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 »

Ten Habits of Highly Confident People

A famous American tennis player, Arthur Ashe once said « One important to key to success is self-confidence, and an important key to self-confidence is preparation ». What is self-confidence? For one, it’s the biggest differentiating factor between people who obtain what they want and those who don’t. Self-confidence is all about believing in your intrinsic unique value, your abilities and power, no matter what the situation you are in. It is essentially the combination of self-awareness, self-belief, positive-mindset and emotional intelligence. The good thing is we can grow in self-confidence – and become more successful and happier – by changing certain mindset habits […] Read more »

Six myths and excuses that keep you stuck in a dead-end job

Burned out. Stressed. Bored. Frustrated. Angry. Resentful. These are the words my clients use to describe their current job situation. Do any of them ring a bell? One of my clients, Marie, 38, was full of regret about the time she spent with a renowned international consultancy firm. “Those years were a total waste,” she says today. Marie knew straightaway that she did not fit in with the company culture. Her views on what’s important in life clashed heavily with the company’s values. Despite that, Marie stayed there for five long years, putting up with a heavy workload and frequent […] Read more »

GET IN THE DRIVING SEAT OF YOUR CAREER!

How are you feeling about your job?  Let me guess. The chances are you are not very satisfied.  If so, you are not alone.  Most employees (between 60-75% globally) are unhappy at work. At a time of high unemployment and lacklustre job growth, many employees feel stuck in their jobs and unable to consider a career move even if they are unsatisfied. Employers who want an engaged and productive workforce need to find ways to help employees feel challenged and rewarded by work, for example by offering more training and education or further developing corporate social responsibility functions. On an […] Read more »

Choosing the Right Place to Work

Working with job seekers and career changers, I discovered one common trait about them. When people transition between companies/industries, or just start out (after university or after a pause to have children or a maternity break), they tend to focus on positions being offered, and not beyond.  They usually get so excited about what the position might involve, they forget that they will be working in a culture/environment and not alone. The company culture is more important than the position – jobs can change but cultures evolve harder and tend to remain constant. Moreover, if the culture is not supportive […] Read more »

Five steps to getting job offers, recommendations and referrals

Networking helps us find new projects, customers, move to new positions and jobs (75 percent of all jobs are not advertised!) and yet networking is not about any of that. Networking is about being kind, helping others and building lasting relationships.   We all know that the times when one could expect just do their job well and stay in the same company for the entire life until retirement are long gone.   1. RAISE YOUR VISIBILITY If you are ambitious and want more out of your career, you need to be more visible. If you want to keep your […] Read more »

Ditch that modesty and start networking!

Were you ever surprised to find out that a colleague was assigned a new exciting project or a new role, and not you? Jannet came to me after something similar happened to her at least twice. “I really don’t understand why I was not chosen to head that project. I always deliver on time. I am much reliable and conscientious than the person they chose. I clearly fit that position much better”.  Jannet’s colleague was picked to manage the new cross-departmental project that they both had been involved in for several preceding months, and she felt clearly bewildered by the fact. […] Read more »