10 tips on how to manage upwards

“The definition of insanity is doing the same things over and over and expecting different results.” ~ Unknown “A man is only a leader when a follower stands beside him.” ~ Mark Brouwer “It is not enough to do your best; you must…

You - the brand

I love travelling.  In particular, I love the new experiences and perspectives I gain from travelling. Everywhere you go nowadays you see the decline in individual boutiques and the rise of global brands like McDonalds, H&M and Gap.…

Who do you work for?

“We know what we are, but know not what we may become.” ~ William Shakespeare “Look well into thyself; there is a source of strength which will always spring up if thou wilt always look there.” ~ Marcus Aurelius “I was brought…

What's next in your career?

"It's like Forrest Gump said, 'Life is like a box of chocolates.' Your career is like a box of chocolates - you never know what you're going to get. But everything you get is going to teach you something along the way and make you the person…

Create your own future work opportunities

“Sometimes the most ordinary things could be made extraordinary, simply by doing them with the right people.” – Source unknown “Get the right people on the bus and in the right seat.” ~ Jim Collins “Problems can become opportunities…

15 tips to kickstart your career

"To be prepared is half the victory." ~ Miguel de Cervantes, novelist "The supreme accomplishment is to blur the line between work and play." ~ Arnold Toynbee, economic historian "An ounce of action is worth a ton of theory." ~ Friedrich…

Attain your personal best

"The extraordinary belong to those who make it." ~ Grey Goose vodka advert "Champions keep playing until they get it right" ~ Billie-Jean King, tennis player "Find something that you're really interested in doing in your life. Pursue it,…

Choosing your next career move

Choosing your next job is a serious business. The time and effort you spend on deciding what is the right move for you will pay off. How clear are you about your criteria and the evidence you will need to see, hear or feel in interactions with your prospective employer to ensure the fit is right? Just like buying a new pair of shoes, they might look wonderful and feel OK after a quick try on, but if you experience a lot of discomfort in them, you will regret your decision.

Getting to grips with a new role

Today I am introducing my gorgeous new grandson Elliot, born 24 June 2015. His mum and dad, Alexa and Sean, now have important new roles in their lives. And now I'm a Granny - a new role for me. I'm wondering what being a good Granny might…

A recipe for success with competency-based interview questions

I’ve had experience of interviewing for a huge variety of roles over the years. The style and techniques may have changed but the objective is the same – to recruit the person with the closest fit in terms of skills and attitude to do the job effectively. And it’s a great feeling when you do.