Get off the hamster wheel this rentrée

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«I am so fed up with my job. So ready to kiss it goodbye and be done with.» «What do you dislike most about it?» «It sucks all energy out of me. It’s only been 10 days since I came back from holidays and I already feel depleted. I run around like a headless chicken between work and home, never able to satisfy anyone. There’s nobody to thank me. No time to enjoy life at all. I need a job with the perfect life/balance and … some recognition.» My client Claire dreaded each September when she had to face old challenges again. She was torn between multiple […] Read more »

Insecure About Asking? Read These Tips.

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Do you ever lay in bed at night, feeling over-stressed, part-dreaming part-wishing that some form of recognition – a better title, more money, a more exciting role, or extra time off – will drop on your head next day, like manna out of heaven, to thank you for all your hard work? You probably know already that this fantasy is not going to happen. Your boss is not a mind-reader. There is only one way to get what you want, need and deserve, so you can feel zen, productive and happy at work, and that is… You’ve got to take your career […] Read more »

This Should Never Happen to You.

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Woohoo! Your boss has asked you to take on new responsibilities. You feel flattered. Feels like a promotion. Yes, you’d have to manage those on top of your current workload. But hey, you’re not someone to hide from challenges! Plus, some form of salary hike should follow to match the effort, right? So, you accept with enthusiasm, roll up your sleeves and get to work. As you start working even longer hours and put in some weekends, you wait for your boss to thank you and mention that salary hike. A week goes by. Two. Three. No news of more bucks. Your boss thanks you in passing for stepping in. […] Read more »

Lost your ambition? Don’t feel confident at work? Here’s what to do.

“I don’t have any ambition left.”  “I don’t dream anymore.”  Have you heard those words?  Do these thoughts cross your mind sometimes?   If so, it’s a stark contrast to the surge in enthusiasm you must have felt when you first started your current job/career, isn’t it? Recent studies  show that women tend to lose their ambition and self-confidence after 2 years on the new job. We enter the workplace as confident of our abilities and as ambitious as men. But after a while women’s aspirations drop by more than half (among both married and single women), while men become more […] Read more »

9 Blind Spots That Sabotage Your Career, and How to Beat Them

Sophie had been feeling frustrated and stuck in her current position for a few years now.  Yet, leaving behind the good salary and stable position for something unknown scared her, so she procrastined and did nothing.  When company-wide restructuring was announced with cuts across all levels, she was caught off guard. In the state of panic, she is now frantically applying for any relevant position she can find. Lisa, who’s known as one of the most conscientious and hardest-working managers by her colleagues, can’t understand why her boss chose an outsider for a new more senior role.  She is upset, […] Read more »

7 things you need to do before you quit your job

There is no going around it: the warm and fuzzy feeling of excitement we get when we start a new job inevitably goes away. The work that felt fresh and exciting starts feeling stale, boring and old. That’s when we feel we can no longer stand an obnoxious colleague or a micromanager boss… We notice that the company’s mission has nothing to do with our deepest values… We hate Monday mornings, feel taken for granted, and count days till next vacation… Two things can happen when we hit this point: we either disengage or start looking for a new challenge […] Read more »

Make your career more meaningful in 2015

Typically this time of year, in early January, many of us set resolutions and goals for the year ahead.  We ask ourselves, “What do I want to create over these 12 months? What do I want to accomplish?”  Resolutions and goals don’t always work, reason being, they are not supported by consistent action steps or not broken into clear manageable mini-goals. What if you asked yourself a different question. This one: What can I do with my time this year that is important to me? This question immediately taps into your unique values. It starts (or boosts) your quest for deeper meaning. Numerous studies […] Read more »

Dealing with difficult people in 6 simple steps

‘Difficult ‘ or unreasonable people and situations are part of our life – both at the workplace and outside. People who can’t stop talking and have an opinion on every issue. People who are demanding and critical, and intimidate others. Grumpy people who complain non-stop. People who don’t deliver or follow through. Or those that are quick to point out why a new idea or project won’t work. The ability to handle contrary people with diplomacy and determination is a valuable skill for everyone. It is an especially critical skill if you manage a team. Here’s one of the proven strategies on […] Read more »

7 mistakes new managers make and how to avoid them

At some stage in your careers, most of you will reach a point when you are promoted to manager or find yourself in charge of a team of people. If you feel inexperienced and unprepared for this transition, you could make a few mistakes that will cost your organisation time and money. Not knowing how to supervise others, for instance, often leads to negative experiences that later form limiting beliefs in our minds, like when you tell yourself “I hate managing”, or “I’m not a good manager”. Good managers are not born. We all can improve management and leadership skills – […] Read more »

Hate Your Job? 9 Steps to Follow Before Quitting

Do you hate your job?  You are not alone. This is the most common complaint I’ve heard in my work as a career coach. Just 30% of employees in the U.S. feel engaged at work, according to a 2013 report by Gallup. Around the world the proportion of employees who feel engaged and satisfied at work is a mere 13%. For most people, work is a depleting, dispiriting experience, and they feel victimised, undervalued, unappreciated and disempowered. So what can you do if you are in the unlucky majority who struggles to feel happy and engaged in their current job? Do not rush […] Read more »