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Category Archives: Career Coaching

Executives: How much effort do you put into your assistant’s career?

Behind every great boss is a great assistant…wouldn’t you agree? The sheer variety of tasks they’re required to demonstrate and the attention to detail they need to apply demand a hugely diverse range of skills. Consider: could you do your job anywhere near as well without them? According to the Global PA Association, too few …

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Succession management programmes: the backbone of every organisation?

Are they necessary? Do they deliver? What benefits would you see if you implemented a succession management programme within your company? And how can you ensure your programme is appropriate? What succession planning is, and how it can prove its worth Succession planning should not be an afterthought or a consideration once a vacancy appears, …

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Are we moving towards gender equality in the workplace, or is the glass ceiling still intact?

I recently wrote a series of articles about issues that could affect the progression of your career – such as obesity, the rising popularity of tattoos, and your visibility as an employee when looking for a promotion. An issue I only touched on within the obesity post was discrimination against women in the workplace, particularly …

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Do you feel unfulfilled in your executive position? Perhaps volunteering could be the solution…

I’ve talked, in previous blogs, of the issues some executives face in their career. One problem that some high-achievers may encounter is the feeling of being unfulfilled – after spending years climbing to the top of the ladder, some executives feel their career stops offering them any sort of challenge. Without a goal to aim …

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Tattoos in the workplace – do they leave a mark on your career?

Living in a free country, we have the liberty to look and dress how we want. Some choose to entrench their sense of identity with tattoos, particularly younger people, having grown up with pop stars and sporting heroes inked from head to toe. When you’re a celebrity you have a certain carte blanche to do …

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A weighty issue: Does being obese damage your chances of promotion?

As I reported in my last blog, a person’s outer/physical image is not necessarily the most influential factor when choosing candidates for promotion – based on a recent study. However, you wouldn’t have to trawl the internet for long to find examples of discrimination against employees based on their physical appearance, and cases where workers …

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How much does your visibility matter when you’re chasing a promotion?

Over the next few blogs, I hope to provoke some thought, or even debate, on how much our physical characteristics influence our career, compared to our capacity to do the job itself. It’s often a common assumption: that the confident and beautiful climb effortlessly up the ladder (whether they’re capable of doing the job or …

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Should you follow your dreams, or acclimatise to a ‘sensible’ route through life?

There are many blogs posts out there urging us to follow our passions and dreams, inferring that we’re wasting every second of our precious lives if we don’t. Whilst this motion is well-intended, for some, dreams will always be that…..something we only ever explore in our head. It’s not easy or practical for everyone to …

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Is a fear of failure damaging your career? How to move through this mental block towards success…

I’ve written a couple of blogs on building confidence, and it’s quite often at the root of clients’ problems. When someone comes to a standstill in their career, it can often be a self-imposed plateau. Sub-consciously, we can be so afraid of failing that we remove the impetus to even try. Instead, we tell ourselves …

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Mindfulness: a popular, often bandied-about word. But what does it mean?

There are a few interpretations or ways to describe mindfulness, but one is: ‘being in the moment’. If that still seems too vague, it’s an appreciation and awareness of everything you’re doing…right now. It means not longing for what you don’t have, or constantly chasing your tail to achieve one deadline after another without stopping …

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