean whatever you want it [...]

By |2019-12-16T07:54:27+00:00December 17th, 2018|Career progression|Comments Off on Career success – what does it mean to you?