Saturday, 12 December 2009
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Wednesday, 11 November 2009
I have. And it's de-energising, de-motivating and all the other de-s that I can think of.
What would life be life if you woke up every day raring to go and passionate about your mission? And then wealth flowed easily and effortlessly as a result?
Register here for this new event from the inspiring Christopher Howard in London, December 4-6! How is now the best time to take action?
Monday, 2 November 2009
The New York Times reports how personality counts when there are hundreds of people competing with you for a job: http://tinyurl.com/yhzjkxp
Friday, 30 October 2009
Wednesday, 14 October 2009
Especially frequent in younger people...as in "But I don't know what I want to do at university", "But I don't know what job I'd be good at".
Hey - who cares? If you are good at something when you're 18, is that a good thing? Maybe you won't still be good at it when you are 40, and maybe whatever it was won't be relevant any more anyway.
Career choices are not permanent decisions, even though school career advisers may make it look, feel and sound like you need to know what you'll be retiring from before you've even left school.
It's OK to change your mind, spot a new opportunity, maybe to use emerging technology to change something. Or to adapt your working life to suit your dmoestic circumstances, to support your need for travel and new experiences or to just take it easy for a while.
Above all, it's OK to be flexible and aware of the constantly changing world and how you can evolve your role in it. And it's great just to be you and to be as much as you can possibly be.
Tuesday, 6 October 2009
- George Washington Carver
Saturday, 3 October 2009
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Tuesday, 29 September 2009
Tuesday, 22 September 2009
Sunday, 20 September 2009
The great thing about The Big Issue is that, while there were over 500 charities helping the homeless at the time it was started, it was the only charity which gave homeless and vulnerably housed people the opportunity to earn a legitimate income.
The charity believes in offering ‘a hand up, not a hand out’ and earning an income is the first step on the journey away from homelessness.
It has worked for 18 years, and work gives dignity to what can be a very demoralising situation.
Do you think of your your work as dignifying? What is it helping you to do?
Monday, 7 September 2009
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Friday, 4 September 2009
Friday, 28 August 2009
Tuesday, 25 August 2009
Many of us have been there. When that's happened to me, I feel so angry that my time has been wasted when the other party involved clearly didn't intend to employ me, do business with me or have a relationship with me at all.
But my anger is really with myself. Wasn't there that little voice inside my head - the voice of my unconscious mind - telling me that it wasn't going anywhere all along?
Next time you're spending what feels like too much energy on something, stop and ask yourself whether this really is going somewhere - or whether you're just desperately hoping it will and ignoring all the signs.
So "What is the best answer after a definite yes?". A definite NO!!! Then you can get on with the next opportunity and stop wasting time.
Thursday, 20 August 2009
Tuesday, 18 August 2009
Thursday, 13 August 2009
Friday, 7 August 2009
Monday, 3 August 2009
Neal has been working a crazy working schedule to get things moving, and came up with the following observation: "Work/life balance isn't just about finding time to relax outside of work, it's also about finding time to do something you are passionate about where you set the goals and nurture skills or ambitions that are neglected at work!".
Neal helped me to remember the importance of setting personal as well as career goals. After all - work is part of life - it's not life itself!
Thursday, 30 July 2009
"Anyone who ever gave you confidence, you owe them a lot". Those words were written by Truman Capote and spoken by the character Holly Golightly inthe film "Breakfast at Tiffanys", 1958.
Coming right up to date, Britain's Next Top Coach finalist Jules Wyman, a respected friend of mine, has some confidence tips for you in her session on:
Go straight there, watch her video and vote! Or see Jules's tips for Career Safari members - and then go and vote!
Tuesday, 28 July 2009
- Bill Gates chose to drop out of Harvard University to follow his determination to put a computer on every desk, even though his parents were dismayed at the time.
- Richard Branson chose to drop out of school to set up his original business venture, a student magazine, which became the foundation of the Virgin business empire and the philanthropic work which now helps others set their lives on a new course.
- Oprah Winfrey chose not to accept the limitations whcih society sought to impose upon her as a black woman, read voraciously and made the choices which led to her TV career and charitable foundations which support many aound the world.
What choices have you made and how is now the time to make better choices?
Wednesday, 22 July 2009
Tuesday, 21 July 2009
"We have a country in which a former circus manager's son, John Major, became prime minister - don't talk about glass ceilings".
I had the good fortune to bump into someone who has turned the art of the circus into a business: Bubblz the Maths Clown! She has inspired me - and, I hope, many others, to think more creatively about their careers and how to bring fun into learning.
See her site for details at: http://www.bubblztheclown.co.uk/bubblz.html
Career Safari will be launching a series of inspirational speaker events, with opportunities to network with people in all sorts of careers in all walks of life. Our first event will be in the last week in September (just sourcing a venue right now!) in central London. Sign up for our news updates in box to the right of this post to be kept informed!
Friday, 17 July 2009
Thursday, 16 July 2009
The world’s population of over 65s will increase from 550 million to over 1.4 billion by 2050.
Fundamental changes in life expectancy around the world, coupled with the current economic downturn has already accelerated the trend of employers who are reducing the value of their contributions into workplace pensions.
Currently, just 13% of people around the world feel that they are very well prepared to cope with their future of retirement. The twin themes of preparation and self-reliance will therefore
increasingly come to define how we think about the retirement of the future.
How well are you prepared? Read the full report: http://tinyurl.com/nv49pd
Tuesday, 14 July 2009
Check out the world-renowned Massachusetts Institute of Technology Open Course Ware site - you can download their programs for self study...all sorts of topics from Aeronautics to Writing!
Here's the link: http://tinyurl.com/meggbq
To your learning!
Thursday, 9 July 2009
1. Controlling interruptions from friends and family.
Having a dedicated work space where you can tuck yourself away is of course the starting point here (as I mentioned in the last post). But one additional problem I found in getting down to work is the tendency for friends and family to think that, because you are there at home, you are available for them to drop in for coffee, for runnning errands, taking deliveries and generally getting things done around the house.
The only answer to this is for YOU to set your boundaries. When friends say that they are passing and will drop in, you have to say "Sorry, but I am working". If they persist then you may have to invent something like an important conference call taking place at that time, which means that you will be tied up. You can, of course, say "But why don't we meet after work when I finish at 6pm?".
The same applies to family (i.e. the family living in your home). They may assume that you will have time to run their errands or pick up stuff from the shops. Just a few times saying "no, I'm sorry, I was working all day and didn't have time to do it" will soon train them!
Remember, you need to train the others around you that your working time at home is as sacrosanct as it would be if you were working in an external office.
2. What equipment and gadgets do I need for home working?
Most people these days have a desktop or laptop computer, so I will take it for granted that you do. I think that, beyond this, the next essential item is a multi-function laser printer. This can be black and white or colour, but only laser printing gives a professional finish. Inkjet printers are very cheap to buy but the print quality is not great, theink runs out very quickly, and you will find over time that, though the upfront investment in a laser printer is more, it will pay for itself.
Make sure that your printer can scan, copy and, ideally, fax too. There is nothing more amateur than saying that you don't have the facility to copy something or to scan a document.
Apart from the printer, I would say that the other essential for office based home working professionals is a land line. So many people have mobile phones these days and think that they can get away with just giving out their mobile number. But for professional calling, land line quality is best. What about using Skype and other Internet based phone systems, I hear you say?
Well, I leave it to you to decide whether the quality of service is of professional standard. My own experience is that there is nothing more frustrating, unprofessional and time wasting on a conference call (or indeed any call) of participants dropping in and out, with background noise, because their mobile or Skype line is losing strength. If you have ANY doubts - don't be a cheapskate - get a land line!
Post your comments on what you think are the necessities for home working!
Sunday, 5 July 2009
I've worked from home on and off for almost 15 years now, and here are my top 3 hot tips for making it work! I'll continue with more tomorrow in Part II.
1. Designate a particular space / desk / table which is your working area. Ideally, this would be a separate room, but if not, put your desk in a corner of a room which is not used as the main living area. I have a dedicated office now but, years ago, I lived in a small apartment and put my desk/computer in a corner of the bedroom so that the living area was not a "work space".
2. Get some storage together for your work materials - either a filing cabinet, a box or whatever . Then you can put things away where you can find them again, and they are not in peril of the cat, the child or the cleaner ruining them or throwing them out in error.
3. Decide on your minimum working hours and days. Very early on, I found that thinking "Don't feel like working this afternoon, I'll go out to play and make the time up at the weekend" does NOT work for me. Not only did I not feel like doing work at the weekend, I also recognized that my work requires me to communicate with other people, most of whom are available during office hours Monday to Friday.
Nowadays, 9am is my deadline for starting work (and that means having got out of bed, showered, dressed and furnished myself with ample cups of coffee BEFORE 9am) and I usually finish around 5-6pm (depending on how much work I have on and when my husband comes home from his office). I can work later if needed or take time off if needed, but those are my working hours.
More in my next post....on controlling interruptions from friends and family, and equipping your home office with enough gadgets to make you look professional!
Monday, 29 June 2009
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Thanks to my friend Andrew McCauley for sharing it! Catch up with more on social media by asking your most important questions at Andrew's site: http://ow.ly/fNJy
Tuesday, 23 June 2009
Social media (blogs, social networks, forums, online video, etc.) can help with this. Here are a few ideas for how you could use social media to keep the job you have right now:
Grow your personal brand
Having a strong personal brand and having a positive and optimistic way of describing yourself builds your reputation. Use tools such as social media to bring it to life. You may choose to update your busines history on LinkedIn, start a blog, build an online profile on Facebook, or start actively using Twitter. Many companies are now also providing internal online directories where you can showcase your skills Regardless of what you choose, start building brand "you" right now.
With most social media, people can interact with you and give you comments based on your service to them. You could get a client posting a comment on your blog, a tweet on Twitter from a customer happy with your service, a recommendation on LinkedIn or a Facebook comment thanking you for special efforts. Find appropriate ways to get visible comments like this and share them with your boss and colleagues to make sure they know you are respected.
Many organizations have Facebook pages or LinkedIn groups, and even more have formal and informal gatherings of employees. Find out where the opportunities to network are, and be aware that many other informal opportunities exist too, even over lunch or in the coffee machine queue. Find out what other people are doing and get more knowledge about the challenges elsewhere in the company and how you could help. Connecting with other employees gives you a sense of belonging and purpose and can also create opportunities for you to get involved in more within the company.
Be a person who helps people informally
Go beyond your job. Social media offers you the chance to go beyond what may be described as your job: for example, you can be a champion for your company and its products among your social circle. This helps you add more value to yourself beyond your actual job description.
Today's challenge - start or update your profiles on LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter and consider how you can regularly use these sites to build your value (make a start by connecting with me: Rhian Pamphilon!).
Monday, 22 June 2009
If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives. Be kind anyway!
If you are successful, you will win some unfaithful friends and some genuine enemies. Succeed anyway!
If you are honest and sincere, people may deceive you. Be honest and sincere anyway!
What you spend years creating, others could destroy overnight. Create anyway!
If you find serenity and happiness, some may be jealous. Be happy anyway!
The good you do today will often be forgotten.Do good anyway!
Give the best you have and it will never be enough.Give your best anyway!
In the final analysis, it is between you and God.
It was never between you and them anyway!
Mother Teresa (1910-1997)
Sunday, 21 June 2009
Saturday, 20 June 2009
Wednesday, 17 June 2009
I heard this at a motivational event from fabulous speaker Christopher Howard, who helps you remove all the barriers to getting what you really want out of life - in career, relationships, finances and health.
Chris runs a life-changing 3 day "Breakthrough to Success" seminar in various locations around the globe and I want to offer you a special deal. Tickets are normally £895 (GB Pounds) per pair but, as part of my team, please sign up as my guest for free by visiting this link: http://tinyurl.com/l4g6l6
To your success!
Tuesday, 2 June 2009
The great opportunity that Toastmasters groups provide is a regular opportunity to stand and speak. Speaking effectively, whether it be on a one to one basis, from a stage, in a group meeting or over the phone, cannot be wholly learned from a book or a seminar. In order to be a good speaker, you have to speak - and speak on a regular basis and get encouraging and constructive feedback - a big focus of the Toastmasters format.
Remember, you don't need to be good to start, but you have to start to be good! Toastmasters International has groups all over the world and you can find your nearest on their web site.
Stand and deliver!
I wonder how these supposedly intelligent people didn't think that their expenses, paid for out of public funds, would not be subject to public scrutiny?
"The way you do one thing is the way you do everything" - is one of my favourite sayings. So if politicians are dishonest about their expenses, can we trust them to be honest with their dealings and decisions - and to ensure that they have the UK electorate's best interests at heart?
No doubt some of the guilty parties will now be regretting their indiscretions for wrecking their careers.
Wednesday, 27 May 2009
Step 1: Think of a reason why this happened and decide to believe it.
The high level advice on deciding what to do with your career and your life is good, but is not always practical when bills need to be paid. Decide on two things to do. Firstly:
- What are you going to do to support yourself or your family financially in the short term? This might include reducing expenditure, workign out how long any final payments from your employer might last, taking a short term temporary job in order to support yourself while you sort out what to do next. Lots of people focus only on trying to find some kind of ideal and altruistic existence and create more of a crisis for themselves in the long term as supporting themselevs and their family goes unaddressed.
- What do your really want to do with your career? This requires more long term thought and might include seeking a similar position elsewhere or making a radical change of direction - or something in between.
By separating these two questions, you can give yourself permission to take a job for short term money, even if it isn't perfect for the long term, and leave yourself space to thing more clearly about your future and what you really want to do.
This approach has many benefits - not least because it removes the sense of panic and allows you to search from a mindset of inspiration rather than desperation.
Watch for more instalments on this topic!
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Wednesday, 13 May 2009
Friday, 8 May 2009
There are business lessons in these speeches for us all!
Wednesday, 6 May 2009
France is the only place in the world, in my experience, which puts paid to the pre-event, all-night setup frenzy that characterizes most conference venues in the world. Come 8pm, the building closes and work ceases. Just in time for a relaxed and delicious French dinner, punctuated only by the loud and important tones of foreigners on their mobile phones, ensuring that their authority continues to be felt remotely as they do business in distant time zones over the dessert course.
Now workaholics among us may think this is a terrible loss of productivity. But let’s remember the old adage: “Work expands to fit the time available for it”. By making it possible to continue working through the night.... lo and behold, it is necessary to work through the night (and with a fair amount of stress, panic and sleeplessness that simply isn’t recovered until the conference is over).
Think about it. Are there areas in your working life where your work expands simply because it can? Do you really and honestly believe that you achieve better outcomes and results because of those long hours?
Saturday, 2 May 2009
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us.
We ask ourselves,"who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?"
Actually, who are you not to be?
You are a child of God. Your playing small doesn't serve the world.
There's nothing enlightened about shrinking so that otherpeople won't feel insecure around you.
We are all meant to shine, as children do.
We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us.
It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone.
And as we let our own light shine,we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.
As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others."
Marianne Williamson (A Return to Love)
Thursday, 16 April 2009
Friday, 10 April 2009
Sunday, 5 April 2009
As you confront these turning points, it's important to ask for help and to seek resources to support you. That's exactly what Career Safari is here for! Watch the next few postings for announcements about our latest workbooks and a new audio briefing to speed your career forwards!
Wednesday, 1 April 2009
Why? Well, there are no perfectly straight lines in nature – the “straight” route is completely unnatural. Everything is made up of energy and energy travels in waves, meaning that “straight” doesn’t actually exist.
Many people make the mistake of, when their career plans are going a little off course, getting frustrated, upset and wanting to give up. But the journey to success is full of twists and turns, ups, downs, stops and reverses. Just like a safari route which may have to deviate from the beaten track to avoid pot-holes, obstructions and danger zones, you can enjoy your journey while knowing that you’ll be travelling in a zig zag!
Expect to spend a large part of your time correcting and not being frightened to stretch yourself and make mistakes. Success is the result of getting up one more time than you fall down – accept mistakes as part of the journey – they are the feedback we need to correct ourselves.
Continue to take action! Your own Career Safari is all about setting your destination and then acting and correcting in order to get there.
Friday, 27 March 2009
"The best way to predict the future is to create it" (Abraham Lincoln).
Your energy and participation is critical to producing results in your life. If you're not playing full out in one area of your life, where else are you doing that? Where else are you giving up your power to produce the results you really want?
Remember:- "The way you do one thing is the way you do EVERYTHING". If you procrastinate about getting out of bed in the morning then you most likely procrastinate about applying for promotion, promoting yourself and tidying up your resume.
The good news is that you can change in an instant. Creating change is as simple as making new choices, especially when you have the right tools. I'll be sharing more tomorrow on how NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming) tools can help.
Thursday, 26 March 2009
See the full report and rankings: http://www.weforum.org/gitr
What message does this give to you personally about your own career and growth?
These are crazy times for careers. Layoffs and redundancies everywhere you look. Gloom and doom from all quarters. Careers today are a journey - and there has never been a better time for those who are well prepared to benefit from whatever is going on outside.
Why? Well, technology has created the means for us to work more flexibly and creatively than ever before. Opportunities are opening up everywhere - they might not be the same opportunities as existed before but surviving and thriving in a downturn is easy if you're looking in the right places.
Take control of your career - it's a safari full of fun, fulfilment and fantastic vistas! You might find a few potholes and ruts along the way but hang on tight and you'll be fine!
Join our Career Safari and enjoy the ride! We'll be providing hints, tips and resources to keep your career right on track - whatever you're doing - so bookmark this page :-)