Networking for the Shy or Introverted

The night before a conference where I was scheduled to speak, I found myself in a crowded ‘meet and greet’ in Sydney. The organisers had arranged a reception and I figured I should attend. Indeed, I had good conversations with four interesting people whom I’ve kept in touch with. But when I walked out the door, I was thrilled with a revelation: I’m never doing that again. It wasn’t the…

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Three Questions to Enhance Your Career Progression

In most organisations, professionals who want to move up get lots of feedback. Did you hit your numbers? Make your budget? How did you perform in managing a major project? Many companies provide you with dubious, so-called 360-degree feedback based on anonymous surveys from your boss, peers and direct reports. And there is also, of course, your annual performance review. For managers seeking promotion, such feedback is of only marginal…

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Having a Mentor to help Realise your Potential

What is mentoring? Who is a mentor? Several experts have published their definitions over the years. Kathy Kram, well known author of multiple papers and books on mentoring and Professor in Management at the Boston University School of Management, defines a mentor as “someone who may provide a host of career development and psychosocial functions, which may include role modelling and sponsoring.” These insights were published in her book Mentoring…

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Four Tips for Building Accountability

Accountability is a favorite word to invoke – when the lack of it has become so apparent.  Its’s also a loaded word and political football in major sectors crying out for reform, such as health care and public education. Who should get what data about doctor success rates, hospital effectiveness, student achievement or school performance? What should be measured or tested? What should be done with the data? Should doctor…

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Pick up the phone and stop emailing!

Some of my mentoring and coaching clients have significant communication challenges in their organisation. I constantly reinforce that they need to communicate more without texting, emailing, tweeting or whatever else one does on smart devices and laptops. We are losing that all-important human interaction because of the perceived ease of these ‘communication’ tools. In fact many people seem hell-bent on avoiding conversation altogther. Go to a public place and witness…

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Taking Action – Even ‘ordinary’ actions done daily can bring extraordinary results.

Most of us struggle in taking action at some stage – some of us more than others! Inaction is the primary cause of failure. The best ideas in the world lie in the top drawers or dead thoughts of dead people. Never to see the light, never to transform, never to add value to the human condition. What a shame that so many of the great ideas, thoughts and intentions…

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The Best Tool to Plan and Manage Your Career –  A Career GPS!

When we plan our career we must get better at stretching ourselves, get a bit uncomfortable and take our minds to times and places not yet considered. No career mentoring or coaching is worthy unless the Client learns to visualise the long-term, not just the short-term. So often when we think about where we’re headed in our career, we think about the possible next step or next role (at most)….

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