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Executive Coaching

There is ALWAYS a next step

There is ALWAYS a next step

The most commonly used excuse when someone fails to take action, when dissatisfied with his/her career, is that 'I don't know what I want'. This is based on the mistaken belief that if you don't know your goals there is nothing you can do. In fact the opposite is the case - you need to take steps to work out…
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Dealing with a career crisis

Dealing with a career crisis

Working for large companies or organizations has many potential advantages - structured career paths, sponsored training and development, good pay and benefits, security of employment, opportunities to expand skills and experience, overseas assignments etcYet it is common for many who have had successful careers in their chosen professions to become unhappy, disillusioned and demotivated. This can happen for many reasons…
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Do you have an independent ‘sounding board’ ?

Do you have an independent ‘sounding board’ ?

There has never been more coaching and advisory support available to those in business, in employment or between jobs, provided by a range of private, state sponsored and voluntary sources. But many do not even explore the possibility of availing of this support, assuming that it is not worth the effort or the cost. Others will see this more as…
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Lincoln : A lesson in Leadership

Lincoln : A lesson in Leadership

Below are some insights on leadership, inspired by Abraham Lincoln. They are relevant to anybody in a leadership role. 1. Take a long term view. Decisions that cause a lot of difficulty can be justified if they are consistent with achieving the ultimate goal. Leadership is not about popularity, at least in the short term, but about realizing a shared…
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Lincoln : A lesson in Resilience

Lincoln : A lesson in Resilience

If you are struggling to establish a career or build a business in challenging times the story of Abraham Lincoln should be an inspiration. I recommend Doris Kearns Goodwin's book 'Lincoln (team of rivals)' for it's depiction of how Lincoln, from humble beginnings, rose to the highest office in the land, overcoming many setbacks along the way and leading America…
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Prioritise the important over the urgent

Prioritise the important over the urgent

The focus of many businesses over the recession has necessarily been on short term survival, namely the 'urgent'. If your  business has come through the worst recession in living memory congratulate yourself, but  ask whether it is now time to step back and take a look at your positioning for future success - the 'important'. Signs that you need to…
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CV and job interview preparation

CV and job interview preparation

The purpose of this article is to give an overview of the basics of CV and job interview preparation. In a highly competitive job market you must communicate clearly and concisely to potential employers, emphasizing how you meet key job requirements. If you do not have a succinct, customized (to particular jobs) and professional CV and cover letter you will…
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Business Networking Events

Business Networking Events

Unless you are in the fortunate position of having a strong and stable customer base or being able to rely entirely on referrals for business the chances are that you have a need to market your business through some form of promotional activity. One important way to promote your business is attendance at networking events organized by such as business…
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Planning

Planning

As we approach a new year we tend to go into planning mode - automatically.  We contemplate what the new year holds for us, or more to the point what we would like to achieve in the new year. The focus of this note is on the planning process itself. The principles apply to any planning situation - business, career…
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Do you use intuition or logic for decision making?

Do you use intuition or logic for decision making?

The answer to the above question is, of course, that we use both intuition and logic in our decision making. As these are quite distinctive and separate mental processes, with different strengths and weaknesses, we need to be aware of these differences and how they might impact on the quality of our thinking and decision making. By intuition I mean…
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